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Price-Babson Symposium for Entrepreneurship Educators
Learn Action-Based Teaching Methods in Entrepreneurship Education from the No. 1 School in Entrepreneurship
Find out why how we teach is just as important as what we teach.
Entrepreneurship educators have the ability to change lives through teaching and practice. Just as enterprises must be dedicated to innovating their products, practitioners of entrepreneurship education must commit to renewing their mindset, methodology, and pedagogy.
For 30+ years, the Price-Babson Symposium for Entrepreneurship Educators has helped higher education faculty and administrators take their entrepreneurship education and programming to the next level. Taught at the No. 1 school for entrepreneurship for 25+ years (U.S. News & World Report) and led by pre-eminent entrepreneurship educator Heidi Neck, this weeklong immersive symposium emphasizes that how you teach is just as important as what you teach.
At A Glance
Make Leaps in Your Pedagogy, Networking, and Institutional Impact
Not only will you experience Babson's best practices and teaching methods, you'll learn a one-of-a-kind entrepreneurship education framework, Babson's hallmark methodology, Entrepreneurial Thought & Action® (ET&A™). You’ll benefit from action-based learning and pedagogical best practices, elevating your impact in the classroom. Form long-lasting, mutually beneficial relationships with other top-performing academics like yourself as you grow your network of global entrepreneurship educators.
Who Should Attend?
The Price-Babson Symposium for Entrepreneurship Educators is designed for educators of all kinds, who share a desire to teach entrepreneurship.
- Higher education faculty who teach entrepreneurship
- Deans and administrators at higher education institutions
- Center and incubator leaders at higher education institutions
- Entrepreneurs and practitioners who also teach
What You Need to Know
This weeklong, in-person program runs from Sunday through Thursday. Flights scheduled for Thursday should depart after 4 p.m. from Boston’s Logan Airport.
The week’s schedule is as follows:
- Sunday: 5:30 p.m. registration; 6 p.m. welcome reception and dinner
- Monday: 8:30 a.m.–5:15 p.m.
- Tuesday: 8:15 a.m.–5:15 p.m., with evening work groups
- Wednesday: 8:15 a.m.–5:15 p.m., with evening work groups
- Thursday: 8:15 a.m.–2 p.m., including group presentations, certificate ceremony, and buffet luncheon
If you believe, like I do, that entrepreneurship can change the world, then being an entrepreneurship educator is both an enormous responsibility and gift. We must continuously challenge ourselves to become better educators and push pedagogical boundaries to do things better and differently.
What is included in the program fee?
The program fee includes your tuition and program materials. In most cases, meals during the program are included. Some programs include accommodations. Travel and personal expenses are not included (such as alcoholic beverages consumed with meals, telephone, and other incidentals).
What accommodations are available, and what if I need to arrive earlier or stay later?
Please check the webpage for the program you are attending for information regarding what accommodations are included in your program fee.
For some programs, rooms are at the Babson Executive Conference Center. If accommodations are not available at the Babson Executive Conference Center, a suitable alternative will be provided. For student programs, such as Babson Build, participants will stay in dorms.
*Guests of the Babson Executive Conference Center that wish to arrive before the program begins or extend their stay should email Reservations or call +1-781-239-5816 to check rates and availability. Guests are responsible for the cost of extra nights.
Check-in time: 4 p.m. Check-out time: 11 a.m.
Amenities include complimentary Wi-Fi, fitness center, billiards, campus walking trails, dining room, lounge, and 24-hour access to a beverage break station.
What should I do if I have dietary restrictions?
We are happy to help make accommodations for all dietary needs. Our food options allow for most food restrictions. Please let your program manager know if you have specific needs, once you have registered.
What should I wear?
Business casual is appropriate for classes and activities at the Babson Executive Conference Center. As classroom temperatures can vary, we suggest layered clothing.
What is the closest airport?
Boston Logan International Airport is the closest airport to Babson College (approximately 15 miles from the center). Travel times can vary based on the time of day.
What is the best way to get to the conference center from the airport?
The best way to get to the conference center/college would be to use a Ride app, arrange for a private car/van service, or take a taxi. There are commuter rail and subway stations nearby as well, but, private transportation between stations and Babson College is required.
- Wellesley Carriage: A local Wellesley company (shared or private van/car service available)
- GO Boston Shuttle: Use promotional code: Babson (shared or private van service available)
- Knight’s Airport Limousine: Use Group code: BABSON (private car or private van service only, good for groups of three to 10)
Taxis are available at each terminal of Boston Logan International Airport. The cost is approximately $60–$100 USD
per trip, and it will take 30–60 minutes to travel to/from Babson depending on traffic and tolls.
- Veterans Taxi: +1-781-449-8294
- Wellesley Transportation Service: +1-781-235-2200
MBTA Commuter Rail
The closest commuter rail stations are Wellesley Hills and Route 128/Westwood. Private transportation is needed between stations and Babson College.
The closest subway station is WOODLAND T on the Green Line. Private transportation is needed between the station and Babson College.
When is payment due and what types of payment do you accept?
For in-person programs, payment is due in full 60 days prior to the start date of the program.
If you register for a program with an early registration rate, payment is due by the early registration date. Please check the webpage for the program you are attending for the early registration date.
We accept credit card, check, or wire transfer payments.
Payment plan options are available for our in-person courses for individuals. For more details, please email Elizabeth Daniels or call +1-781-239-5333.
Do you offer discounts?
Discounts on Babson Academy courses are available for the following:
- Alumni of Babson College (undergraduate or graduate)
- Babson Collaborative members
- Groups of three or more registering at the same time
Please email Elizabeth Daniels for more information and for discount codes before registering. In addition, please note that discounts cannot be combined.
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. Note that a certificate will not be provided if there is insufficient evidence of participation.
Do you have translation for non-English speaking participants?
We do not offer translation in our programs. Although we do not require the TOEFL, all Babson Academy programs are taught in English, so it is a prerequisite that you speak, read, and write English proficiently.
What type of visa do international travelers need, and will you provide a visa invitation letter?
International travelers will need to obtain a B-1 temporary business travel visa. Once you have registered and paid in full, contact the program manager to provide you with a visa invitation letter.
What is your cancellation policy?
Registration changes must be requested in writing to Babson Academy.
- 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 utilized within a one-year period
- If requested 14-29 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 13 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
*Substitutions and transfers are subject to approval to ensure that participants and programs are suitable.
Meet The Faculty*
Heidi Neck, ProfessorJeffry A. Timmons Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies, Academic Director Babson Academy
Heidi Neck is an award-winning educator, writer, international speaker, consultant, and entrepreneur who believes in the power of entrepreneurship education to change the world and the people who create it. Neck is the lead author of Teaching Entrepreneurship: A Practice-Based Approach, written to help educators teach entrepreneurship in more experiential and engaging ways. Her latest book, The Ideate Method, guides students through an ideation technique empirically proven to help novice entrepreneurs generate high-potential new venture ideas.
Candida BrushF.W. Olin Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship, Vice Provost of Global Entrepreneurial Leadership
*Faculty subject to change
What Makes Babson Academy Different?
At Babson Academy, we believe entrepreneurship education changes the world. To date, we have impacted more than 8,700 educators and students from 1,300 educational institutions in more than 80 countries. Our goal? Advancing global entrepreneurial learning across universities worldwide.
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 institution.
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