Kerry Murphy Healey Center for Health Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Babson L-SPRINT: Entrepreneurship Immersion for Substance Use Disorders for Researchers and Innovators

Applications Accepted Through April 15!

Explore your potential as an entrepreneur with this full-scholarship educational opportunity.

L-SPRINT is the Life Sciences Entrepreneurial Product Development Immersion Course for New Technologies and Solutions at Babson College.

Babson created L-SPRINT with a grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to facilitate the commercialization of innovative SUD prevention and treatment solutions.

Thanks to this NIDA grant, every admitted L-SPRINT participant receives a full program scholarship.

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Game-changing Entrepreneurship Education in the Hub of Life Sciences Innovation

For five intensive days, you and your peers who are innovating in the SUD space will engage with Babson’s signature Entrepreneurial Thought & Action® methodology. Expect to expand well beyond your science, to explore and develop your untapped potential as an entrepreneur.

And because of Babson’s optimal location, you’ll have opportunities to make connections in one of the world’s largest, most influential life sciences innovation ecosystems.

For this reason we especially encourage SUD researchers and innovators from underrepresented communities to apply to L-SPRINT.

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Why Babson College?

Babson College is the No. 1 school of entrepreneurship. It has maintained this prestigious position for over a quarter of a century.

What is NIDA?

NIDA is the National Institute on Drug Abuse and is one of the 27 institutes of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Their mission is to advance science on drug use and addiction and to apply that knowledge to improve individual and public health. The National Institutes of Health (NIH), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the nation’s medical research agency which makes important discoveries that improve health and save lives.

What’s included in this NIDA-sponsored Babson L-SPRINT program?

A five-day in-person workshop for accelerating the  commercialization of innovative solutions for substance use disorders; course materials; site visits, networking events with actors in the SUDs solution ecosystem; 8 months of monthly faculty-led mentoring meetings; travel to and from Babson College, housing accommodations, and meals.

Is there any cost to participants?

There is no cost to participants as the NIDA grant provides funding for scholarships. Every admitted participant gets a full scholarship.

What does the scholarship cover?

The scholarship covers program registration, tuition, workshop materials, housing accommodation, meals, and travels (ground, rail, and air).

What topics does the program cover?

Entrepreneurial Thought & Action,® design thinking, product and customer development, commercializing emerging technologies, entrepreneurial sales and marketing, entrepreneurial finance, entrepreneurial leadership, raising resources, and the art of pitching.

What is the schedule for the five-day in-person workshop?

Participants will arrive on a Sunday and have a welcome introduction dinner. The next five days feature workshop activities in 90-minute blocks with breaks. The program ends by 5 p.m. on Friday.

Where does the program take place?

Babson Executive Conference Center, 1 Snyder Drive, Babson Park, MA 02457. It is located within Babson College, Babson Park, Massachusetts.

Do I need a finished product/solution?


Do I need to already have in place a team working on the innovative solution?


Can I apply individually? Or as a group?

You may apply individually or as a group. If applying as a group, there is less likelihood of the whole group being accepted into the program.

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