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Keep Austin Weird: A Boothie’s Take on Life & VC in Austin

Austin, TX, affectionately nicknamed Silicon Hills due to many of the biggest tech companies calling it home, is a hotbed for technology and innovation. In fact, the motto “Keep Austin Weird” is intended to promote small business and entrepreneurship in the city. Austin has been voted the No. 1 Best Place to Live in America by U.S. News for three years in a row—based on affordability, job prospects, and quality of life. After spending last summer in the Bay Area through Booth’s Pre-MBA Startup Summer program and wanting to try something different, these were three critical factors that attracted me to this city.

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Best Booth Moment Series: Starting up at Booth

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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Start Me Up! Booth’s Pre-MBA Startup Summer Program

Prior to business school, incoming MBA students generally take the opportunity to explore long-delayed passions, discover new corners of the world, or earn a few extra paychecks. This year, 70 Boothies (nearly 12% of the class!) achieved all three as part of the school’s groundbreaking Startup Summer program.

A uniquely Booth experience, the program connects incoming Booth students with Chicago Booth alumni who have founded and currently run early-stage startups. In pure win-win fashion, students are exposed to the startup environment and paid a summer stipend while organizations benefit from an infusion of talent.

For more about this exciting Booth experience, let’s hear from our very own Michael Kovach and David Noel, who worked at a Palo Alto-based startup over the summer!

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