By Thomas Møller Christensen, AAU Innovation.
- The session has really been essential and an important foundation of knowledge and experience to start my own business.
The words are spoken by Arjun Tony, a budding entrepreneur who studies Energy Engineering at Aalborg University (AAU).
The session he is referring to is Scandinavian Growth Creators (SGC). In SGC, students in selected teams are matched with an AAU startup. Over a period of three months, they work closely together to solve a specific problem in the startup.
The close collaboration entails, among other things, students getting a taste of the everyday life of an entrepreneur.
- SGC is a chance to dip your toe into the startup life even if you do not have a business idea. It is a chance of developing and testing your problem-solving skills in practice and at the same time make a big difference for an AAU startup, says Marie Fallgaard Mortensen, head of section at Supporting Entrepreneurship at Aalborg University (SEA).
NOT JUST FOR ENTREPRENEURS
This spring, students at AAU will once again get the opportunity to bring their competencies into play and at the same time gain an understanding of what it means to be part of a startup.
However, it is not only budding entrepreneurs who can benefit from the SGC session. Through seven workshops, the students acquire a wide range of competencies that help them solve the challenges they face with their startups. The competencies are also useful in their education as well as career.
- The workshops taught me a lot; they improved my critical sense and teamwork skills and at the same time they gave me the necessary knowledge to tackle challenges with creative solutions, says Arjun Tony.
FANTASTIC COLLABORATION PLATFORM
When Arjun Tony joined SGC in the spring of 2020, he and two other students were paired with Robotto, an AAU startup.
Robotto has developed a drone with a built-in system to give firefighters information about the location, size, and direction of wildfires in real time to help control the wildfires faster and better.
Arjun Tony's team had to prepare a market analysis for the drone company. Actually, there was only one in the team with competencies directly related to market analysis, but that turned out not to be a problem.
- We had very different backgrounds, but quickly found out how we could all contribute. SGC was a fantastic platform as for learning to work together as a team and make the best possible use of each other's different competencies, says Arjun Tony.
WORKING AS A TRAINEE ENTREPRENEUR
When the SGC session ended, Arjun Tony and Robotto wanted to continue their collaboration. Consequently, Arjun Tony has been a part of Robotto as an intern this autumn where he has combined his new learnings with his education.
- It was very exciting and I gained more insight into the everyday life of a startup. Furthermore, it was a good opportunity to bring my professional competencies into play in a way that helps Robotto on their onward journey.
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The next SGC session starts in March and takes place at campus Aalborg.