Collaboration

Build (and be) a change for our Earth!

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“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world.
Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead, Anthropologist

This short sentence offers the solution to any problem or challenge: collaboration.

Would you like to change the world, but you feel like it is such a huge and risky mission? Do you think no one cares or will help you? Do you have a brilliant idea that might help the environment or change how things are working nowadays? Then, this event is for you and, especially, you are the one for this event.

The event I am talking about is the “EIT Alumni Startup Days”, which will be held from the 6th till the 8th of November 2015 simultaneously in 5 European cities: Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Paris and Stockholm. For the whole weekend, more than 250 participants across Europe will be involved in this ​experience, similar to a “Startup Weekend”, working on ideas and solutions related to sustainable development and climate change.

“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” – William James

The amazing thing is that, although the event is organized by EIT and, in particular, by the Alumni organization, it is open to everyone taking the challenge and willing to join. Therefore, this will be such a wonderful occasion to enjoy interesting networking with young people from different backgrounds (students, researchers, young entrepreneurs, startup managers), but all with a goal in mind: build (and be) a change.

And “networking” is the first thing this event can give you: collaboration, as previously said. Such a vital and international environment will surely boost the creation and the ideation of new sustainable solutions, inspiring the participants to share their knowledge and thoughts: these, starting as simple ideas, might be carried on by a group of people who could then build a startup or begin a new project.

“If you want to change the world, pick up your pen and write.” – Martin Luther King, Jr

Indeed, participants will start working together in mixed groups on Friday evening and will keep on working on their ideas and generate new ones along the whole weekend. They will pitch their business ideas and get feedback from special mentors and coaches working in the entrepreneurship / startup field, until they will have a final version of their “business”: this will consist of a Business Model and an analysis of the related market, the customer need and the social / environmental impact.

At the end of the weekend, the 3 best ideas will win a prize, which could be “hours” of co-working spaces (offered by EIT), special mentoring or, never know, they might get an initial investment to continue working on their idea.

“In order to change an existing paradigm you do not struggle to try and change the problematic model.
You create a new model and make the old one obsolete”
– Richard Buckminster Fuller

This event, as already said, is a wonderful opportunity to realize concrete ideas with an innovative but sustainable impact​: for several students it could be the perfect moment to put their entrepreneurial education into practice​, experiencing what the concept of “startup weekend” means and pushing their effort beyond the limits, hopefully building future businesses and teams​.

At the same time, this is an extraordinary situation to raise awareness on several facts. First, and most important, to discuss about the climate change and how to protect our environmentSecondly, to promote the KIC’s services, establishing new connections with accelerators, mentors and fostering the EIT initiatives.

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela

Third, this is a great chance for KICs students to enhance cross-KIC collaboration and meet their fellow students from the other Masters. And, especially, it is a unique opportunity for external people to get to know how EIT and the KICs work, to receive information and get closer to the different Master Schools’ entrepreneurial and educational​ offers, to directly talk to (ex-)students, exchange opinions and maybe join the EIT community.

Last but not least, it is always a good excuse to have a great weekend with a bunch of international and young people 🙂 The participation fee is only 10 Euros for a limited time.  Food, beverages and mentoring will be served during the event!

So, what are you waiting for? Get immediately your tickets here!

“Change almost never fails because it’s too early. It almost always fails because it’s too late.” – Seth Godin

Friday​ Saturday​ Sunday​
Morning​ Breakfast​ Breakfast​
Forenoon​

Working on the ideas​

Talking to potential customers​

Working on the ideas​

Preparing the pitches

Midday​ Joint lunch​ Joint lunch​
Afternoon​

Working on the ideas​

Support from the coaches​

Pitches in front of the jury

(live broadcast)​

Evening​

Start

Idea pitching​

Team building​

Working on the ideas​

Working on the ideas​ After party​

 

Post: Francesco Bonadiman