Undergraduate Blog / Career Development

Meeting of the Minds — Engineering & Business

Last week, I had the opportunity to meet with the student leadership teams of Babson’s eTower and Olin’s Foundry, along with the Blank Center’s Cindy Klein-Marmer and Olin’s Suzanne Alcott.  Wow, what a group!  What entrepreneurial energy!    (And, if you haven’t checked out Olin’s campus center — its a great space with scrumptious food offerings and really cool engineers and entrepreneurs to hang out with).

etower logoWhile we’ve been emailing all summer, it was great to finally meet Jonah Kaner and Khaleel Gonzalez, Co-Presidents of eTower, and Christina Gee, eTower’s Community Manager, face to face.  Located in Van Winkle, etower was prepping for their opening general membership meeting that evening, and brimming with ideas about what the eTower had in store for this semester, including some initiatives in the works with Stanford and Ycombinator.  Likewise, Olin’s Lianai Lye, Dakota Nelson, and Evan Simpson, the Foundry’s Board, were excited to share news about their weekly meetings, open to all entrepreneurs, at 6pm every Friday in the dining hall mezzanine in Olin’s Campus Center, as well as their Start-Up Career Fair on October 15th, which is open to all Babson students.

Foundry LogoBrian Hickey, Babson’s Greenhorn Connector, shared information about Greenhorn’s StartUp Dinners, sponsored in part by Olin and Babson, to match two students from Babson, Olin, MIT, Northeastern, BU, and Brandeis with StartUp founders.  What better than to to connect with the city’s brightest over imaginative, contemporary Italian cuisine at Beacon Hill’s Grotto?  The dinner series launches on the evening of October 7 with the leaders of HubSpot.  As leaders in the development and marketing of software-as-a-service product for inbound marketing, this hot startup is known for its innovative, entrepreneurial culture, and is repeatedly named a Best Places to Work by the Boston Business JournalTo apply for a spot at these monthly dinners, visit Career Connections (access through the HUB).  Click the “Events” Tab, and select “Student Workshops” from the drop down menu and then search “HubSpot” to find the event and RSVP/Application instructions.  Brian also highlighted Greenhorn’s StartUp Summit on October 25th.  Keep in mind conference attendance is capped at 150 and always sells out, so register now!  See Brian’s recent blog!

With a mutual passion for entrepreneurship, it was hard to keep up with all the ideas, endeavors, events, and information that flowed between these two student groups.  The Foundry aims to encourage entrepreneurship on campus through running events such as Tech Talks and the Olin Startup Fair, giving students money to explore business ideas, and helping students get to entrepreneurial events in Boston.  Similarly, eTower’s mission is to bring together entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial leaders of all kinds to foster the passion of entrepreneurship and provide support not only among our members but to all of Babson Campus.  If you are interested in any kind of entrepreneurship consider connecting with these two entrepreneurial student clubs!