Lara Nahcivan, Hissar Okullari, Istanbul

I had a great time at this program. I’ve had dreams of making my own start-up company, and this program was very helpful since it showed me the process of creating and launching a venture in a very comprehensive way. In the span of one week we accomplished so much! Our instructors were very helpful, knowledgeable, and friendly, so I really enjoyed working with them. Overall I’m very glad I took this program! I definitely will recommend this program to my friends if it happens in Istanbul again.

Devansh Bhartia, India

“I just wanted to write to you to thank you for giving me this once in a lifetime opportunity to do a course under you and learn so much. Thank you for giving me such a great team which supported me and helped throughout. Thank you for allowing me to participate in a course with such great people from 12 different countries.

I also wish to thank you for always pushing me beyond my comfort zone so I could learn and grow as a person. This course has been so much fun and honestly so humbling. I would like to thank you and professor McQuade for all your teachings and support over the years.”

Rianna Wadhwani, India

“It was an honor and my pleasure to work with you as your TA. We were really comfortable working with you and you made the whole course feel so simple and enjoyable. Thank you for all your guidance and I’m glad that my hard work with my team paid off and we stood 2nd.Would love to stay in touch with you and would love to be your TA for future programmes as well. Will look forward to meet you someday in person.”

Saeed Alserkal, Gulf Cooperation Council

“The most enriching aspect of this course in not only that we learn how to start-up a business, but also a step-by-step guide on how to do that. The only suggestion would be to make the course longer.”

Sofia Arango, Colombia

“The class really helped understand that venture development isn’t just a linear path in which you always advance. Instead, it has various factors that come into play as you progress, so most of the time that means you have to go back, and going back to check and correct is just as important if not even more than simply advancing. I also learned about the importance of not falling in love with your idea but instead making the customer fall in love with it. That means everything you do must be thought out from the perspective of the clients you want to reach and what’s most appealing to them whilst still feasible for you.

I loved the program and my only feedback where that at some point (around module 5) since we really picked up the pace it was hard to follow through all the worksheets and we got confused about what we needed to put from them into our rolling slide deck.”

Vanessa Carvajal, Colombia

“This course was great, and i really enjoyed it. It was so fun to meet people from all over the world, and work on something completely original. Thank you so much for everything!”

Alessia Chehab, Levant

“I started this course with small to no knowledge on venture development. By assisting to all of the classes during these two weeks, I learned so much on business and entrepreneurship, and I intend to use all of the knowledge I gained in the future.
Working in groups and building the slide presentation step by step was what really helped me put to practice what I learned, hence improving my learning experience.”

Miguel Duran, Panama

“Through every module I learned multiple concepts or ideas that I had never even heard of. I think this course is a great one for high school or college students to take. It gives you a very strong background about the business area and every step to launch your startup.”

Sofia El Fakhoury, Levant

“Honestly, I entered the class knowing nothing about entrepreneurship and innovation. However, this course has greatly enriched me around this subject and have learned about all the aspects of these topics (financials, marketing, branding, etc.). I am deeply thankful for Professor Sarah, all the TAs and my colleagues for helping me during this course. It was a great experience! Just would advise on going a little faster with the modules, but no worries, this program is really dense and requires a lot of time.”

Aurora Gianese, Ecuador

“The aspects of the class that enhanced my learning experience associated with entrepreneurship and venture development is that I learned a lot on how to organize a business plan and work as a team to create a venture.”

Natan Kadoch, Colombia

“I learned lots of things during this course. it was amazing! special thanks to Vir and Devansh. they were extremely helpful. I definitely know that being one step ahead of the rest is always better. With this course i put myself 10000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 steps ahead!”

Bateel Kaki, FBCG

“Before this course I never knew how much thought had to be done before launching a venture idea, I learnt new things like the business model canvas, the finances, the customer persona, market sizing, etc. It was a great experience and an insightful course.”

Isebrand Kaldewei, Germany

“I really liked the class. I think having this class online did not diminish the experience at all. I learned a lot in the face to face sessions with professor Beston and I learned even more by “learning by doing” in the groups with our T.A. Also the aspect that we had to prepare our business for launch and that all of our research needed to be profound made the experience come alive. This really sucked me in and gave me the motivation to work on this project for hours. The only improvement I would suggest is maybe that the actual classes per day are a little longer since we were always a little rushed at the end of the day and I would have welcomed a deeper dive into learning how to pitch and present your business.”

Max Schaldach, Germany

“The course was a completely new experience for me. While courses in Europe tend to be more theoretical, we were able to “learn by doing”. I call this the “American way”, which is one of many factors, why I want to study in the US. Thanks for the great experience!”

Pablo Santo, Colombia

“I really love this course this class. I learned a lot thank you very much for all the tips strategies and structure that you gave me, so in ventures to come and hopefully thisone I will have a better comprenhension and a much more structure mind with more tools to affront all the challenges.”

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.

YC Chou

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.

Mumbai Class

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.

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