As part of the new "Entrepreneurs without Borders" programme, 7 NEOMA students were given the opportunity to join the Incubator at the prestigious UC Berkeley for one semester. After this highly rewarding, innovative and networking entrepreneurial experience, the students' Californian adventure was crowned with the presentation of one of their projects at the renowned Collider Cup, a showcase event for the most promising entrepreneurial projects in Silicon Valley.
NEOMA's new "Entrepreneurs Without Borders" programme saw 7 of its student entrepreneurs fly out to UC Berkeley in the heart of Silicon Valley, California, last August, "This semester-long experience was an opportunity for them to get to know the Silicon Valley ecosystem and mind-set, to work alongside local business partners and start-ups to identify potential growth markets for their activities," explains Delphine Manceau, Dean, NEOMA Business School.
UC Berkeley & Collider Cup: a unique experience in the heart of Silicon Valley
Some of the participants celebrated the end of their international Incubator experience by pitching their project at the Collider Cup. "This competition is considered UC Berkeley's Sutardja Centre for Entrepreneurship and Technology's All-star showcase event where the very best student entrepreneurial projects of each semester compete against one another before a panel of professors, investors and industry experts," explains Denis Gallot, Director, NEOMA StartUp Lab. "This final competition is not only a fantastic acknowledgement of the quality of the selected projects, it also provides them with a financial as well as intellectual and networking springboard."
Yann-Davy Gounongbe, had the honour of presenting Mynöx: a platform that helps individuals set up social events with others who share the same interests. Even if Mynöx did not receive a prize, being selected fro the event provided an excellent exposure opportunity for Yann-Davy.
"Perhaps the most important asset of the Entrepreneurs Without Borders programme is the diversity of backgrounds, nationalities and ideas it provides, together with an exceptional working environment," concludes Yann-Davy.
Back in France: the next project development phase at the Schoolab in Paris
At the end of this intense incubation period at UC Berkeley, the now validated NEOMA students' projects will continue their development and growth phase in the Paris-based Schoolab, a unique ecosystem of innovation & entrepreneurship in the heart of the capital, which hosts more than 250 entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs.
A new set of "Entrepreneurs without Borders" students will be setting off to Berkeley in the coming months.
Focus on an exceptional international immersive opportunity: "Entrepreneurs Without Borders"
International experience is at the very heart of NEOMA's identity. A number of international immersion programmes were launched a year ago through our network of more than 335 prestigious universities around the world.
"We are challenging the traditional academic exchange format to offer a wide range of enhanced international experiences," explains Delphine Manceau, Dean, NEOMA Business School. One such experience offers students incubated at NEOMA Business School the opportunity to carry out their exchange with a partner university's incubator. This innovative programme is made possible through our wide range of renowned international academic institutions and partners: UC Berkeley in the United States, Copenhagen Business School in Denmark, la Fondation Getulio Vargas (FGV) in Brazil and Shanghai Jiaotong University in China.