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After whittling down more than 2,000 submissions, 200 50 on Fire finalists emerged, and with them, six members of the Babson College community rose to the top.

In the spirit of community, Babson launched an accompanying contest to celebrate the school’s “5 on Fire.” Current undergraduate and graduate students were nominated based on Babson’s mission of “creating economic and social value everywhere.” Winners were chosen by a panel of faculty, staff, students and alumni, and were awarded tickets to 50 on Fire, which is now less than a week away.

From an up-and-coming entrepreneur to a filmmaker, the five students below exemplify what it means to be “on fire.” Take a look at what being on fire means to them, along with how they describe Babson.

Ava Anderson | Undergraduate Class of 2016

Give us your 30-second elevator pitch.

Up to 60 percent of what we put on our skin is absorbed in seconds, and if it is your scalp, underarm or groin, it is up to 100 percent. There are no regulations in this country for what is in personal care products, and we are acting as human sponges to more than 80,000 chemicals–mostly untested–daily. Many are known or suspected carcinogens, neurotoxins, reproductive mutagens and endocrine disruptors, which the UN and World Health Organization have deemed a “global threat.” My company, Ava Anderson Non Toxic, is a direct sales personal care and cleaning product company that shares this message, along with a full line of organic and natural products with no harmful chemicals for humans and the environment, as an alternative.

What’s the one word you’d use to describe Babson?

Relevant.

What does it mean to you to be “on fire?”

Love the term “on fire” — many of our Ava Consultants use the same term (sung to Alicia Keys’ “Girl on Fire”), because we are one of the fastest growing direct sales companies in the nation, with a huge mission. We are having that “hockey stick” moment of growth because we are creating personal entrepreneurship opportunities for thousands, while tackling a crucial issue. Our goal is to change the paradigm of how products are manufactured in the U.S., improve our health individually and collectively, as well reduce the healthcare costs our nation faces.

Heather Vincent | 2-Year MBA Program, Class of 2014 

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Prior to Babson, I worked in international development, focusing on assessing and strengthening the sustainability of nonprofit health clinics in developing countries. Most of my experience is in Malawi. I believe that social entrepreneurship is critical to development, and wanting to be a part of this movement, I applied to the number one school for entrepreneurship. I am absolutely thrilled to be a member of the Babson MBA Class of 2014, and look forward to applying my knowledge to help support and raise awareness of social entrepreneurs around the world.

What’s the one word you’d use to describe Babson?

Pioneering

What does it mean to you to be “on fire?”

To be “on fire” means recognizing problems we face everyday, and successfully applying one’s creativity and intellect to accelerate solutions and progress.

Rob Dalton | Evening MBA Program

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I currently work in clean-tech and am getting my MBA at Babson. This summer, I will be launching a food products company called 88 acres with my fiance and co-founder Nicole Ledoux. At Babson, I am the co-founder of the Triathlon Club, aiming to further build a healthy and active lifestyle community on campus. I also am involved in the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship program as a business plan coach for high-schoolers throughout the Boston area.  I live in Allston with my chocolate lab, Bear, and my lady.

 What’s the one word you’d use to describe Babson?

Enabling

What does it mean to you to be “on fire?”

Well, being figuratively “on fire” is a lot better than literally. I truly think that Babson enables its entire community to be “on fire” through great resources that allow us all to think and act entrepreneurially. Those resources have been especially helpful to Nicole and I in building 88 acres. Our venture manufactures healthy and delicious snack food products made with simple ingredients. While our products are designed and crafted for all to enjoy, they are produced in a facility free of the top eight food allergens.

Sanjay Zimmermann | Undergraduate Class of 2015

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I’m an entrepreneur, finance whiz and filmmaker who believes in adding to the world a little more than I take out. At Babson, I have created two new student organizations that promote two of my very different passions: the Media + Design Studio, based on my passion for filmmaking and creativity, and I created the Babson Apprentice Fund based on my passion for finance. I was born in Germany and lived there for eight years, then spent two in Belgium and another 10 in Canada. This past summer, I spent two months in India travelling through 15 different cities, interviewing entrepreneurs to produce a documentary film about the journey. I am working with the Clinton Global Initiative program and Babson to perform a similar project in Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina this summer and hope to teach entrepreneurship in rural areas.

What’s the one word you’d use to describe Babson?

Catalyst.

What does it mean to you to be “on fire?”

To me, what it means to be “on fire” is a sign that I am on the right track. As a sophomore in college, I feel and know that I still have a very long road of challenges, opportunities and achievements ahead of me, but it is at times like this that I can pause and look back at what I have accomplished thus far. Hard work and passion do not go unnoticed. Being “on fire” means that I am now more confident than ever that pursuing my dreams and ideas, while creating value in the world, is the right path to lead.

Tyler Murphy | Undergraduate Class of 2013

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I am an undergraduate senior at Babson concentrating in Accounting and Information Technology Management. After graduating this spring, I will earn my MSA over the summer and begin working at PwC this fall as a risk assurance associate. Babson has truly broken me out of my shell over the past four years—I have been given the opportunity to be a student leader across a multitude of roles on campus, meet some of the coolest Babson alums out there and travel the world from London to Ghana, El Salvador to Uruguay and Argentina. With a strong passion for business, exercising leadership and impacting change in the world, I feel wholly prepared for what’s ahead of me.

What’s the one word you’d use to describe Babson?

Stimulating

What does it mean to you to be “on fire?”

To me, being “on fire” means taking advantage of every opportunity with a positive attitude, smile and intention of helping both yourself and others in the process. I have always lived by the motto that one should wake up with a purpose and go to bed with a sense of accomplishment, and people who are “on fire” are those special change makers who challenge the status quo, impact change in the world and believe that anything is possible. It’s easy to live life under the radar, but if a person truly wishes to be “on fire” in this globalized, fast-paced world, he or she must live life on the edge, take risks and welcome the help and support of others throughout life’s journey.

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