The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp: A New Venture Entrepreneurship Program

The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp

Next live online program date: January 21–February 19, 2021

Next in-person program date: May 24–28, 2021

An Entrepreneur Bootcamp to Launch and Grow Your Business

You have the idea and the determination to make it happen, and Babson has the new venture entrepreneurship expertise to take your business to the next level. During this entrepreneurship training program, faculty from the No. 1 school for entrepreneurship will help you gain the entrepreneurial mindset and relevant skills it takes to successfully launch and grow your business.

Choose the format that’s right for you: in-person or live online. If you thrive in bootcamp environments, register for the in-person experience. It’s an intense, five-day entrepreneurship workshop. If you prefer more space to digest and process what you learn, register for the live online program, which is spread over five weeks, allowing you time to apply what you learn to your business. Both programs end with rocket pitches that are recorded, peer-reviewed, and scored.

What Will You Learn?

During this bootcamp for entrepreneurs, you will gain entrepreneurial skills and techniques that will improve your venture’s chances of success. Build a global network of entrepreneurs you can turn to for advice and support. Learn from Babson faculty members who have helped thousands of successful entrepreneurs launch and grow their businesses.

Both live online and in-person entrepreneur bootcamp programs cover the following topics:

  • How to create a successful business model using Babson’s Entrepreneurial Thought & Action® methodology
  • Design thinking
  • Strategic positioning and value proposition development
  • Financial modeling
  • The role of the founder, building effective partnerships, and recruiting team members
  • Marketing, personal selling, and customer acquisition
  • Harnessing resources and fundraising
  • Pitching to investors

Two Formats to Choose From

Format Live Online
Next Date January 21–February 19, 2021
Duration & Time Commitment 5 weeks; 2–3 hours/week
Benefit
Over the course of seven sessions in five weeks, you’ll have time to digest what you learn and either immediately apply these insights to your existing business, or gain the support you need to design, launch, and grow your new venture. The program ends with a recorded, peer-reviewed, and scored rocket pitch.
Format In Person
Next Date May 24–28, 2021
Duration 5 days
Benefit
Retreat to Babson’s campus for an intensive, 5-day immersion where you’ll be immersed in all aspects of how to design, launch, and grow your business. The program ends with a recorded, peer-reviewed, and scored rocket pitch.

Who Should Attend?

This bootcamp for entrepreneurs is well suited for:

  • Aspiring entrepreneurs with a new venture entrepreneurship idea
  • Entrepreneurs who want to take their business to the next level
  • Executives looking to grow their entrepreneurial mindset to innovate in their current role

What You Need to Know About This Entrepreneurship Workshop

This five-week live online program includes:

  • Seven live online sessions
    • Week 1 
      • January 21: Entrepreneurial Thought & Action® and Creating your Successful Business/Business Models with Professor Andrew Corbett 
      • January 22: Design Thinking with Professor Phil Kim
    • Week 2
      • January 29: Value Propositions and Customer and Product Discovery Process with Adjunct Lecturer Angelo Santinelli
    • Week 3
      • February 5: Financial Modeling and Proformas with Professor Zach Zacharakis
    • Week 4
      • February 11: Founding and Teams or Growth, with Joe Nedder or Professor Andrew Corbett 
      • February 12: Entrepreneurship Marketing and the Art of Pitching with Debi Kleiman
    • Week 5
      • February 19: Business Models Pitches with Professor Andrew Corbett 
  • All sessions are from 9 a.m.–noon ET
  • Two to three hours/week of coursework

Program materials include videos, presentations, case studies, articles, workbooks, and more.

Interested in an Entrepreneurship Workshop for Your Team?

Set your company up for success by bringing a customized version of The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp to your organization. Babson Executive Education custom programs are tailored to your unique needs. Provide your team with a framework for both growing their innovative, entrepreneurial mindset and taking your business to the next level.

Meet the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp Faculty

Andrew Corbett, Professor

Recognized as one of the most cited entrepreneurship researchers in the world, Professor Andrew Corbett is the chair of the Entrepreneurship Division at Babson College. He focuses on corporate entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial learning and cognition, and entrepreneurship education. His research has been published in Harvard Business Review, The Journal of Management Studies, and many others.

