BCERC | Welcome

EreksonO. Homer Erekson
John V. Roach Dean of the Neeley School of Business

On behalf of the Neeley School of Business at Texas Christian University, I am pleased to welcome you to the 2012 Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference (BCERC).  We are delighted to be able to host the conference, sharing our world class facilities.

Entrepreneurship is one of the signature programs in the Neeley School. We have several outstanding scholars pursuing a variety of significant research projects. Our Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization is the largest student entrepreneurship chapter in the country.  With our interdisciplinary Coleman Fellows faculty program, interest in entrepreneurship is spreading across TCU’s campus. 

If you have the impression that we are excited about entrepreneurship in the Neeley School, you are absolutely correct. We hope that at this year’s BCERC you will find rich dialogue surrounding important research issues and be inspired to make meaningful and sustained contributions in the field of entrepreneurship.

I want to thank the Co-Director of the 2012 BCERC, Keith Hmieleski, who has helped design an exciting conference and made plans for you to get to know our great city of Fort Worth. 

At the Neeley School, we like to say "It's More than Business.   It's Personal®." I hope you find the conference to be a place where you develop networking relationships that last a lifetime with the best and brightest scholars in entrepreneurship.

Best wishes for a wonderful conference.


SchlesingerLeonard A. Schlesinger
Babson College

Babson College is pleased to co-sponsor the 2012 Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference (BCERC) with an outstanding school of higher learning--the Neeley School of Business at Texas Christian University--known for its focus on ethical decision-making and preparing students for the global marketplace.

Babson founded BCERC thirty-two years ago and, since then, this conference has been the largest and the most significant contributor of intellectual input to the field of entrepreneurship pedagogy and practice. Now more than ever, entrepreneurship is at the forefront of addressing the world's social and economic problems in a myriad of ways -- and policymakers, as well as teachers and scholars, have become reliant on the advances in research and their potential impacts.

The agenda of this year's conference demonstrates why it continues to be the leading forum for sharing significant and timely new contributions in the field of entrepreneurship and for promoting new areas of research. I hope that you will be able to join us for this year's conference, and know that you will find it an event well worth attending.


ZacharakisAndrew Zacharakis
Babson College 
Director, 2012 BCERC

The 2012 Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference, hosted by the Neeley School of Business at Texas Christian University promises to be an educational and social experience, as well as an opportunity to explore the history of America’s Western Heritage. TCU has planned several unique receptions including one at the world famous Billy Bob’s Texas where you can work on your two-step or ride a bull (of course, you’d have to be a cowboy/cowgirl or completely insane to do so). The team at TCU is comprised of outstanding leading scholars.  My Co-Director, Keith Hmieleski is a long-time contributor and participant at the BCERC.  Keith, along with Jon Carr, another leading entrepreneurship scholar and long-time attendee of the BCERC will be Co-Directors of the Doctoral Consortium. They have lined up an exciting list of foremost entrepreneurship scholars to work with this year’s doctoral students.  In addition, TCU teamed with Babson to secure a grant from SAMS (Society for the Advancement of Management Studies) to support the Doctoral Consortium.  We are honored to partner with the Neeley School of Business at TCU and excited to welcome scholars from around the world to share their entrepreneurship vision and passion. I’m looking forward to seeing you all in the heart of Texas and the famous Texas hospitality.


HmieleskiKeith Hmieleski
Neeley School of Business
Co-Director, 2012 BCERC

It is my great pleasure to welcome you to the 2012 Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference, hosted by the Neeley School of Business at Texas Christian University. Recently, our entrepreneurship program has been honored with many achievements. For example, in the past year we have been named National Model Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Program by the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE), hosted the annual national conference of the Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization (CEO), and launched an international business plan competition based on integrating Values and Ventures. We are excited to have the opportunity to build on this momentum by hosting the 2012 BCERC on our beautiful campus. We have many exciting events planned for you, which reflect both the cowboy heritage of the area and the modern sophistication of Fort Worth, TX. In addition, many surprises are planned (e.g., you may see the conference director, Andrew Zacharakis, ride a bull and/or two-step) and you will leave with several unique mementos (e.g., your own horned frog). I look forward to personally welcoming you to TCU and the greater Fort Worth, TX area in June and expect that your visit will be intellectually engaging and culturally enriching—in other words, this is a conference that y’all will not want to miss!