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Otterbein MBA student Victor Teles welcomes innovative approaches at The Point

Otterbein MBA student Victor Teles welcomes innovative approaches at The Point

It didn’t take long for Brazilian native Victor Teles to know Otterbein University was the place for him.

“I was hired by Ikove Capital Partners during my family Christmas vacation to Miami in 2015. They suggested I take a look at Columbus and Otterbein as they were beginning a new partnership with the university,” Teles said. “I bought a ticket in January, spent one and a half days in town and on campus, then went back to Brazil and immediately applied to the MBA program.”

Ikove Capital Partners is a venture capital company founded to pursue early stage investments with emphasis on technology. They became one of the first partners at The Point University innovation center, along with PolymerOhio, edgeThingZ and Nikola Labs. The Point brings together industry, innovation and education together under one roof, to create problem-solvers with skills to power tomorrow’s future.

It was this collaboration that caught Teles’ eye right away.

“There’s always something new happening at The Point. Innovation is everywhere. That’s what I wanted in an education,” he said.

MBA students work as project managers at The Point, managing working groups composed of students from multiple majors working on a project or problem put forth by the resident companies. The MBA students are actively applying principles learned in their lectures to scenarios almost simultaneously, something Teles recognized as unique to the program.

“As more and more time goes by, I’m seeing a direct and exponential application of my classroom learning to our projects. We’re solving real problems that have real business impact. It’s also very helpful with my campus employment, too,” he said.

Teles is The Point at Otterbein’s graduate assistant. He is helping to create the collaborative environment he and his classmates experience each day. One of his major tasks is to understand all the machinery in the labs and makerspace and create tutorials for students and community members.

The Point welcomes the central Ohio community to join in the innovation through memberships to the makerspace and collaboration with students. That same feeling of welcome is what really drew Teles to Westerville in the first place.

“At one time I applied to a state university in Florida and my experience was drastically different than with Otterbein. From the very first meeting, Director of the MBA Program Eric Lloyd and The Point Executive Director Erin Bender both made me feel like they wanted me here and nowhere else. They made me feel like this was my home and I belonged.”


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