Skip to content

Programs : Brochure

This page is the brochure for your selected program. You can view the provided information for this program on this page and click on the available buttons for additional options.
  • Locations: Stockholm, Sweden
  • Program Terms: Summer 1st Session
  • Restrictions: Babson applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Class Status: Graduate Program Type: Elective Abroad
Language(s) of Instruction: English Eligible Populations: See Eligibility Link Below
Housing Options: Hotel/Hostel Academic Highlights: Entrepreneurial Studies
Program Advisor: Renee Graham
Program Description:
[Compete in a Design Challenge - an intense, one-week exercise that invites students to tackle a relevant problem for the Swedish government and local businesses while visiting leading Swedish companies and cultural attractions. The course is designed for students who have a strong interest in entrepreneurship, innovation, technology, or design.]

EPS 7543 Technology, Entrepreneurship and Design in Sweden


Phillip Kim
Lewis Family Distinguished Professor of Social Innovation

Summer 1st Session 2021


Important Dates

Information Session

Course and Application Information

Watch for online and email announcements, Summer/Fall 2020


Application Deadlines

Application Opens


Initial Application Deadline


Rolling Application Opens


Rolling Application Deadline


Mandatory Course Dates

No partial participation is allowed.
Admitted students must participate in ALL program activities.



Class #1


Class #2



Course Travel: Summer 1st Session 2021



Academic Overview

Course Description

Entrepreneurial leaders excel in acting with limited information, maximizing outputs from limited resources, and managing uncertainty in dynamic conditions. In this course, students will have the opportunity to apply their classroom knowledge and past professional experiences to practice these facets of entrepreneurial leadership in Stockholm, Sweden. The course centers on a Design Challenge - an intense, one-week exercise that invites students to tackle a relevant problem for the Swedish government and local businesses while visiting leading Swedish companies and cultural attractions.

Stockholm is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city of 1 million residents who live on an archipelago of 14 islands. The city serves as the economic, cultural, and social hub of Sweden. It is home to many leading companies familiar to people worldwide for their innovatively designed products and services such as Ericsson, H&M, IKEA, Skype, and Spotify. It is also on the forefront for producing social innovations that address the wicked problems of our times.      

The Technology, Entrepreneurship, and Design (TED) in Sweden course overlaps with an innovation management course offered at the Stockholm School of Economics (SSE). Babson students will work with SSE students during the week in Stockholm. SSE students will serve as informal hosts to the Babson students and introduce them to the social and cultural fabric of Stockholm in ways that provide deeper engagement than most week-long visits.

The course is designed for students who have a strong interest in entrepreneurship, innovation, technology, or design and wish to participate in a dynamic cross-cultural learning experience.

This class can be applied to the Entrepreneurship concentration.

Faculty Video

See Testimonial Tab for Student Reflections and Recommendations

Course Information

Course Type



3 credits


Open to eligible students who have completed pre-requisite requirements.

For specific eligibility information, by program, visit the Eligibility page.

Student must be, and remain, in good academic standing with the college for duration of the course.

Student must be in good standing with the Office of Community Standards at time of travel.


Entrepreneurship and Opportunity (EPS7800, formerly EPS7200)

For May 2021 graduates: Students graduating in May 2021 must delay 3 credits for 1st Summer Session 2021. Students will be able to walk at commencement as an August graduate. Consult with your graduate program manager and International Student and Scholar Services (if applicable) for special eligibility considerations.

Course Documents

          Course Syllabus & Sample Schedule

Academic Accommodations

Students requesting accommodations due to a disability should visit the students with disabilities abroad page for more information.

Course Logistics


Stockholm, Sweden


  • Students will be housed in a 4 star hotel, single rooms, walking distance to Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship (SSES). The program fee covers the cost of single room accommodations.


International Flight (Not Included in Program Fee)

Students will be responsible for booking their own international flight to/from Stockholm (ARN). A recommended international flight itinerary will be provided to students registered for the course. Students are responsible for booking their own flight AFTER the course has been confirmed to run (i.e. participant minimum number is reached). The international flight cost is not included in the program fee. 

  • Arrival Airport Code: ARN
  • Departure Airport Code: ARN

Local Transportation

The program fee includes the following transportation:  local train/metro. Students should also expect to pay for additional individual transportation in their free time.


