Meet John...

Year of Birth: 1990
Degree Program:

MSc Innovation and Technology Management


Bath School of Managment

Previous Internships:

Procter & Gamble, Batten & Company, TruVenturo, Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments, Bertelsmann Corporate Center India


technology, entrepreneurship, golf, basketball, travelling

Student Challenger since 2013 to October 2014.

Describe your educational background. Where did / do you study, what degrees did / will you receive? 
I went to school in Scotland for two years where I did my A-Levels in 2008. Afterwards, I studied Business Administration at the WWU Münster and graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science. In September 2013, I will start to study at the Bath School of Management to gain a Master of Science in Technology and Innovation Management. 

Describe your career history. What have been your professional experiences?
During my studies at the WWU Münster, I worked a lot on the side. I worked as a student assistant at the Institute for Strategic Management and did some student consulting projects. After the 4th semester I decided to do two internships for three months each. First, I worked for the P&G e-Commerce Customer Business Development team where I was able to gain a great understanding of the German e-Commerce market. Following my internship at P&G I worked for Batten & Company which is management consultancy focused on marketing and sales topics. After graduating from WWU Münster, I decided to take a gap-year in order to do various internships. I started my gap year with an internship at TruVenturo, a startup incubator based in Hamburg. Subsequently, I went to Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments where I could develop great expertise about startups in the digital area. My positive experience at BDMI led me to apply for an internship at the Bertelsmann Corporate Center in India. The combination of strategic tasks and the cultural experience of India had a great appeal to me.

What attracted you to Bertelsmann and your internships? What is / was your favorite aspect about your job?
What attracted you to Bertelsmann and your internships? What is/was your favorite aspect about your job?
My first contact to Bertelsmann had been a student workshop at the WWU Münster. There, I gained a good impression of the decentralized company structure and the challenges in the media industry. It strongly appealed to me to work in such an exciting and fast changing environment.
Concerning my favorite aspects, I consider the “art” of selecting interesting investment targets as the most exciting aspect of my internship. 

What has been your most challenging / rewarding / exciting task or project thus far?
The most rewarding aspect of my internship at BDMI was to take part and actively shape a lot of business meetings with startups, founders and other venture capitalists. This allowed me to get extremely valuable insights in the venture business.

What qualities do you feel are necessary to be a successful employee at Bertelsmann?
Due to its decentralized company structure Bertelsmann requires employees who are very flexible and have the ability to network. Connecting with people from various divisions and countries is crucial to drive value within the Bertelsmann group. 

What was / is a typical day during your internship like?
While there was no typical day, my responsibilities involved deal flow evaluation, calls with founders, conducting due diligence tasks, creation of investment proposals, portfolio controlling, meetings with our portfolio companies, and attending startup-related events. 

What are your professional goals? Any others ;-) ?
As an ambitious person my short-term goal is to start working in a challenging environment after my graduation in 2014. In the long term I want to use the professional experiences that I have gained in order to become a founder of a highly successful startup.

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