Entrepreneurship Leadership Academies

Be challenged by teaching entrepreneurial leadership skills to high school students and through the process, discover a new culture, make friends for life, and learn about yourself.

The Office of Faith and Service and the Glavin Office of International Education have teamed up to teach high school students in Tanzania the basics of Entrepreneurial Thought and Action® (ET&A™)​ as part of the Babson Entrepreneurial Leadership Academies (BELA).

As part of Babson’s mission to educate entrepreneurial leaders who create great economic and social value everywhere, Babson brings a team of volunteers, including students, staff, faculty, alumni, and friends, to various countries of the world with the BELA program. These are one-week, intensive programs, working with approximately 100 high school students, teaching them the basics of ET&A.

Team members teach both large groups and small groups, developing leadership and entrepreneurial skills in their students. The students learn new ways of thinking about their lives, their communities, and the resources at hand in order to create something of value.

The week culminates in a rocket pitch competition. Students are challenged to be able to articulate who they are, what their idea is, and how they are the right fit to move this initiative forward.

To prepare for the experience, team members complete a 16 hour seminar on Teaching Entrepreneurship developed and led by Professor Candida Brush, Vice Provost of Global Entrepreneurial Leadership.

Scheduled Trips

Tanzania: January 2018 (application available on July 1, 2017)

Guatemala: June 2018 (application available on July 1, 2017)

For more information on these trips and how to bring Babson BELA to an underserved community, please contact:

Lisa Thomas, Director of the Office of Faith and Service​​​​​​​​​​