Students should also expect to pay for additional individual transportation around the city, and to do significant walking.


  • Breakfast will be provided at the hotel.
  • The following meals are also included in the program fee: welcome dinner, alumni reception and closing dinner.
  • Students are responsible for paying for most lunches and dinners on their own.
  • Students with food allergies, intolerances, or other dietary restrictions are encouraged to contact their Program Manager prior to committing to the course to discuss any questions or concerns.
Electives Abroad Cost Elements

Estimated Total Cost:  TBD + Tuition (3 credits)

Program Fee: TBD

  • Included: Accommodations, breakfast, ground transportation, program planned meals and cultural excursions. 
  • Not included: Tuition, international flight, visa costs, additional meals and personal expenses.
  • Payment: The program fee is paid to the Glavin Office.
  • Cancellation Policy: All students who confirm their placement and later withdraw from the course are subject to the Elective Abroad cancellation policy. Please review this policy to understand any additional financial obligations.

Babson Tuition: 3-Credits

  • Tuition is paid directly to SFS and is billed at the 2019-2020 credit rate. Elective Abroad course is 3 credits.
  • To discuss tuition or your financial situation or to learn about grant opportunities, visit Student Financial Services.

Travel & Meals (estimated): $1,550

  • Airfare (Individual estimated to/from BOS): $800
  • Estimated Additional Meals: $500
  • Estimated Incidentals: $250
    • Incidentals and additional meals (lunches and dinners) are based on estimated expenses from previous courses to Sweden.
    • Expenses may be higher or lower depending on student's meal preferences.
  • Visa (if applicable)
    • All students are asked to research the visa requirements for their nationality to travel to Sweden (including countries transited through) before committing to the course.
    • Students are responsible for securing visas (as needed) before travel.

Grants & Scholarships

Contact Information

Lead Faculty


Professor Philip Kim 

Phillip H. Kim is the Lewis Family Distinguished Professor of Social Innovation at Babson College. He studies, teaches, and advises on different aspects of how entrepreneurial ideas become reality inside and outside the companies. His research on these topics have been published in leading academic journals and publications such as the Harvard Business Review, Wall Street Journal, and New York Times.  He has taught entrepreneurship courses at undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels and has significant experience teaching students with business and non-business backgrounds. Dr. Kim has taught both foundation courses and advanced electives in entrepreneurship.

Dr. Kim regularly advises entrepreneurs on issues related to launching and establishing their businesses. Prior to becoming an academic, he worked as a management consultant advising businesses in the manufacturing, agriculture, professional services, and non-profit sectors. He also worked for a leading regional supermarket as an operations analyst.


Program Manager

Renee Graham  

Renée Graham 

Renée Graham, Assistant Director of the Short-Term Programs Team, manages the programming for Electives Abroad & Away, the International Consulting Experience, and the Global Entrepreneurship Experience. She manages the 2020/21 undergraduate Electives Abroad courses to the Netherlands/Portugal, Spain and England and Away courses to Califorina (Los Angeles and San Francisco). Renée has programming responsibility for the graduate Electives Abroad course in Sweden and MSEL Global Entrepreneurship Experience programs in Chile and China. In the Fall you will also see Renée court side as an assistant coach for the Babson women’s volleyball team.


Course Administrator

Farah Asmussen  

Farah Asmussen

Farah Asmussen, Program Specialist and Academic Advisor, works with students in the Working Professionals MBA programs in the Graduate School from onboarding, to advising on electives, and through to graduation. She has travelled extensively within the United States, both personally and professionally, including as an administrator with Universite de Cergy-Pontoise College of Law students to visit with American companies and learn about their Ethics and Compliance programs. 


Student Videos

One student’s perspective on Technology, Entrepreneurship and Design in Sweden: Bryan Mucke (BL/Wellesley)

What are your favorite memories of your time in Stockholm?

What are some practical lessons and takeaways you learned in the course?


