Babson Alumni Newsletter
OCTOBER 2014
ADE 2014 Honorees
See the New Hall of Fame Inductees    
As part of Global Entrepreneurship Week Babson College will induct three new members into the Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs® in recognition of their outstanding business accomplishments as well as their contributions to society.
Learn more about these honorees »
Babson Celebrates 15 Years of Rocket Pitch  
Join Babson for our 15th annual Rocket Pitch! Hear the nation's top entrepreneurship students and alumni pitch their new ventures - in three minutes or less!  An open networking reception will follow, allowing you to connect with the entrepreneurs directly. Rocket Pitch will also be streamed live if you cannot join us in person. Learn more and register »
Babson Releases Diana Project's New Research on Women and Venture Capital
Researchers at Babson College identify enormous, untapped opportunity for venture capitalists to drive new growth and innovation by investing in women entrepreneurs. The study, entitled Women Entrepreneurs 2014: Bridging the Gender Gap in Venture Capital, was conducted by Babson professors Candida G. Brush and Patricia G. Greene who lead the Diana Project, a program founded in 1996 to research women-led businesses globally. Learn more »
Babson Alumni Make Successful Pitch on "Shark Tank"  
On September 25, David Heath '05, Andrew Heath M'12, and co-founder Randy Goldberg pitched sock company Bombas on the season premiere of "Shark Tank" and scored a deal with former Entrepreneur in Residence Daymond John. Bombas joins alumni businesses DoorBot (now Ring),founded by Jamie Siminoff '99, and Lord Nut Levington,founded by Sanjiv Patel M'02, which were featured on the show previously.

Newly Renovated Design Zone 125 Opens  

The F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business recently renovated the Olin 125 classroom to enhance design thinking and Entrepreneurial Thought and Action®. The completely remodeled classroom, Design Zone 125, opened this month and was specifically designed to enable collaboration, creative thinking, and problem solving. Learn more »  
Welcome to Our Newest Graduate Students!

This fall, we have welcomed a new group of impressive graduate students to campus. We are now joined on campus by the Babson MBA Two-Year Class of 2016. This class of 143 students is a diverse group with 66 percent international students representing 23 countries and 33 percent multicultural students. Before coming to Babson, these students earned degrees at 114 universities.


The inaugural Master of Science in Management in Entrepreneurial Leadership program has commenced with 49 students joining the Babson community. The program consists of 37 percent women and 65 percent international students. 


We also are joined by a new group of Evening MBA students. These students bring a wealth of experience with an average of seven years in the workforce. We are excited to have all of these students on campus and they look forward to connecting with the alumni network!
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Discover Boston Innovation in Action on November 19

Learn About Our Entrepreneurs in Residence

At Babson, we believe in the difference Entrepreneurship of All Kinds™ can make in the world. That's why we value the knowledge, creativity, and real-world perspective of industry insiders across multiple disciplines. In residence experts at Babson represent a variety of professions, including fashion, healthcare, technology, film, and food. During their residency, individuals such as Sophia Chang and Gail Simmons share their expertise in varying ways with the community, including one-on-one advising, coaching, participating on a panel, classroom lecturing, career mentoring, and more. Many experts continue their relationship with Babson and offer their support even after their residency is finished. Learn more »
Read How Gail Simmons Created a Satisfying Career

Gail Simmons Entrepreneur in Residence Gail Simmons is an internationally acclaimed writer, TV personality, and food industry star. Her success, however, didn't come easily. In fact, she began her career by writing restaurant reviews for her college newspaper, and lived in her parents' basement for months after graduation before stepping out on her own. Simmons is featured in Entrepreneurship of All Kinds, where she shares career advice that has helped her get to the top of her field »

Survey Says ...
Thank you to the nearly 100 alumni who responded to the Reunion & Homecoming survey and shared their feedback about the weekend's activities and celebrations. You noted that class parties, the variety of offerings at The Tent, and the changes to the Leadership Awards event were the most memorable aspect of the weekend. Your comments will be invaluable to the Alumni, Development, and Events Management staff as we shape Reunion & Homecoming 2015, scheduled for September 25-27. Learn more about Reunion & Homecoming »
Featured Blog: ZOOS Greek Iced Teas is among the 26 MassChallenge 2014 Finalists   
ZOOS, founded by Niari Keverian M'12 and Kristina Tsipouras, is a first-to-market, all natural, real brewed, caffeine free, ready-to-drink Greek Iced Tea that is Yia-Yia approved! Live pitches from the top 26 startups and a showcase of all 128 MassChallenge finalists will take place at the  MassChallenge Awards Ceremony on October 29 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. Read more »
Alumni Career Spotlight
Career Spotlight October 2014 
Dinesh Wadhwani's company ThinkLite has grown significantly since its humble dorm room beginnings. ThinkLite now operates in 14 countries, providing energy-efficient retrofit lighting, and Dinesh is hiring. See why he credits Babson with providing one of the most important tools for his career: an entrepreneurial mindset » 
  

Featured Resource: Career Assessment Tools

For job seekers, career assessment tools can be an invaluable part of the counseling and advising process. Babson offers alumni two online career assessment tools as well as self-directed assessments and exercises via the CareerBeam platform to help inform your career choices.
  
National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week  
  
Featured Alumni Business: Papertrailer.com
Keep accurate records and build a paper trail that is safe, searchable, shareable and always accessible.
Owned by: Alisa Boguslavskaya '05, M'11
Babson alumni receive a free account for one month.

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Class Notes
Richard S. Greif '90 joined Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay as Vice President of Marketing, Communications and Community Relations. Read more »

  

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