Babson Entrepreneurship Forum 2016

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When

November 11, 2016

Starting at 8:30AM

Where

Babson Park, MA

Babson College

BABSON ENTREPRENEURSHIP FORUM 2016

The Babson Entrepreneurship Forum, organized annually by the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business, is the flagship event of the #1 school for Entrepreneurship. Every year, students, faculty, professionals, and entrepreneurs from the Boston community gather for this one-day conference to learn and network. Attendees benefit from the latest in entrepreneurial trends, tools, and thought leadership. The Babson Entrepreneurship Forum 2016 is centered on the theme of "Take Action". At Babson, we believe in entrepreneurship of all kinds. Whether you want to start your own business, or innovate within a company, we've got you covered!
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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

ENTREPRENEURSHIP TRACK
ENTREPRENEURSHIP TRACK
START-UP: Breakfast + Registration + Networking
8:30 am - 9:00 am
Location
Sorenson Theater

OPENING REMARKS
Location
Sorenson Theater

Babson’s 2016 Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs: Morning Keynote
9:15 am - 10:00 am
Location
Sorenson Theater
Speakers
Stephen Kaufer, President and CEO, TripAdvisor
Sheila Lirio Marcelo, Founder, Chairwoman and CEO, Care.com
Moderator
President Kerry Healey, Babson College

The newest members of Babson College’s Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneur, Sheila Lirio Marcelo and Stephen Kaufer share their personal journeys of starting and leading Care.com and TripAdvisor to the top of their respective industries. Babson College President Kerry Healey will engage in Sheila and Stephen’s most memorable career turning points and seek to explore the actions that these leading companies are taking to continue innovating for the years to come.

COFFEE BREAK

Pivot or Persevere? When it's Right to Make a Change
10:15 am - 11:00 am
Location
Olin 120
Speakers
Jason Jacobs, Co-Founder and CEO, RunKeeper
Carl Nehme, Head of Search, Wayfair
Max Faingezicht, SVP and Co-Founder, ThriveHive
Moderator
Ross Tsakas

Change is part of every successful business. Entrepreneurers share what led them to re-evaluate strategy or eye an exit.

Double Down on Passing Down the Family Business
11:10 am - 11:55 am
Location
Olin 225
Speakers
Daniel C. Hayden, President, Hayden Corporation
Sam Barber, CEO, Atlus
Stephen Barber, President/CEO, Barber Foods
Moderator
Stephen Martiros

A successful multi-generational business requires more than just managerial skills. Entrepreneurs in family businesses have built value and wealth by having long term vision, penchant for hiring the right talent and an ode to legacy embedded into their DNA. This panel is not just for students who are part of a family enterprise but also for everyone who wants to learn and understand what it takes to build long-term sustainable value.

Convince Me! How to Effectively Galvanize Resources and Future Stakeholders
11:10 am - 11:55 am
Location
Needham/Wellesley Room
Speakers
Susan Penta, Managing Partner & Co-Founder, MIDIOR Consulting
Elizabeth Geisinger, Founder & CEO, Doggy Dates
Emily Laggasse, Founder & CEO, Fedwell Pet Foods
Bryanne Lemming, Founder & CEO, Jumpsmart
Isabella Soto-Rivera, Founder, Dkora Box
Moderator
Dominika Legatova

In every business and entrepreneurial endeavor, there is a need to convince others in order to succeed. Join our panel of successful entrepreneurs who will share their stories and tactics to convince key stakeholders for ultimate buy-in to their ideas. There will be time for direct Q&A from the audience members.

