Do Entrepreneurs Need An MBA?

With many of the world’s most game-changing ventures coming out of business schools, this event explores how the MBA can help you launch a startup and change the game in any category.  Our unique content-based format gives real insight into the value and experience of a graduate business program on the road to entrepreneurship. You’ll see what differentiates top programs and discover ways you can use your degree as an incubator for a startup.  Join us and our partners, P&Q #1 ranked WashU Olin, Michigan Ross, Arizona State University, Carey, Bayes Business School, and Esade for lively conversations on these topics and more.

Watch the panels below: 


Keynote: 2023 Poets&Quants Top Entrepreneurship MBA Programs Event

What does an MBA offer those with ambitions of entrepreneurial pursuits? Doug Villhard, Professor of Practice in Entrepreneurship and the Academic Director for Entrepreneurship at WashU Olin, P&Q’s #1 ranked MBA program in Entrepreneurship, shares his thoughts as he kicks off our annual event.


A European Perspective: Do You Need An MBA To Be An Entrepreneur? Program Director Panel

Hear from a Professor at Bayes Business School and a Director at ESADE about the benefits of attending a European MBA school and how the location contributes to the students entrepreneurial spirit. Receive insider information about each of the the schools history and the type of student that would excel in their unique programs.


Do You Need An MBA To Be An Entrepreneur? Program Director Panel

Gain insight from Professors and Directors from WashU Olin, Michigan Ross, and ASU Carey to get the inside track on all their entrepreneurship programs have to offer prospective students. Plus hear why they feel it is still a good idea to launch a company when there is so much uncertainty in business and the world.


Entrepreneur Panel: MBA Student & Alumni StartUp Founders From Bayes Business School & ESADE

Learn from Entrepreneuers from Bayes Business School and ESADE on why they choose their school and what stood out about their programs vs others. Gain personal insight and advice for in considering an MBA in order to launch or scale their start up, as well as motivators inside and outside the classroom.


Entrepreneur Panel: MBA Student & Alumni StartUp Founders From WashU Olin, Michigan Ross, ASU Carey

This session will provide comparative discussions about why these recent grads chose their school vs others they explored? Learn if their choices impacted their startup and what were some of the biggest lessons they learned about launching and scaling a company through their experience.


Fireside Chat with John A. Byrne, WashU Olin, and PedalCell

Join us for this Fireside Chat with John A. Byrne, WashU Olin Entrepreneurship Academic Director Doug Villhard, and the startup founders of PedalCell. We cover how the PedalCell team started their business, how they measure success, their litmus test for your startup idea and how the Big Idea Bounce competition meant for their startup plans


StartUP Live! WashU Olin Student Roundtable

Why did these aspiring Entrepreneurs choose WashU Olin? Get an insider track of program highlight and community engagement. Also, hear first hand advice for anyone who is considering an MBA in order to launch or scale their start up and why you should too.

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