Wake Forest Project Nicaragua Team returns from Managua

1.24.2013 Article, Entrepreneurship, Global, School News

Wake Forest Project Nicaragua Team returns from Managua

During the week of January 5 – 13, a team of 14 MBA and MA students plus four faculty advisors traveled to Managua, Nicaragua to provide assistance to local small businesses. The students provided two days of instruction on marketing and operations issues related to the “Business Canvas” model. They spent the other days traveling across Managua visiting client businesses, learning about their operations and coaching owners on various marketing and operations techniques. The students also had the opportunity to learn more about Nicaraguan history, culture, and cuisine. This was the second trip to Nicaragua the team made during this school year.

The team will be returning to Managua during Spring Break in March. If you are a Wake Forest University business school student who would like to gain “hands-on experience” with international business in Central America, the team would welcome your participation in the March trip. If you are interested, contact the team leader, Mr. Alex Thomas at thomar11@wfu.edu. (Story continues below photo)

The Project Nicaragua Team included:

Team Leaders
Alex Thomas
Joe Marcaurelle
Scott Burgess

Team Members
Patrick Britton
Naomi Freeman
Tess Hancock
Catherine Gunn
Alex Tsuji
Gonzalo Estupinan
Mayank Singh
Emily Cantrell
Sydney Blount
Edward Brown
Ben Jackowitz

Faculty Advisors
Ajay Patel
Ben Paz
Ron Thompson
Jim Narus

About Project Nicaragua

Since the fall of 2006, Wake Forest Schools of Business students have been working with small businesses in Nicaragua to find new ways to optimize the businesses’ values through consulting projects and business skills seminars. Whether learning on the ground in Nicaragua, or developing a new strategy at home in the classroom, Wake Forest students not only have a chance to impart a piece of their acquired knowledge, but also an opportunity to learn a great deal from the business owners. Many students who participate in Project Nicaragua cite it as the most inspirational and motivational experience in their business school careers.