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Alumni Entrepreneur Hall of Fame
Meet the 2015 Alumni Entrepreneur Hall of Fame Inductees
Join us April 16 for this signature Babson event that honors outstanding alumni entrepreneurs and Rising Stars. This year's Hall of Fame honorees are Ruthie Davis M'93, owner, founder, designer, Ruthie Davis; and Michael Bastian '87, owner, founder, Michael Bastian
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Babson Named One of the Top "Colleges That Pay You Back"      
Babson has been nationally ranked No. 14 for "Return on Education" and No. 7 for Career Placement in The Princeton Review's Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Best Value Colleges and What It Takes to Get In, a new guide to the nation's academically best and most affordable colleges that also have excellent records of alumni employment. The book and online resource address two of the major concerns of college applicants and their parents: paying for college and graduating with a good job and paycheck. Learn more »

Babson is a top college for 'ROE'

Babson Ranked No. 1 Graduate Entrepreneurship Program in the World

Babson is the top graduate program for entrepreneurship in the world, according to the 2015 Financial Times Global MBA rankings. Babson is ranked No. 1 in entrepreneurship, ahead of Stanford, MIT, UC Berkeley, and Oxford. In the overall full-time MBA program evaluation, Babson is ranked 38 among U.S. schools and jumped to 73 in the global listing. Read more »


Financial Times Ranking 


Babson and Cabot Creamery Recognize Community Celebrities     
The Cabot Community Celebrity Award program honors the achievements and contributions of volunteers who serve others with little thought or regard for personal recognition. Cabot will select a Babson graduate who is making an impact on his or her community through personal efforts and/or the graduate's business. This honoree and a guest will receive an all-expenses-paid Caribbean cruise, airfare included, onboard Celebrity Cruises® Summit, set to sail in November 2015. In 2014 Babson and Cabot sent Jon Feinman M'10, pictured below. Nominate a fellow graduate or yourself by April 30 »
Jon Fineman Cabot Cruise

Babson Professor and Alumnus Launch Interactive Entrepreneurship Education Game     

Professor Heidi M. Neck and alumnus Anton Yakushin '08 have launched an educational tech company called VentureBlocks, created to serve as a new and innovative resource for higher entrepreneurial education. The company officially released its first educational "block," The Nanu Challenge, in January 2015. Read more »   

Apply to the B.E.T.A. Challenge Business Competition

The Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship is excited to include alumni businesses in our B.E.T.A competition for the third year. Participants in the competition's alumni track are eligible for the grand prize of $20,000 in cash, plus services in kind donations from corporate sponsors. The deadline for submissions is Monday, March 2, at 5 p.m. EST. Learn more and apply » 
Help Your Team Win Without Breaking a Sweat

It's year two of the March Madness competition, and former Babson president and student-athlete Brian Barefoot '66, H'09, P'01 has raised the stakes--by providing $10,000 in prizes! Make a gift of any size to your team or to the general athletics fund between March 1 and March 31, and you'll be counted in your team's final tally. The top three teams with the most alumni, student-athlete, and parent participants during the month will win a share of the prize money. Your team needs you, so get off the bench and into the game!  Learn more » 

Babson Alumna Awarded Fulbright Grant
Amy Mon '12 has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant to Malaysia for an English Teaching Assistantship, the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board announced recently. Associate Professor Katherine Platt is the Fulbright Program adviser. Read more » 
New Report Shows Entrepreneurship Rebounding Globally in 2014
The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor report finds optimism, ambition rising in Africa, declining in Europe; North America innovates, generates jobs; youth entrepreneurship expands globally. High levels of entrepreneurial optimism, ambition, and innovation are vital to advancing economies, according to The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor 2014 Global Report, which also found that entrepreneurship worldwide has recovered from the Great Recession. Read more » 
Register for Babson Connect: Worldwide 2015

Join us April 24-26 in historic Cartagena, Colombia, for Babson Connect: Worldwide. As an attendee, you will experience:

  • Engaging keynote speakers and panels discussing emerging trends in entrepreneurship, family business, global investing, and social enterprise. Presenters include President Kerry Healey, Dr. Daniel Isenberg, and professors Patricia G. Greene, Candida Brush, and Rajendra S. Sisodia.
  • A gala celebrating the newest inductees into the Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs®
  • A corporate education workshop from Babson Executive Education: Leading into the Future: Innovative Entrepreneurs vs. Corporate Giants by Jay A. Rao, Professor, Operations Management
  • A reunion reception for MBA alumni at the beautiful home of a Babson alumnus
View the weekend's schedule and register today »  
Get Involved! Mentor Students in CLTP
The Coaching for Leadership and Teamwork Program (CLTP) is a unique program in which students participate during their first year and again as a junior or senior. Our coaches are Babson alumni, experienced MBA students, business leaders, and entrepreneurs. Develop your professional connections, while advising students, too! Training sessions for first-time coaches take place in February with coaching sessions in March. Learn more and register »
Updates from Babson Athletics

