At Chicago Booth, we believe in a firm grounding in core principles and a rigorous multidiscipline approach to problem solving. We also believe in the spirit of debate - our community encourages people to take risks and challenge existing ideas. In these entries, we will convey how this approach can be found in and out of the classroom.

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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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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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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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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