Sustainable Venture Capital – World Champions

Out of the ashes of multiple defeats comes the phoenix of victory – 2013 Sustainable Venture Capital Competition World Champions!

The MBS team headed to North Carolina for the global final in hope but not necessarily in expectation. But we did it – beating off competition from Oxford, Stern, Ross, Duke and UNC to take the top prize. Continue reading

Business Planning on the Manchester MBA

Second place again!

This time the runners-up garland came in the MBS business planning competition where the team were pipped to the post once more on a split judges decision

So I miss out again. But am I as gutted as when I narrowly missed out on VCIC or McKinsey? I would answer no. We were beaten to the punch by a great idea and there’s no shame in that. Continue reading

MBA Internships + McKinsey Interview

The smell of mild anxiety is pervading the MBA air at the moment. It’s internship search season. Those of us who are not sponsored by a particular company are scrabbling around, trying to secure a summer placement and avoid having to come back to school for another term of classes. Continue reading

Manchester MBA FAQ

MBA recruitment season is upon us and accompanying this has been a steady stream of questions from potential applicants to Manchester Business School in the hope that I will give them the killer answer that will make their mind up whether to commit or not.

I am, of course, more than happy to help. However, with the winter term starting to rev up with internships search I may not have the time to get back to people before their interview or decision deadline. To this end I’ve compiled answers to the most frequently asked questions that will hopefully help anyone who is currently going through the process: Continue reading

Venturing forth with the Manchester MBA

24 hours on from the climax of the Manchester MBA’s Venture Capital Investment Competition (VCIC) school heat and I’m still numb with fatigue and disappointment. Our team came within a gnat’s leg hair of snatching the prize. First place was tied with another team so it went to a judges vote. We were pipped to the title on a split decision. Continue reading

Manchester MBA Not-For-Profit Project

A key part of the Manchester MBA’s first term is the not-for-profit project. At its core it basically involves five strangers bonding together in record time in order to complete a fully fledged consultancy project for a charity.

At least that’s the theory. Continue reading

Chip Shop Economics: Part 1 – The Railways

Not strictly relevant to the Manchester MBA but welcome to the first installment of an irregular series of blog posts where I give my (admittedly ill-informed) thoughts on one of the economic issues of the day.

These posts are not meant to be an in depth analysis of the issue at hand, nor do they necessarily represent the exact views of the author.They have not been thought through to a final conclusion, they are merely are an attempt to throw a curve ball at a subject that all too often is over-complicated by professional economists. Continue reading

The Manchester MBA begins in earnest

The full time MBA at Manchester has finally started in anger. The pre-MBA stage with its fun in the rain at Brathay and gentle warm ups in Accounting is no more. We’re now a week into the real thing. For those of you who aren’t familiar with what the first term at MBS involves, here’s a quick run down:

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