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Guest Post: PSU MBA Proves Invaluable at Startup Weekend








Last weekend I was able to participate in Startup Weekend in Seattle, a 54-hour sprint to develop a business. As a recent graduate from the class of 2012, the experience helped underscore the value I gained from the Portland State MBA.

Startup Weekend matches designers, web developers and generalists to create and pitch a business in just over two days. I found that I was able to make a meaningful contribution to my team thanks to the skills I had gained from the MBA. From leadership dexterity to developing a business strategy, marketing plan and financial forecast, the analysis and steps required to develop a business were second nature.

I am excited to share my team won with Corki, a smartphone app designed to give customized wine recommendations from a restaurant menu.  The next step is to compete against Startup Weekend other winners worldwide in the Global Startup Battle video competition. 

To learn about Corki or to vote for us in the international round, please visit the Global Startup Battle Facebook page. Voting ends tonight at midnight!

In the meantime, you can also watch the video of our entire pitch from the Seattle Startup Weekend below.




By Cynthia Schulte – Cynthia Schulte is currently a marketing manager in the manufacturing industry where she focuses on branding and online marketing. She graduated from the full-time MBA program at Portland State in March, 2012. She was drawn to the Portland State program because of its size, focus on leadership, and urban campus, which provided better networking opportunities than other schools. Prior to receiving her MBA, she worked in a spectrum of industries from tourism in Alaska to education in Ecuador. You can connect with Cynthia via LinkedIn.


Tags: Entrepreneurship, innovation, MBA alumni

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