We started off this morning at UniCredit, which is one of the largest banks operating in Europe. We spoke with two high-ranking businessmen about European Union, unifying the economy of Europe, and lending to businesses. It was a great opportunity for the Scholars and MBA students to have a question and answer session and get some great insight about the business environment.
For lunch we enjoyed eating together at a small café near St. John University. We met with Dr. Cassellman, a professor at St. John University, about challenges and the environment of Italian businesses, and how the business practices and culture compares to the United States. Also, we had a business competition where teams of 4 Scholars and MBA Students competed over doing a business pitch about a food truck company, similar to Shark Tank. Kyle, Emily, and two MBA students won their pitch with their proposed business called “Wine on Wheels.”
Following the industry visits, some of the Scholars split up to shop, eat, and tour the city of Rome. A large number of us went to the Pantheon, a religious center of Rome that was created over 2000 years ago, Piazza Navona, the Italian Senate, and numerous churches. We also enjoyed pasta together at a local restaurant, then sprinted back in order catch the metro before it closed for the night – we made it with 8 minutes to spare!
We are sad to see only 3 days left in our trip. Tomorrow we begin our free days with some in Florence and some in Capri.
Write again soon,
Kyle & Lily