One of the projects Engage have been working with for the last weeks is The Journey, Europe’s largest summer school for climate innovation and entrepreneurship.
About 360 international students travel through Europe, in either a 3 or a 5 week journey, where they work on green business ideas through this journey for a final pitch in front of a jury the last week. Engage has hosted one of these groups for two weeks this summer at NTNU. 37 students have been given lectures in business model canvas, design thinking, marketing, finances and other necessary tools for building their startup.
So is this journey all about fun and games? The students seemed to enjoy the summer school and had a lot of fun during their stay in Trondheim, and they even played a few games of table tennis. But it’s not a 5 week vacation where they travel through several European cities. They are a part of a 5 week intense program, with a full time daily program on campus and evenings full of group work. During the last week they have to hand in a 6500 words business plan including a budget and a climate impact analysis. So even though the journey is a fun experience for the students, it`s certainly also a lot of hard work.
We are already looking forward to next year, when hopefully a new group of engaged students will come to NTNU to learn more about how to develop their business ideas and make the world a better place. There is no small tasks they have signed up for. We asked some of the students what entrepreneurship means for them, have a look at what they answered in the video below.