Summer Venture Program

A 10-week intensive experience designed to accelerate the development of student entrepreneurial ventures.

The Summer Venture Program (SVP) is a 10-week intensive experience that builds entrepreneurial skills and accelerates the development of student ventures. Each year approximately 15 teams are chosen among the most promising graduate and undergraduate entrepreneurs from Babson College, F.W. Olin College of Engineering, and Wellesley College.

Teams receive free housing, 24/7 workspace downtown, dedicated advisors, expert speakers/mentors, and world-class programming that leverage the resources of the Blank Center. As teams work to build their businesses, they make invaluable connections to potential customers, partners, investors, and industry influencers. At the culmination of the program, teams present at the Summer Venture Showcase to an audience of over 400 members of the Babson and local startup communities. Although the value of a transformative experience on an entrepreneur is priceless, each Babson Summer Venture team receives services with a market value of at least $200K.

Participants form lifelong bonds with their fellow entrepreneurs, and after the program, they join a powerful network of hundreds of SVP alumni that span over a decade.

The Leader

2017 BostInno 50 on Fire Winner & Inno Blazer

Since its inception in 2009, the Summer Venture Program has influenced the lives of over 200 student entrepreneurs. Notable past ventures include DARTdrones, DetraPel, Mighty Well, Think Board, and Virool. Babson is recognized nationally as the No. 1 leader in entrepreneurship for 24 consecutive years by U.S. News & World Report, and the Summer Venture Program is recognized regionally as the category winner for education 50 on Fire by BostInno. Embracing Entrepreneurial Thought and Action® (ET&A™) ourselves, the program has been finely honed over the course of 10 years, and today represents the best of entrepreneurship education.

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2019 Marquee Sponsors

The Molson Family Foundation was created to make gifts, grants, contributions, and donations to hospitals, educational institutions or institutes for advancement of education, and charitable institutions or organizations within Canada.​​

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Citizens Bank

2019 Gold Sponsor

Citizens Financial Group, Inc. is one of the nation’s oldest and largest financial institutions, with $158.6 billion in assets as of September 30, 2018. Headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island, Citizens offers a broad range of retail and commercial banking products and services to individuals, small businesses, middle-market companies, large corporations and institutions. Citizens helps its customers reach their potential by listening to them and by understanding their needs in order to offer tailored advice, ideas and solutions.

2019 Silver Sponsor

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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.

2019 Bronze Sponsor 

When we opened our first Chicken & Rice Guys food truck back in 2012, we had one goal: introduce you nomivores to the ridiculously delicious world of chicken and rice. With high quality ingredients, alluring aromas, and the seduction of self-saucing, we knew our halal grub would be a hit. So far, we’ve launched a fleet of trucks, multiple restaurants, and a thriving catering business. Our next step? World domination! Just kidding. But we are working hard to find the next eating experience that will take over your world. Burger-Pizza-Burrito, we’re coming for you, buddy… And thanks to you, we’re growing—so it’s only fair that we return the favor. We focus on hiring locally, nurturing our employees, and giving back to our community through local organizations.