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eMBA field report: saving the world one industrial city at a time

Fabian Gonzalez at Imagen Dental in Monterrey, Mexico

Fabian Gonzalez is an MBA student at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is interning at Endeavor Entrepreneur company Imagen Dental in Monterrey, Mexico through Endeavor’s eMBA Program.

I arrived in Monterrey three weeks ago, early on a Saturday morning. The first thing I noticed was that the city is surrounded by four beautiful, scenic mountains. Once you spend a few days here, you realize that this industrial city with 4 million inhabitants is actually terrific.

Unlike most of the industrial cities in the world, Monterrey has a wide range of activities and ecosystems. Here, you are in a big city, but, at the same time, you are just 20 minutes away from a picnic near a peaceful cabin in the mountains. If you like outdoor activities, like mountain biking and hiking, Monterrey is the place to be.

This summer, I am working at Imagen Dental as an eMBA intern. Imagen Dental is a one-stop health clinic that provides world-class dental, vision and hearing care to middle-class Mexicans. At the moment, it has more than 25 branch offices in Monterrey and employs more than 250 doctors. My job is to help the company to build a business plan for national expansion.

My experience with Imagen Dental has been amazing so far. I not only found people – at all levels – who are really working hard to improve Mexicans’ quality of life, but also have experienced the entrepreneurial environment that inspires them to change the world first-hand.

During my time at Imagen Dental, I have discovered that an eMBA internship is not only a summer business project, but also an opportunity to explore Endeavor’s network. Endeavor Entrepreneur Patricio Villarreal, one of Imagen Dental’s co-founders, has included me in all of Endeavor’s local activities. In addition to my experience with Imagen Dental, I met another Endeavor Entrepreneur a start-up social event. I also attended Endeavor’s National Selection Panel last weekend as an observer, where I heard three different pitches from entrepreneurs who want to become part of the Endeavor network.

My eMBA experience has already exceeded my expectations and it’s just getting started…

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