Alumni Accolades & Accomplishments


Scialom Scores $50,000 In Education Competition

Alexandre Scialom, MBA 06, won $50,000 in an education case competition in June for his idea to connect lifelong learners to online and offline learning resources.

Scialom took the $25,000 first prize and the $25,000 Startl Prize for Open Educational Resources in the Milken-Penn GSE Education Business Plan Competition at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. His winning business, called theCourseBook, was chosen from 200 submissions.

TheCourseBook allows users to easily search for and find third party learning resources online and offers guidance to support their professional and personal development, based on interests, peers, and location. Scialom envisions TheCourseBook website as the Yelp for continuing education classes. It’s currently in its beta stage, with more than 2,000 courses from 13 Bay Area organizations. Scialom plans to generate revenue by taking a percentage of course fees generated through his site.

Nakagami Receives Hedge Fund Award

Yasunori Nakagami’s
Asuka Value Up Fund was named the “Best Asian Event-Driven Fund” at the 2011 Asian Hedge Fund Awards in May.

Nakagami, MBA 91, co-founded Asuka Corporate Advisory with Asuka Asset Management in April 2005.

The Asuka Value Up Fund, which invests in small- to medium-cap listed companies, has a more than six-year track record of outperforming Japanese equity indices. Nakagami attributes its success to carefully managed risk controls and working actively with company management on top-down projects.