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Charting her course

Hope Scheller spent her undergrad focused on science and cutting-edge biomedical research. But when she started to explore how she could blend her passion for science with her love of arts and creativity into a career, she landed on a path she hadn’t even considered. “When a friend told me about Dal’s MBA program, I immediately felt like I’d found the optimal fit because there are so many avenues and career possibilities.”

One of the most appealing aspects for Scheller was the opportunity to gain hands-on learning in the program’s eight-month corporate residency. And that’s what she has spent the better part of 2018 doing as project coordinator with Creative Destruction Lab-Atlantic, Canada’s top startup accelerator. She’s worked closely with promising startup ventures aiming to transition into high-growth companies. All the while, she’s had the unique opportunity to work with a powerful network of accomplished entrepreneurs who serve as mentors to the ventures.

“Implementing and executing the first year of CDL-Atlantic has been incredibly insightful, rewarding and a lot of hard work. It truly takes an entire ecosystem to raise a startup,” says Scheller, who is the first student to hold the position. “I’ve gained invaluable real-world learning that will be a huge benefit to my future career.”

And while Scheller hasn’t fully decided what exactly that will be, her time with CDL-Atlantic has heightened her interest in several areas. “I’m still learning a lot about myself and different industries, but I ultimately see myself in an innovative and creative environment.”