THE RECOGNIZED INNOVATOR IN ENTREPRENEURSHIP EDUCATION,
Babson educates leaders to create economic and social value everywhere. Some of these leaders start new businesses, others participate in family businesses. Some create products and processes within existing organizations, and others engage in social ventures or service. Through Babson, they all are prepared to think beyond the bottom line and act to build a better world through their work.
In the three decades since the college founded the academic field of entrepreneurship, Babsons programs have made enormous economic and social impact around the globe. Educators, business leaders, and government organizations look to Babson’s leadership in entrepreneurship to model educational programs; launch and grow for- and nonprofit businesses; and create policy and social environments in which entrepreneurial activity can flourish.
A story of firsts.
The story of entrepreneurship at Babson is a story of firsts.
Babson College was the first academic institution to: offer graduate and undergraduate courses in entrepreneurship; create an entrepreneurship center; run an undergraduate business plan competition; organize a conference to showcase global thought leadership in entrepreneurship research; develop a multidisciplinary integrated graduate curriculum that follows the life cycle of a business; provide an experiential venture creation undergraduate curriculum; and develop and host a symposium for entrepreneurship educators.
Entrepreneurship is Babsons DNA.
The College built the largest entrepreneurship faculty in the world, and they teach across all of its programs-50 percent are founders, entrepreneurs, or venture capitalists.
Babson’s diverse student body brings unique perspective to entrepreneurial learning. More than 1,800 undergraduate and 1,600 graduate students attend Babson, representing more than 45 states and 57 countries. More than 20 percent of the undergraduates and 40% of the full time MBA students are from outside the United States.
Babson’s award-winning curriculum and pedagogy emphasize learning through practice and real-world experience. Babson is the only college or university where every student, undergraduate and graduate, is immersed in entrepreneurship from his or her first day on campus.
Creating a new product, organization, delivery system, or industry is central to entrepreneurship-and at Babson, creativity is central to student learning. MBA students are taught creativity by artists, poets, dancers, and writers, while a campus-wide competition on creativity showcases an entrepreneurial approach to the creative arts. Students learn to create new organizations, new products, and new ways of solving social problems.
Babson is at the center of the most dynamic and impactful entrepreneurship research that is undertaken and disseminated throughout the world.
The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) reports on entrepreneurial activity in47 countries, covering 95% of world GDP. GEM is the seminal data source verifying the impact of entrepreneurial activity on economic development.
Since 1981 the Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference (BCERC) has convened scholars from around the world to advance knowledge and impact the practice of entrepreneurship
The Successful Transgenerational Entrepreneurship Practice (STEP) Project (involving 32 countries) is the only global research study addressing the needs of family enterprises; and The Diana Project (involving 33 countries) undertakes award-winning research on women entrepreneurs.
ENTREPRENEURSHIP CURRICULUM AND TEACHING METHODOLOGY
Entrepreneurial Thought and Action®
Babson moved from teaching entrepreneurship the discipline to a way of thinking and acting that is embedded in everything we do. Entrepreneurship the method:
- can be applied in a breadth of circumstances and situations, not only in new ventures
- is a powerful societal change agent
- provides for the simultaneous consideration of social, economic, and environmental issues
- prepares students to create value-generating opportunities and possibilities for a better world
THE GLOBAL CONSORTIUM OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP EDUCATORS
Babson College founded the Global Entrepreneurship Education Network, the catalyst and convener for entrepreneurship education throughout the world. The Network prepares leaders to apply Entrepreneurial Thought and Action® to create value-generating opportunities for a better world by collaboratively developing and delivering the most forward-thinking pedagogy, curricula, and research in entrepreneurship education.
GCEE members are involved in key entrepreneurship education initiatives worldwide, and have a predilection for action learning. We share the belief that entrepreneurship education is a powerful societal change agent. We define entrepreneurship as a method, recognizing that all members of society can be entrepreneurial whatever their status and age, wherever they work or hope to work. Together, GCEE members address entrepreneurship education in a comprehensive manner at the global level while developing high-impact solutions to integrate into local context for participating countries and regions.
BABSON ENTREPRENEURSHIP RANKINGS
Ranked no. 1 in the world in entrepreneurship education
Ranked no. 1 in the nation for entrepreneurship education, for 17 consecutive years
U.S.News & World Report
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Babson College, located in Wellesley, Massachusetts, is recognized internationally for its entrepreneurial leadership in a changing global environment. Babson grants BS degrees through its innovative undergraduate program. It grants MBA and custom MS and MBA degrees through the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College. By infusing the spirit of innovation into our academic programs, Babson educates leaders capable of anticipating, initiating, and managing change.Both programs are accredited by the AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Additionally, Babson offers distinct executive education programs to help companies reach their strategic goals: Custom Degree and Credit Programs, Consortium Programs, and Open-Enrollment Programs.