Dedicated to Family Entrepreneurs

Strengthening family businesses was the core of Babson’s founding mission in 1919. Consistent with Babson’s leadership in entrepreneurship education, and unlike any other school, Babson’s commitment to family entrepreneurs recognizes that families, not just family businesses, drive entrepreneurial behavior.

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The business, investment, and philanthropic activities of entrepreneurial families are significant drivers of the global economy.

Today, 65 percent of Babson’s first-year MBA class, and 50 percent of its undergraduate students, come from a family business.

Launching the Institute

Building on Babson’s existing efforts to support and advance family enterprises from generation to generation, the College recently launched the Institute for Family Entrepreneurship.

Within six months of launch, more than 200 students engaged in the institute’s programming and events, including 50 students, and their families, who applied for the pilot Family Entrepreneurship Amplifier Course.

Family Entrepreneurship Amplifier Course

Dedicated to both students and their families, the Amplifier Course engages families during their students’ entire Babson experience, with a key outcome of this immersive experience being that families will foster the growth of their entrepreneurial legacy by co-creating a shared family vision that incorporates the next generation. Twenty families were accepted into the first-of-its-kind offering, with hopes to expand in the coming years.

STEP Project for Family Enterprise

Babson is also a proud founding member of the Successful Transgenerational Entrepreneurship Practices (STEP) Project for family enterprise. This global research initiative explores the successful entrepreneurial practices of family businesses over time and involves nearly 200 scholars and 130+ family cases worldwide.

“Babson’s commitment to family entrepreneurship recognizes that entrepreneurial families, not just family businesses, are the driving force behind much of the economic and social value created globally.”

– William B. Gartner, Bertarelli Foundation Distinguished Professor of Family Entrepreneurship


Institute for Family Entrepreneurship

Institute for Family Entrepreneurship

Led by experienced family entrepreneur Lauri Union, the Institute for Family Entrepreneurship at Babson serves as a standalone hub of teaching, research, and innovative programs dedicated to advancing entrepreneurial families around the world.

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Juan Roig

Honoring Juan Roig

Babson inducted Juan Roig, leader of the family-owned Spanish supermarket Mercadona, into its Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs® as part of the fourth annual Babson Connect: Worldwide entrepreneurship summit in Spain.

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Couple entrepreneurship

Follow a Dream

They fell in love in their native Slovenia. Now living half a world away, Miha Mikek MBA’06 and Maja Mikek MBA’07 have built their future: a home in Boston, two young children, and a successful tech business, Celtra, that they co-founded.

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IFE Advisory

New Advisory Board for IFE

A newly-formed Board of Advisors, composed of global family entrepreneurship leaders, will guide Babson’s Institute of Family Entrepreneurship.

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