Are You Up For the B.E.T.A. Challenge?
Babson is the first academic institution to have a business plan competition. We were also the first to get rid of it. With the growing trend that action is what helps entrepreneurs get ahead, the Blank Center reshaped Babson’s business competition to what is now theÂ B.E.T.A. (Babson Entrepreneurial Thought and ActionÂ®) Challenge. Now in its sixth year, the Blank Centerâ€™s B.E.T.A. Challenge recognizes major milestones Babson businesses have achieved by taking action. Winners of the graduate, undergraduate, and alumni B.E.T.A. Challenge each win a grand prize of $20,000 in cash plusâ€‹ â€śservices in kindâ€ť donations from corporate sponsors respectively. In addition, $2,500 is awarded to the two other finalist ventures in each of the three competitions.
If you are not eligible to apply, what are some ways you can get involved?
Participate as an alumni judge
If you are an alum of Babson, you can participate in the evaluation process from February 23 through March 9! All of our alumni evaluators review and score each of our applications online. Selected faculty will review the topÂ applicants from the alumni evaluations and will narrow down to the top six semifinalists at the undergraduate, graduate and alumni track.
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Attend the Venture Expo (B.E.T.A. Challenge semifinals) on April 5
Set up as a fair, you can meet the semifinalists of the B.E.T.A. Challenge face-to-face starting at 4:30pm on Wednesday, April 5 on the ground floor of Olin Hall. Each semifinalist will have a booth where they will display their businesses and chat one-on-one with attendees, including our anonymous judges. As an attendee of the Venture Expo, you get to vote for your favorite undergraduate, graduate and alum business with our entrepreneuros!
Attend the B.E.T.A. Challenge finals on April 13
Our finalists will present in front of a panel of judges on Thursday, April 13 starting at 1pm. Our distinguished judges will ask our finalists questions and decide who are the winners of the undergraduate, graduate and alumni B.E.T.A. Challenge. The winners will be announced at Babson’s Celebrating Achievements in Entrepreneurial Thought and ActionÂ® event later that evening. This is an event you don’t want to miss.