This semesters elective actually gave birth to a number of new companies. I had a belief that maybe one or two groups would work really hard and serious and create a business during the six weeks, we enjoyed each others company. But instead of having just one serious company contending for the prize, I had a number of companies with various strengths and weaknesses. That made me think, that instead of just appointing one winner, I could appoint winners in different categories. So this is just what I am about to do.
The winners of The Big Startup, Fall 2012 are:
Natasja Capello, Julie Stilling and Rakel Sigurdardóttir.
The win is based on a very ambitous idea with a huge potential. Unfortunately for the group, they needed some autencity and professional competencies, before they could get funded.
Graham Cooper, Ieva Alisauskaite, Rasmus Bach Christensen, Lennart Ellegaard and Maria Suta
A group with a very serious approach, a good idea and a high level of enthusiasm. Thismade them come really far in the search for a company that could actually become a real succes. Their process were close to perfect and my hope is, that all of them later on will become entrepreneurs.
Karlo Sall Hansen and Iskra Dinkova
Tomorrow (Wednesday the 12th of december) Karlo is actually opening his webshop with underground music. A very focused process made that happen, and tomorrow Karlo will actually call himself an entrepreneur.
So it is actually close to impossible to name an overall winner. And the three groups mentioned here were not the only groups that proved successful. Simas is probably taking his internship in the company he created with three fellow students, and even more groups impressed me with their high level of enthusiasm. Especially a couple of the international groups had very cool presentations, a solid product and a very cool approach
to the elective. So a huge high five to all of you.
All of the above named winners will be able to get a personal diploma by the beginning of the next semester.
I also hope all of the students had a blast during the elective, I certainly had.