First Global Business School Network,, Helps MBA Students Network With Their Peers Worldwide

Thursday, August 11, 2011

LONDON, August 12, 2011 -, the world’s first global networking site for MBA students, has launched an interactive map and other tools to help MBA students, recruiters, business schools and MBA applicants find each other.


  • is a news, networking and jobs site for the business school world, helping applicants choose a business school and business students find a job
  • It’s the first ever specialist networking site for the business school world, launched in 2009
  • The site is fast approaching 15,000 registered members from150 countries
  • We publish daily stories including our popular Why MBA series and interviews with notable MBAs like Facebook co-founder Divya Narendra
  • It’s FREE for any individual to join. Once registered, members can create an online resume, apply for jobs, search for and message other members around the world and publish their own stories.
  • Companies including Google, KPMG and Monitor Group have used BusinessBecause to find candidates.
  • We’re the first English-language media partner for the Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance, set up to train China’s finance elite.
  • We’re the only (or one of the very few!) global networking site launched and based in London, UK.

How got started

  • Founding duo Maria Ahmed and Kate Jillings went to school together in London and then Oxford University.
  • They came up with the idea for a specialist b-school networking site when Kate was applying to b-school and couldn’t find much good info
  • Previously, Kate spent eight years in marketing roles at GlaxoSmithKline and BNP Paribas
  • Maria did a Masters in Journalism at Columbia University, wrote for Euromoney and Global Agenda, and was business manager to the Chairman of HBOS plc
  • Imperial College grad Sian Fleming-Jones, joined the all-female team in early 2009
  • The initial website went live in mid-2009, with early sponsorship support from the George Washington School of Business in the US and Cass Business School in London
  • The networking version of the site, enabling members to build resumes and connect to other members, went live in January 2010
  • Following the success of BusinessBecause, a new networking site for engineering students and graduates,, is due to launch by the end of August 2011


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