​Fostering Entrepreneurial Youth

Youth Entrepreneurship Programs

In 2011, Babson created our first youth entrepreneurial leadership programs in response to the successful programs we had delivered on campus and abroad in Sekondi, Ghana. Since then, we’ve introduced new programs designed to encourage youth both abroad and domestically to see obstacles as market opportunities and themselves as empathetic citizens of the world. 

As part of our mission to educate entrepreneurial leaders who create great economic and social value, we educate young people on the basics of the Babson methodology of Entrepreneurial Thought and Action®. Our programs are designed to encourage youth both abroad and domestically to see obstacles as market opportunities and themselves as empathetic citizens of the world. Additionally, Babson’s youth entrepreneurial leadership programs strive to cultivate a community of practice and provide resources for educators around the world to engage young learners in the entrepreneurial process.

Our current portfolio of youth programs includes:​

Summer Study for High School Students: Babson Entrepreneurial Development Experience

A four-week, credit bearing, residential program for rising high school juniors and seniors around the world. This living-learning laboratory gives students the opportunity to focus on entrepreneurial ventures that create social, economic, and environmental value. 

The Babson Boston Cup

In this annual battle of the ventures, young entrepreneurs identify opportunities for innovation, share with peers and industry experts about the value they are capable of adding, and ask for the resources they need to move forward. Winners receive seed money and the Cup trophy in their school for one year.

Babson Entrepreneurial Leadership Academies (BELA): City

A project-based, high school curriculum and program focused on providing an opportunity for students to turn their ideas into action. Educators are equipped with the methodology, tools, and skills to help their students engage in entrepreneurial learning atmospheres that connect their classrooms, communities, and future careers. 

Babson Entrepreneurial Leadership Academies (BELA): Abroad

Babson’s Lewis Institute has teamed up with the Office of Faith and Service and the Glavin Office of Multicultural and International Education, to teach high school students in Tanzania the basics of Entrepreneurial Thought and Action® through weeklong, intensive institutes to help students of developing countries create solutions to generate social and economic value.

E-STEAM Curriculum

This Middle and High School curriculum combines Entrepreneurial Thought and Action® methodology and STEM education to cultivate a future generation of economic and technological leaders.