LUNCH
11:55 am - 1:10 pm
Location
Pepsico Auditorium

The Secrets to Scaling-up
1:10 pm - 1:55 pm
Location
Olin 120
Speakers
Enrico Palmerino, Entreprenuer & Investor, Botkeeper
Ian So, CEO/Co-Founder, Chicken & Rice Guys
Jennifer Lum, Co-founder & Chief Strategic Officer, Adelphic
Moderator
Ranch Kimball

You've gotten your start-up off the ground and now its time to seriously consider scaling up, but what’s the secret to making sure your 'Scale Up' is a success? During this panel you will hear from founders who have grown their business and have the insights and secrets to helping you grow yours! Bring your questions and join us to hear about different strategies on acquiring, hiring, fundraising and much more.

How to Fund Your Start-up: Strategies From Entrepreneurs
2:05 pm - 2:50 pm
Location
Olin 120
Speakers
Mike Salguero, Founder, ButcherBox
Thos Niles, COO, Dragon Innovation
Barbara Minuzzi, Founder & CEO, INVESTHAUS
Moderator
Jim Moran

Bootstrapping can only get your business so far. If you're at the point where you need to start fundraising, come hear about various sources of capital. There's so much money outside of VC funding that may be applicable for your business.

Professional Dating - Finding a Co-Founder
2:05 pm - 2:50 pm
Location
Olin 225
Speakers
Carl Perez & Matt Hayes, Co-Founders, Elysium Industries
Moderator
Derek Tu

Running a venture by yourself can be lonely, challenging, and inefficient. Stop on by to hear from successful cofounders about what to look for in a business partner, how to structure your relationship, and how best to approach and recruit a new cofounder to your burgeoning startup!

COFFEE BREAK

LIVE TO PITCH!
3:00 pm - 4:15 pm
Location
Sorenson Theater
Speakers
Margo Layton, Member of investment team, Breakaway
Wan Li Zhu, Senior Member of investment team, Fairhaven Capital
Dane Callow, Founder & Managing Partner, Brooks Hill Partners
Moderator
John Valentine

Over 40 startup teams across Boston applied, but only five ventures will compete live on stage at the 15th Annual Babson Entrepreneurship Forum in front of an experienced panel of judges and our audience for cash and in-kind services. Live to Pitch judges Dane Callow, Margo Layton Cole, and Wan Li Zhu will also share insights on what makes a “killer” pitch and deliver tips for startup success.

In-Closing: Take Action
4:15 pm - 5:00 pm
Location
Sorenson Theater
Speakers
Amy Cosper, Editor-In-Chief, Entrepreneur Media Inc.
Jordan Fligel, Founder & Former CEO, CoachUp.com
Halla Tomasdottir, Founder & Lead Partner, Sisters Capital
Moderator
Amy Cosper

Everyone has ideas, but so few actually take action and pursue passions that could lead to meaningful opportunities. Between analyzing disruptive founders, training aspiring leaders, and catalyzing international betterment, Amy Cosper, Jordan Fligel, and Halla Tomasdottir embody entrepreneurship of all kinds. They will take us through the challenges they faced, but will focus on what inspires us as a society to act on transforming ideas into tangible realities.

COCKTAIL HOUR
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Location
Needham/Wellesley

INTRAPRENEURSHIP TRACK
INTRAPRENEURSHIP TRACK
START-UP: Breakfast + Registration + Networking
8:30 am - 9:00 am
Location
Sorenson Theater

OPENING REMARKS
Location
Sorenson Theater

Babson’s 2016 Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs: Morning Keynote
9:15 am - 10:00 am
Location
Sorenson Theater
Speakers
Stephen Kaufer, President and CEO, TripAdvisor
Sheila Lirio Marcelo, Founder, Chairwoman and CEO, Care.com
Moderator
President Kerry Healey, Babson College

The newest members of Babson College’s Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneur, Sheila Lirio Marcelo and Stephen Kaufer share their personal journeys of starting and leading Care.com and TripAdvisor to the top of their respective industries. Babson College President Kerry Healey will engage in Sheila and Stephen’s most memorable career turning points and seek to explore the actions that these leading companies are taking to continue innovating for the years to come.

