March 21, 2013

Zimmermann Among Five Babson Students Setting the Scene on Fire

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After whittling down more than 2,000 submissions, 200 50 on Fire finalists emerged, and with them, six members of the Babson College community rose to the top.

In the spirit of community, Babson launched an accompanying contest to celebrate the school's "5 on Fire." Current undergraduate and graduate students were nominated based on Babson's mission of "creating economic and social value everywhere." Winners were chosen by a panel of faculty, staff, students and alumni, and were awarded tickets to 50 on Fire, which is now less than a week away.

Zimmermann exemplifies what it means to be "on fire." Take a look at what being on fire means to him, along with how he describes Babson.

Sanjay Zimmermann | Undergraduate Class of 2015

Give us your 30-second elevator pitch.

I'm an entrepreneur, finance whiz and filmmaker who believes in adding to the world a little more than I take out. At Babson, I have created two new student organizations that promote two of my very different passions: the Media + Design Studio, based on my passion for filmmaking and creativity, and I created the Babson Apprentice Fund based on my passion for finance. I was born in Germany and lived there for eight years, then spent two in Belgium and another 10 in Canada. This past summer, I spent two months in India travelling through 15 different cities, interviewing entrepreneurs to produce a documentary film about the journey. I am working with theClinton Global Initiative program and Babson to perform a similar project in Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina this summer and hope to teach entrepreneurship in rural areas.

What's the one word you'd use to describe Babson?

Catalyst.

What does it mean to you to be "on fire?"

To me, what it means to be "on fire" is a sign that I am on the right track. As a sophomore in college, I feel and know that I still have a very long road of challenges, opportunities and achievements ahead of me, but it is at times like this that I can pause and look back at what I have accomplished thus far. Hard work and passion do not go unnoticed. Being "on fire" means that I am now more confident than ever that pursuing my dreams and ideas, while creating value in the world, is the right path to lead.

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