In the next edition of our Best Booth Moment Series, second year Nakul Gupta shares key learnings that helped him build a mentorship platform:
During my first year at Booth I was excited, more than anything else, by the sheer number of opportunities. It was intoxicating to navigate the endless stream of choices from classes and professors to talks, socials, and trips. I soaked it all in. After all, it was a special opportunity to meet so many people and cultivate deep relationships! I knew what really mattered to me the most was building a strong community and generating ideas with others that can have a positive, lasting impact.
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I came to Booth with the express purpose of starting a company using the knowledge and experience from my MBA. When I arrived in August of 2017, I had four potential business concepts in a variety of areas. After some soul searching, I felt that my current startup, D20 Robotics
, was the best fit for me.
Our elevator pitch goes a little like this:
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If you asked people what is Booth’s predominant concentration, you would likely get an answer like Finance or Economics. With the award-winning faculty in each of those departments and the history of the University of Chicago, it’s not hard to understand why. But many are surprised to find that the most popular concentration chosen by Boothies is actually Entrepreneurship. Read more to find out why.
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There is no better time than now to be an entrepreneur at Booth. Students can gain access to industry professionals through the Polsky Center, learn from seasoned veterans in the classroom, and partner with classmates to compete in the New Venture Challenge—one of the top-ranked accelerator programs in the country. Inspired by a trip with 350 of our closest Boothie friends, Moises Numa and Andreina Chacin, members of the Class of 2019, decided to focus their entrepreneurial spirit on an industry all Boothies become very familiar with… travel.
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I was born in Boston and raised in Connecticut, but I always felt drawn to the Midwest. Growing up, I immersed myself in the performing arts, always wanting to expand my horizons and try something new. I went to Boston College for undergrad, graduating with degrees in accounting and philosophy. I then co-founded a reusable water bottle company called Maji. I transitioned to consulting after that, and the Big 4 stayed in my life as I transitioned from audit to advisory at Ernst & Young. After a while, I felt the itch to return to the educational environment that I loved so much, and I eventually found my way into the school of my dreams, Chicago Booth.
My first impression of Booth was its grounding in experiential learning. Because of my experience launching a start up, I was interested in learning more about and partnering with individuals from the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation and the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
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