Babson Entrepreneur Experience Lab


The Babson Entrepreneur Lab is an experimental platform created to transform the face of entrepreneurship in the United States.

A partnership between Babson College and the Business Innovation Factory, we are committed to deeply understanding the entrepreneur experience to help us extend entrepreneurship to the many, not the few.

In the lab, we place Entrepreneurs of All Kinds® at the center of our efforts to design and experiment with new ways to educate and support future generations of entrepreneurs.

Featured Work

Elements of the Entrepreneurial Experience

A first-person characterization of the national entrepreneurial experience

  • New Venture Creation

    Learn from entrepreneurs involved in all varieties of new venture creation across the United States; a unique, first-person, national characterization of the new venture experience.

  • Entrepreneurs Inside

    Learn from those thinking and acting entrepreneurially within a diverse mix of organization types including corporations, government agencies, non-profits, cooperatives, self-organizing entities and religious organizations.

  • Masterclass

    Learn about a group of entrepreneuring leaders who, in their work, and in the organizations they build, explore powerful new ways to create value and new ways of seeing.

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Past Project Work

Eras of Entrepreneurship

An interactive map of the experiences of entrepreneurs throughout U.S. history

Featuring video commentary from Babson faculty.

How did we arrive at the current narratives about entrepreneurship?

To answer this question, we looked at entrepreneurs in the U.S. from the time of the first colonies to the present day, identifying five distinct eras based on the dominant characteristics of entrepreneurship and showing changes and key differences in these characteristics over time. Each era story is told through seven dimensions and include video commentary from Babson faculty.

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