Phil Kim, Professor

An internationally recognized expert on entrepreneurship, Phil Kim studies, teaches, and advises on different aspects of how entrepreneurial ideas become reality. Widely published and a sought-after conference speaker, he also regularly advises entrepreneurs on issues related to launching and establishing their businesses, and coaches student entrepreneurs as they start their businesses. Prior to becoming an academic, he worked as a management consultant.

Angelo Santinelli, Adjunct Lecturer

Angelo Santinelli has more than 25 years of business experience with a strong background in technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship. He advises companies and executives on a broad range of topics including seed and early-stage private equity financing, mergers and acquisitions, strategy and organizational development, product innovation, and business development.

Andrew Zacharakis, Professor

Andrew “Zach” Zacharakis’s research, training, and teaching focus on two major areas of entrepreneurship: the venture capital decision-making process, and entrepreneurial growth strategies. He is the author of five books, and has taught seminars at leading companies. Prior to his academic career, Zacharakis worked in investment banking and venture capital. Today, he is an active angel investor in seed-stage deals.

Debi Kleiman, Executive Director, The Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship

Debi Kleiman is the executive director of The Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship​ at Babson College. She spent more than 20 years as an award-winning marketing executive and entrepreneurial leader known for inspiring top-performing teams and delivering strong business results. She is the author of First Pitch: Winning Money, Mentors, and More for Your Startup and serves on the advisory boards of several startups.

Tim Marken ’81, Managing Partner, Leonidas Strategy Group

Tim Marken is the president and chief operating officer at Breakaway Innovation Group, a hybrid strategic consultancy, creative agency, and venture capital firm. His expertise spans investment banking, sales management, and brand building. Marken was a founder and chief operating officer at Altus Marketing and Management, and consults with senior management at many global companies.

Joseph Nedder, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Human Resources Officer, Edelman Financial Engines

Joe Nedder has spent more than 30 years dealing with complex organizational issues in companies ranging from startups to large-scale, international enterprises. Prior to joining Edelman Financial Engines, he served as the chief operating officer for the asset management division of Fidelity Investments. He has served in a variety of line, operational, and human resources roles throughout his career.

What Makes Babson Executive Education Different?

Babson Executive Education works with organizations and professionals around the world to turn ideas and challenges into opportunity. Babson cultivates an entrepreneurial mindset that is the basis for many of the world’s most innovative businesses and leaders.

Our programs are about more than theory; they’re about action, and equipping you with the practical tools and strategies necessary to have an immediate impact on your organization or business.

Babson’s Entrepreneurship Bootcamp is a game changer. I enjoyed learning and sharing best practices with entrepreneurs from all over the world.”
Madieu Williams
Co-Owner, 18|8 Fine Men’s Salons
I was very pleased to know that I could directly apply the lessons I learned at Babson to my work managing the HNM team.”
Jonatan Lustgarten MBA’15
Co-Founder, HNM Medical, and CEO, Grupo Empresarial Castel

Our Experts in the News

Faculty teaching this entrepreneurship workshop are experts in all facets of new venture entrepreneurship, from securing funding to building a team to scaling the business, and more. They bring this expertise, research, and thought leadership into our entrepreneurship training program, offering expert coaching and guidance.

All About Angel Investors

There’s a clear distinction between angel investors and venture capitalists. As Professor Zach Zacharakis puts it, “Angels invest their own money, and venture capitalists invest other people’s money.” Angels are a critical component of thriving entrepreneurial ecosystems, providing the necessary financing to help founders get moving.

After NFL, Players Turn to Babson

With their playing days behind them, numerous NFL athletes have participated in Babson’s Entrepreneurship Bootcamp to kick-start new entrepreneurial careers. Past participants include New England Patriots linebacker Adalius Thomas, Miami Dolphins wide receiver Mark Clayton, and Dallas Cowboys tight end Brett Pierce.

Can Businesses Start and Grow in a Crisis?

According to Professor Phil Kim, anxiety about starting a business in a crisis like the current pandemic is entirely appropriate. However, there’s strong precedent for business success springing from times of uncertainty. Look no further than General Electric, Disney, and McDonald’s, all of which were born during times of great social and economic distress.

It’s Time to Startup. Is Your Pitch Ready?

