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How I Became A Responsible Leader Through My Transformative IMBA

Pedro Prado launched his own sustainable startup in Brazil after the International MBA at emlyon business school. We find out how the IMBA gave him the skills to succeed in startups

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Thu Jun 6 2024

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With extreme weather events on the rise around the world, sustainable business is only growing in importance, and startups are leading the charge. Nearly a third of the startups listed on the 2024 Startups 100 Index placed sustainability at the center of their business strategy.

1c106a8774076520bdba72c01433b15b4901c087.png Pedro Prado (pictured right) is one example of an MBA entrepreneur pushing a sustainable agenda in his business.

Pedro’s startup, LogShare, aims to reduce carbon emissions in transportation and logistics by enabling businesses to rent unused freight space from one another, increasing efficiency and reducing overall trips.

We spoke to Pedro to find out how he started his entrepreneurial journey and how the International MBA at emlyon business school helped him do it.


From logistics at Coca-Cola in Brazil to an International MBA

Pedro had a successful career in logistics before starting the emlyon IMBA. He worked at Coca Cola for six years, running big projects including being the operations venue manager at the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

It was a challenging career, and one he enjoyed, but Pedro realized that he had hit the limit of how much he could grow in his current role.

Crucially, he also began to have ambitions to launch his own business.

“Having entrepreneurial ideas and reaching the top at Coca Cola – it was the perfect moment to study abroad and invest in the MBA,” he says. “I needed to do this step up in my career.”


Learning from leaders at emlyon’s startup incubator

After discussing the idea of moving abroad, Pedro’s wife began to look for opportunities in Europe and settled on a job at Groupe Casino in France. This narrowed Pedro’s search, and he homed in on emlyon business school for his MBA.

He did this primarily on the strength of the school’s entrepreneurial culture and track record of creating MBA entrepreneurs.

emlyon business school boasts an on-campus startup incubator to nurture student startups in the ideation and launch phases, plus an accelerator to guide businesses through the growth from startup to scale-up.

“Whenever I had time I used to go to the incubator to talk to the entrepreneurs that were based there,” Pedro says. “That was most impactful.”

The International MBA also offers new venture classes as part of its curriculum. This includes a New Venture Project that sees students form groups to apply the theory they learn in class to real-life projects under the guidance of their professors.

“We had to develop a venture from scratch,” Pedro recalls. “Identify the market potential, the go-to-market strategy, and later, even pitch it to entrepreneurs in a Shark Tank style.”


“My first thought about my sustainable startup was on the MBA learning trip”

Perhaps the most impactful part of the MBA for Pedro was the international learning trip.

Pedro traveled with classmates to Finland, where they heard from a range of companies about topics such as design thinking and building client relationships.

The visit primarily focused on corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives, a subject that has stuck with Pedro ever since.

“For me it was the first time I was so connected with those kinds of initiatives,” he says.

“Nowadays I have a company in Brazil focusing on reducing emissions for transportation. For sure my first thought about it was on that trip.”


From MBA grad to sustainable startup leader

From his experience talking to startup leaders at emlyon’s incubator and learning in-depth lessons about entrepreneurship on the program, Pedro knew he couldn’t achieve startup success overnight.

He also knew that the IMBA had prepared him well for consultancy work. Working on case studies and group projects on the IMBA gave Pedro the skills to adapt fast to new information, diving deep into data, and suggesting hypotheses and solutions in a shortened timeframe—all essential skills for management consultants.

To build his skills and experience in the real world, Pedro returned to Brazil to work in consultancy, even working at McKinsey.

He never lost sight of his overall goal, however. After two years at McKinsey, Pedro took up a role at Amazon, “to learn from the biggest startup on the globe".

Having honed his skills and collected invaluable experience both on the IMBA and as a graduate, Pedro finally launched his company LogShare in 2022.

From the international learning trip and new venture classes on the IMBA to the postgraduate consulting career the MBA facilitated, Pedro can clearly connect the dots between his IMBA and his current startup success.

“Now, seven years later, I totally recommend this school,” he says. “It was really a transformative time for me as a person and a worker but mostly as a founder.”


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emlyon business school

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4/12/2023

On Campus

Intense courses, helpful professors

I am an international student in my 3rd year and I love going to this school and do not regret chosing it for my BBA. The classes are helpful, professors are always there to help as well and we have a very understanding administration.

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18/03/2023

On Campus

Leadership in an amazing city

I decided to do my exchange in Emlyon because I wanted to get out of my comfort zone, and I found a space with very capable People.. participatory, empathetic and full of leadership. I will never forget Lyon, apart from giving me an unforgettable experience, he gave me great friends

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23/11/2021

On Campus

A lot of opportunities professionally and socially. A unique program in France.

You can choose your courses and do your internship, exchange whenever you want. It's flexible and adapted to the needs of each student. A great program and a great city! Professionally, it opens a lot of doors for you to find internships or jobs in France or abroad thanks to the network and career events.

Fabian

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7/06/2020

MSc in Digital Marketing

Combining both worlds into one, this course gave me all the on-demand technical skills in data science while maintaining a business-oriented approach. Thanks to the strong academic profile of this university I was able to secure an internship and full-time job at Amazon.

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14/10/2018

Top Business School fostering innovative entrepreneurs

EMLyon is one of the best business schools. The campuses, associations and courses offered provide the students with the best options to build the future they have chosen. The various opportunities to study and work abroad also offer a deeper understanding of the world, not only economy-wise but social, which helps the student become as well a better individual and not only a pre-formated business school student.

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9/06/2020

Emlyon campus in Paris

It has a great international community and you have access to many international tools, courses and professors. I had many networking events and workshops for students. Campus and some details of the program could have been improved or need to be bigger in order to have a better student life.

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21/11/2022

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Entrepreneurship

Overall good content and good activities. Lack of administration but still ok. Good flexibility and liberty offered to the students. Finally, the amount of internship is also a good way to improve qualifications.

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25/05/2020

Good Reputation and International Business School

The course was not well adapted but it was up to the mark. The professors are very well experienced and their experience comes in handy while working on assignments. The facilities on the campus are top class. Truly professional. I really like spending time in the learning hub and using all the available resources. Lyon is an amazing city. You will never get bored.