Judge, Silicon Valley & Global Finals VCIC MBA Global Director, 2014-15 Alumni Success Story LinkedIn
VCIC Global Director 2014-15
VCIC has been by far my favorite experience in business school.
Letter from Baris to future VCIC organizers:
When you were planning your business school education, what did you dream of doing?
Visiting Silicon Valley?
Learning about the hottest innovations?
Meeting top MBA students from all around the world? Even better managing them?
Making friends from all around the world?
Interacting with venture capitalists and tech entrepreneurs?
Observing high profile VCs evaluating up-and-coming startups?
Having a multicultural leadership experience that will prepare you for your post MBA career?
I was able to do all of the above and more, thanks to the VCIC (Venture Capital Investment Competition). VCIC is a global venture capital competition among 70+ top business school students from three continents, where the students act as venture capitalists and evaluate real startups, while being assessed by real venture capitalists. I worked as “VCIC Global Coordinator”, a title that didn’t even exist before I started working for VCIC. In a nutshell, I managed regional competitions around the world along with the global finals in our UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School. As a part of my job, I’ve managed relationships with venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, sponsors, partner schools and MBA students. Also, being an eager MBA, I stepped up and took more responsibility than what was given. I got involved in the recruitment of venture capitalists and entrepreneurs, re-design of the competition format and the web sites, standardization of the regional competitions, centralization of the registration process and creation of more social media presence.
During my time, I traveled to the regional competitions in Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, Paris and Barcelona, among others. Moreover, I built the necessary relationships and led the expansion of the competition in Asia. As a result, we managed to organize our first VCIC regional competition in Shanghai, China, with the help of CEIBS, our partner university, in 2015! Throughout my time at VCIC, I have made friends from all around the world.
All in all, VCIC has been by far my favorite experience at business school, and I can’t think of another experience that could prepare me better for my post MBA career in San Francisco Bay Area. Thanks to my position, I also had the unique opportunity to work closely with our Strategy & Entrepreneurship professor Patrick Vernon, helped found the VCIC Fellows program and recruit a group of talented MBAs. Every second, I felt that it was a privilege to work in the position and interact with such an amazing group of people. I enjoyed every bit of it. Am I going to miss VCIC? Absolutely. Yet, I don’t think I’ll ever give up being involved in it!