It takes a village to be successful with a new venture. Entrepreneurs need great mentors, connections, employees, funding, and other resources to make it happen. Pitching is how to get them. According to Debi Kleiman, telling people the story of your startup, and getting others to buy in, is the only way to attract the right people to help you.

How and when will I have access to the course materials?

  • Course materials are provided via Canvas, Babson’s online learning portal. Materials will be made available to participants between 1 and 7 days prior to the first live virtual session, depending on the amount of pre-work that participants are expected to complete in advance.

Where can I find the schedule for the days and times of the online sessions?

  • The schedule will also be sent to registered participants in the registration confirmation email (see link to the EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW document).

Do I need to join the virtual webinar sessions live? Will they be recorded?

  • We highly recommend that participants join the live virtual sessions. It is an opportunity to ask questions, participate in rich discussion, and learn from the experience of your program peers. All sessions will be recorded and posted to Canvas within 24 hours.

What technology do you use for the virtual programs?

  • Canvas – Course materials, the agenda, pre-work, assignments, faculty bios, etc. are posted here.
  • Video-conferencing Platform – We will use a virtual meeting application (like Webex or Zoom) that allows you to see and communicate with other participants simultaneously and in real time. Your instructor can share documents and interactive media, invite participants to share content, and engage with you in real-time participation. Links to sessions and more information will be provided on Canvas.

What do I need to participate? How do I prepare for the webinar?

  1. We recommend a computer/laptop with a webcam (built in or external camera) for optimal viewing, but you may also join from a tablet or cell phone
  2. Internet connection or cell hotspot
  3. Operating system: Windows: 7,8.1, or 10; Apple: OS 10.9 or higher
  4. Recommended browsers for optimal experience: Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari 8 and up (Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer 8, 9, 10, and Safari 7 are not recommended.)
  5. Headset with microphone (Recommended but optional)

What happens if I have technical issues?

  • Additional, detailed instructions will be provided on Canvas. Babson staff will be online and available to assist you, and will identify themselves during each virtual delivery. Contact the staff via the chat function for help, or email them if needed. Contact information is available in the EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW document.

How long will I have access to the online materials?

  • Course materials on Canvas will be available for 6 months following the completion of the program.

When is payment due and what types of payment do you accept?

  • Payment is due in full at the time of registration. Babson accepts Visa, MasterCard or American Express

Do you offer discounts?

  • We offer discounts for the following:
    • If you are an alumni of Babson College (undergraduate or graduate)
    • Current Babson graduate students
    • Parents of current Babson students or Babson alumni
    • If you come in a group of three or more
    • If you have taken an online or multiday face-to-face Babson Executive Education program in the past
    • Please email Rachel Crane at rcrane@babson.edu for discount codes before registering.

Do you offer online programs for large groups from the same company?

  • We are pleased to offer programs from our diverse open enrollment portfolio and we can customize a program to your company’s specific needs. Please email Rachel Crane for additional information.

What will I receive upon completion of the program?

  • Each program participant receives a certificate of completion. We invite participants to add the program to their LinkedIn profile by filling in the Certifications section and/or sharing the certificate of completion image and tagging Babson College. Note that a certificate will not be provided if there is no evidence of participation.

Do you have translation for non-English speaking participants?

  • We do not offer translation in our open enrollment programs. Although we do not require TOEFL, it is a prerequisite that you speak, read, and write English proficiently.
  • All Babson Executive Education programs are taught in English. To participate, we ask that you can speak, read, and write English to get the most out of our programs.

Where can I find information for in-person programs?

What is your cancellation policy for online programs?

  • Registration changes must be requested in writing to Babson Executive Education.
    • If requested 30 days or more prior to the program start date: Cancellations receive a 100% refund / Substitutions* are allowed, subject to a $250 administration fee / One-Time Transfers* allowed subject to a $250 administration fee, to be ustilized within a one year period
    • If requested 8-29 days prior to the program start date: Cancellations receive a 50% refund / Substitutions* are allowed, subject to a $250 administration fee / One-Time Transfers* are not allowed
    • If requested 7 days or fewer prior to the program start date: Cancellations do not receive a refund / Substitutions* are not allowed / One-Time Transfers* are not allowed

*Substitions and transfers are subject to approval to ensure that participants and programs are suitable.

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Contact Rachel Crane, Sr. Director Business Development:

+1-781-239-4349
rcrane@babson.edu