Tag Archives: Polsky Center

Teaming up for Innovation & Design Club’s first-ever innovation challenge

I had no idea what to expect when I signed up as a “free agent” for the Innovation and Design Club’s first ever design competition —the University of Chicago Innovation Challenge. Who was my team going to be? What were we going to be doing? The kickoff included free Chipotle and was hosted at the beautiful (and free, we learned) Chicago Cultural Center, which was to be our client organization. I met my team: an undergrad Econ major, a policy student, and another Boothie. Each of us had varying levels of knowledge about human-centered design ranging from “I have no idea what this is!” to “Design? I went to a design high school.”

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Polsky Accelerator: Thoughts, Shots, and ‘Bots

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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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: 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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