I never saw myself as an entrepreneur before INSEAD. In my mind, entrepreneurs with the likes of Steve Jobs or Elon Mask have a certain level of coolness; they are free spirits with a tremendously high risk-seeking appetite. I imagine them to be working day and night in T-shirts and jeans in their tech-enabled cozy offices, drinking coffee and ordering late night takeaways, pushing the team towards new breakthroughs with excitement!
Most importantly, the EMBA gave me the tools to redefine my career goals.
Is launching a business the best way to fulfill your purpose? Are you dreaming of becoming an entrepreneur, but you are too afraid of taking the risk?
Impossible is redefining how we make meat: without animals. If you think about it, meat is really just the product of several key components: water, fats, proteins, and carbohydrates – including key vitamins, amino acids, minerals and iron. And all these can be sourced directly from plants (including “heme”, that critical ingredient that makes meat taste and smell like meat), eliminating the need to involve cows, chickens, pigs or fish entirely.
It is not just because we coincidentally went on a startup tour this summer. Entrepreneurship is more tempting than ever thanks to the infrastructure and systems in place today. Whether you have a brilliant idea or not, it doesn’t matter anymore. There is support available for any and every kind of profile that was not possible just a few years ago. Here, we try and jot down reasons (and super cool start-ups) that got us excited about being an entrepreneur and hopefully this excites you too.
Winnow is addressing a problem that weighs approximately 1.3 billion tonnes each year. That’s over four times heavier than the weight of every person on earth combined. What could possibly be that heavy? The food wasted every year, or about one-third of all food produced. It’s a $1 trillion problem globally and it costs $100 billion to the hospitality industry alone.
INSEAD MBA Alumna Elena Panaritis is the founder of Panel Group, a social enterprise which helps countries to establish secure property rights. She talks about creating a social enterprise, the extra skills social entrepreneurs need, and her spell as an MP in post-crisis Greece. In this video she talks about raising money, skills needed for social entrepreneurs, and how to effectively realise a social enterprise vision.
In this episode of In The Know, we discuss MBA careers and leadership in entrepreneurship, with a particular focus on social ventures. Also called social entrepreneurship, this entails the use of start-up companies and other entrepreneurs to develop, fund and implement solutions to social, cultural, or environmental issues. Listen on to discover how INSEAD nurtures budding entrepreneurs, Featuring: Daniel Layug, INSEAD MBA'17D
In this episode, we discuss careers and leadership in entrepreneurial startups, with a particular focus on Executive MBA careers. Approximately half of INSEAD graduates run their own companies at some point in their careers. Others join high growth ventures, lead entrepreneurial projects within corporations, or focus on social ventures. We discuss some of the challenges that present when running your own company. Featuring: Alexander Bregman, GEMBA'2016
The INSEAD alumni community is global and interconnected. You can ask any question and – even if you don`t get the answer right away – someone will know who to ask.