WBEZ Talks With JD/MBA Students Nik Abraham '11 and Matt Kopko '12 About New Venture Challenge

Venture: A business school shark tank for aspiring CEOs
Ashley Gross
WBEZ
June 13, 2011

It’s graduation season – and lots of grads are hitting the job market. But some are choosing an opposite direction - they're hatching their own companies – hoping to become the next Mark Zuckerberg. At the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, a course on how to do exactly that is now one of the hottest things on campus.

Michael Toporek is trying to be kind. He's an investment manager helping judge an early round of the New Venture Challenge. That’s a competition and a class at the Booth School of Business. Teams of students present their ideas to investors, and the winners take home thousands of dollars to help run their companies.