Anannya Talwar, Freshman at Columbia University, New Delhi
My name is Anannya Talwar. I am currently a Freshman at Columbia University, majoring in Economics and English. During the summer of 2013, I took part in the Columbia University’s ‘In-V-Ent-Ed’ Program in New Delhi. I was completely memorised by the theory and practice of entrepreneurship taught by Professor Jack McGourty to say the least. Through the framework of the course I created a business plan for an application called ‘Clued-Up!’ which strived to revolutionise the process of studying – aiding one with time management, creating study groups with friends and providing helpful study tips and websites. I was also able to create a working prototype of the application during the program which allowed me to witness my idea being transformed into a reality. Through the brilliant guidance of Professor McGourty, I gained the confidence not only in my own ideas but also in my ability to captivate potential investors as the final presentation simulates a pitch meeting. Presenting my business plan to a board of highly esteemed entrepreneurs was ultimately vital in enhancing my public speaking. I also developed a profound understanding of the financial framework for a start-up as well as the required trajectory to pursue an idea in order to make it a reality . Above all, the most valuable lesson I learnt was perseverance. I continued to work on my app after the program, in fact I began the coding with a Tech start-up that took interest in my idea in 2015. Although my venture is still a work in progress, I hope to see it on the App Store very soon!
Darrian Tedja, BINUS International School Simprug, Jakarta, Indonesia
The most valuable learning experience that I had is to be very confident on myself to accomplish challenges and jobs. Yes, this entrepreneurship program, met my expectation Darrian Tedja, Class 9.
Amira Chanana, Wycombe Abbey, England
“ I would recommend this course to someone who is planning to take up business. It is a professional course that teaches you a lot.” Amira Chanana, Class 10.
Manoj Gopinath, Vidya Niketan School, Bengaluru
Thanks for taking the initiative and organizing the event. Yes the course met the expectations. Manoj Gopinath Father of Meera Manoj, Class 12.
Christopher Foea, BINUS International School Simprug, Jakarta, Indonesia
Most ideas are simple in nature. The key to success is adjusting to the needs and the problems that arise. I learned how a lot of businesses succeed or fail. I learned how to brand and market products, how to do the financial calculations and how to pitch. It was fun learning how to start a new venture and I enjoyed my time in this course.
Nicholas Cheng, BINUS International School Simprug, Jakarta, Indonesia
What I found most valuable would be the whole of this program because everything was just great for me as I have always had some sort of huge reliance or friend in previous programs but this was refreshing. But asides my personal experience, the most valuable experience we manage to have is the great professor and his teachings. The program didn’t fully meet my expectations because I saw it in such a negative way thinking it was going to be filled with a bunch of extraordinary students and basically I saw everything the wrong way. The one thing was I was expecting a bit more content because most of the things talked about in class was already talked by my father…. but I still learned a few new things so im very grateful.
Eugenia Agne, BINUS International School Simprug, Jakarta, Indonesia
“This entire program has been a blast, it reached my expectations, it taught me a lot in business and ways to scale and grow our company. The program was very interactive and it required a lot of group work and the assignments we get were very fun as we get to execute the theory we learned for ourselves. Although I hope that in the future the time would be extended and so we could have more thought in our venture and assignments to obtain the best results but otherwise, I thought that the program was fantastic.”
Vikhyat Devireddy, Hyderabad
“The program was an amazing learning experience. I had a lot of fun learning about the various aspects of business. The lessons learnt were invaluable and will aid me in my future pursuits”.
Preithy Reddy, Hyderabad
“My Personal Reaction to this program experience is wonderful. This program trained me for my upcoming future and gave me a foundation for entrepreneurship. During this program, I was introduced to normal classes that seemed like MBA classes. With Prof. Daniel McQuade, every piece of information was stored inside my brain and I will always remember to keep myself relevant in this world”.
Dinakaran G, Indus International School, Bengaluru
Romikka enjoyed the course and Craig training approach. Hope to see you again Thanks & Regards Dinakaran G, Father of Romikka Dinakaran, Grade Class 10.
