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Zenab Matloob

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Ignite your entrepreneurial spirit

Do you have ambitions of developing your own business venture? If you have between seven and 22 years of experience and a strong professional track record why not consider our Executive MBA (EMBA) programme. By choosing to study your EMBA at London Business School, you will benefit from a range of services and facilities specially designed to develop and expand your entrepreneurial perspective.

The Entrepreneurship Summer School gives you the chance to assess and shape your business opportunity in a robust and practical way. This programme aims to help you to succeed as an entrepreneur by providing you with the skills you need to choose which business opportunities to pursue and how to develop those ideas into workable businesses.

The LBS Incubator programme supports a selected number of graduating students and recent graduates to use the School’s facilities to launch your business. Zipporah Gatiti, Founder of Taste of Kenya credits the Incubator for offering almost everything a new business needs, as well as a mentorship programme that goes above and beyond: “If having a mentor was the only thing I’d received, it would have been worth it. Mentors are like co-founders. They study your company, help keep you on track and hold you accountable.”

There are many opportunities to learn from the professionals, the Entrepreneurship Mentor in Residence Programme provides the chance for students to learn from expert entrepreneur mentors from a range of sectors and disciplines. The famous TELL Series also showcases successful entrepreneurs’ personal stories.

Navin Valrani studied the EMBA Dubai programme and the two years changed his life and career forever. “It was wonderful in so many aspects,” he says. “First of all, the knowledge that you pick up on the EMBA gives you a fantastic toolkit to work with. You’re exposed to the most outstanding faculty you could possibly come across, and you can socialise with them after class and have some really good informal discussions. I am where I am today in my life, and with the growth rates of the businesses that I lead, because of LBS.”

Lidia Chmel decided it was time for a change of company, function and industry and founded her own company, Mama’s Dream Club. She says “I would never have had the courage to start my own company without the EMBA programme. Exploring case studies and hearing from guest speakers who had founded their own companies showed me that it was eminently possible to change direction and still be successful.”

The LBS Entrepreneurship Club provides a forum for students to network and share ideas and an environment which fosters innovation and entrepreneurship and helps students to cultivate and develop their own ideas.

Heather Baker, Founder & CEO, Top Line Comms says of her EMBA experience “The EMBA has been an exceptional experience, both personally and professionally. I am far more confident and analytical in the way I approach business development now, so much so that the company has doubled in size over the last 18 months. I’m not originally from London, so for me, making new contacts with the local business community has been just as vital as linking to the huge global network the School offers.” 

If you are thinking about how you’ll finance your venture, we have relationships with Sussex Place Ventures and Enterprise 100, who have been fundamental in helping new start-ups. Students also have the opportunity to pitch their ideas before investors and benchmark their plans against those from other schools. Competitions include, European Business Plan of the Year Competition, Venture Capital Investment Competitions and Global Social Venture Competition. See further information about Competitions.

Start your entrepreneurial journey at LBS. The next deadline for the class starting this autumn is Tuesday 2 May. See further information on applying to the programme.

 

 


We realise that a programme like the Executive MBA is a big investment for candidates, therefore we always like to ensure that we provide you with as much information as possible when taking such a big step.

Below are some examples of opportunities we have in place – in order to help you make that decision:

Class visits:

Why not attend an Executive MBA lecture, alongside other students who are currently in the programme? This will give you the chance to first-handily experience the quality of the lectures as well as the excellent interaction between students within a classroom environment.

“Through the class visit I was able to gauge the mind-set/frequency of the EMBA classroom. It enabled me to understand the importance of class participation and witness each student’s role to enrich overall class’ learning experience”. Suyash Shrivastav (EMBALJ2018)

Personal consultation:

A personal consultation gives you a chance to meet someone from the recruitment team on campus. We can guide you and answer any questions that you may have regarding the programme or the application process itself. We also regularly travel around Europe to meet candidates in a city near them.

A conversation with a member of alumni or a current student:

Although we try to give you as much information as we can when answering queries, sometimes getting those answers from current students or alumni can prove to be far more helpful and reassuring. Whilst a current student can answer any questions you may have about their EMBA journey so far, an alumnus can tell you more about their life after the programme.

CV reviews:

We encourage all prospects before taking any step in their application process to have a CV review done by one of the team members in the EMBA recruitment team. This ensures that you have the right skillset and experience needed for the programme.

Information sessions:

Our monthly information sessions are delivered by the Recruitment and Admissions teams and give prospects further information on our programmes.  These sessions also provide an opportunity for you to meet current students and alumni, as well as other candidates planning to apply to the School.

