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Certificate Recipients

Sathwik NandamuriEconomics

What sparked your interest in entrepreneurship?

My interest in entrepreneurship was sparked by my grandparents' coconut tree. When I was visiting them as a kid, the coconut tree produced ripe coconuts that harvesters would collect by climbing the tree and taking them away for free. Since I loved coconut water, I struck a deal with the harvesters to share their coconut harvest because they benefited from the tree on our land. 

Eventually, the ideas become more complicated than bargaining for coconuts, but the ability to create an impact and change the status quo with one's own ideas and execution (even on a very small scale when I was kid) is what sparked my interest in entrepreneurship.

What was your favorite entrepreneurship course?

My favorite entrepreneurship courses were the two independent studies I did with Professor Werwath and Marasco. It was awesome to apply what I had learned in IEMS 325 and other classes at Northwestern to develop my own projects.

What has been your greatest takeaway or lesson-learned from an entrepreneurship course?

My greatest takeaway from an entrepreneurship course is that to be really successful at entrepreneurship, it takes a lot of hours, passion, and energy towards something very risky and challenging. That's all part of the fun though.

What advice do you have for future certificate pursuers?

I wish I had reached out to more professors and was more active in networking from the beginning of college. I really started to be more proactive in utilizing the Northwestern community during my junior year and through that I have met some amazingly helpful and smart people who have helped me move my projects and career forward. Whatever you need, it's very likely that NU undergrad or Kellogg has it.

What are your next steps after graduation or what are you currently doing now? 

I'll be starting work soon as an associate consultant in strategic services at Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. I'll continue to develop my mentoring platform and solar/agtech projects that I started at NU throughout the summer before I leave for trip to Thailand and China.

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