Peyvand Melati (EMBA ’18) understands the importance of an entrepreneurial approach to business. Currently the CEO of Micro Interface Design, and a successful entrepreneur and investor, Peyvand has established the Peyvand Melati New Venture Design (NVD) Award. The $5,000 award will be given annually to the winning team of Kellogg-Schulich EMBA students participating in the NVD course capstone competition. Peyvand, who has also gives back as a mentor, hopes, “This award will encourage future EMBA students to use the NVD as a stepping stone toward the inception of many successful businesses and startups.”

Professor Moren Lévesque (Professor of Operations Management and Information Systems; CPA Ontario Chair in International Entrepreneurship; Co-director of Entrepreneurial Studies) is very appreciative of the award and believes that, “Creating this prize for the course not only increases the engagement of those involved, but recognizes and rewards the efforts of the teams.”

The course New Venture Design (NVD) was created to give students the ability to see, create and evaluate new business opportunities, and the ability to innovate continuously in today’s fast-paced business environment.

“The NVD course is the result of our ongoing efforts to keep the program up-to-date and relevant,” said Matthias Kipping, EMBA Academic Director. “An entrepreneurial mindset has become indispensable to succeed in today’s economy, whether you work in large organizations. For the NVD course, we draw on the strength of Schulich’s entrepreneurship program, which cuts across many of our functional areas and includes entrepreneurs-in-residence.”

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