The Entrepreneurial Family

Foundations for the Future

The Entrepreneurial Family is a transformational weeklong summer program that allows you and your teenager to build your relationship while experiencing Babson's one-of-a-kind Entrepreneurial Thought & Action® (ET&A™) methodology together. The program was launched through the vision and generosity of seasoned entrepreneur and business leader Diego Lowenstein '90, P'21.

Benefits of this entrepreneurial learning and leadership experience:

  • Allows you to work directly with your teenager as peers, offering insight into each other's strengths and capabilities
  • Offers your teenager perspective on your business decisions and career path
  • Sparks new entrepreneurial ideas that your family might pursue together 
  • Encourages new lines of communication between you and your teen
  • Shows your child the power of entrepreneurship and how entrepreneurial thinking can be used to succeed in both business and in life 
  • Gives a better understanding of career pathways in business and if a Babson education is the right choice for your teen

Contact Rachel Crane, Sr. Director Business Development or call +1-781-239-4349

You and your child will learn from Babson faculty members who are globally renowned academics and seasoned entrepreneurs. You and your teen will join other business-minded families from around the world in experiences that include time in and out of the classroom.

Classroom topics include:

Introduction to ET&A

Discover Entrepreneurial Thought & Action, Babson's approach to entrepreneurship of all kinds. Find out how ET&A can help you take quick and smart actions to taking on new opportunities. Use the methodology to develop a business opportunity that you present to the group at the culmination of the program. 

Art of the Pitch

Explore approaches to pitching to an investor, including how to engage an audience and learning what investors value when listening to pitches.

Family Entrepreneurship

Participate in a conversation about family entrepreneurship including the benefits and challenges to working with your family.


You will complete a work style assessment and learn how your behavioral style affects how you work with others and how you can adapt your style to work more effectively with others.

Design Thinking Simulation

Participate in a team-based simulation that provides hands-on experience in working through the design process (Inspire, Ideate, Implement) to gain skills necessary to navigate through the front end of entrepreneurial activity.

Family Finances

Gain an understanding of how to effectively manage wealth and maintain a healthy family environment by exploring perspectives on risk tolerance, financial style and effective decision making.

Opportunity Assessment

Leverage an iterative approach to launching a venture by using ET&A to identify low cost means to test an opportunity, learn and reshape the opportunity.

Business Model Canvas

Learn business models that help entrepreneurs answer a number of questions including how they can add revenue sources and what kind of infrastructure is needed to support additional revenue models.

Outside of the classroom you will:

  • Explore nearby Boston
  • Hear from speakers who are experienced entrepreneurs
  • Go on a company tour
  • Participate in sports activities
  • Network at dinner receptions

Parents and their teenage sons or daughters (ages 14–18). Each parent-teen pair will learn and grow together throughout the program.

The faculty director is Mathew Allen, an associate professor of entrepreneurship and the faculty director of Babson's Institute for Family Entrepreneurship. Allen's research is focused on entrepreneurship as it relates to family businesses and the preparation of the next generation of leaders. He works with family businesses of all sizes on issues of succession, governance, and effective management of interpersonal relationships in order to drive success across generations.

Cost includes program materials, accommodations, and meals at the award-winning Babson Executive Conference Center. Participants may access accommodations beginning at 4 p.m. on the day before the program begins. There is an introductory reception. All participants receive a certificate of completion.

Each session has a limited number of participants to preserve the intimacy and collegiality of the experience. Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Read about discounts for Babson alumni with the Lifelong Learner Grant.

Program Discounts

Babson alumni enjoy discounts on Babson Executive Education programs.

Discounts also are available for Babson Executive Education’s certificate enrollees, members of our Corporate Partner program, and past participants.

Please email Rachel Crane for more information on discounts.

Read about this family's experience with The Entrepreneurial Family program.

Parent and Teen During Classroom

Parent and Teens share The Entrepreneurial Family program experience in this video.