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.
Olga is the CFO of a company that created a robot that would sort grains, beans or seeds according to their biochemical and visual properties. She became CFO at only 21 and continues to lead their financial strategy whilst balancing her studies.
Tasneem found an opportunity to combine her passion for cooking with a gap in the market for simple and easy to follow Indian-Pakistani recipes – particularly for the German speaking market. She believes that food connects people and is a form of healing for society.
Maebellyne is a ‘go out and get it’ kind of person. Originally she was a psychologist working with criminal ex-offenders with personality disorders. However, after a year she realized that it was not what she wanted as the results of her work were hard to see.
Nicole is co-founder of a software company for talent management, which was founded 14 years ago. She is among those few Swiss entrepreneurs whose company managed to have a successful exit.
Nicoletta is a dynamic entrepreneur, who will probably never be completely satisfied with the status quo and will always drive for change. Her latest venture develops an innovative and compact platform for the production of micro-devices out of glass with features down to the nanoscale.
Borislava is an energetic, 23 year old young entrepreneur, who is devoting all of her time to her company. With her team she created a platform, where people can listen to or audiolize articles from online newspapers.
Graziella has never thought about being an entrepreneur, she lived the normal life of a working mother. Then on one day she had an idea, she fell in love with it and said: “Why not? Let’s try something new!” And so she founded her own company.
Dragica is a sound artist, physicist and female entrepreneur. When she was 14 years old her brother-in-law helped her win a tech contest. This was the first time when she saw a computer (a Commodore 64) and the moment that changed her life.