When I joined the Climate Tech Bootcamp for an internship, a global virtual programme that supports early-stage climate entrepreneurs, I had no idea what I was getting into. My background as a civil engineer had taken me across Africa, working on construction projects, but this was a whole new ballgame. My task was to figure out if starting a venture capital fund for climate startups in the Middle East was a smart move.
Before my MBA I was a scientist and didn't know any career options outside of science. The MBA really broadened my horizons.
INSEAD helped me strengthen my leadership skills and taught me how to innovate in more ambiguous settings - attributes that are highly relevant in my venture building role.
This internship experience was supported by the INSEAD Hoffmann Institute Impact Internship Stipend. This past summer, I had the unique experience of interning as an MBA Associate at Antler – a global early-stage VC focused on helping the earliest founders build new products and companies. While making the transition from a large corporate bank and into VC, here are the top five things I learned.