Bani Kohli, American Embassy School, New Delhi
“ I expected to develop a plan for my venture, learn more about pricing and market policies, and get exposed to some of the problems real-world entrepreneurs face. My expectations have been met. I learnt a lot in these 5 days.” Bani Kohli , Class 10.
Aditya Jain, The British school, New Delhi
“ It was great. They provided us with useful input for carrying forward our venture ideas. They were all friendly and extremely approachable. They were so enthusiastic that they would come around and ask us if we had any questions, instead of us approaching them.” Aditya Jain , Class 11.
Rishab Soni, Step by Step School, Noida
It was a great exposure for the kids and they really enjoyed participating in it. Look forward to more such exciting programs going forward- Rishab Soni -(Father of Himmaj Soni , Class 9.
Mr. Namboothiri, Hyderabad
“Let me thank the entire team for organizing such a wonderful course which definitely has a great impact on the life of the participating students. The course content was really superb and I felt my son finished an MBA course in just five days.”
Chaitya Jain, JBCN School, Mumbai
My Personal Reaction to this program experience is: I really liked the program and I think everyone should do this not even once but a multiple times as every time you will have a new venture idea and you will be clear about it. It is really helpful and informative which really impresses me.
Jyotsna Sharma, New Delhi
“Ranvir had a great time and enjoyed every day of the class. Thanks for organizing such a great program at AES.”
Ms. Shashi Chadha, Haryana
“Thank you for giving such a splendid opportunity to Rohan for being a part of this amazing Columbia Program.”
Mr. Anik Sahani, Surat
“My heartiest congratulations to the entire team for giving such a wonderful opportunity to both my daughters, Navya & Dhwanikta.”
Heiyya Kapoor, TSRS, New Delhi
“The program worked really well for me and I really never imagined we would be successful in making a product so effortlessly .”
Sreedharan Namboothiri, Oakridge International School, Hyderabad
“Let me thank the entire team for organising such wonderful course which definitely has a great impact on the life of the participating students. The course content was really superb and I felt my son finished an MBA course in just five days.”
Ananya Malhotra, Vasant Valley School, New Delhi
“Prof. Dan’s teaching is so effective, it added so much value to my venture idea and I learnt to co-ordinate well with my team.”
Saatvik Garg, Modern School, Barakhmaba Road, New Delhi
“I learnt basic knowledge of business and how to focus on the product and customer satisfaction.”
Pradyum Aggarwal, Pathways, Noida
“The program taught me about venture creation and I know it will help me a lot in the near future.”
Rohan Chadha, TSRS, Moulsari
“I have learnt so much from Prof. Dan. I learnt that customer is the most important part of any business venture.”
Aarya Bhatia, TSRS Aravali, New Delhi
“Thanks to Prof. Dan,I got to explore my creativity and I could design my own website.”
Samarth Agarwal, Modern School, Vasant Vihar, New Delhi
“Prof. Dan is very versatile and teaches the program based on his own experiences”
Mannan Singh, TSRS, Aravali, New Delhi
“Prof. Dan breaks down the abstract topics in terms which are more understandable and one enjoys the class.”
Bhavya Goel, TSRS, Moulsari
“It is a mini MBA course that offers so much from basic knowledge of business to implementation”
Armaan Aggarwal, Modern School Barakhamba Road, New Delhi
“I learnt to turn my business module into a venture idea with the guidance of Prof. Dan.”
Alina Hamirani , JBCN School, Mumbai
It was a challenging program. However, it improved my knowledge and skills.
Iashaan Mohan Puri, Vasant valley School, New Delhi
“Prof.Dan is very cool and brings a lot of energy into the class. We were very comfortable all five days and learnt so much.”
Siddarth Venkatesh, Hyderabad
“The program was excellent and I had a wonderful time with both, the professor and the friends I just acquired”.
Nishant Rajkumar, Hyderabad
“I believe this program was very useful to me, and I got exactly the learning I expected”.
