During the programme, I opened six new international offices and today, we have 160 employees.
INSEAD opened my eyes to CSR and social entrepreneurship.
I couldn’t have moved from telecoms to high finance without the GEMBA.
There’s value everywhere – inside the classroom and out.
How is it possible for time to fly by this fast?! This is honestly the question that every single INSEAD student is asking themselves. It is the first week of P2, and I cannot wrap my head around the fact that P1 is over – it feels like I just landed in Singapore… I will try to shed some light on the pre-INSEAD summer and share some advice on what to expect during the first couple of months at INSEAD.
My wife and I are just a few weeks away from the start of our program in Singapore. We have now recounted more times than we can recall how and why we decided to take the MBA plunge, and each time our narrative becomes a bit more coherent, a bit more persuasive. It’s a bit like an application essay – it never turns out perfectly the first time…or the second time, or the third time for that matter. But after multiple readings and edits, the story begins to sparkle: with crisp logic, Hitchcockian suspense, and a denouement that hints at prophetic insight.
Like many of my peers at INSEAD, one of the many reasons I applied to the MBA programme was to test out my own venture ideas and test the entrepreneurial waters on my own. Of course, any successful entrepreneur will argue that beyond the basics, very few entrepreneurial skills can be taught in a classroom, rather they are learned through experience.
One of the first emails I received upon arriving on campus was for a weekend-long ‘start-up boot camp’. 7pm Friday night to 7pm Sunday night with strict instructions that there would be no free time for anything else over the 48 hours, but that you would walk away with the tools to equip you to begin the start-up journey as either an entrepreneur or an angel investor.