On Friday the 12th of February you can meet four former winners of the Danish and the European Championship in Entrepreneurship, get good advice and be inspired.
On Friday the 12th of February Start Up on Tour will visit Zealand Institute of Business and Technology Nykøbing Falster and Zealand Institute of Business and Technology Køge.
Start Up on Tour kick-starts the qualification for the Danish Championship in Entrepreneurship, which takes place on the 30th of May 2016 in Copenhagen. At the Danish Championship the students can test their idea in reality and receive feedback on their presentations.
“The Danish Championship is an opportunity for the students to test theories from class, to practice their pitch and get better at collaborating. The students improve a lot and they learn from listening to others students’ concepts,” says Linnea Jacobsen, who is Research and Development Manager at Zealand Institute of Business and Technology (ZIBAT).
Here you can read about the criteria and what you can win.
Former winners share experiences
At Start Up on Tour four former winners of the Danish and the European Championship in Entrepreneurship will talk about the time before, during and after their participation in Start Up Programme and you can meet representatives from for example Cool4Sea and ElevAkademiet.
Student Yater Dabbo from Marketing Management at ZIBAT Roskilde competed in the final at the Danish Championship in Entrepreneurship last year with an idea based on a concept about allergy-friendly food.
“My teacher Jacob Aabroe encouraged me: ‘Are you not going to the Danish Championship?,’ he told me. I did not think that I would qualify, but I did and it has given me more confidence, courage to take chances and has made a big difference for me as an entrepreneur,” says Yater Dabbo.
Many students believe that their ideas are not good enough or that they need many years of experience to be able to compete at the Danish Championship in Entrepreneurship, says Linnea Jacobsen.
“Fortunately the reality is not like that and to be participate at the Danish Championship in Entrepreneurship – where you have to stand on a stage and where your own idea is judged – gives you more confidence in your own abilities and the students can use that in both their studies and their work life,” she says.
Go for it
Yater Dabbo, who stood on the stage at the Danish Championship in Entrepreneurship last year, encourages all the students to go to the Danish Championship in Entrepreneurship no matter how insecure or sceptical they are.
“The students should try to get to participate at the Danish Championship in Entrepreneurship because they can gain so much from it. I got in touch with many interesting persons and among other things I was given the advice to involve a business developer. I have done that and that has improved and strengthened my idea, which I hope to be able to turn into a reality soon,” he says.
The Danish Championship in Entrepreneurship is held every year and the winner goes to the European Championship, which Denmark has won the last two years. But other things are just as important as the victory – or maybe even more important – says Yater Dabbo.
“It was a great experience to participate at the Danish Championship in Entrepreneurship. It is not only about winning – it is about working with a specific idea, taking a big step and moving out of your comfort zone. Those lessons are really useful in your work life in this business and it changed everything for me,” he says.
“We want to work even more with developing the students’ own projects. We want that because many students at some point have to start their own business and we want them to have experience with that before they graduate,” says Linnea Jacobsen.
Start Up on Tour will visit ZIBAT Nykøbing Falster on Friday the 12th of February at 09:30 and ZIBAT Køge at 13:00.
It was at the Danish Championship in Entrepreneurship that ZIBAT last year won the prize as the most entrepreneurial institution in Denmark.