Annual Events

Babson Connect

Babson Connect is an event offered twice a year that brings together the Babson community in the Bay Area to build and enhance relationships, network, and learn. At each event, a top Silicon Valley entrepreneurial leader delivers an address, with past speakers including: Jim Herbert, founder and CEO of First Republic Bank, Dan Levin, COO of Box, James Park, CEO and co-founder of Fitbit, Craig Newmark, founder of craigslist, Loic Le Meur, founder of, and Jamie Siminoff, chief inventor and CEO of Ring.


THRIVE is a series of conversations with founders, leaders, and changemakers presented by Babson College, Leiden University Centre for Innovation, and Free Range. We explore the techniques and mindsets they’ve relied on to adapt and grow in an age of constant disruption. Each conversation reveals the personal struggles, setbacks, and breakthroughs these innovators have experience—revealing stories rarely heard from inside some of the world’s most admired, purpose-driven companies. We feature monthly conversation at the Babson San Francisco campus. Visit the THRIVE website to learn more about upcoming events.

Photos from the Babson San Francisco Summer Venture Showcase

CWEL: Women Entrepreneurs Disrupting the Status Quo

In partnership with the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership (CWEL), Babson San Francisco features women leaders for an annual speaker event. Past speakers have included founders such as Maia Bittner of Rocksbox, Kara Goldin of Hint Water, Joanna Meiseles of SnipIts, Lynn Perkins of UrbanSitter.

Rocket Pitch

Rocket Pitch San Francisco brings together Babson entrepreneurs to pitch unique business ideas to seasoned Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and investors, and the Babson Bay Area community of alumni, faculty, and students. Promising Babson entrepreneurs have three minutes and three slides to pitch their ideas to a panel of judges. Rocket Pitch is held annually at the San Francisco campus.

Babson San Francisco Events