This is the fourth in a series of blogs featuring the Indianapolis venture community, written by Evening MBA student Katie Wilson, MBA'20.
And now we've reached the end. What an experience it has been! When I started getting involved in the venture community back in the fall of 2018, I had very few expectations and didn’t fully understand what I would gain from this journey. The expectations I did have were a few networking goals here and a little learning there, but I had no concrete expectations. I had no idea I would meet the people that I did, learn about these amazing businesses right here at home and gain a knowledge, understanding and true appreciation for entrepreneurship. That’s exactly what happened.
Before this course, my only experience in the venture community had been through small business owners. A couple different family members, including my dad, are small business owners who have done well but have remained relatively small. From my point of view, their jobs included all the upsides of having your own business -- like being your own boss and making your own hours -- and very few downsides. I knew that not everyone’s entrepreneurial experience was exactly like what I’d seen, but I thought they may have similar elements.
Through the months spent exploring the venture community, I have had the opportunity to meet a plethora of entrepreneurs and some serial entrepreneurs, and I've truly been blown away by the diversity in the businesses, mindsets and experiences of each person.