středa 24. května 2017

Don't miss these great CEMS Alumni Events!

Dear CEMS Alumni,
don't miss these two great upcoming CEMS Alumni events!

29th May at 6:15 pm: CEMS discussing BURNOUT: What can I do in order not to be burned out...?
Join the CEMS panel discussion at the cozy Czech Press Photo Cafe
(Na zlate 1, Prague 5).
The discussion will start at 7pm. If you can, come at 6:15pm to enjoy the unique private tour at the charity photo exhibition Sance pro deti / Chance for children ( More info HERE or on Facebook. Registration at:

You can look forward to GREAT SPEAKERS SHARING THEIR STORIES AND EXPERIENCE: counselor Dominika Cechova and film editor Michal Dvorak and CEMS ALUMNI HOSTS: Pavlina Simurdova and Vojtech Oplestil

8th June: CEMS Soiree 2017 at VSE: Come to meet CEMS Alumni, Teachers and Corporate Partners 
Join the traditional CEMS Community Event on Thursday 8th June from 6pm in Akademicky klub at VSE.
Further information HERE or on the Facebook event. Registration needed via the following LINK by 1st June 2017.

Update from the CEMS Community:
Pavlína, Vojta and Honza
Your CEMS Alumni Board Team

pondělí 8. května 2017

Interested in learning about Burnout? Join our next CEMS Alumni event

Come on Monday 29th May and join our panel discussion on this the topic Burnout and how to avoid it!


On the top of that, we will get a chance to go for a private tour at the charity photo exhibition the Chance for Children / Sance pro deti

When: 29th May from 6:15pm / 7pm
Where: Czech Press Photo Cafe, Na zlate 1, 158 00 Prague 5

  • Exhibition: 6:15 till 7pm - orgnized by CEMS Alumnus Jan Kubik and Thomson Reuters
  • Panel discussion about Burnout: 7pm till 9pm

GREAT SPEAKERS: counselor Dominika Cechova and film editor Michal Dvorak
accompanied by CEMS ALUMNI HOSTS: Pavlina Simurdova and Vojtech Oplestil 

Location / Refreshment:
The event takes places in the Czech Press Photo Cafe (nearby the stop Nove Butovice), where you can enjoy delicious refreshments


We are looking forward to seeing you!
Your CEMS Alumni Board Team :-)

neděle 30. dubna 2017

CEMS Global Advisory & Mentoring Platform

If you really look closely, most overnight success took a long time.
- Steve Jobs

Behind every great career is a great set of mentors. The advisors on the CEMS Global Advisory & Mentoring Platform come from a wide range of jobs and industries and they're determined to help you succeed. Book a career conversation, resume critique, or mock interview with them today. Just go here.
Source: From CAA Newsletter.

Vojtěch on behalf of the CEMS Alumni Czech Republic Board Team
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What to do after the summer? Plan of events - updated

Dear alumni
at the beginning of this year we were planning a number of different events - aimed at networking, cooperation with students, fun... Whatever you like...

This is the current version of the plan (update as of 30 May 2017):
28.1. Topic: Family and Career (already took place) DONE
23.2. Start of mentoring program (already took placeDONE
16.3. Topic: Business Owners (already took placeDONE
30.3. CEMS Graduate profile DONE
5.4. Drink (you can register here)  DONE
7.4. CEMS Gala (organized by students) DONE
11.4. Sauna (you can register here, changed date) DONE
20.4. Mentoring program checkpoint (via on-line questionnaire)
29.5. Topic: Prevention of burnout (changed date)
8.6.  CEMS Soiree (organized by VSE) + Mentoring evaluatoin
10.6. Yoga in the park

There are still some events we need to plan in detail: networking event (in May or later) and maybe something more :-).

Would you like to propose any other event? Or would you like to help us organizing these events?

What kind of events should we organize after the summer?

Pavlina, Vojta and Honza
Your CEMS Alumni Board Team
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středa 26. dubna 2017

Tomas Laboutka as the April candidate for the CEMS Alumni of the Year!

The CEMS Alumni of the Year is a joint campaign by the CAA in close collaboration with the CEMS Student Board, which gives the CEMS community the opportunity to learn about CEMS alumni on a monthly basis and vote for the favorite candidate as the CEMS Alumni of the Year.

