WELLESLEY, Mass., March 22, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Andrew Corbett, Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship at Babson College, has been appointed Director of The John E. and Alice L. Butler Venture Accelerator, an entrepreneurial learning program that supports and advances student businesses in each phase of their startup venture--from opportunity exploration and pursuit with an action plan to the ultimate launch. Babson's Accelerator serves all students looking to start or advance an entrepreneurial venture by providing an entrepreneurial community and support throughout the stages of developing their company including incubator workspace, peer mentoring programs, mentoring and other valuable resources. Selected student businesses are given access to professional and semiprivate workspace to grow and manage their businesses between classes. Said Corbett, "I'm so pleased to have this opportunity to work with my colleagues to assist our students and alumni in their entrepreneurial ventures. The accelerator is an integral part of the Babson entrepreneurial ecosystem. Through practical, hands-on workshops, mentoring, workspace and other resources, the accelerator complements classroom experience with practical learning that moves ventures forward." "No matter what the stage of the company ─ from the initial idea to exit ─ the accelerator provides support and guidance for Babson's entrepreneurs. It allows students to find the support and assistance they need depending upon where they are in their development. Whether a student is just starting to explore ideas, pursuing a business model, or looking to grow an existing venture, the accelerator provides advisors and resources to help them thrive." Corbett was the MBA Director and Associate Professor at the Lally School of Management & Technology at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. He has also taught at the University of Colorado and Bentley College. Prior to working in academia he spent over a decade in marketing and strategic management positions within the media and publishing industry.