Help me Choose an Entrepreneurship Program


akash279

Hello Everyone,

I am a 24 year old business professional from India. I did my BBA from NMIMS in 2012. Since then I've been working with our family businesses.

Going forwards I want to do a Masters Program that helps me develop core Entrepreneurship/Innovation skills and gain knowledge in the field of management, teamwork, leadership, etc.

I would like to study in the US, Singapore, UK, China or Australia.

So far the best thing I could zero in for myself is the Harvard Extension School. The only problem with it is that it's a Part Time Program, and I cannot get a dedicated Student Visa for studying here.

I am looking for alternative courses in the listed countries that are very cost effective and give me great international exposure. My primary concern is not employability post graduation but rather the knowledge and experience that I gain during the course itself.

Thus, I request well researched members here to share their knowledge with me and help me decide. Although my budget is 100,000 USD, I would be more comfortable spending less.

I plan to appear for GMAT around September, and expect a score of at least 650+.

Hello Everyone,

I am a 24 year old business professional from India. I did my BBA from NMIMS in 2012. Since then I've been working with our family businesses.

Going forwards I want to do a Masters Program that helps me develop core Entrepreneurship/Innovation skills and gain knowledge in the field of management, teamwork, leadership, etc.

I would like to study in the US, Singapore, UK, China or Australia.

So far the best thing I could zero in for myself is the Harvard Extension School. The only problem with it is that it's a Part Time Program, and I cannot get a dedicated Student Visa for studying here.

I am looking for alternative courses in the listed countries that are very cost effective and give me great international exposure. My primary concern is not employability post graduation but rather the knowledge and experience that I gain during the course itself.

Thus, I request well researched members here to share their knowledge with me and help me decide. Although my budget is 100,000 USD, I would be more comfortable spending less.

I plan to appear for GMAT around September, and expect a score of at least 650+.
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Duncan

You can take the Harvard program by distance learning. They provide visas for the summer school and perhaps also for the January term.

You can take the Harvard program by distance learning. They provide visas for the summer school and perhaps also for the January term.
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Duncan

Obvious alternative is the Global Entrepreneurship MSc in France, China and the USA organized by EM Lyon

Obvious alternative is the Global Entrepreneurship MSc in France, China and the USA organized by EM Lyon
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akash279

Obvious alternative is the Global Entrepreneurship MSc in France, China and the USA organized by EM Lyon


Thank you so much Duncan. You've been so helpful to hundreds of prospective masters students like me.

Apparently the rolling admission for Em Lyon closes tomorrow. I have sent them an email asking the deadline for the applications for this years intake. If I can get into the September intake, then it seems like a superior option to the Harvard Extension School.

Best Regards

[quote]Obvious alternative is the Global Entrepreneurship MSc in France, China and the USA organized by EM Lyon[/quote]

Thank you so much Duncan. You've been so helpful to hundreds of prospective masters students like me.

Apparently the rolling admission for Em Lyon closes tomorrow. I have sent them an email asking the deadline for the applications for this years intake. If I can get into the September intake, then it seems like a superior option to the Harvard Extension School.

Best Regards

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Duncan

That's probably true. With EM Lyon you get a really immersive experience, strong relationships with other entrepreneurs and a global perspective. It's now very late to get a visa application underway for some countries. I know that in the programme our group teaches, June 30th is the recommended date (http://www.business-school.ed.ac.uk/msc/entrepreneurship-innovation/application#key-dates).

That's probably true. With EM Lyon you get a really immersive experience, strong relationships with other entrepreneurs and a global perspective. It's now very late to get a visa application underway for some countries. I know that in the programme our group teaches, June 30th is the recommended date (http://www.business-school.ed.ac.uk/msc/entrepreneurship-innovation/application#key-dates).
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akash279

That's probably true. With EM Lyon you get a really immersive experience, strong relationships with other entrepreneurs and a global perspective. It's now very late to get a visa application underway for some countries. I know that in the programme our group teaches, June 30th is the recommended date (http://www.business-school.ed.ac.uk/msc/entrepreneurship-innovation/application#key-dates).


Since the program starts in September, there's enough time to get Visa. The main issue for me is not having a GMAT score (which can be substituted by an extra letter of recommendation). I am confident that I can get an acceptable score within a month.

If EM Lyon's admission department are willing to extend the deadline by a week or two for me, that would enable me to fulfill their requisites (other than gmat). Since I'm from a business family, I feel this is the ideal fit for me and absolutely agree with you on what you've said.

What's your opinion on Harvard Extension ? I have a friend who is studying there and he claims that it's really good and he gets to connect with many diverse people with every semester. The MIT innovation lab is nearby where I can interact with startups and entrepreneurs.

I wonder if there are any other schools that offer a similar program with February intake. If I cannot make it to EM Lyon this year then I'll proceed with Harvard. I think I'll have to start with a tourist visa and get a status change during their summer class. I can also join an entrepreneurship course at a community college near Boston for getting the right visa, and study both courses simultaneously.

