The University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business recently invited CARROT to participate in its annual Venture Capital Investment Competition. This unique program allows MBA-candidate students to compete as members of fictitious VC teams in evaluating startup businesses. The students are coached by professional venture capitalists and members of the U-M faculty.
CARROT CEO Michael Antaran was one of three entrepreneurs asked to participate in the program.
“I’m so honored that I could help give these students a chance to gain some valuable real-world experience,” Antaran said. “I really enjoyed interacting with the students, the staff members, the VC’s and the other entrepreneurs. It was a great learning experience for everyone involved, myself included.”
The full-day program, hosted by the Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies in Ann Arbor, asked each business owner to make a 10-minute presentation and then conduct 15-minute meetings with each of the competing student teams.
“The students were very, very impressive,” Antaran said. “I feel like it’s my obligation to give back when I have these opportunities. I’m glad I could contribute.”