COFFEE BREAK

Tomorrow's Technology in Today's Business
10:15 am - 11:00 am
Location
Olin Auditorium
Speakers
Jon Hirschtick, Founder and CEO, Onshape Inc.
Soroush Abbaspour,Program Director and Chief of Staff, IBM Watson Health Innovations
Colleen Calhoun, Director of Business Development & Partnerships for Current powered by GE, GE
Moderator
Anirudh Dhebar

Applying new technologies within in organization requires change. This panel will discuss how businesses manage this change, and how they can take action in preparing for disruptive technology coming from outside of the organization.

Emulating Entrepreneurship in a Corporate Culture
11:10 am - 11:55 am
Location
Olin Auditorium
Speakers
Lily Yeung, Director of Corporate Development, Molex Inc.
Joshua Devore, Manager, Network and Computer Systems Engineering at Raytheon
Kristen Colella, Manager, Innosight
Moderator
Kim Walsh

To survive, all companies must re-invent the products, services, and processes that have made successful. It will surprise you how some of these big corporations have dedicated activities that mimic that of a small startup. You're next gig just might benefit you thinking and acting like an "entrepreneur" in an existing company.

LUNCH
11:55 am - 1:10 pm
Location
Pepsico Auditorium

Business Challenges Cross Borders
1:10 pm - 1:55 pm
Location
Olin Auditorium
Speakers
Wilson Zhu, CEO & Chairman, InQbrands Inc.
Moderator
Jennifer Tosti-Kharas

Doing business globally means great challenges and opportunities. Wilson business experience spans three continents where he's observed and developed strategies suitable for each market. If you plan to work internationally or this is the perfect session to learn some of the best practices for any industry.

Positive Deviancy & Disruption for Social Good
2:05 pm - 2:50 pm
Location
Olin Auditorium
Speakers
Mary Galeti, Executive Director and Vice-Chairman, Tecovas Foundation
Miki Agrawal, Co-Founder CEO/ Chief Inventor-er, THINX
Moderator
John Kluge

Social responsibility is more than "feeling good" about how a business operates. From the way employees are treated to how profits go towards a charitable cause, these speakers have incorporated social aspects into their business models. Our speakers will shed light on how they have been disrupting their respective industries at a global level.

COFFEE BREAK

LIVE TO PITCH!
3:00 pm - 4:15 pm
Location
Sorenson Theater
Speakers
Margo Layton, Member of investment team, Breakaway
Wan Li Zhu, Senior Member of investment team, Fairhaven Capital
Dane Callow, Founder & Managing Partner, Brooks Hill Partners
Moderator
John Valentine

Over 40 startup teams across Boston applied, but only five ventures will compete live on stage at the 15th Annual Babson Entrepreneurship Forum in front of an experienced panel of judges and our audience for cash and in-kind services. Live to Pitch judges Dane Callow, Margo Layton Cole, and Wan Li Zhu will also share insights on what makes a “killer” pitch and deliver tips for startup success.

In-Closing: Take Action
4:15 pm - 5:00 pm
Location
Sorenson Theater
Speakers
Amy Cosper, Editor-In-Chief, Entrepreneur Media Inc.
Jordan Fligel, Founder & Former CEO, CoachUp.com
Halla Tomasdottir, Founder & Lead Partner, Sisters Capital
Moderator
Amy Cosper

Everyone has ideas, but so few actually take action and pursue passions that could lead to meaningful opportunities. Between analyzing disruptive founders, training aspiring leaders, and catalyzing international betterment, Amy Cosper, Jordan Fligel, and Halla Tomasdottir embody entrepreneurship of all kinds. They will take us through the challenges they faced, but will focus on what inspires us as a society to act on transforming ideas into tangible realities.

