The 2013 CUNY IVE SmartPitch Challenge is underway and is paving the way for the next generation budding entrepreneurs.
The ESMT MBA program is a one year MBA program starting in January and ending in December. The last three months of the program were special because in those months we had an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills developed throughout the year to the real life projects and challenges. The highlights of those months were the development of a business plan, conducting a consulting project and writing a Master’s thesis.
Football season not only highlights the speed, grace, power, and talent of the world’s best athletes, it also reminds us of the motivating effect of engaged competition. The highly visible games challenge well-trained athletes to demonstrate their skills, often in direct competition with close rivals. Even casual fans recognize the important consequences associated with victory and defeat, raising the importance of performing well in the heat of competition.
If you are a small business owner, now is a good time to enter three small business contests that can help grow your business. In addition to American Express Open's Big Break for Small Business, Chase Bank is sponsoring two of their own small business contests: Start Small Go Big, and Mission: Small Business.
Are you an entrepreneur who can't decide whether a startup incubator or an MBA program would be the best option for building your startup? If you are lucky enough to get into Columbia Business School's Entrepreneurial Greenhouse Program you can have access to both, since it's an MBA Master Class that acts as a startup incubator.
Why is a business plan essential?
A well written and well researched business plan helps you to plan for success; to review and understand all aspects of your business including vision, mission and goals, marketing, management, operations, industry, finances; and to understand the lifestyle involved in running that particular business. You may have noticed that I did not mention raising capital.