MBA Entrepreneurial Venture Award Finalists

The nominees of the MBA Entrepreneurial Venture Award are amongst the most creative graduates who have successfully employed their skills acquired on their MBAs to establish themselves in business. Here are this year's finalists:

Grainne Barron
Grainne Barron, UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School

Grainne is CEO and Founder of Viddyad and is responsible for commercial product development internationally. She is a recognized expert in video advertising technology and has been interviewed on Bloomberg TV, TechCrunch, USA Today been quoted in the WSJ where Viddyad was listed as 'One to Watch!'
Paulo Nogueira
Paulo Nogueira , Porto Business School

With an extensive international career in a number of sectors and corporations, Paulo is a seasoned and genuine entrepreneur, with a realistic sense of what it takes to get things done. Greenfiber Tech is his most recent venture! He is a Civil Engineering and has an MBA (1991) from Porto Business School.
Thomas Sychterz
Thomas Sychterz, HEC Montréal

A graduate of Princeton University’s Faculty of Engineering and the HEC Montreal business school, Thomas started off his career in consulting. From building arenas to designing pathology laboratories, Thomas managed numerous high profile projects before co-founding one of Canada’s most successful crowdfunding campaigns: Wipebook. With a patent to his name, the 27-year-old former professional hockey player is set to appear on the upcoming season of Canada's Dragon’s Den and has been selected as a 2014 Global Future Leader by the Web Summit Conference in Dublin, Ireland.

"I'm so honoured to be considered for such a prestigious award. Although the competition is without a doubt very fierce and noteworthy, it's exciting to think that I'm one step away from being recognized as the top MBA Entrepreneur. Ever since I got the nomination, I've been anxiously waiting to show the final selection jury what an MBA from HEC Montreal can really do!"
Dr. Mehran Zarrebini
Dr Mehran Zarrebini, University of Stellenbosch Business School

Dr Zarrebini developed a novel application for recycling waste truck tires. He combined management knowledge and experience working in his family business, Van Dyck Carpets, to find an innovative way of increasing his products and having a positive impact on his community and country at large. Dr Zarrebini’s company is now affiliated to the Recycling Economic Development Initiative of South Africa (REDISA), the plan approved by the South African government to manage recycling of waste tyres – thus they are part of helping South Africa clean up the environment and creating jobs in the process.

"Looking forward to a sensational few days in London. I am very grateful to the Association of MBAs for the Entrepreneurial Venture Award nomination. The business that was nominated addresses the three pillars of sustainability with particular emphasis on creating value from waste material, a fundamental problem that South Africa faces. I am proud to represent Stellenbosch Business School at this prestigious international event."
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