Written on 21 April 2015.
EDHEC Business School
EDHEC students studying at Pace University in New York City had the chance recently to visit Samsung’s Manhattan-based Accelerator. The Accelerator is a collaborative space where start-up tech companies share strategic capital and product support to create market-driven software and tech services.
Heading up the tour of the Samsung Accelerator was Cassidy Rouse, a former Deloitte consultant and Kellogg School of Management MBA, who sought work at Samsung because he wanted to work in the exciting tech field. Rouse said he enjoys sharing his business expertise with start-ups, and that he appreciates the cultural and ethnic diversity of the Samsung Accelerator. “Each person brings something different to the table,” he said.
EDHEC students also got a peek at the software incubation until – the place where start-up companies pitch new technology ideas to Samsung officials. Those selected get major help from the company’s HR, legal, financial, and technical departments. Ideas that take off are often acquired by Samsung, which keeps them for further development or sells them off to third parties.
During the tour, students also met with Mr. Kai Bond, a former Microsoft program manager and the CEO of several successful Accelerator start-ups. Bond explained to students how he had worked with Samsung to create software for several mobile applications. This step-by-step explanation gave students a better understanding of the world of start-ups as well as the numerous steps involved in launching a business.
The trip, one of several as part of the New York semester, was a favourite among students because it showed them how to leverage their EDHEC degree to support entrepreneurial ventures while still working within a large corporation such as Samsung. Students said the visit exposed them to a non-traditional but rewarding career path.