Experience the unique spirit of the Boston area
A field study to the Boston area is an essential part of the Professional MBA Entrepreneurship & Innovation – and always a real highlight. The field study aims at linking theoretical input to more practical examples on an international background. It provides the students with some special insights into the US-American way of doing business and pushing innovation as well as the unique Boston and Cambridge area “innovation ecosystem”.
Scheduled are lectures and workshops at renowned institutions such as the Harvard Business School (HBS), the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the Boston University, and Babson College. In the last years, several leading international researchers in the field of entrepreneurship and innovation gave exclusive lectures to the MBA participants. Among them were Prof. Eric von Hippel (MIT Sloan School of Management) and Prof. Karim Lakhani (HBS), to name only two.
Invaluable insights into a hot spot of innovation
Gaining an understanding on the specifics of the US-American “culture of success” is of particular interest, especially for European entrepreneurs. Therefore, meetings with founders of start-ups and spin-offs as well as venture capitalists etc. are scheduled. By exchanging experiences with cutting-edge entrepreneurs and experts, students are provided with the possibility to comprehend their approach to professional challenges and to identify similarities and differences to their own business environment.
Visits to specialized academic facilities such as the MIT Technology Licensing Office, the MIT Entrepreneurship Center and the Cambridge Innovation Center complete the program. If convenient, students also have the chance to join interesting events like for example MassChallenge – the world’s largest accelerator program and start-up competition.
Other highlights include campus tours at Harvard University and the MIT and visits to the MIT Museum or the Museum of Science. The schedule of the field study is complemented by social activities like the Boston Duck Tour – a tour of the city in a W.W.II style amphibious landing vehicle – or typical US-American sports events. Therefore, the field study is not only a great learning experience but also a lot of fun.
Students’ voices on the Boston field study
"I highly appreciated the seminars in Babson College and Harvard as they brought new concepts. But, more than the information we had there, it was the feeling after the visit: anything is possible and attainable if you put your heart and effort into it. It was great to see and experience an environment which is so supportive of entrepreneurs and new ideas. The feeling diminished in time, but every time I remember Boston that feeling and drive come back, the wish and impulse to do great things… and I don’t think anything can replace that experience."
Vivien Untaru, MBA
VON Consulting SRL