From July 5th to July 15th, five of our Y12 Business Students participated in the Young Entrepreneur Challenge program held in Boston University, US.

During a full week of intense work, our students teamed up with students from other countries such as the United States, China, Bahrain, and the Philippines to build a new company from scratch, following some criteria that were announced on the first day.

Each morning, all the students participated in a series of different workshops designed   to understand concepts such as value proposition, key partnerships and channels and revenues streams.

In the afternoon the workshops focused on teaching and developing skills such as social media campaigning, web development, and public speaking.

After an early dinner, each team worked alongside a mentor to polish their project, which was then presented to a panel of experts.

Half-way through the week, our students the chance to go to the Venture Café, one of the most innovative office spaces in Boston. There, they presented their project to several business entrepreneurs in a fair-like setting.

At the end of the week the teams had their final presentations, where they pitched their original business idea to a jury made up of industry professionals. One of the teams was recognized with the winning project award.

Our students were happy to see that they could capitalize on their prior business knowledge and skills -acquired through the learning of the IB syllabus- to put together a company ready to be launched.

Once the program was finished, our students attended introductory talks at Harvard and MIT.

They were also able to visit the city of Boston and see landmarks such as the Museum of Fine Arts, the Faneuil Hall, the Prudential Center, Newbury Street and the Boston Public Garden. 

All through this ten-day visit, our students maintained a joyful and positive attitude and an exemplary behavior.

All in all, It was an excellent experience where our students could combine an extensive interaction with peers from around the world and a broad exposure to real-world entrepreneurial knowledge.

Cristina Goutmann

Head of Business and Economics Department