“I cannot emphasise enough the importance of attending the Information Sessions held at the school. One is able to get first hand insight into exactly what is offered on the course and also speak to other potential candidates on the night. More importantly, you get to hear first-hand experiences from a selected alumni panel which was priceless in my view” Dietrich Stadllman EMBALS2018

If you would like to find out more about any of these options, please contact the Recruitment team via email: emba@london.edu


A good thing to do before you fill in your application is to get a grasp of the different elements that make up an Executive MBA (EMBA) application and what the committee members are looking for whilst reading through the different parts.

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CV

The first thing that we see when initially reviewing your application, is your CV/resume. By reading through your CV we are able to take a quick glance into your background, your academics, and your work experience along with any hobbies that you may have. Therefore, this is the starting point of us assessing your eligibility for the programme.

Essay Questions

All applications that are submitted for a London Business School programme contain three essay questions and these are specific to the programme for which you are applying. The essay questions give us a chance to get to know all our applicants on a personal level therefore we look for your personal outlook on the programme, your level of self-awareness, and your collaborative skills.

References

All applications contain two references and we always advise applicants to ensure that one of the two references is completed by your current line manager. This is because your line manager is someone you work with on a daily basis, so no one would know your way of working as well as they do. Furthermore it ensures the committee that your company is informed of your application to the programme.

Transcripts

Transcripts allow us to take note of any academic or professional qualifications that you hold, allowing us to assess your academic abilities in the past, up until any professional qualifications that may have received more recently. Furthermore seeing copies of your transcripts also confirms your achievement of the academics you have listed in your application.

GMAT/EA/GRE

The GMAT, EA and GRE allow us to assess your academic ability at the time of your submission. The tests are split into two key parts of Quants and Verbal. These skillsets are what you will need the most whilst completing the EMBA, therefore the score itself and the balance between all sections of the tests is what is key for us. There is a different score for the GMAT, GRE and EA that students are expected to achieve, you can discuss this further by getting in touch with someone from our recruitment team.

Application Form

All of the above key components are attached to the actual application form itself. In the application form we are able to assess extensive details about you, that would not necessarily be visible in the documents you provide us with. Therefore, it is full of a wide range of questions from your current roles and responsibilities, to your hobbies, a reflection of your academic abilities and so on.

It is important to remember when submitting your application that the Admissions Committee takes a ‘holistic approach’ when processing all applications. Therefore we assess every individual’s assets as a whole, before inviting them in for an interview. Similarly, we review both the application and the interview feedback before making a final decision.


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On 8 January the Executive MBA team, here at London Business School were delighted to welcome the new EMBA class.

Both the Dubai and London streams came together filling the room up with 134 new faces, ready to embark on their 20 month EMBA journey. The class is made of 45 different nationalities, with an average of 12 years of experience. More importantly the rich quality of students is prominent in the diverse titles that they offer, from Managing Directors, to Entrepreneurs, to Doctors and many more.

Orientation week kicked off with an enriching preparatory talk by Professor Richard Jolly, ‘Ten things I wish I knew’. This was followed by the class’ first set of core lectures, as well as numerous networking and group work opportunities thrown into the mix.

The week concluded with a final celebration at a rooftop bar, overlooking the breath-taking London view.

The next intake for the Executive MBA London Dubai programme is September 2017. We will be announcing the new application deadlines on the website soon.

If you have any questions in the meantime, please get in touch via email: emba@london.edu.


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If you are invited to an interview for the Executive MBA, you will be asked to give us a ten minute pitch.  This constitutes the first ten minutes of your interview and is a vital chance for you to sell yourself to us.  It is one of the parts of the interview where you have the chance to show yourself to us on a personal level; mentioning things such as extracurricular activities that you are involved in would be particularly interesting to us.

We want to see what differentiates you from the hundreds of other applications we receive – whether you do through the content of your pitch or the format of your presentation is up to you. Remember that you don’t have to use a PowerPoint presentation; the way you present your pitch should be the way that is most natural for you, and in a way that gives you a chance to put your personality across to us best.

The pitch isn’t a chance for you to repeat what we’ve seen in your application.  It isn’t necessarily a list of your projects or achievements.  What is most important to us is what kind of person you are, what makes you tick, what makes you a strong candidate for the Executive MBA and how you would contribute to the programme in the future.

This is your time to show us what makes you a unique Executive MBA candidate!

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 “The fact, that you’ve got this far means a lot.  The presentation is your chance to consolidate this, but, more importantly, to really put your character across in ways that aren’t possible in the written application.  It’s an important ten minutes; use the time wisely and think about what kind of person you want us to see.” Brett Hunter, Senior Admissions Manager for the Executive MBA

 

The next intake for the Executive MBA London Dubai programme is September 2016. If you have any questions in the meantime, please get in touch via email: emba@london.edu