Start-Up Career Fair Brings MBAs and New Ventures Together

The CEU Business School Start-Up Career Fair.

As the end of the school year fast approaches, our MBA students’ attention is increasingly turning from their coursework to the job market they will enter once they graduate. It was with this in mind that CEU Business School held a start-up career fair in partnership with the Hungarian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association and Primus Capital on Friday, June 21.

Zoltan Bruckner, managing partner and investment director of Primus Capital opened the fair alongside Professor Gyorgy Bogel, saying that the goal of the fair could be compared to the supply and demand concept of basic economics, with CEU Business School supplying the talent that the start-ups demand.

The companies attending the fair included Interim Management Resourcing Ltd., Finext Startup, SENSE/NET, iCatapult, Pocket Guide and Comforce Zrt. The format of the fair allowed MBAs and prospective employers to meet quickly for short interviews. The steady stream of conversations ensured that both MBA students and companies could make as many potential employment connections as possible.

The Start-Up Career Fair underlines CEU Business School’s continued commitment to fostering entrepreneurship in a variety of ways: by teaching it; by supporting it through its business incubator, CEU InnovationsLab; and by connecting students with start-ups. Additionally, the companies’ willingness to come to CEU Business School underscores their belief that CEU Business School MBA graduates possess the entrepreneurial skills fast-growing start-ups require.

Career Services Coordinator Katalin Gelencser said that the business school plans to organize similar fairs in the future because students and companies find them valuable tools for linking students with new ventures in the region. She added that while at this fair the companies came to the students, future plans involve taking students straight to potential employers.