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Student teams in the Venture Advising Consulting Course taught by Clifford Holekamp, senior lecturer in entrepreneurship, spend 10 days in Budapest, Hungary immersed in the startup community and working on specific projects with founders. They also learn about Eastern European history and culture. Each team in this year’s course will submit a blog post about their experience and consulting project.

Szia from Budapest! Over the course of our intensive, onsite week in Hungary, we worked with a local education company that wants to expand a new kind of study abroad program to students throughout Central Europe. Our client, Milestone Institute, helps Hungarian students get into and succeed at highly selective Universities in the UK. They also look to bring these students back to Hungary to build the future generation of business and community leaders. Milestone asked us to suggest strategies to build an international presence.

Milestone Institute Mission: Our mission is to act as a national centre for nurturing, launching and bringing home talent. Rather than strike out on their own, we seek to create a community of bright young minds who want to broaden their horizon by studying abroad. Our hope is that they will return, so that Hungary as a whole will benefit from the experience and skills they have gained. In the last four years, we have thus prepared nearly 300 students for leading English-speaking universities.

budapest1AA lot of our work in the education market has been informed by our experiences around Budapest. The country is relatively small, with only 10 million people. However, as Hungary is a member of the European Union, it has much stronger ties and relationships with neighboring countries. The country sees itself more as a key stakeholder in the Central European Region. This worldview impacts the value we see Milestone can provide, as their services could prove highly beneficial to other local markets.

Monday: On Monday, we got a personal perspective on Hungary’s history. Hungary is a country which shares its history with the Roman Empire: Roman Law and Roman Catholicism. However, there are cultural differences as well which encompass a free people mindset, primarily branching out from German philosophy. During the 19th century, Hungary and Austria formed the Austro-Hungarian empire, creating a melting pot for people from different cultures, which can still be seen today through the art and architecture in Budapest.

BUdapest1CTuesday: On Tuesday we had the privilege to meet with two of the founders of Milestone Institute. The founders had so many ideas about what to do and how to best support Hungarian startups and NGOs, while at the same time encouraging Hungarian students to study abroad.

Having a strong vision, Milestone Institute will help to put Budapest, Hungary, on the map as a leading force in the study abroad educational market as well as improving economic prospects for startups.

Wednesday: On Wednesday, We prepared for our first presentation and got advice from David, our project leader, on how we were doing. Professor Orban taught us to use a MECE tree structure to test hypotheses and formulate the problem in its entirety. We spent most of Wednesday developing this model and fine-tuning our understanding of how to tackle this project going forward.
Thursday: Our day began quite intensely, as we presented our approach for the summer to Professor Orban. Afterwards, we stopped in at our clients location for further clarification and to discuss an action plan for the summer. Following this, we continued with more preliminary research for our final presentation in Budapest.

We look forward to continuing our work over the summer and have taken much different perspectives from our time in Budapest!

By Anish Agrawal, Adam Clark, Sawyer Kelly, Lauren Rogge

Top Image: Budapest Heroes Monument, Giannis Arvanitakis, Flickr creative commons

Silicon Prairie News features a Q&A with Alicia Herald, EMBA’12, founder and CEO of MyEDMatch.com – an online service that pairs teachers and schools to improve retention rates. AliPipelinecia was named Innovator of the Year in 2014 by the Pipeline, an organization of the Midwest’s most successful, high-performance entrepreneurs. Pipeline hosts its biannual awards ceremony Jan. 21 in Kansas City.

Thanks to Entrepreneur Quarterly for sharing the link to this article on Facebook.

Link to related posts about Alicia Herald here.

Early morning sunlight bathed the stoic face of Knight Hall as action-oriented executives from diverse industries gathered at Washington University for the 7th annual Boeing Center for Technology, Information and Manufacturing (BCTIM) Industry Conference.  The theme was Supply Chains Disrupted:  Disruptive Technologies, New Business Models, and Operational Impact.  Executives from top companies in the region delivered presentations to quench the audience’s thirst for knowledge, and highly-skilled chefs from the Knight Center served delectable cuisine to sate its hunger.

BCTIM Industry Conference ThumbThroughout the day, the angles of the shadows outside grew shorter, and then longer again, as theoretical and practical knowledge was transmitted between supply chain practitioners.  After a warm welcome address from Prof. Panos Kouvelis, the director of BCTIM, the attendees settled in for what would be a full day.

Tom Luft from Express Scripts kicked things off with a presentation about turning pharmaceutical manufacturer monopolies into commodities. John Vu talked about Belden’s expansion into strategic markets, inventory management improvements, and governmental regulations on the logistics industry. Mark Waight from Edward Jones spoke about how organized movement enables operational excellence in the service industry. Then, Prof. Kouvelis gave a special presentation explaining how effective risk management can foster innovation resulting in business model breakthroughs.

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After lunch, Jeremy Soucek and Julien Marin-Couilloud discussed how Emerson manages risk in its own supply chain. Jim Kinnett went on to tell the audience about Monsanto’s journey through the creation and implementation of a digital supply chain, while Jeff Wieringa from Boeing described some disruptive technologies in the next generation of aircraft.

Finally, Chris Pickett impressed the crowd by explaining Anheuser-Busch InBev’s complex beer supply chain and logistical considerations.  All day long, pens feverishly scratched across notebooks in an attempt to capture the wisdom that can only be acquired from long years in operations management.

By Evan Dalton

Stay tuned to our social media for photos, videos, and slides from the conference, as well as fresh new content and upcoming events.





John Angevine, Tiffany Win, and I had the opportunity to interact with service members and their family members looking for information on attending school at the Fall 2014 Education & Career Fair at MCCS Henderson Hall, Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall near Arlington, VA.

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BEE team at the fair.

The day-long Education and Career Fair was hosted by the Education Services Office.

The mission of the Education & Career Services at Henderson Hall is to stimulate the lifelong learning process by effectively communicating the educational programs offered and to provide the requisite information, tools and support to the learning process. (source)

Brookings Executive Education (BEE) has found that the leadership skills that led to advancement in the military are not always the same ones that lead to promotion in civilian government service. The Master of Science in Leadership (MS-Leadership) degree provides the skills, aptitude, and mindset needed to lead change and deliver mission success in Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational environments.

BEE proudly supports the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Yellow Ribbon Program. Honorably discharged veterans with at least 36 months of active duty could be eligible for 100% tuition benefits.


Alicia Herald, A&S’05,EMBA’11, a former executive director at Teach For America in Kansas City, has launched an education business start-up, myEDmatch.com, an employment portal for teaching jobs.

Alicia Herald

According to Alicia, “the idea and inspiration for the company started in the innovation course in EMBA 36!”

The site matches teachers with schools based on a proprietary algorithm that accounts for education philosophies.

Maxine Clark, founder and CEO of Build-A-Bear Workshop, who is also an investor in the business, wrote in an email to the St. Louis Business Journal that myEDmatch.com “has the potential to make an important impact on a massive problem in K-12 education — talent and talent retention.”


Alicia’s new business was recently featured in the St. Louis Business Journal.