I am sorry for depleting the last valuable posts you've got left. It would be awesome if you could stay longer and help more people.

[quote]That's probably true. With EM Lyon you get a really immersive experience, strong relationships with other entrepreneurs and a global perspective. It's now very late to get a visa application underway for some countries. I know that in the programme our group teaches, June 30th is the recommended date (http://www.business-school.ed.ac.uk/msc/entrepreneurship-innovation/application#key-dates).[/quote]

Since the program starts in September, there's enough time to get Visa. The main issue for me is not having a GMAT score (which can be substituted by an extra letter of recommendation). I am confident that I can get an acceptable score within a month.

If EM Lyon's admission department are willing to extend the deadline by a week or two for me, that would enable me to fulfill their requisites (other than gmat). Since I'm from a business family, I feel this is the ideal fit for me and absolutely agree with you on what you've said.

What's your opinion on Harvard Extension ? I have a friend who is studying there and he claims that it's really good and he gets to connect with many diverse people with every semester. The MIT innovation lab is nearby where I can interact with startups and entrepreneurs.

I wonder if there are any other schools that offer a similar program with February intake. If I cannot make it to EM Lyon this year then I'll proceed with Harvard. I think I'll have to start with a tourist visa and get a status change during their summer class. I can also join an entrepreneurship course at a community college near Boston for getting the right visa, and study both courses simultaneously.

I am sorry for depleting the last valuable posts you've got left. It would be awesome if you could stay longer and help more people.
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Duncan

You don't need to be in Boston to start with HES. You might find it easier to get a B1 business visa, and with that there's no problem studying at HES.

You don't need to be in Boston to start with HES. You might find it easier to get a B1 business visa, and with that there's no problem studying at HES.
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akash279

Ok, so I've managed to get into the GEP program at EMLyon.

I cannot convince myself 100% if I should go for this or instead try applying for the MBA at the same B School.

People are telling me that 4 months/Country is too less & I am interested in working for a few years after the program.

The benefit of GEP seems to be that I'll get to explore opportunities and experience what it's like in the US as well as China and not just France. The co-ordinator is confident that there are more job opportunities in Europe than in US, and for potential employers the difference in degree's is not that huge. He suggested it's easier for GEP candidates to find work because the position is usually lower paying and a lower cost to the company than an MBA graduate.

Should I go for the GEP or try for the more recognizable and traditional IMBA ?

Ok, so I've managed to get into the GEP program at EMLyon.

I cannot convince myself 100% if I should go for this or instead try applying for the MBA at the same B School.

People are telling me that 4 months/Country is too less & I am interested in working for a few years after the program.

The benefit of GEP seems to be that I'll get to explore opportunities and experience what it's like in the US as well as China and not just France. The co-ordinator is confident that there are more job opportunities in Europe than in US, and for potential employers the difference in degree's is not that huge. He suggested it's easier for GEP candidates to find work because the position is usually lower paying and a lower cost to the company than an MBA graduate.

Should I go for the GEP or try for the more recognizable and traditional IMBA ?
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Duncan

Congratulations. I don't understand the point about four months being too little. Too little for what? One semester is the traditional length of time for a student semester abroad, and from my experience in New England it felt like the perfect period of time to be in another business school.

If you want to get a job, rather than be an entrepreneur after the masters, then an MBA is better. Different degrees have different outcomes, as the FT rankings show, and the idea that it's easier to find work with a lower wage is not strategic thinking.

If you want to be employed then go to an MBA (if you have enough work experience), MiM or MiF at a school with better placement, ideally in a country where you speak the language. Read: Best schools for international students' placement http://www.find-mba.com/board/41143

Congratulations. I don't understand the point about four months being too little. Too little for what? One semester is the traditional length of time for a student semester abroad, and from my experience in New England it felt like the perfect period of time to be in another business school.

If you want to get a job, rather than be an entrepreneur after the masters, then an MBA is better. Different degrees have different outcomes, as the FT rankings show, and the idea that it's easier to find work with a lower wage is not strategic thinking.

If you want to be employed then go to an MBA (if you have enough work experience), MiM or MiF at a school with better placement, ideally in a country where you speak the language. Read: Best schools for international students' placement http://www.find-mba.com/board/41143
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akash279

Hi Duncan,

Given that I dont have a gmat score and my main objective is to be an entrepreneur, have nothing too important to do at the moment, seems a win win situation for me.

The program may not be as robust and challenging as an entreprenerial life is but I can make it work for me.

Hi Duncan,

Given that I dont have a gmat score and my main objective is to be an entrepreneur, have nothing too important to do at the moment, seems a win win situation for me.

The program may not be as robust and challenging as an entreprenerial life is but I can make it work for me.
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