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Student Team Wins Lightning Round at New Venture Competition

Congratulations to the Treelectriq MBA student capstone team. One of the four MBA teams participating in the Launch in 9 business start-up capstone this year, Treelectriq won the lightning round at the New Venture Championship (NVC) earlier this month.

NVC is the premier business competition in the Pacific Northwest. Students from the best MBA programs worldwide gather in Portland for an opportunity to get feedback from NVC's world-class judges and gain recognition among investors.

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Tags: awards, Business Connections, competitions, MBA Students, networking, pitch competition, student ambassadors, Sustainability

Meet Graduate Business Programs Student Ambassador: Daniel Keefe

Daniel Keefe in New ZealandDaniel Keefe in New ZealandToday's post is from Daniel Keefe, a student in our part time MBA program and one of our graduate school amabassadors...  


About two years ago I had the uncomfortable realization that contrary to my plan in 2010, I actually didn't want to go for my PhD in chemistry; I found that I enjoyed talking and reading about science and working with people, rather than doing the science itself. I picked an MBA for my graduate degree of choice for two reasons: First, that it seemed like a very versatile degree, and getting it would open doors that I probably didn't know existed previously. Second, the MBA struck me as a degree that you get out of it what you put into it, and I was (and am) prepared to work very had and make the most of my entire experience. 

Q: What do you find exciting about being an ambassador for Portland State?

A: I think what excites me the most about being an ambassador is that I get to interact and share my perspective on the program with prospective students. I like to think that mine is a fairly unique story, and I look forward to offering my perspective to others, through email, the blog, and photography. 

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Tags: current students, MBA, Portland State School of Business, School of Business Graduate programs

Mid-Term Capstone: Launch-in-9 and The Portland Shower Company

The Portland Shower All Team MeetingThe Portland Shower All Team MeetingSome readers may recall that I'm currently working with Charla Mathwick in the Launch-in-9 Capstone program, on a capstone start-up concept.

We're using Lean Start-Up methodology made famous by Eric Ries. All four Launch-in-9 teams are currently in the seventh month of the program, with only two more months to go until we pitch our final concept, detail our methodology and findings, unveil our prototype... and graduate!

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Tags: Capstone, Charla Mathwick, Entrepreneurship, Launch in Nine, MBA Students, Portland State Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science, Sustainability

Teri Jenkins Treille (MBA '97): Corporate Social Responsibility Professional and Adjunct Professor

Teri Jenkins Treille (MBA 1997)Teri Jenkins Treille (MBA 1997)Teri Jenkins Treille is a corporate responsibility reporting professional at Cisco, based in Silicon Valley. She recently taught a Sustainability Metrics and Reporting course here at PSU. I was extremely fortunate to take this course with Teri last semester (Winter 2014). We learned about frameworks for sustainability reporting and how, and why, companies report their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities to stakeholders.

Teri graduated with an MBA from PSU in 1997. While she was a student she, along with a few other MBA students, started the Students for Responsible Business Chapter — the organization is now known as Net Impact. Additionally, her class was the first to utilize a cohort model.

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Tags: Alumni, alumni connections, corporate responsibility, mba program, Net Impact, Sustainability

Meet Andrew Nelson, Graduate Business Programs Student Ambassador

Graduate Business Programs Student Ambassador Andrew NelsonGraduate Business Programs Student Ambassador Andrew NelsonToday we are proud to introduce Andrew Nelson, one of Portland State University's graduate student ambassadors. 


I grew up in the relatively small town of Andover which is located in Northwest New Jersey (about an hour outside of Midtown Manhattan on a good day). For my undergrad, I attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, New York where I received a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in Design in May of 2010.

I moved to Portland in October of 2010 with my then fiancée (now wife) because I accepted a job offer at Tektronix. I worked for three years as a Sales Applications Engineer for the Component Solutions group focusing on electronics packaging. During the winter of 2013-14 I moved into the role of Mechanical Engineer on the VAVE Team. My new role has me working across the different Tektronix product lines to enhance the customer value of existing products.

In the future, I plan on becoming involved in M&A activities and eventually working in the Angel/VC community. A Portland State MBA supports both my short and long-term career goals. 

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Tags: MBA, MBA Students, Portland business community, Portland State MBA students, Tektronix

Admissions Corner: Meet Your Recruiting & Admissions Specialist


Are you working hard to meet our upcoming May 1st Priority Admissions deadline and live outside of Oregon or the Portland metro area? Or maybe considering Fall 2015 admission and want to learn more?

With some upcoming out-of-state career fairs and recruiting events, I want to provide you the opportunity to connect with me or my colleague Angela Wright in person to ask any admissions or program-related questions you may have. From how much prep time is needed for the GMAT/GRE exam requirement to what to include in the optional essay to what needs to be submitted in order to have a complete application by May 1st, I encourage you to connect with me for in-person advising at one of these career fairs or in the following cities:

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Tags: admissions, Portland State MBA

Athletic & Outdoor Industry Event This Week

Did you know that the Athletic and Outdoor (A&O) cluster is a signature industry for the Portland region? It's composed of dominant large companies — such as Nike and adidas — and hundreds of emerging small to medium sized players.

In fact, the Portland Development Commission reports that the Portland area has the highest concentration of A&O firms in the nation. In Oregon overall, more than 800 A&O businesses contribute $1.5 billion to the state's economy.

Infographic: PDCInfographic: PDC


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Tags: A&O, career management, MBA, networking

Executive in Residence: Alando Simpson

Alando SimpsonAlando SimpsonTomorrow, the School of Business Administration offers our next Executive in Residence roundtable discussion. This week's session features Alando Simpson, Vice President of City of Roses Disposal & Recycling.

The Executive in Residence series features small group discussions where MBA students have the opportunity to interact with high-level executives from the Portland community.

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Tags: Alumni, Entrepreneurship, Events, networking, Portland State School of Business

Pitch Fest Application Deadline: May 1

The annual Elevating Impact Pitch Fest returns this year as a part of the 2014 Elevating Impact Summit!

If you are a passionate innovator with an early-stage social venture, apply to pitch your concept to an audience of 400+ and a panel of experts and impact investors. Thanks to Immix Law, the Pitch Fest winner will receive $1,500 cash and $1,000 of in-kind legal support. The runner up will also receive $1,000 cash.

The Elevating Impact Summit, organized by PSU's Impact Entrepreneurs, is a celebration of impact in many forms, including new social ventures, concepts, and up-and-coming social innovators. Pitch Fest applicants must be using an innovative and entrepreneurial approach to address a social or environmental problem. Concepts may utilize for-profit, nonprofit, or hybrid structures.

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Tags: competitions, Impact Entrepreneurs, networking, pitch competition, Portland State School of Business

Meet Graduate Business Programs Student Ambassador, Didem Karpuzcu

Didem Karpuzcu (MBA 2015)Didem Karpuzcu (MBA 2015)Today we are proud to welcome Didem Karpuzcu, a first year MBA graduate student. She is one of our new School of Business Graduate Ambassadors.

Here is Didem's first guest post for the Future Forward blog...


I am Didem Karpuzcu. I am an international student from Turkey.

I studied International Business at Bogazici University in Turkey and worked for 7 years for Tupperware Brands Corporation in 3 different locations: 3.5 years in Turkey as Product Manager, 2 years in Belgium as Project Manager for product development and 2 years in Florida as Global Product Manager.

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Tags: current students, full time mba, international students, Portland State Graduate Business Programs, Portland State School of Business

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