Student Quotes & Testimonials

"My visit to the city Stockholm and the myriad of opportunities presented to me there has added a lot of value to my entrepreneurial thought and action because I was able to live nothing but that for an intense one week period. I learned to seize the opportunity to study a problem with an open mind, quiet my own biases and dive deeper into the issue at hand layer by layer without jumping to a solution. I got the opportunity to engage with total complete strangers in a different country and environment, learned to embody empathy when speaking to them even with language barriers, and also learned the value of appreciating sacred silence even in a public space. Swedish culture values quiet, privacy and respecting people’s personal space, and for the first time in my life, I was forced to challenge myself to be more quiet, listen and observe more and really enjoy the sound of nobody speaking even on a public train. I was pleasantly surprised to find that it helps you hear and listen to your thoughts better, and see and appreciate things you otherwise would’ve missed." - Salimata Bangoura (Sweden Elective Abroad - May 2019)

"If you’re looking for a relaxing, one-week vacation in Stockholm as an easy way to knock out some elective units, I’d recommend looking elsewhere. Prof. Phil Kim has managed to put together an intensive one-week business design sprint that had us feeling like chickens with our heads cut off on the first day, and seasoned innovation experts by the final presentation. The speed and quality of growth I saw in myself and my classmates in such a short span of time was truly amazing, and I credit that to Prof. Kim’s vision and the seamless collaboration with our local partner school, the Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship. We were given a great deal of autonomy to perform our field research throughout the city, and a variety of frameworks to test our observations and assumptions against. The dinners were great, the alumni event was amazing, but the thing I will never forget is Sweden’s world famous “fika,” the Swedish analog to an American coffee break, sans the smartphones and laptops. Despite the hectic schedule, we still found time to sit down for 30 minute coffee breaks with local Swedes to have rich, meaningful conversations about art, business ideas, and culture - that, to me, was more enlightening than any cookie cutter organized tour. If you’re looking for a hands-on experience that will boost your confidence in design thinking, there’s no better place to be than Stockholm with Prof. Kim.​" - Ryan Sadamitsu (Sweden Elective Abroad - May 2019)

"Sweden was an accelerated learning experience through boots on the ground observations, interviews, and collaboration with the local Stockholm students to design a meaningful solution to address disabled tourist accessibility. It was an amazing opportunity to be able to work with students from the 5 major universities to better learn about the local culture and work through details of product and service design with the end user as the ultimate stakeholder. The lessons learned extend beyond the project and directly apply to all aspects of my personal and professional – namely, don’t jump to conclusions. Although I think it is also important to listen to intuition and rely on personal experience and expertise, it’s also imperative to be aware on one’s own bias and be courageous to venture outside of a comfort zone to push to new levels of innovation.
One of the cultural insights gained was how socialism is not just a method government but it is ingrained into the Swedish culture. The best way to capture this is through “Lagom”, which literally means not too much and not too little; just the right amount. It is the equilibrium and balance that each person embodies, and this is felt in the culture and the city. It is a totally different way of life than in the USA, and it was very enlightening to see it firsthand." - Vanessa Aguilera (Sweden Elective Abroad - May 2019)

"Our elective course to Sweden was perhaps the most valuable professional development opportunity I have undertaken. It was a unique chance to step out of my bubble as well, as the team I was on was composed solely of students studying in San Francisco or Stockholm. I have been reflecting on four important takeaways since returning from the course:
1. The creative power of cross-talent and culturally diverse teams
2. Design as a necessary skill set that at least one person on every team should possess
3. Effective brainstorming
4. How much one can accomplish with a single goal and a tight deadline
This program can be marketed in a LinkedIn profile, resume, cover letter, or in an interview as an accomplishment that required teamwork, comfort with ambiguity, and creativity. If a small group who had just met can accomplish what we accomplished in one week, imagine what is possible for us as job candidates if given additional resources and more time. I would also highlight specific examples such as at Nordic House, where half of us participated in a short, two-hour brainstorming session that began with a problem and ended with believable yet creative solutions. Similarly, at Doberman, we each came up with an entrepreneurial idea within a matter of minutes while managing to a) establish a first step to how we can implement that idea with existing resources b) set a deadline and c) install an accountability system. Therefore, these activities taught us that entrepreneurial success can be applied anywhere as long as we adhere to the three-step waltz of brainstorming problems and solutions, prototyping, and committing, all while keeping to an agreed-upon schedule and deadlines. Therefore, in adhering to the maxim of “show, don’t tell” we each have at least three examples in our pockets that show our creativity, efficiency, and ability to work under pressure." - Daniel Lowe (Sweden Elective Abroad - May 2019)

This program is currently not accepting applications.