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Advice to fuel women’s decision making and self-confidence 

A book titled “frau macht” is playing with words; indicating women taking action and embracing power. It is a book in which all women can find inspiration when making important decisions in life. It is a book for all women to read short life episodes and stories presenting many ways to reach personal goals and to evade stereotypes such as pleasing others or fulfilling some expected roles.

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Interview with Antonija Burcul

Antonija Burcul joined AMPLIFY in 2015 to create an international summer undergraduate research programme at top world universities. She will achieve her objective at the end of this year at the ETH Zürich. She is also working on another exciting new venture called Project Four. We spoke to Antonija to find out more about her and her recent achievements. 

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Training Technopreneurs: Gender disparity in Swiss entrepreneurship (Written by Pete Freeman)

We are pleased to introduce you Pete Freeman, who will be writing several blogs for us and introducing a number of themes to Aspire. Mr Freeman is a student researcher from the University of Notre Dame, studying Sociology, Gender Studies and International Peace Studies. His research interests include women in the workforce, entrepreneurship, education and gender-based violence. His first article focuses on Training Technopreneurs: Gender disparity in Swiss Entrepreneurship. 

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FinTech Innovation Effect

The FinTech and Cyber showcase took place at UBS this year and allowed startups from the Israeli FinTech scene to pitch their businesses in front of a packed crowd. In addition, interesting talks from Stefan Arn, Global Head of Technology UBS, and Thomas Ruck, Managing Director Accenture Digital, spoke about digital strategy and the disruptive nature of Fintech. 

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How Hard is Hard?

The world belongs to the energetic.

How hard is hard? If 3% is the idea and 97% is hard work, what do you need to do to succeed? Is there a difference between working hard vs. working smart?

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Interview with Franziska Spring, CEO Pixadoo

We spoke to Franziska Spring, CEO and Founder of Pixadoo GmbH. Franziska was part of AMPLIFY 2015 where she used her time on the program to develop inter-generational games between grandparents and their grandchildren. Since then she has overcome numerous entrepreneurial obstacles and is now also working as an events organizer for SICTIC Swiss ICT Investors Club. 

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What is failure? Is it important? Does it exist?

If we cannot talk about failures we are less likely to learn from our mistakes and therefore also less likely to succeed. People who can take a step back and view failures realistic learn from their setbacks and therefore are more likely to succeed in the future.

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How to turn 10 into 20(!)

We are very honored over the big interest for our After BIZ Aspire Meetup last Friday at Loft Five in Zurich. We asked you to clear your mind of can't and you really did. This resulted in us opening up the meetup for more people to join and we are really happy that we did.

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Let’s have a break together!

Today, we had our first meetup of the year at Fork & Bottle in Zurich. Once a month we meet up and this time we met over brunch. It was great to see so many new faces and we had very inspiring conversations about topics that we have close at heart.

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AMPlify "The Final Pitch"

The Aspire Mentorship Program "AMPlify" came to an end on July 1st with the event "AMPlify: The Final Pitch" showcasing the business ideas of the mentees and the work of the program. 

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The IVLP Program

Melanie was selected to participate in the IVLP Program in the United States. We interviewed her to find out more about the program and the benefits for Aspire and the wider community. 

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The Leaders Forum, St. Gallen

Last weekend Aspire went to the Leaders' Forum in St.Gallen Switzerland. The conference aimed to shape the Global Sustainability Agenda” is a collective movement to increase social progress around the world, shaped by prominent institutions and global leaders. 

 

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Aspire Mentorship Program (AMP) - AMPLIFY

On Wednesday 28th January Aspire launched "AMPLIFY" The Aspire Mentorship Program. To mark the start of our mentees' 'entrepreneurial journey' over the next several months we decided to throw a launch party in true Aspire style. 

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