COCKTAIL HOUR
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Location
Needham/Wellesley

WORKSHOPS
WORKSHOPS
START-UP: Breakfast + Registration + Networking
8:30 am - 9:00 am
Location
Sorenson Theater

OPENING REMARKS
Location
Sorenson Theater

Babson’s 2016 Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs: Morning Keynote
9:15 am - 10:00 am
Location
Sorenson Theater
Speakers
Stephen Kaufer, President and CEO, TripAdvisor
Sheila Lirio Marcelo, Founder, Chairwoman and CEO, Care.com
Moderator
President Kerry Healey, Babson College

The newest members of Babson College’s Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneur, Sheila Lirio Marcelo and Stephen Kaufer share their personal journeys of starting and leading Care.com and TripAdvisor to the top of their respective industries. Babson College President Kerry Healey will engage in Sheila and Stephen’s most memorable career turning points and seek to explore the actions that these leading companies are taking to continue innovating for the years to come.

COFFEE BREAK

Division of Equity Negotiation for Start-Ups
10:15 am - 11:00 am
Location
Olin 220
Speakers
Angelo Santinelli, Adjunt Professor of Entrepreneurship, Babson College

It's never an easy discussion to have, but every member in a start-up team needs to understand how much their contributions matter to the business. Role-play what it's like to have the "kitchen table" talk and learn about how you can protect your worth to the company.

BOKS Design Thinking Challenge by Reebok
10:15 am - 11:00 am
Location
Design Zone 125
Speakers
Cheri Levitz, Co-Founder, BOKS
Christene Lyons, Operations Manager, BOKS
Moderator
Sebastian Fixson, Associate Professor of Technology and Innovation Management, Babson College

BOKS, an initiative of Reebok foundation, empowers parents, teachers, schools and local volunteers to give kids a body and brain boost that will set them up for a day of learning. With limited resources and a small staff, BOKS wants to find an innovative solution to maintain the quality of their programs without constant site visits. Join us to learn and apply the principles of Design Thinking to help Reebok solve this challenge.

Division of Equity Negotiation for Start-Ups
11:10 am - 11:55 am
Location
Olin 220
Speakers
Angelo Santinelli, Babson College

It's never an easy discussion to have, but every member in a start-up team needs to understand how much their contributions matter to the business. Role-play what it's like to have the "kitchen table" talk and learn about how you can protect your worth to the company.

BOKS Design Thinking Challenge by Reebok
11:10 am - 11:55 am
Location
Design Zone 125
Speakers
Cheri Levitz, Co-Founder, BOKS
Christene Lyons, Operations Manager, BOKS
Moderator
Sebastian Fixson, Associate Professor of Technology and Innovation Management, Babson College

BOKS, an initiative of Reebok foundation, empowers parents, teachers, schools and local volunteers to give kids a body and brain boost that will set them up for a day of learning. With limited resources and a small staff, BOKS wants to find an innovative solution to maintain the quality of their programs without constant site visits. Join us to learn and apply the principles of Design Thinking to help Reebok solve this challenge.

LUNCH
11:55 am - 1:10 pm
Location
Pepsico Auditorium

Brand Presence in the Digital Age
1:10 pm - 1:55 pm
Location
Design Zone 125
Speakers
James Hilton, Founding Partner, Xavinci
Moderator
James Hilton

Even if you don't have a company, your personal "brand" is a vital part of selling yourself. A professional or personal website can go a long way to establishing your credibility and it isn't difficult to do. Bring your laptop and come learn how to quickly create your own website including a few advanced tips to make your site stand out. NOTE: Attendees of this workshop are expected to bring a laptop to participate.

Goulston & Storrs - Office Hours
1:10 pm - 1:55 pm
Location
Olin 109
Speakers
Karin Rivard & Kyle Crossley - Goulston & Storrs (Legal)

Launching a new business leads to many questions, and we’re here to help! Join the experienced lawyers of Goulston & Storrs, who will answer your questions and provide personalized, one-on-one guidance.