Shivika Khanna, Modern School, BK, New Delhi
I am immensely grateful to you for having sent me a letter of recommendation from your esteemed institution which I received last week. I’m sorry that I could not thank you earlier as I was a bit unwell. This letter greatly encourages me to work harder and I’m sure it will be of great help while applying for my under- graduation program in the USA. I once again thank you for the wonderful experience of attending the program conducted by Dan and look forward to more such programs with Columbia Business School in the near future.
Charu Munjal, The Shri Ram School, New Delhi
It was truly a great experience for my son to be a part of this course. He enjoyed working on his project and also working in team was a lot of learning. Dr. Jack was very friendly and he taught in a very grasping manner. It was easy to understand and there was clarity of the subject being taught. The tremendous support extended by your team is commendable. Look forward to such programs.
Sanjiv Kaura, Vasant Valley School, New Delhi
Wonderful 5 Days…Lakshya enjoyed comprehensively, many congratulations to all!!! Sanjiv Kaura (Father of Lakshya Kaura, Class 9.
Jash Bhagatji, JBCN School, Mumbai
I learned a lot of new things which would further help me in Business Management, and different business tools and strategies.
Suhani Mehta, JBCN School, Mumbai
I am extremely lucky to have been given this opportunity to learn about the reality of the business world and how many steps a company has to go through in order to launch a product. This entire experience was absolutely one of a kind and I enjoyed it thoroughly!
Ishaan Kulkarni, JBCN School, Mumbai
My Personal Reaction to this program experience is: very informative and practical.
Dear Professor McQuade, Thank you so much for taking extra time from your busy schedule to write a letter of recommendation for my graduate school application. Moreover, I really appreciate not only the content you teached during the program, but also the attitude and outlook on life. It gives me the strength to give myself a try whenever there is a new challenge and the guide to remind myself to think comprehensively before doing anything.
I can honestly say that the venture program is one of the best classes I have ever had in my life. It is true that I faced a lot of pressure during the program because I was working on my own and it was hard to breakthrough difficulties when I faced some problems immediately. In addition, the classmates who participated the program were so smart that I would fall behind easily if I did not work hard enough. In the end of the program, I did not manage the time well so that the presentation did not reach my expectation. I revised my presentation and studied all the content again to see if there were anything could be improved after the program. However, I am still extremely grateful to be a part of this program because the things I learned and experienced has changed my entire perspective.
Recently, I am preparing for GRE and several professional certifications which are related to my major. I also read some books about venture, such as The Hard Thing About Hard Things and New Venture Creation. I really enjoy these books when they talk about how to be a better leader by giving theories and practices. Finally, I hope I can seize the day for my last semester in university. There is still much to learn, and I am ready to take the challenge.
Once again, thank you for your time. Wish you all the best.
It was an eye opener for me because I have never experienced this kind of exposure creating business plans and presenting them in front of audience; it was basically a new experience all together.Our professor was amazing, he was very helpful, understanding and he had a lot of experience about the outside world.
I learned that however confident you are about the success of your future venture, there might always be something you can fix and correct. There is always room for improvement. Also, as Professor Dan says, “Smart people hire smart people.” I learned that even though I may have a good product and a solid business, all of it comes to nothing if I am unable to efficiently present my idea/ product to customer and investors I have learnt tremendously from this experience. The first and most important thing that I learnt was teamwork, how to present your idea in front of an audience and convincing them to believe in your idea.
I learned that timing everything is very important & about the amount of effort that is put in to make a successful start up.
The experience was astonishing as there was a significant gap as my other partners were clueless due to the anxiety. Nonetheless, we learned a lot as we had each other backed up. My learning experience, would be that I learned how to apply the concepts taught in class more effectively.
This experience has taught me everything there is to know about starting a business venture. I am never going to forget all this taught to me at this course.
This experience helped me understand how a business works and what all factors are needed to start a business.
My first major learning is not to leave everything for the last minute. I learnt the importance of hard work.