Studying with Saltire Fellows at Babson College

The Saltire Fellowship is a short, sharp and experiential development programme. It aims to develop a cohort of highly ambitious entrepreneurially-minded individuals into future business leaders in Scotland and beyond. This transformational programme takes place over the course of 6 months and is delivered in the USA as well as the UK. It starts with a residential Kick Off Week which is when the cohort comes together for the first time. All Fellows get to meet each other, find out more about their fellow Fellows, and start getting ready for their transformational journey together.

The most exciting part of the Fellowship is arguably the time Fellows spend in Boston. However, being in vibrant Boston and studying at the number one entrepreneurship education institution in the world is not only incredibly exciting but it is also very demanding. Often Fellows start their days at 6am and do not go to bed until late at night because their schedule is very busy and always filled with classes, lunch & learn guest speakers, company visits, project work, or networking.

Overall, it is the classes at Babson that are the highlight of the programme. The Babson faculty involved with the Saltire Fellowship is second to none. The highly curated content is focused on equipping Fellows with the skills and mind-set they will need to succeed as leaders. Although the teaching styles widely differ, most classes consist of interactive discussions, case studies, and thought-provoking discussions. As a result, the Fellows are being constantly challenged in their thinking which means they need to regularly reflect on their learning and in fact it is not uncommon for them to continue the discussions over lunch and dinner.

The Fellows’ time in Boston is very demanding and any spare time is valued highly. Boston offers countless opportunities for entertainment and most Fellows take full advantage of the various activities available to them. For instance, the Boston Freedom Trail is not to be missed. In fact, it was the very first sightseeing activity the 2017/18 cohort did during their first weekend in Boston. As you can see, they had a great time and they really do live by the motto of ‘work hard, play hard’!