High-Impact Entrepreneurship

eMBA field report: tea and vision technology in enchanting Istanbul

Felwa AlBazie is an MBA student at Babson’s F.W. Olin Graduate School ofBusiness. She is interning at Vistek with Endeavor Entrepreneur Dr. Aytül Erçil through Endeavor’s eMBA Program.

The fifth week of my internship with Vistek-ISRA Vision is approaching, and everyday matches the first’s excitement! I’m overwhelmed by what this internship has to offer, and I’m undeniably worried that time will pass me by before I absorb all I can from this rewarding experience.

A search for new markets

My task at Vistek has been well defined from the first day. In fact, it is pretty much what I discussed in the initial interview with Dr. Aytül Erçil, the entrepreneur who founded the company. I’m focusing on analyzing different markets and determining the potential for Vistek’s products within them. Every day at Vistek carries new challenges to be solved, and it’s hard to discipline myself to work on a single, isolated topic. As I learn more about Vistek and the potential of the products, my curiosity kicks in and I want to fly through this task and jump on to another and then maybe complete that next task and have a chance to tackle a third! The entrepreneurial spirit is captivating.

A team worth knowing

Dr. Erçil and every one of the 23 company employees has generously offered their time and support when requested to ensure that my project goes smoothly and is successful. They’ve been very tolerant of my lack of technical knowledge and managed to explain the products in terms that even I can understand! They also offered magnificent tourism tips for Istanbul and Turkey! I’m overwhelmed by the team’s generosity and kindness and I’m confident that the next six weeks at Vistek will bring more enjoyable times and even stronger friendships.

Istanbul and the çay

Living in Istanbul for 10 weeks is another magnificent opportunity this internship offers. This fascinating city keeps offering more to explore every day: a very rich culture to discover, amazing scenery alongside the Bosporus, delicious food, and tea on every corner. I used to think I was a tea addict until I came to Istanbul and saw how many cups of tea people drink around here! I believe in the four weeks I’ve been here, I’ve fallen in love with the city. I can’t wait to see what the next six have in store!


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