NVC Series: The Grand Opening

Why is everyone surveying his or her friends with exciting ideas?

Why does everyone with an entrepreneurial spark have dark eye circles lately?

What are they awaiting anxiously after those dark eye circles have faded?

What are they so excited about in the next few days?

How will investors grill them if they get in?

How will the ideas evolve into real businesses over time?

What is it like standing on the stage of the Finals?

It’s that exciting time again!

This year we decided to create a series of articles to share with you, in real time, what it is like to compete in the #1 university accelerator program across the nation – the Edward L. Kaplan, ’71, New Venture Challenge (NVC). The program has graduated more than 160 start-up companies still in operation today and created thousands of jobs for the economy. NVC companies have achieved more than $4 billion in mergers and exits, including Braintree, which acquired Venmo and was then later acquired by PayPal in 2013 for $800 million; Bump Technologies, which was acquired by Google in 2013; and GrubHub, which completed an IPO in April 2014.

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A Campus of Colors: The Value of Global Diversity

There’s a certain irreplaceable benefit we gain from being in diverse communities.  It helps us think more broadly, consider opinions other than our own, and develop solutions to problems we may not have exposure to otherwise.  Here at Booth, our diversity is experienced in the variety of different perspectives, interests, and backgrounds of our students, faculty, and alumni, including our vast international community.

I myself am usually excited to tell people I was born outside of the United States.  It’s a distinguishing factor, a characteristic that makes me unique.  It has always helped add value in my ability to engage and connect with peers.  In fact, it has become a deep source of pride because my multi-cultural upbringing is very much attributable to who I am as a person.

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Who Runs the School? GBC! (Graduate Business Council)

This past week, the Booth student body held elections for the next Graduate Business Council (GBC) Executive Board. The 6-person team works with the elected president and representative from each of our 10 cohorts to provide services, plan events, and represent the student body to the administration. The election was bittersweet for me as it meant my time as VP of Student Affairs on this year’s GBC Exec Board was coming to an end.

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Windy City to Big Apple: a whirlwind VC Trek

I embarked on a late January VC Trek shortly after learning that I was chosen to serve as a co-chair of the Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Group. This revelation changed my outlook on the Trek: I became EVEN MORE aware of the contributions made by the fearless second year co-chairs, who worked relentlessly to come up with an astonishing experience.

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Share the love: V-DAY inspired experiences at Booth

While business school might not seem like the most romantic place on earth, Chicago Booth is full of surprises. Looking back at this week at Booth, I got to participate in two stellar events that turned my Valentine’s week into the most memorable to date.

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