Meet Tomas, the April candidate for the CEMS Alumni of the Year 2017 election.
My passion has always been in trying to uncover the blueprint for building successful companies and discovering and developing talents. This drive enabled me to connect with CEMS Entrepreneurs, students and alumni around the world. It has resulted in 4 startups over the past 9 years in Europe and Asia.” Tomas Laboutka, on summarizing his career path.
Tomas graduated from the University of Economics, Prague from CEMS in 2010 with his exchange at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University.
Currently he is running his own business as a CEO & Co-founder of HotelQuickly, which is a leading last-minute hotel booking app in Asia-Pacific. It offers travelers discounted deals at three to five star hotels in more than 250 destinations. HotelQuickly has partnered with more than 10,000 hotels to bring customers rates which are on average 28 percent cheaper than best prices online. 
He is a perfect type of role model to many current CEMS Students, who would like to launch their own business and make their idea come true in the future.
1. How would you describe yourself in a tweet? 
CEO & Co-Founder of HotelQuickly. Serial entrepreneur passionate about building great teams. An advocate of personal growth and mindful living
2. What are the three most important things that have personally shaped you?
  • You can find comfort in discomfort if you approach the unknown with curiosity and enthusiasm. Embrace diversity.
  • Grit and tenacity will help you weather all the seasons of life.
  • A purpose-driven life can be achieved through the clarity that comes with value-driven decision-making.
3. How did the CEMS network contribute to your professional achievements?  
We are a network of ambitious high-achievers. CEMS opened doors to successful business partnerships and life-long friendships. I founded two companies with my classmates, and through seminars with CEMS Entrepreneurs (which I co-founded), I was exposed to different cultures and perspectives.
4. What advice would you give to current CEMS students? 
Don’t be daunted by the big questions in life. Take action that is in line with your beliefs and values. Reflect often, and fine-tune your inner compass. Then repeat the process all over again. How successful you are in life will ultimately be the result of how well you master this process.
The voting for the Alumni of the Year 2017 will take place end of October among the CEMS community and will take place in our social media communication channels, where the winner will be announced in the begin of November.

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neděle 23. dubna 2017

A fresh new CEMS Alumni Newsletter: CEMS Brunch | CEMS & Brunout | CEMS Soiree 2017

Dear CEMS Alumni
let us invite you for amazing CEMS events and share with you key updates:

ON THE UPCOMING FRIDAY: 28th April CEMS Alumni Brunch 
8am to 10am, Home Kitchen, Kozi 5, P1. Link to the event
CEMS Alumni Brunch organized by the CEMS Club.

Monday 29th May: CEMS & Burnout (& tour at the charity auction)
6:15 / 7 - 9:30pm, Czech Press Photo Cafe, Na zlate 1, P5. Link to the event
Speakers: counselor Dominika Cechova, film editor Michal Dvorak, CEMS Alumnus Filip Riha
Registration: via email to
Check the related exhibition Sance pro deti

Thursday 8th June: Official CEMS SOIREE at VSE
6pm to 9:30pm Akademicky klub at VSE. Link to the event

 Official gathering of CEMS Alumni, Teachers and Corporate Partners at VSE.

Update from the CEMS Community:
Pavlína, Vojta and Honza
Your CEMS Alumni Board Team


středa 12. dubna 2017

CEMS Roundtable: Students, Alumni, Teachers and Corporate partners brainstorming about the future of CEMS

  • What are the current business trends influencing the CEMS Programme?
  • What is the experience with the CEMS Programme seen from students', alumni's, teachers' and corporate partners' point of view?
  • How can CEMS address current needs of the job market and prepare alumni that will star?

These are a few questions that were discussed during the CEMS Roundtable organized by Vojtech Oplestil and Ladislav Tyll at the University of Economics on 30th March 2017.

Each core CEMS Group (students, alumni, teachers and corporate business partners) was represented by the minimum of 4 participants. The whole program was organized in a very open-minded and informal atmosphere, which gave a space to many discussion and experience sharing.

Below you can find a few notes from the brainstorming evening:

What are top business trends these days? 
  • focus on entrepreneurship
  • digitalization trend
  • increased competition of international business programs
  • need of hard skills
  • generation Y
How can CEMS address them?
  • Building strong CEMS brand by offering excellent life-long education
  • Minor specialization for CEMS students
  • Increased offer of courses targeting deeper knowledge of technical disciplines
  • Practically oriented guest speakers and lectures, e.g. real life case studies
How can CEMS Alumni Association support the future needs?
  • Building the CEMS brand by organizing regular monthly CEMS professional events (e.g. Friday CEMS Stage) focused on the hottest topics that CEMS community is interested in
  • At least once per year prepare big CEMS Community event with external top guest speakers
In the upcoming weeks, we will be gathering inputs from you, CEMS Alumni, about topics that are the most relevant to you, so we can plan the events for the 2nd half year of 2017 accordingly.

