All posts by Oma Nwabudike

Perfecting the Ask – An NVC classroom experience

What do you do when you have a chance to present to people who can be connections for you and help you with your goals?

That is what the New Venture Challenge class experience teaches participants in the ten weeks they spend as part of the course As the New Venture Challenge (NVC) enters its final round this week, the businesses that have gone through it have evolved and so have the entrepreneurs and their teams. Those selected for NVC have to take the class, which includes two rounds of pitching to potential investors. I sat in one of the pitching sessions and it was a wonderful learning experience even though I wasn’t trying to get any idea sold.

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I planned the Emerging Markets Summit

On April 29, the fifth annual Booth Emerging Markets Summit (EMS) went off (seemingly) without a hitch. Like a proud mama, I watched the entire conference unfold and basked in the enthusiasm and comments of attendees.

In the six months leading up to that day, I’d spent countless hours along with four other Boothies planning the details of the conference. I wrote hundreds of emails, made maybe half that many calls, and called in favors I was saving for life-or-death situations. But it wasn’t all grueling. Looking back today from the vantage point of knowing the event was a huge success, I would say that planning the EMS was a good way to see the changes that the past year and half has brought me, as well as effecting some of those final transformations.

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NVC Series: A few words with Professor Kaplan

New Venture Challenge (NVC) is possibly the most well-known competition at Booth as well as one of the most famous entrepreneurship competitions in the business school circle. As part of our ongoing series dedicated to the NVC, I sat down with Professor Steve N Kaplan for a brief conversation about the New Venture Challenge, which he helped co-found in 1996.

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The Introvert MBA

At some point during my admission interview, my interviewer asked, “Would you describe yourself as an extrovert?” Full disclosure, we were 30 minutes into the conversation and I’m fairly certain I had given answers that led him to realize how introverted I was and he was likely looking for my response just to see if I knew myself. My response was a definite NO. Followed by very detailed explanation of why I thought being extroverted was overrated. Spoiler alert: I was admitted, but I spent a lot of time before that call wondering how I could have been so careless. And even after I knew Booth wanted me, that didn’t stop me from worrying about the kind of experience I would have once I got there. Continue reading The Introvert MBA

Africans of Booth

When I first got admitted to Booth, a lot of people were excited for me but most of that excitement was followed by “are there any Africans there?” In the spirit of the holidays and because a lot of recent admits might be getting the same questions while prospective applicants may be asking those questions, I’d like to present (some of) the Africans of Booth. I’ll start with myself:

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