Entrepreneurs have a direct impact on the future — a future the Babson Entrepreneurship Forum is dedicating Friday to explore.
The college’s 12th annual student-run flagship event is designed to give attendees a glimpse into the future “through the very eyes of the people who are shaping it,” including David Fialkow, co-founder and managing director of General Catalyst Partners; Yuchun Lee, executive in residence at General Catalyst Partners; and Robin Chase, founder of Zipcar.
The three will be delivering keynote speeches in between a variety of panels, that range in topic from “entrepreneurship in developing countries” to “shaping a happier future.”
Tying into this year’s theme, the Forum will newly feature “futurepreneurs,” a group of six startups founded by high school-aged entrepreneurs who will be showcasing their work. Attendees will vote for their fan favorite, and organizers will dish out fun, specialty awards.
As an added bonus, the 30 event speakers will be making themselves available throughout the day to network with attendees one-on-one, discuss ideas or answer questions in 15-minute time increments. Slots are currently being assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis, and guests can register for a sit-down here.
When asked what she hopes attendees take out of the event, Forum co-chair Shamoyita Mukherjee said, “We want to inspire them. We want to bring in discussions that will make them think.”
The Forum’s Director of Sales Jessica Crowley echoed Mukherjee’s sentiments, adding that every year, the goal is to make entrepreneurship seem achievable to the everyday person.
“It might seem too big, starting your own company or becoming an entrepreneur,” Crowley acknowledged. “[The Forum] makes it seem within their grasp.”
The event is open to the public. Tickets are $40 for students and $60 for professionals. Anyone interested in taking 15 percent off, however, can use the discount code “bostinno15.”
If you attend: Friday, November 15; Babson College, 231 Forest St., Wellesley; 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Tickets can be purchased here.