Past Saturday, 03/19, a group of 28 MBA School of Management students from the prestigious American Yale University visited Belgrade, led by the professor dr Ivana Katić. The main aim of the visit was for students to better understand the processes of social, political and economic transformation in the Balkans.
Considering that our portfolio startups cover different fields and industries, and that MBA students have impressive professional backgrounds, we tried to make a perfect match for collaboration between them.
The result - 8 startup companies got the opportunity to be professionally consulted by people with previous experience in global companies such as Goldman Sachs, Flipkart, Credit Suisse and others.
Business plans, marketing and go-to market strategies were just few of the discussed topics. Many important questions were raised and left open for both students and startups to work on.
What is important is that end of the day wasn’t the end of collaboration. Each group of students will have a written report on startup companies they were working with. The report will cover, startup facts, discussion of the product and stage; the performance gap, where they might like to be in five years; the solution and a detailed plan for tackling the issue they identified as the performance gap, with specific recommendations.
All in all, this was an amazing opportunity for a truly global knowledge and experience exchange and we are confident that this cooperation is going to bear fruit to some new and exciting ideas!