“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 environment. Secondly, 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
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Post: Francesco Bonadiman
Be a change maker and eco-innovator!
“I want to change the world, but I just know photoshop..” Great – Rock it!
The EIT Alumni Startup Days are an event were all KICs and externals come together, all experiences and skills needed!
How it works? Participants will pitch on Friday evening in one minute their idea, how to make the world a better place, be more sustainable and grow a (non-profit or profit) business out of it. After the pitches, all participants vote for the best ideas and start forming teams around them.
It’s all on you: you decide which idea you pitch (all crazy ideas welcome), you decide on which idea you work on and in which teams you stay. And then, you start rocking the weekend!
You will be part of a passionate, inter-disciplinary team – eventually from all different KICs and with external community members. Basically, everyone interested in sustainable businesses and impact can join: Engineers, marketing guys, designers, hackers, ecologists, sociologists, economists.. the crazy ones;)
You just have to collaboratively work on your idea to make it happen!
During the event, our awesome mentors with experience from different fields will help you and provide valuable feedback. How does your business model (financial) looks like? Who is your customer (have you spoken to them)? What is the problem you solve (true pain point)? What does your market look like (any co-competitors)? And especially, what is your sustainable impact (can you measure it)? All these question will help you to challenge your first assumptions and to be brave enough to go out and test it. Speak to people on the street, do online surveys, ask your family to support your product or service.
Finally, on Sunday evening you will pitch your developed business model (idea) and any prototype you can provide (mock up, drawings, prototyped products, etc.) to the jury. 3 minutes to convey the basic of your idea and 5 minutes for the jury to ask back.
We will have 3 local winners at each location and one overall winner of the EIT Alumni Startup Days.
So what do you gain?
First of all, a rapid and impressive learning about our idea and your skills to make it come true. Secondly, you meet awesome team members to eventually start a startup with or increase your network. Moreover, you meet mentors from the “real” startup and business world, who can share their valuable knowledge with you. And last but not least: You can win business creation support in the location you participate in!
We are looking forward to have you on board! Be the change you wish to see in the world and become an active change maker. Register now!
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Post: Lara Obst
Since May 2015, we are infected: with the will to make sustainable change happen and grow up our community!
We, that are 8 crazy EIT Alumni, students and entrepreneurs, who met at the Innoveit Conference in Budapest. When the question came up, how we could tie stronger connections between the different EIT communities, for us it was clear that we want to organize a “startup-community-hackaton” event.
This was the beginning of 1000 ideas and one team.
We started spreading the word, got all Alumni Associations on board (CKAA, EIT DIgital Alumni, InnoEnergy Community) and the great support of EIT Alumni. Skype call after skype call, from Berlin to Paris, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Budapest, Stockholm and even Bangladesh, we finalized our idea and created the “EIT Startup Days”.
Everyone got excited and soon we got the first locations, mentors, jury members and people, who support us before, during and after the event. So thanks a lot for all your help, support and ideas!
The EIT Startup Days are meant to be for all of us – the students, alumni, startups, in- and externals of all three KICs – to grow the community and foster the shift towards sustainable development! We are all part of it and can take this event as chance to bring our wildest dreams into reality: startups, products and services that do good in a better way, for society and environment!
We invite you to take part in the event as participant, mentor, coach or jury member and rock the 54 hours we take to make change happen!
Contact us if you want to get involved (locally in Amsterdam, Berlin, Barcelona, Paris and Stockholm or in general)!
Spread the word and stay tuned on Facebook.
Post: Lara Obst
EIT Alumni Start-up Days is a one of a kind event aimed at bringing together the current students and alumni from the various EIT KICs to share ideas, form teams, build product or service prototypes and initiated the start of new companies. This event is equally organized and funded by the alumni organizations of the various KICs, in direct cooperation with EIT.
This pan-European event is scheduled in the weekend of 6-8th Nov and will happen simultaneously in five cities across Europe. Participants can choose to participate in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Paris or Stockholm. This is one of the first events organized by the cross-KIC EIT alumni community.
During the Startup Days, the community from the three active KICs (Climate KIC, KIC InnoEnergy and EIT Digital) as well as external non-EIT participants will form teams to work on their own business ideas with a focus on sustainable development. The unique mixture of people, will bringing various competencies to the table such as software development, engineering, knowledge about sustainability issues or business creation skills.
In addition, the teams will be supported by mentors, who help to develop the first iteration of the business model for their ideas. At the end of the event, the teams pitch their ideas to a local jury and can win further support from the KICs on site. Moreover, an overall winning team will be announced.
WHEN: 6th to 8th Nov 2015
WHERE: Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Paris and Stockholm
WHO: Up to 60 participants per location
Event structure: 54 hours event
Participation fee: 10 Euros
Team size: ca. 4-7 people