Tag Archives: Entrepreneurship

Get to Know Paul Veiga

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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Get to know Hind Hassan

My family is originally from Sudan, we moved to the US when I was a toddler and I grew up in the D.C. area. I have a bachelor’s in economics from Wharton and I also minored in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations—Arabic and Islamic Studies. After graduating, I moved to Dubai and worked for Citi’s Investment Banking team for two years, followed by three years in growth equity at Standard Chartered Private Equity. I came to Booth to gain additional skills, expand my network, and recruit back into private equity in the US.

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Growing my Social Impact Startup at Chicago Booth

I’m dual a degree MBA/MPP full time student, and I also run a social enterprise. KitcheNet provides urban food deserts (areas without access to quality nutrition) with easy access of affordable fresh produce and food education to empower and celebrate community wellness.

We’ve been in operation since August 2017, and so far have served more than 200+ boxes (1000 pounds of fresh food) to the Englewood community in Chicago. I often get asked how I ended up being a social entrepreneur while pursuing dual grad degrees. And how do I manage everything? Good question…

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NVC Series: The Finalists are Here

Last year, when we found out that WillowFlare was lucky enough to be one of the 10 teams moving on to the finals of the NVC, we were both super excited and nervous. Only after going through the presentations with other teams, did we realize how competitive the NVC is and how great the ideas are.  Don’t forget, we could only see one section – half of the 30 teams in the competition – and the only thing we know about the other half is they are as good if not better.   We were excited because it was such a journey for us to go from an idea to nearly a real business within three months. The momentum that NVC can provide to the team and the resources from the Polsky Center are just unparalleled.  In the meantime, we were also nervous because we wanted to put on the best show, representing ourselves and our classmates. At the end of the day, after being grilled by the same sets of investors again and again, we made many good friends from the same trench.  We felt that we were carrying more weight and we wanted to make sure we were not wasting a precious spot. Now, 11 teams may share the same feeling as the finalists for this year.

Make sure to stay tuned on the big day, which will take place on Thursday, June 1 at the Harper Center beginning at 8:30 a.m. CT. We will provide a live link and a Twitter takeover! 

I hope after reading the list below, you are as excited as I am…

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