Guest blogger Rebecca Temsen writes about her personal experiences when faced with an uphill battle in her desire to become an entrepreneur. In particular she looks at the importance of having mentors in seeking counsel for making important decisions.
We look at the checklist devised by the founder of the Founders Institute on the rules of a great startup idea. It certainly doesn't assure you of success but your chances are much higher if you can check off the items.
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.
In the final blog by guest blogger Pete Freeman, he has kindly summarized multiple tools entrepreneurs can use - "For the entrepreneur who wears many hats". To find out more about Mr Freeman scroll down to the bottom of the article.
Pete Freeman from the University of Notre Dame in the United States continues his guest blog again this week with his third article of "Sawdust: The story of something from nothing". To find out more about Mr Freeman scroll down to the bottom of the article.
Pete Freeman from the University of Notre Dame in the United States continues his guest blog this week with his second article of turning trials into triumphs - why the obstacle is the way. To find out more about Mr Freeman scroll down to the bottom of the article.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
The first monthly Aspire Meetup took place on Friday 27th November at the Masi Bar in Zurich.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Aspire took part in StartUp Weekend Winter Edition. We were proud to have four of our chosen mentees work through their business ideas during the course of the weekend - ideal prep for the program. Read our blog here.
Aspire facilitated and participated at StartUp Weekend Zurich Winter Edition held at the Google campus. We caught up with SUW veteran participant and mentee Melanie Twerenbold to find out more about her passion and motivation to succeed in entrepreneurship.