The winter postseason is upon us, and both men's and women's basketball as well as men's ice hockey are in the midst of their conference tournaments. Men's basketball, which is ranked sixth in the country and off to its best start in program history with a 23-2 record, captured the NEWMAC regular-season championship and will host NEWMAC Tournament semifinal and final rounds this weekend for the first time. Ranked 11th and 13th nationally in two separate polls, 18-5-3 men's ice hockey travels to UMass-Boston on Saturday at 4 p.m. for an ECAC East Tournament semifinal round meeting. Women's basketball hosted WPI in the opening round of the NEWMAC Tournament last night; the winner advances to Springfield on Saturday for the semifinal round. Learn more » 

Develop Your Entrepreneurial Mindset While Bonding with Your Teen
Through the vision and generosity of Diego Lowenstein '90, The Enterprising Family: An Entrepreneurship Program for Parents and Their Teens on the Critical Values and Mindset for Life and Business Success was designed to be a transformational educational opportunity. Created for an international group of accomplished entrepreneurial parents and young-adult sons and daughters, the program offers a fun and unforgettable learning experience focused on business, life, and family. Learn more and apply »

New Study Shows Distance Education Enrollment Growth Slowing

The 2014 Survey of Online Learning conducted by the Babson Survey Research Group, and co-sponsored by the Online Learning Consortium (OLC), Pearson, and Tyton Partners, reveals the number of higher education students taking at least one distance education course in 2014 is up 3.7 percent from the previous year. While this represents the slowest rate of increase in more than a decade, online enrollment growth far exceeded that of overall higher education. Read more »

Featured Webinar: An Entrepreneur-Friendly Sales Model

Most entrepreneurs are so passionate about their innovation that they forget or underestimate the challenges of customer acquisition. Utilizing an entrepreneur-friendly sales model, this recorded presentation addresses the following questions:
  • When should I engage prospects?
  • What should be my approach when selling a work in progress?
  • How should a request for discounts on first sales be addressed?
  • How do I get big prospects to take me seriously in spite of my size and credibility gap?
Request a recording of the webinar »
Babson Magazine Winter 2015
Featuring a bold new design, the Babson Magazine website is an enhanced, mobile-friendly reading experience also available on the iPad. The site kicks off the Winter 2015 edition with "A Celebration of Sport," honoring major anniversaries in three popular Babson sports: men's rugby (35th), women's basketball (40th), and men's swimming and diving (55th). "Cool Kicks" showcases alumni who have made their mark in the $55 billion worldwide sneaker industry.  Read more »
Alumni Career Spotlight: Thriving Near and Far
Real People/Real Stories  
Babson alumni connections have played a role in every stage of Katie Connon Gordon's career, from her very first job after graduating in 2005 to her current position with Google in New York City. In an interview, she talked about the career goals she set for herself as an undergrad, the daring cross-country and international moves she's made during her 10-year career, and why to her, Babson is a force to be reckoned with. Read more » 

Featured Resource:

24/7 Career Management Tool
CareerBeam® is a powerful virtual career management tool that you can access 24/7. The system offers some of the best company and industry research tools, international databases, and lead-generation technology. CareerBeam also has an extensive career education platform with assessments and exercises that roll up into a complete career profile, professional résumé and cover letter builders, and job search modules that support your career management needs. These services are complimentary for Babson alumni. Learn more »
Register for BabsonQuest for a Chance to Win a Trip Back to Campus!
BabsonQuest 2015
From March 16-20 reconnect with friends, classmates, faculty, and staff while you demonstrate your fact-finding prowess, amazing powers of recall, and uncanny ability to engage on a whole new level. It's BabsonQuest, and it's on!
Register now to win a trip back to campus »
Featured Alumni Business: Ceres Technology Advisors, Inc.
CERES provides merger and acquisition advisory and business valuation services. Our unique value is the breadth and depth of our network and knowledge of markets enabled by photonics.
Owned by:
Linda A. Smith M'06

Babson alumni receive a discount.
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Featured Blog Post: Babson Student Startup: SuperHealos
Following personal health scares and unexpected family challenges, Babson MBA student Yuan Yin M'15 decided to reevaluate her priorities and follow a new dream. From it was born a team of SuperHealos. Read more »
Changing the Status Quo in Venture Capital 
Changing the Status Quo in Venture Capitalism Ongoing research supports what many of us working with diverse colleagues know firsthand: diversity is good for business. The world of venture capital investing is no different, but last year's report from The Diana Project showed there's still room for improvement to close the gender gap. "Sometimes, this conversation can sound like we care only about women realizing their potential as individuals," The Grommet CEO Jules Pieri told us, "when really it's about having a strong economy with healthy companies." Read more from Pieri and venture capitalists at Entrepreneurship of All Kinds » 
Submit a Nomination for the 2015 Alumni Leadership Awards

The Babson Alumni Association is proud to honor alumni, parents, faculty, and friends who have actively given their time and talent to the Babson community. Nominations are now open for the 2015 Alumni Leadership Awards. Please help us recognize these deserving individuals. The awards are presented annually during Reunion and Homecoming Weekend, this year on September 26. All nominations for the 2015 awards cycle must be submitted by 5 p.m. EST on Monday, April 6. Submit a nomination » 

Class Notes
Anubh Shah '09 launched Four Mine, a specialty retailer of engagement rings and wedding bands that reinvents jewelry shopping by providing innovative tools that create an in-store experience online.  Read more » 


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