Chicago Booth's Mt. Davis campus' promenade deck

It's been a few months since we announced the opening of the Francis and Rose Yuen Center in Hong Kong. Read as Associate Dean, Rich Johnson, delivers some updates and dives deeper into the history of our future Hong Kong campus.

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Participants of Chicago Booth's On Board 2017 Conference gather to talk

Chicago Booth's On Board conference is a day long event hosted by the Social Enterprise Initiative (SEI), a unique initiative supporting the aspirations of Chicago Booth students and alumni to impact social issues. Take a look into this year's event and learn more about how Booth creates impact from the classroom to the boardroom.

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Maria Scott is co-founder and CEO of TAINA Technology Limited and an Executive MBA student at the London Chicago Booth campus. Scott is building TAINA with the help of Chicago Booth’s Global New Venture Challenge [GNVC]. Below, she writes about her business, colleagues, and insights gained through GNVC.

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FuSureteam

A multinational group of Hong Kong students are creating an app that will allow foreign domestic workers to set aside money for savings, invest in future returns, and securely transfer funds back home as part of this year's Global New Venture Challenge.

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GNVC Chicago Semi-finals winner Pronto

In the summer of 2016, Conrad Caplin (EXP-21, ’16) and Michael Longe (EXP-21, ’16) traveled to Chicago to further develop the skillset needed for their recent shift from the corporate world to entrepreneurship. The return to Chicago Booth created other opportunities that had a monumental impact on their new business, Pronto CX.

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London

It’s enormously difficult to understand, let alone make sense of, what’s going on in the world these days. From Brexit to Trump to Russia or the EU, life as we knew it has changed. One thing we do know for certain, it will not be business as usual and understanding how we will be affected has become more important than ever.

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Employer Sponsorship

It’s no secret that employer sponsorship of Executive MBA Programs has shifted over the last decade. While sponsorship to an MBA Program used to be commonplace, more EMBA students are self-funding their way than ever before; industry-wide, 39.8% of incoming EMBA students were self-funded in 2014. However, there is still reason to believe that you can successfully petition your company for help with financing your MBA. We reached out to several students to get their take on how they created a successful path towards entering a sponsorship agreement with their companies

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New Venture Challenge

Prem Iyer is CEO & Co-Founder of Rekonnex, a professional networking platform designed for private social networks. Rekonnex (formerly Aluminate) was started at Chicago Booth when Prem and two other classmates competed in and won the Global New Venture Challenge [GNVC]. Since graduating from the Executive MBA Program in 2015, Prem and his co-founders have continued to grow the business. We caught up with Prem to hear more about his experience and where he sees the company heading.

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Autumn Time

It’s that time of year again. The Chicago Booth Executive MBA admissions teams from Chicago, London, and Hong Kong are recruiting the best mid-to-senior level executives for our top-ranked, Executive MBA program.

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After a busy year of interviews and applications we were delighted to welcome 243 new students to "Kick-off Week" in Chicago last month.

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It was a 15-hour flight from Hong Kong to Chicago and after over 10 years away from the classroom, I was feeling quite nervous to begin.

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Frederic Mahieu is a Mathematics teacher at the Lycee Francais de Chicago and an executive MBA student at Chicago Booth. Below he writes about his experience competing in the Social New Venture Challenge [SNVC]. SNVC is a business launch competition organized by the Social Enterprise Initiative and the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Chicago Booth. Qualifying companies and organizations must show a focus on social impact as well as a model for financial sustainability.

Similar to the NVC, students form teams to create a business plan and receive coaching from Chicago Booth faculty and industry experts. There are several “rounds” in the competition where teams present their business plans during live pitch sessions in front of investors.

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Sheela Agarwal, MD, is Head of US Medical Affairs for Radiology at Bayer HealthCare in New York City and an executive MBA student at the London Chicago Booth campus. She has been competing in this year’s Global New Venture Challenge [GNVC] with her team, 3DMed. GNVC is the executive branch of Chicago Booth’s New Venture Challenge, a top-ranked business launch program designed to help students turn their ideas into viable businesses. There are several "rounds" in the competition where teams present their business plans during live pitch sessions in front of investors, alumni, and business leaders. The competition culminates with a final round featuring the winning teams from our Chicago, London, and Hong Kong campuses on March 17. We spoke to Sheela just after she learned her team would be advancing in the competition.

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