Argentina CAP – Practice makes perfect

Nate is showing us the correct way to pronounce "Cheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeese".

Nate is showing us the correct way to pronounce “Cheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeese”.

I am writing right now as we are about to give our mock presentation in front of a group of judges a little less than one week prior to our departure. It has been a wonderful learning experience and team building exercise throughout the semester and I am very proud of the progress we have made as well as the tangible recommendations that we will provide the client with. Now I am going to walk you through some of the highlights of the past semester.

YB is teaching us how to present and, by the way, peddling his new homemade "ipad zero".

YB is teaching us how to present and, by the way, peddling his new homemade “ipad zero”.

CAP has been a great learning opportunity, because students have had access to not only great speakers but also a myriad of resources in order to assist them in research and creating recommendations for their clients. The Argentina CAP has been especially lucky, because we have been able to listen to several renowned speakers that specialize in Argentina clean technology and general experts on international business. Given George Washington’s close proximity to the World Bank, IFC, and the US Department of Energy, students have been able to network and learn from local professionals in the area. This was done through 15 minute breakout sessions that allowed each team to sit with these professionals and pick their brains on the current client engagement. The feedback received from these sessions has been extremely valuable to our team and has been incorporated into our project. Lastly, students in the Argentina CAP have had peers that are either from Argentina or have worked in the country or region to come attend the various classroom sessions, which has given students a deeper understanding of how to do business in this country.

We got extremely valuable suggestions from the expert panel.

We got extremely valuable suggestions from the expert panel.

The Argentina CAP has also been very structured and well designed. There have been many deliverables throughout the process as well as student presentations to show our findings and progress. These reports have allowed us to get our hands dirty from the start and provided a great venue to learn about the energy and clean tech industry within Argentina as well as provided a foundation for government regulations, the industry competitive structure and what value-add our clients brought to the marketplace. Finally, the assignments and research has provided us an opportunity to start thinking about questions for our clients as well as obstacles that we would likely face in giving our recommendations.

 

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