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  •  SCU Takes Entrepreneurship Prize (Again)

    Tuesday, Mar. 6, 2012 5:00 PM

    A team of Santa Clara University School of Business MBA students received “The Entrepreneurs’ Choice” award during the Venture Capital Investment Competition (VCIC) held at University of Southern California on March 2.

    The students, all from the Class of 2012, placed third in the overall competition, which included MBA teams from California and the western states. MBA students Manoj Yadav, Suraj Ayinikatt, Vinod Nair, Shashank Suggar, and Padma Nagaraja, comprised the SCU team that had previously won in the internal business school “intramurals,” sponsored by the Entrepreneurs’ Connection (a graduate business student club),  and the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

    Similar in format to a business plan competition, the VCIC emphasizes the role of venture capitalists. Teams heard real-life pitches from entrepreneurs, and were scored on their analysis and evaluation of the plans. The SCU team topped competitors from UCLA, San Diego State, and Arizona, finishing just behind Colorado and Thunderbird University (AZ).

    SCU team members said "VCIC was a great experience. Through our preparation and participation, we gained special insight into the reasons why VCs pick the companies they fund. We saw how specific aspects of the business model inlfuences their financial decisions, what specific constraints the VCs themselves are under, and how in doing all this, they encourage a new gneration of entrepreneurs."

    It is the second year in a row that the SCU team has taken "The Entrepreneurs' Choice" award, which is voted on by the participating entrepreneurs as "the team with which they would most like to work."

    Alumni Steve Foster ‘84, Rocky Pimentel ‘77, and Andy Bartley MBA ‘10 were SCU team mentors, and student leaders Quyen Le and Terry Tran, coordinated the events. 

  •  Evening MBA in BusinessWeek's Top 20

    Monday, Nov. 14, 2011 1:53 PM

    The Evening MBA program at Santa Clara University is among the nation’s top 20 programs of its kind, reports Bloomberg BusinessWeek magazine in its biennial survey of specialized MBA programs. The magazine ranked the SCU School of Business at #19 in the 2011 listing; in the magazine’s 2009 report, the program was ranked at #27.

    “We are delighted that the BusinessWeek survey shows our MBA programs are gaining national recognition,” said Leavey School of Business Dean S. Andrew Starbird. “Silicon Valley employers have long recognized the collaborative outlook, strategic thinking, and principled perspectives our business graduates bring to their enterprises.” 

    Earlier this year, BusinessWeek editors surveyed new alumni of accredited MBA programs who recently received their MBA from a part-time graduate business program. Graduates were questioned about academic quality, classroom facilities, and salary increases upon graduation; the editors also factored in average entry exam scores, tuition, and average class sizes in determining the rankings. The publication conducts an annual survey of full-time MBA programs; specialized programs such as the part-time MBA are assessed every other year. The rankings appear on the Bloomberg Businessweek website,

    Begun in 1959, the Evening MBA in the Leavey School of Business was among the first group of master’s of business administration programs to be accredited by the Association for the Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB-International). The Executive MBA program was launched in 1999. The business school also offers a fast-track-to-completion Accelerated MBA program and a M.S. in Information Systems, developing technical and managerial skills for senior IT leaders. About 850 part-time students currently study in the Evening MBA program, while another 100 students are enrolled in other business graduate degree programs offered by the school.

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