The free ones, the ambitious, the creatives, the dreamers, the future, that ones who’re supposed to push the human race forward. We have plenty of confidence in ourselves, we want to succeed #WeTheYouth
Two weeks ago I met another race of young people, something different from the ordinary, guys and girls who have ambitions and goals, who want to be successful in their life. They have creativity running on their blood. This is the reason of this post, I want to share with all of you how it was to live, work and hang out during a whole week with all of them. This is the experience of getting along with 6 students around Europe working as a team. Be welcomed to the International Entrepreneurship Seminar: 6 universities, 36 students, 1 goal: make this world a better place through social entrepreneurship.
THE ONES WHO DARE TO DREAM
In may 2013 the 3rd edition of the International Entrepreneurship Seminar was organized in Mataró, Barcelona (Spain) by the Escola Universitaria del Maresme as well as TecnoCampus Mataro-Maresme and the International Entrepreneurship Seminar partners . The International Entrepreneurship Seminar (IntEntSem) is a co-organized weekprogram of 6 European Universities aiming to stimulate international cooperation, student mobility, entrepreneurial behaviour, awareness of European trade opportunities and awareness of cultural differences within Europe among the participating students and coaches. 36 students out of 6 countries are selected to participate, based on their entrepreneurial ambitions, sociable skills and motivation to participate. They are divided into 6 multinational teams of 6 students. The main goal of this weekly seminar is to set up a new innovative business concept, based on cultural differences within the team, the workshops and inspiration sessions they have to follow during the week and the main topic of the week, which is “Social Entrepreneurship”.
Started by the Business Administration faculty at University College Ghent in Knokke, Belgium, in 2011, the IntEntSem toured around Europe since 2012 with its first step in Wilhelmshaven, Germany in April 2012, this year in Mataró, Spain and the next year in Västerås, Sweden in April 2014.
When it all started.
When we think about a German, a Belgian, a British, a French and a Spanish may looks like a joke, most of the times it could be impossible to work together due to personal and cultural differences, but for a time we were gathered in the same place having all one thing in common: the wish to create. We were willing to open our minds, share differences and build an innovative product which should solve consumer needs, and all started the sunday 12th May, when we went for a teambuilding dinner at Mataró Center, where we met up for the first time. Some tapas and beer was the way to be welcomed, that was the beginning of something more than an entrepreneurial seminar. We thought, designed, run, laughed, drank, slept together. In just a week we had become more than friends, we were taking part at the IntEntSem 2013 where young people become entrepreneurs in a week.
The rest of the week was full of great and funny experiences such as teambuilding games at Mataró Beach, a teambuilding paella on Monday evening, brainstormings, products’ visualization, trend watching in Barcelona, business canvas model building, reporting the business model and the greatest activity of the week, a speed date event with entrepreneurs on Thursday evening, no words for that, just so proud to be there.
Unfortunately Friday arrived and that represented the end of our journey. We went for a huge party to Barcelona where we spent the whole night having fun all together, our last moments taking part of something exclusive, something unique. Sincerely, and now is the first time I recognize it, I was afraid to join the IntEntSem, yes, when I sent the application to take part on it I was afraid of meeting new people because we use to be reluctant to change our day-to-day and discover and live new experiences, we all want to be happy by not taking risks, something illogical but extremely common, but now I know that nobody will be able to reproach what I did. After some nervousness at the beginning I started enjoy, I discovered another race of young people, people like me, people who dare to dream. I enjoyed every time of the week even the breaks. And because of this, from this blog I feel the strong urge to show my gratitude to them, thanks for wake up everyday and feel the necessity to change something, thanks for having goals, for not being afraid of the future. We met up for first time the sunday 12th May at Mataró Center but I’m sure that from then to the future we’re gonna meet many times and then we could say that one week we took part at the International Entrepreneurship Seminar 2013.
Thank you all guys, keep thinking different! | #WeTheYouth