The MBA Hub

MBA Guest Blogger Andrew Nelson on Inspiration and Community

As Dan Keefe talked about in his post last week, being a part-time MBA student with a full time job is challenging, but not impossible. While he talked about some of the logistics that allow him to be successful, I am going to touch on some of the one-off opportunities I have had through the School of Business that provide that little bit of extra drive that is sometimes needed to keep going.

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Tags: Business Connections, MBA Students, networking, Portland State MBA students

Lab2Market: Innovating for a Better Future

It's almost time for this year's Lab2Market event!

Lab2Market targets campus innovators and entrepreneurs with early stage ideas. Through an intensive, two-day experiential workshop, participants learn to evaluate and shape their concepts for the commercial marketplace.

Led by venture capitalists from DFJ Frontier, and sponsored by Ater Wynne, Lab2Market integrates lectures and exercises to help entrepreneurs critically assess their business idea and refine their elevator pitch.

PSU business faculty and startup mentors will join the DFJ Frontier team in delivering a dynamic, results-oriented program to help innovators:

  • Communicate and refine their business idea
  • Craft, refine and practice their elevator pitch
  • Evaluate technology/market opportunities
  • Navigate the path from research to market
  • Find and tap funding opportunities

Prospective participants must apply by 11:59pm on July 31 — applicants will be notified of their status by August 7. The 2-day program, including meals, is free of charge for those selected.

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Tags: Business Connections, Entrepreneurship, innovation, networking, pitch competition, Portland State Business Accelerator, PSU Business Accelerator

MBA Guest Blogger Dan Keefe on School-Work-Life Balance

When I tell people I’m a part-time MBA student with a full time job, the most common response I get is “Whoooah!”, followed soon after by the question “How do you do it??”

For those readers who don’t know the school schedule of a part-time MBA student at Portland State: a standard course load is two four-hour night classes per week (with a few exceptions).

The program is designed to accommodate people who work full-time during the day, and to that end the professors are very accommodating when it comes to rescheduling assignments and tests to fit the student’s work schedule.

I tell people that it isn’t easy, but it’s completely possible to manage being a student who also works 38 hours a week.

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Tags: MBA Students, part time mba, Portland State MBA students

PSU Business Accelerator selected as a Global Top 25 University Business Incubator

We always knew the PSU Business Accelerator was world class, but now it's official!

The Accelerator was selected as a Global Top 25 University Business Incubator by the UBI Index, a Swedish research initiative that benchmarks programs in 67 countries to identify and rank the world's top business incubators.

For the 2014 rankings, the UBI Index compared more than 300 university-affiliated business incubators in 67 countries. The PSU Business Accelerator earned its place in the same company as Rice University and the Georgia Tech VentureLab.

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Tags: Entrepreneurship, Portland State Business Accelerator, PSU Business Accelerator, rankings

Admissions Corner: Fall 2014 Admissions – Am I Too Late?

Here's some great news for all late term applicants – you're not too late to apply for Fall 2014 admission!

As we have passed our May 1st Priority Admissions deadline, we are now accepting applications on a space available basis.

While we cannot guarantee how long we will have seats available, there are a few important steps and tips to keep in mind to submit your application as soon as possible:

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Tags: admissions, MBA

My Experience in the School of Business Mentor Program

Mentor Todd Ruberg (left) with Portland State MIM student I-Ting Chen.Mentor Todd Ruberg (left) with Portland State MIM student I-Ting Chen.The School of Business and Administration (SBA) Mentor Program is designed to help students increase their workplace savvy, gain clarity on their career interests, develop their networking skills, and successfully make the transition from college to the workplace through a mentor relationship with a business professional.

As an international student in the MIM program, I really benefited from the SBA Mentor Program because my mentor helped me better understand my career goals and build connections with professionals in the US.   My mentor, Todd Ruberg, helped me edit my resume, gave me advice on choosing my specialization, taught me how to use LinkedIn, and helped me analyze my strengths and weaknesses.

Most importantly, he did his best to help me build connections with his employees, friends, and even business colleagues.

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Tags: career management, career networking, mentor program, mentoring, networking, PSU Business Mentor Program

Introducing: I-Ting Chen

Today we'd like to introduce a new member of our MBA blog editorial team: I-Ting Chen.

I-Ting is currently enrolled in Portland State's Master of International Management (MIM) program, and she'll be helping generate and coordinate content for the blog in the coming months.

Here's a little more about I-Ting, her career background, and her experience here at Portland State:

You've been working on the MIM blog over the past year — could you tell us about your role?

As a marketing and communications coordinator, I am helping to manage the MIM social media channels including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and the blog. Sometimes, I also write some content about my experience.

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Holly Koontz Places 3rd at State Competition

Last month, we wrote about MBA candidate Holly Koontz advancing to the 3 Minute Thesis State Competition.

Holly placed third in this prestigious competition, and presented on behalf of her Launch-in-9 capstone project, Treelectriq.

She competed against students from Oregon Health & Science University, University of Oregon, and Oregon State University.

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a research communication competition designed to help students develop presentation skills by consolidating their research and presenting it succinctly to a non-specialist audience—all in just three minutes.

The Three Minute Thesis was developed by The University of Queensland, Australia for Master’s and Doctoral students. 3MT began in 2008 and has since spread to 80 universities in a dozen countries.

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Tags: 3MT, competitions, Entrepreneurship, Launch in Nine, MBA Capstone, MBA Students, pitch competition

Launch-in-9 Capstone Results

On Wednesday June 4, four Launch-in-9 capstone teams completed their start-up experience with a final pitch in front of their MBA business advisers and a panel of venture capital judges from the Portland start-up community.

Portland State's Launch-in-9 program takes teams of engineering and business students through a nine-month process that results in the formation of student-led start-up companies. Teams are supported through a mix of coursework, mentoring, and hands-on project work and can obtain up to $5,000 in start-up financing.

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Tags: Capstone, Launch in Nine, Portland start-up

Women & Angel Investing

One of the ways startups fund their nascent businesses is by tapping investors. An angel investor is a type of individual investor in early-stage companies who accelerates startup progress, both with investment dollars as well as with mentoring support and industry connections.

Lauren WallaceLauren Wallace

OEN’s Angel Oregon attracts the state’s brightest doers, innovators, and big thinkers. Since 2005, 551 companies have applied to compete at Angel Oregon, and 89 have been selected to present. Over $2.9 million has been directly invested through OEN’s Angel Oregon LLC investment award.

Portland State MBAs and the general public have an opportunity to join some of Angel Oregon’s female investors for an informative panel on angel investing.

Organized by the Women's Center for Leadership, the event features Angel Oregon's Lauren Wallace, Ana Andueza, and Wendy Kotila — they'll talk about how they were invited to join, what they learned about angel investing, and any advice for accredited investors who might want to get involved.

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Tags: angel investors, Events, investing, networking, Women in Business

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Portland State's MBA program has earned numerous accolades, including a 2011-12 Beyond Grey Pinstripes Report rating of #1 in the world — for small schools — for its emphasis on environmental stewardship.