You can also have a look at the video with photos from this evening here

In case of any questions, let us know to:

Pavlina on behalf of the CEMS Alumni Board Team

pátek 17. března 2017

CEMSies sharing their experience with running own business

Dear CEMSies,

we are glad that our 2nd CEMS Alumni professional event this time related to Entrepreneurship attracted a wider audience of both CEMS students and alumni.

The event that took place on 16th March 2017. We got three speakers, who shared their stories and experience from running their own businesses.

It was highly inspirational to learn about different business concepts varying as much as: photo-voltaic distribution, VIP travel agency, pet food, fresh organic food, young coconuts and running courses for women. Below you can find a few key notes from the evening.

Key messages for new entrepreneurs: 

  • There are thousands of ideas, only the execution makes the difference
  • Consider all three parts: IDEA - RELATIONSHIPS - SYSTEM (in business and also in life)
  • Don't try to reinvent the wheel, get inspiration the new trends, from abroad 
  • Consult with a senior expert, pay for specialists' advice 
  • Prepare a higher budget 
  • Do the things professionally since the beginning
  • Focus on people, don't try to do everything on your own
  • Be yourself, honest and authentic :-)

Mindset change from a corporate world to own business:
  • In your own business: You are the work. Work doesn't come, you need to create it.  
  • Corporate systems and processes work in own business only after reaching a certain size 
  • Use the great opportunity in corporations to learn from senior colleagues. Build your network

Key challenge as seen by all speakers: 

  • People - i.e. finding the right business partner, co-worker or employee. Running a business with friend can be very tricky, though can work, if everyone is completely open, honest and able to make a difference between friendship and business relationship

We would like to thank to all speakers as well as to all participants of the this event.  

We are looking forward to seeing you on our next professional event that take place on 29th May 2017 this time related to the the topic Burnout and how to avoid it.  

Kind regards from the CEMS Alumni Board,

čtvrtek 2. března 2017

CEMS Mentoring Programme 2017 kicked off

We are proud to share that the 2017 CEMS Mentoring Programme has been kicked off. The mentoring programme has been relaunched after a few years break as a joint initiative of the CEMS Alumni Association Czech Republic and CEMS Club Prague. Big thank you goes to Ulyana Makarava, who stood at the beginning of this idea.

We are happy that 25 alumni signed up as mentors and almost the same number of students want to become mentees. We are glad to see that also exchange students as well as CEMS alumni living abroad signed up for the programme.

Students are primarily interested in the start-up area and entrepreneurship, modern technologies, international career and living abroad. This is combined with the traditional fields such as consulting, marketing or finance. It is great to see that new as well as senior alumni are part of the programme.

In order to get to know each other, both students and alumni were invited for the CEMS Mentoring kick-off event that took place on 23rd February 2017 in the restaurant Nola in Prague 4. The main purpose of this event was to get to know each other and the whole evening was prepared in an informal atmosphere.

Michaela Novakov shared her experience with mentoring and thereby introduced the concept to students. All participating alumni said a few words about themselves.

Students and alumni then got a chance to mingle and enjoy the networking part. The evening was further followed by a dinner. During the evening, students could have also read through the profiles of alumni, who were not able to come to this event. You can check photos from this event HERE

After receiving students’ preferences, the CEMS Alumni Association Czech Republic together with CEMS Club Prague did the matching process. Once the assigned students were confirmed by alumni, the mentoring itself could have started.

Mentees and mentors have the complete freedom to agree on time, frequency and topic of their discussion. In order to share best practise, we will do a half term experience sharing. The final evaluation is going to be done on 8th June 2017 during the CEMS Soiree at the University of Economics in Prague.

The mentoring programme is currently prepared as a semester initiative, though we hope that mentors and mentees wil stay in touch also in the future. As also Michaela Novakov mentioned, the important element of successful mentoring is on one side good match between mentor and mentee and on the other side long-term collaboration.

Thank you all for your support to make the 2017 CEMS Mentoring Programme happen.
Kind regards,

CEMS Alumni Board Czech Republic

středa 1. března 2017

CEMS Students and Alumni Event on the topic Business Owners

Following the successful tradition of Meet up... evenings, we are thrilled to invite you for the CEMS Meeting on the topic Running own business with the headline: Entrepreneurial mindset
  • Which skills are needed to start and run own business? 
  • What are the first three steps when starting own business?
  • Which areas do our speakers recommend to start own business in?
You can look forward to following speakers: Filip RihaZdenek FousMichal Adrian and Helena SuchomelovaThis event is designed for CEMS business owners as well as for CEMS students or alumni interested in starting own business. 
Location: VSE Prague, RB 210, 7pm
Registration: via email at:

Your CEMS Alumni Board