Finalists for the MBA Entrepreneurial Venture Award have been announced

Publication date: 27 September 2013
Article type: Press release

The Association of MBAs (AMBA) is proud to announce that four finalists have been selected for this year’s MBA Entrepreneurial Venture Award – an initiative that celebrates MBAs with entrepreneurial spirit, running successful businesses.

The newly appointed CEO of AMBA, Andrew Main Wilson, said the standard of all entries was excellent.

“The submissions reinforce yet again the invaluable entrepreneurial skills that are taught in an MBA,” he said, "and that business schools with AMBA-accredited MBA programmes are truly forward-thinking and best equipped to create the global leaders of tomorrow."

The four finalists are:

  • Simo Dragicevic (Cass Business School, UK) with his company Bet Buddy, which provides gaming industry executives assistance in using business data to make better business decisions, and to drive growth in a responsible manner.

  • Harald Trautsch (WU Executive Academy, Austria) with his venture Everbill, Inc., providing online software to simplify the creation, management and delivery of invoices, estimates and delivery notes.

  • Mignon Hardie (University of Stellenbosch Business School, South Africa) created the Fundza Literacy Trust to boost literacy among teen and young adult South Africans by popularising reading, growing a community of readers and developing young writing talent.

  • Nitzan Yudan (London Business School) founded Flat Club, an online market place which brings together people with common values and needs in order to find short term accommodation solutions and peace of mind. 

The MBA Entrepreneurial Venture Award was judged by Bill Morrow, Founder and CEO of Angels Den; Alpesh Patel, Director of Praefinium Partners Ltd; Cathal Brady, founder of Ultan Technologies and winner of AMBA’s 2012 Entrepreneurial Venture Award; and Luis Juste, who has held various managerial positions within banking.

The winner will be announced on 6 November 2013 at the Association of MBAs' Awards and Gala Dinner, at the Montcalm Hotel, located on Park Lane in London.

About the Association of MBAs

The Association of MBAs is the international impartial authority on postgraduate business education. Established in 1967, it sets the global standard for accrediting MBA, DBA and MBM programmes. The Association currently accredits programmes at over 200 of the world’s best business schools in 70 countries worldwide. The Association of MBAs is also a professional membership association connecting MBA students and graduates, accredited business schools and MBA employers in more than 110 countries. Find out more on  

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