Babson College

A Brief Guide

“Of course, it takes commitment to invest in our overseas programme with Entrepreneurial Scotland. But that commitment can bring real rewards to those who immerse themselves in the Babson-based learning environment and shift their focus from exploring entrepreneurial opportunity to executing entrepreneurial action.”

- Professor Les Charm, Babson College

One of the true hallmarks of Entrepreneurial Scotland’s Saltire Leaders Programme is the cohort’s visits to the unique entrepreneurial culture that permeates the Boston area, and in particular the campus of Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts - the world-leading centre for Entrepreneurial Thought & Action®

100 Year History

Founded in 1919 by Roger W. Babson - whose analytical work on business and stocks still resonates today - the ‘Babson Institute’ would later become a College in 1969 with the establishment of a four-year BSc degree.

It now leads the world in entrepreneurial education and includes an Undergraduate School, the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business, an Executive Education programme, Babson Academy development programmes, Babson Global worldwide programmes and more.


Education with Real-World Experience

87% of Babson’s full time faculty hold a doctoral degree (or equivalent) and are accomplished entrepreneurs, executives, scholars and researchers in their own right.

These include Senior Lecturer Professor Leslie Charm, a partner in the firm of Leslie Charm & Associates (formerly Youngman & Charm) since 1972; Tim Marken, formerly Chief Growth Officer at Boston Globe Media and Senior Advisor at Fenway Sports Group; and Dr Karen Ayas, a founding partner of management consultancy firm, The Ripples Group.

Global Outlook

Entrepreneurial Scotland are one of several worldwide organisations who partner with Babson to provide entrepreneurial leadership learning opportunities.

The College is also home to major global research conferences and in 1999 co-initiated the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) with London Business School.

Notable Alumni

Successful entrepreneurs and leaders in diverse areas of business and culture have attended Babson, including:

Arthur M. Blank (Co-founder, Home Depot; Chairman, AMB Group)

Ernesto Bertarelli (Founder, Waypoint Capital)

Ruthie Davis (Founder, Ruthie Davis)

Edsel Bryant Ford III (Board Director, Ford Motor Company)

Akio Toyoda (President, Toyota Motor Corporation)

Terrell Braly (Founder, Quiznos)

For more information on the Babson-Boston module of the Saltire Leaders Programme, see here

For further information on Babson College, see their website