First Pitch: Winning Money, Mentors, and More for Your Startup

Friday, July 24, 2020 - 12:00pm to Saturday, July 25, 2020 - 12:45pm 

Debi Kleiman is the Executive Director of the Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship at Babson College. Debi comes to Babson following more than 20 years as an award-winning marketing executive and entrepreneurial leader known for inspiring top performing teams and delivering strong business results.

As the Executive Director of the Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship, Debi works with students, alumni, and faculty, as well as the broader entrepreneurial community, to accelerate the practice of entrepreneurship. She leads the Blank Center’s strategy, new initiatives, and team to help develop the programs of the Butler Launch Pad and Babson’s highly-rated entrepreneur experiences, such as the B.E.T.A. Challenge and the Summer Venture Program. In addition, she has oversight of three of Babson’s major entrepreneurship academic research initiatives: the BCERC Conference, STEP and GEM.

Before coming to Babson, Debi was the Managing Director and Executive Vice President at Havas Media in Boston. Formerly, she was president of the Massachusetts Innovation and Technology Exchange (MITX), and an executive at C-space (formerly Communispace) for five years before its sale to Omnicom DAS. She has been an advisor to startups and an advocate for Boston’s innovation community for over 10 years and has mentored entrepreneurs at MassChallenge, Harvard’s iLab and TechStars Boston. Earlier in her career, she held marketing leadership roles at Procter & Gamble, Welch’s, and the Coca-Cola Company. Debi has a BS from Cornell University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

She will be discussing her professional trajectory, advice for best positioning your startup, and her perspective on growing and innovating in the current business climate. Learn more about her publications at

Please note that registration for this event closes 3 hours prior to the start of the session.