Microsoft’s Holographic Reality
1:10 pm - 1:55 pm
Location
Needham/Wellesley Room
Speakers
Steve Ramsay, Director of Developer, Student and Start-up Evangelism, Microsoft
Gavin Bauman, Technical Evangelist, Microsoft
Matthew Sheridan, Senior Director, PTC

Come experience the world of Mixed Reality with the Microsoft HoloLens. See how Microsoft is shaping the future and enabling you to engage with your digital content and interact with holograms in the world around you.

Microsoft’s Holographic Reality
2:05 pm - 2:50 pm
Location
Needham/Wellesley Room
Speakers
Steve Ramsay, Director of Developer, Student and Start-up Evangelism, Microsoft
Gavin Bauman, Technical Evangelist, Microsoft
Matthew Sheridan, Senior Director, PTC

Come experience the world of Mixed Reality with the Microsoft HoloLens. See how Microsoft is shaping the future and enabling you to engage with your digital content and interact with holograms in the world around you.

COFFEE BREAK

LIVE TO PITCH!
3:00 pm - 4:15 pm
Location
Sorenson Theater
Speakers
Margo Layton, Member of investment team, Breakaway
Wan Li Zhu, Senior Member of investment team, Fairhaven Capital
Dane Callow, Founder & Managing Partner, Brooks Hill Partners
Moderator
John Valentine

Over 40 startup teams across Boston applied, but only five ventures will compete live on stage at the 15th Annual Babson Entrepreneurship Forum in front of an experienced panel of judges and our audience for cash and in-kind services. Live to Pitch judges Dane Callow, Margo Layton Cole, and Wan Li Zhu will also share insights on what makes a “killer” pitch and deliver tips for startup success.

In-Closing: Take Action
4:15 pm - 5:00 pm
Location
Sorenson Theater
Speakers
Amy Cosper, Editor-In-Chief, Entrepreneur Media Inc.
Jordan Fligel, Founder & Former CEO, CoachUp.com
Halla Tomasdottir, Founder & Lead Partner, Sisters Capital
Moderator
Amy Cosper

Everyone has ideas, but so few actually take action and pursue passions that could lead to meaningful opportunities. Between analyzing disruptive founders, training aspiring leaders, and catalyzing international betterment, Amy Cosper, Jordan Fligel, and Halla Tomasdottir embody entrepreneurship of all kinds. They will take us through the challenges they faced, but will focus on what inspires us as a society to act on transforming ideas into tangible realities.

COCKTAIL HOUR
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Location
Needham/Wellesley

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First ever "Live to Pitch" Event Registration Closed

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To make this the most successful BEF event ever, we are organizing several new experiences, including the “Live to Pitch” Event which will put Entrepreneurs in front of a live audience and judging panel to pitch their business in 3 minutes or less. Think of it as “Rocket Pitch” meets “Shark Tank”!

Overview

The best local start-up teams will compete in our live pitch competition in front of an experienced judging panel and audience. In addition to our judges, audience members will be encouraged to submit questions to teams and help us decide which teams will win cash prizes. Our experienced judging panel will also share insights on the components of delivering a successful business pitch and creating a path towards a successful start-up venture.

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STARTUP CITY

When: 11:55AM - 1:10PM on Friday, November 11th (you will be expected to arrive at least one hour early to setup)

Where: Pepsico Pavilion (in the Webster Center at Babson College in Wellesley, MA)

Price: $50 per table (BEF admission ticket is required and sold separately)

Description

Here's your opportunity to show off your business during Babson's biggest event, the Babson Entrepreneurship Forum. Over lunch, 600+ attendees comprising of students, professionals, and entrepreneurs from all over Boston will be able to check out and learn more about your business. Feel free to demo your product or service and solicit feedback, help, and/or prospective customers.

Your team will be provided one table and organized by industry designation. Attendees will be given a print out guide during registration listing participating startups in our Startup City event.

Buy your ticket on EventBrite and Register for a table below.

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