Mandy ZifferIndustrial Engineering
What sparked your interest in entrepreneurship?
I wasn't really interested in entrepreneurship UNTIL I took IEMS 225 with Professor Syal (which I only did because it satisfied an elective credit). While in this class, Professor Syal pushed us very hard to develop an extensive business plan which made this previously weird and foreign topic seem suddenly very real and attainable.
What was your favorite entrepreneurship course?
IEMS 325 with Professor Werwath - I loved beginning every class with an update on the latest in the entrepreneurship world. It really helped to relate the business idea that we were developing in class to the feasibility of making it happen in the real world.
What has been your greatest takeaway or lesson-learned from an entrepreneurship course?
Entrepreneurship isnt something that is just for the uber-creative, or "hippies." Entrepreneurship can be anything from inventing a product, to inventing a system, or simply thinking about something in a way it never had been thought about before. Through IEMS 225 and 325, I learned how possible it was for me to become an "entrepreneur."
What advice do you have for future certificate pursuers?
For the classes that require you to develop a business model (IEMS 225, 325, NUvention), you will get out what you put in. If you want to develop a rigorous business model, you have all of the tools at your disposal - faculty, workspace, fellow students - in order to do so.
What are your next steps after graduation or what are you currently doing now?
I will be joining Strategy& (formerly Booz & Company) as a Consultant in September.