What Businesses HSE Graduates Have
The Alumni Centre has published a study tracking graduate entrepreneurial activities. The study is ongoing, and any HSE graduate with their own business can participate.
There is a Faculty of Business and Management at HSE. Students from USA, Chile, Russia, India, Spain, and other countries study there. It is very likely that many of them are future entrepreneurs, executives and top managers, and innovators in e-business. But do only graduates of this faculty become businesspeople? Of course not. Graduates who start their own businesses come from a wide range of faculties. According to many of them, the university environment itself fosters an entrepreneurial spirit, no matter whether you are a psychologist or political scientist. ‘HSE is an incubator for successful people. Students help to develop the business environment and culture here as well’, believes Evgeny Tsaplin, HSE graduate and currently lecturer at the Faculty of Business and Management.
The Alumni Centre decided to test this statement. As part of the Project Fair, it carried out the first study of graduates’ businesses, aimed at tracking the entrepreneurial trajectories of HSE alumni. The Centre interviewed 203 HSE graduates who have started their own businesses and revealed what faculty prepares more businesspeople and in what countries they do business.
This data will probably help current HSE students decide where they can apply their knowledge most successfully, as well as helping them to discuss their internships or jobs, since mutual thinking guarantees success for the whole team. According to Maxim Chernin, head of 'Sberbank Insurance', ‘The HSE has been a good source of recruitment – quite a few of my staff are HSE graduates and students and it helps that the campus is located across the street from our office. Working with HSE alumni is like the life insurance market: the potential is huge, the territory is unspoilt and there is room for great deeds’.
If you graduated from HSE, and can’t find your company on the list, please fill in the questionnaire. We’ll include these results in the 2017 ranking and will make sure to tell our audience about you.
First National Educational Platform for Business Knowledge and Services Presented at the Festival of Youth and Students
A Russian nationwide educational online platform for entrepreneurs and to help develop infrastructure for the provision of public and commercial services based on a ‘one-stop-shop’ system, created by the Ministry of Economic Development together with Sberbank on the basis of the bank’s Business Environment online platform was presented on the last day of the youth festival. This platform is also known as the ‘National Knowledge and Solutions Platform’. HSE is a partner on the project.
Having a career as entrepreneur is possible even in adverse circumstances, such as going against one’s family, lacking connections and living in a small provincial community; all of these can stimulate rather than hinder one's entrepreneurial drive, found HSE researchers after studying the life trajectories of young Russian business owners. The study findings are presented in the paper 'Biography as a Tree of Choices: Discovering the Life Trajectories of Young Entrepreneurs in Russia'.
Cafes and restaurants in Russia currently find themselves in a very competitive environment, which is why a lot of new formats and ideas arise. In the latest edition of Success Builder, the founders of Jeffrey’s Coffee, Alexey Mironov and Alexey Karanyuk, discuss what makes a ‘good’ café, why it’s important to go see what competitors are up to, and what the prime costs of a double espresso are.
Last week, HSE’s Doing Business in Russia internship programme held an integration module for students who have completed their 6-month internships at German enterprises based in Russia and students who have just arrived in Russia. Those completing the programme presented group projects on a variety of topics, including project management, intercultural relations, and expat experiences. They also shared their impressions with new participants.