Launched in 2014, the Babson Entrepreneurial Leadership Academy (BELA) is a high school youth program operated by Babson College, the #1 ranked college/university for entrepreneurship by U.S. News & World Report for the past 22 years.

BLS students receive receive 25 hours of hands-on entrepreneurial education.  Working in teams, students develop business ideas that could be acted upon NOW.  DLI Director, Jim Levesque, teaches the course using Babson's curriculum.  Class meets weekly after school 2:30-4:00pm from November to April.  Students receive one-on-one coaching from a Babson mentor, as well as a local college student serving as teaching assistant.

Babson Boston Cup

BLS student teams participate in an intra-school competition from which two teams are selected to compete in the Babson Boston Cup, a regional competition held at Babson College in April.  

BLS Awarded Top Prizes at Babson Cup

BELA, 2019
BLS awarded 1st Place
$1,000 seed money

BELA, 2018
BLS awarded 3rd Place
$250 seed money

BELA, 2016
BLS awarded 3rd Place
$250 seed money
Social Innovation Award

BELA, 2015
BLS awarded 3rd Place
$250 seed money
Invitation to Babson Summer Incubator
Community Problem Solver Award

BELA, 2014
BLS award 1st Place 
$250 seed money
Environmental Award
Community Impact Award