NJIT Students Win First and Third Prizes at the International Council for Small Business Academy

The Academy of the International Council for Small Business is an intensive weeklong entrepreneurship bootcamp sponsored by the world’s oldest academic organization dedicated to entrepreneurship.  The Academy teaches students diverse aspects of entrepreneurship, including opportunity discovery, business model assessment, digital marketing and sales, all in the context of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.  Managed by NJIT MBA candidate Miriam Helmy and directed by Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship Cesar Bandera, the recent 2017 Academy brought over 100 university students and dozens of educators, entrepreneurs and policy makers from around the world to Buenos Aires, Argentina (see program).

With the support from Martin Tuchman School of Management Dean Reggie Caudill, NJIT undergraduates Shrutika Madda and Hector Aguirre, and Executive MBA graduate Suzen Severe attended the ICSB Academy, where they each formed new ventures with five students from other countries (see video).  During the Academy, each team marketed and refined its venture, and on the last day presented it to a panel of judges in a “shark tank” competition.  Shrutika’s venture, “Live Well, Clean Well” won first place, and Suzen’s venture won third.  “Meeting new people from the participants to the staff was a very thrilling experience to work with such a diverse group, but still have a common point with the interest in entrepreneurship,” said Shrutika.

The rapidly growing Innovation and Entrepreneurship program at NJIT’s Martin Tuchman School of Management prepares students for entrepreneurial careers, both in startups and in established companies.  It also offers many experiential opportunities outside the classroom so that students can test their skills and innovations in competitive real-world settings.