Summer Catalyst


Summer Catalyst is a 10-week virtual program that will build your entrepreneurial skills and knowledge, provide resources, tools, and expert connections, and help you accelerate your business. It shares many similarities with the Summer Venture Program and incorporates many elements like Hot Seat, office hours, and dedicated advisors, but is delivered online.

Summer 2020

Throughout the summer, you will work with your dedicated advisor, learn from expert speakers, engage with your peers, and participate in skill-building workshops, Hot Seat pitching sessions, office hours, and much more. The programming will leverage all of the resources and expertise of the Blank Center.

  • Monday, June 1 - Friday, August 7
  • Core working hours are Monday - Thursday, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Option to earn academic credit

Bob Stringer

Bob Stringer is an active angel investor in startups, a board member and advisor to early-stage companies in five different countries, and an author. Previously, he founded Sherbrooke Capital, LLC. He currently works with a portfolio of early-stage technology, health and wellness, and consumer goods companies as the founder and general partner of Crimson Seed Capital. LinkedIn Profile »


Beth Goldstein Babson Profile »


Thank You

The Summer Catalyst program is made possible through the generous support of our sponsors and donors.


Molson Foundation

The Molson Foundation brings together community organizations and institutions from across Canada to shape innovation and create lasting change for the benefit of society. By focusing our impact on the areas of education, health, the arts and humanities, we draw on history to better the future.

Ace & Company

ACE & Company (ACE), founded in 2005, is a global investment management group specialized in direct investments. ACE is uniquely positioned to understand the needs and challenges facing private investors today and provide unparalleled access to quality opportunities across the direct investment ecosystem. By combining in-house team capabilities with specialized partners, ACE is able to source, perform due diligence, and execute on superior investment opportunities across five continents. The flexible investment platform offers diverse portfolios across the stages of the investment life cycle from early, growth, to mature. The ACE team prides themselves in actively partnering with stakeholders to meet specific investment criteria and objectives and aims to actively improve investment returns by adding strategic value to both its portfolio companies as well as sourcing partners by leveraging its broad investment knowledge. ACE is regulated by the Swiss Financial Supervisory Authority (FINMA) in Switzerland.

Generous Gifts From:

Anthony R. Chiasson ’95

Kevin A. Colleran ’03 H’15