I’ve had the opportunity to reconnect with a few fellow graduating students (woohoo!) recently and wanted to share a few highlights with you:
1. I already told you about OyeIndia and the Dell Social Innovation Challenge. Please vote for them if you have a chance!
2. One of my classmates, Dr. Karim S. Karim received a $100,000 grant to continue pursuing his work on a tuberculosis diagnostic. This was only one of 15 grants awarded in Canada and will allow Karim to build a prototype to test his concept. I asked Karim if he felt that the MBA program at Rotman helped him in receiving this grant and he immediately said yes without a doubt. Karim noted a couple of courses that had a particularly high impact on his work and one of those was the Integrative Thinking Practicum course, based on the foundational work of our Dean Roger Martin. Karim also noted that he appreciated the professors that were previous consultants, as they were able to share their real-life experiences in the classroom. Two of the have actually become informal mentors to Karim and have assisted him greatly in bringing his work to life. Congratulations on this exciting opportunity Karim!
3. An evening MBA 2012 student that I took an elective with last year has started his own business called Serviced At Home. It’s a great website that connects residents with trusted service providers and vice versa. As a recent first time home owner, I can appreciate this type of business as finding good, qualified, trustworthy service professionals can be very difficult. The internet allows for a wider marketplace for services but the barriers to entry are also much lower which can allow for many unqualified providers to falsely advertise. If you are a resident looking for help with work to be done or a service provider, please be sure to check out his website. It is inspiring to see some of our classmates leave their full time jobs and become entrepreneurs near the end of this program.
4. And speaking of entrepreneurs, two of my classmates have gotten together and formed their own consulting company focused on business design thinking, another foundational concept from our dean. Blue Guru Consulting is still in the early stages of development but they are sure to provide unique integrative design concepts for many business problems.
I can’t wait to see what else is in store for our class as we near graduation and move on to the next leg of the journey in our lives.