Student Open Forum: Corruption in the Diamond Industry
The Student Scholars of the Butler Institute for Free Enterprise through Entrepreneurship led a conversation about corruption in the diamond industry and how we can utilize blockchain technology to validate lab-grown diamonds.
Tuesday, November 29, 2022
GEM Data Hackathon Presentation and Award Ceremony
Three students were recognized at the 2nd annual GEM Data Hackathon presentation and award ceremony on November 10th. The GEM Data Hackathon was created to challenge both undergraduate and graduate students to crunch and analyze using real data from the GEM Report (Global Entrepreneurship Monitor) and uncover some new, unique insights about entrepreneurship in the United States.
The submissions were judged by faculty on the insightfulness and novelty of the analysis and visual representation of the GEM data. This year's winners were:
1st Place: Kristin Wendell MBA'22
2nd Place: Jackson Kuja '25
3rd Place: Michael Twomey '23
Read more about this special competition, key findings, and winners.
Thursday, November 10, 2022
Student Open Forum: Opportunity Zones
According to the IRS, opportunity zones are economic development tool that allows people to invest in distressed areas in the United States. Their purpose is to spur economic growth and job creation in low-income communities while providing tax benefits to investors.
In this conversation, Rani Jivani presented the cracks in the opportunity zones legislation and who is currently benefiting from them. The group talked about how we as a society can redirect investment to serve its intended purpose.
Tuesday, October 25, 2022
Student Open Forum: Cannabis Industry & Regulation
Cannabis is a multi-billion-dollar industry booming under an inconsistent regulatory landscape at federal and state levels and creating a stark divide among Americans. In this conversation, students explored the cracks in the cannabis regulation system and discussed important questions such as who is benefiting from the regulatory status quo, upcoming legislation, and how entrepreneurs can thrive in this fragmented industry.
Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Signature Event: Finding Success, Happiness, and Purpose with bestselling author, Harvard professor, and the Atlantic’s happiness columnist Dr. Arthur C. Brooks
The Babson College community had the pleasure of hearing from success, happiness, and purpose expert, Dr. Arthur Brooks, when he visited campus for a conversation on Tuesday, April 19.
Read more about Brooks’ visit, and about the intersection of happiness and entrepreneurship.
Tuesday, April 19, 2022
Student Open Forum: Millennial & Gen Z Socialism
The Student Scholars of the Butler Institute for Free Enterprise through Entrepreneurship led a conversation about the roaring rejection of capitalism and growing support for socialism among the younger population. Whether it’s through political campaigns, legacy media, or social media platforms, socialism is rising in popularity across the United States. In wake of this sweeping economic ideology, people have started to turn their backs on capitalism and question its relevance. Students and faculty discussed how capitalism can survive rising millennial socialism while pursuing and igniting entrepreneurial ventures.
Wednesday, April 13, 2022
Student Open Forum: Small Town America vs. The EPA - A perspective
An interactive conversation led by Butler Institute Scholar, Dominic Sapone, about the growing interference of the EPA in various industries. Dominic highlighted examples of recent EPA crackdowns on small manufacturers in the automotive industry, hurting the livelihoods of entrepreneurs and their families.
Tuesday, March 29, 2022
Spotlight Series Event: What the Superbowl Teaches us about Market Regulation, Innovation, and Capitalism.
Professor Andrew Corbett, faculty, and guests discussed what the Super Bowl teaches us about markets, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Looking back at years of Super Bowl ads, the conversation examined what happened to the many market-dominant firms of prior decades as a way to think about policy for today and tomorrow. Watch the recording: Spotlight Series Event: What the Superbowl Teaches us about Market Regulation, Innovation, and Capitalism
Wednesday, February 2, 2022