Heidi Marie Neck Babson College, USA
Heidi Neck, PhD, is a Babson College professor and the Jeffry A. Timmons Professor of Entrepreneurial
Studies. She is the academic director of the Babson Academy, a dedicated unit within
Babson that inspires change in the way universities, specifically their faculty and students, teach
and learn entrepreneurship. The Babson Academy builds on Neck’s work starting the Babson Collaborative,
a global institutional membership organization for colleges and universities seeking to
increase their capability and capacity in entrepreneurship education, and leading Babson’s Symposia
for Entrepreneurship Educators (SEE), programs designed to further develop faculty from
around the world in the art and craft of teaching entrepreneurship and building entrepreneurship
programs. Neck has directly trained more than 3,000 faculty around the world in the art and craft
of teaching entrepreneurship.
She has taught entrepreneurship at the undergraduate, MBA, and executive levels. Neck is a
past president of the United States Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE),
an academic organization dedicated to the advancement of entrepreneurship education. Her
research interests include entrepreneurship education, the entrepreneurial mindset, and entrepreneurship
inside organizations. An award-winning educator and author, her textbook Entrepreneurship:
The Practice and Mindset (2017) was awarded Breakthrough Book of 2017 by SAGE and the
2018 Most Promising New Textbook award by the Textbook & Academic Authors Association.
Neck is the lead author of Teaching Entrepreneurship: A Practice-Based Approach (Elgar), a book written
to help educators teach entrepreneurship in more experiential and engaging ways. Additionally,
she has published 45+ book chapters, research monographs, and refereed articles.
Neck has been recognized for teaching excellence at Babson for undergraduate, graduate, and
executive education. She has also been recognized by international organizations the Academy of
Management and USASBE for excellence in pedagogy and course design. For pushing the frontiers
of entrepreneurship education in higher education, The Schulze Foundation and the Entrepreneur
and Innovation Exchange awarded her Entrepreneurship Educator of the Year in 2016.