This weekend was in full swing! Those who paid attention to our social media probably know that the BGI team was at NOVA School of Business and Economics (Lisbon) together with Oceano Azul Foundation, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, BlueBio Alliance and around 40 participants of the Blue Bio Value Ideation!
Blue Bio Value Ideation is a 48-hour workshop for those who want to have an experience in the startup ecosystem. The participating teams had the opportunity to attend sessions with experts in the area - from companies such as Jerónimo Martins, DELTA and Seaentia -, create business ideas in the blue bioeconomy area and learn how to pitch them in front of investors and customers. In the end, the Final Pitch Competition winners received an incredible prize: the opportunity to develop their startup and to start a pilot with our support! Amazing, right?
During these last 2 days, we also had the opportunity to realize that entrepreneurship has emerged as an interesting subject among young students. In fact, this can be seen as a viable career option among the current generation.
So if you're wondering if you can be an entrepreneur... The answer is, YES!
While “there is no real recipe for becoming a successful entrepreneur”, the truth is that these types of Early Entrepreneurship workshops may very well be a source of learning and experience from successful entrepreneurs and alumni who help young founders tap into their creative potential, build a strategic thinking mindset, and create successful startups!
So today we leave you with a list of 5 benefits we see in participating in Immersive Entrepreneurship Workshops:
1. Opportunity to learn from professionals
Our qualified mentors have tons of knowledge in their domain and through these workshops, they can share valuable lessons, case studies, facts and stories from their experience along with providing opportunities for your future.
2. Creativity development
Entrepreneurship workshops are a good way to stimulate your creativity so that you can solve future challenges in a unique way. It can turn you into an individual capable of facing the outside world, promoting creative thinking and innovation. You will also be in contact with other creative people, who see things from different perspectives.
3. Basic life-skills: communication, leadership, decision-making, risk-taking, time management
By participating in these types of activities, you will be enriching your CV and your soft skills - highly respected characteristics in every industry. By putting you in real situations in the life of an entrepreneur, you will acquire different skills - effective public speaking, leadership abilities, coordination, teamwork, efficient time management, decision-making, among other things that cannot be learned from books. Also, these workshops give you a chance to experiment, fail and retrospect, so you're not afraid to take risks in the real world.
4. Chance to meet and work with new people
These initiatives can be beneficial to create new friendships and partnerships that may open doors for you in the future. But more importantly, they are critical for you to observe how different people act and communicate, and discover that everyone has their own unique style - you included. You will learn to work in a team and make the best of what others have to give, just like in a startup team.
5. Helps you recognize opportunities and seize them
A good entrepreneur knows how to recognize good opportunities when he finds them. This is a process of active search and perception, crucial to an entrepreneur's life. Workshops like Blue Bio Value Ideation are all about identifying a need in the market, realizing its value, and turning it into a business opportunity.
The best news is that there is more to come! Next weekend - September 25 and 26 - we'll be back, this time in Porto, at Porto Business School! We don't want you to miss a thing, so we're opening applications for Porto Ideation until the 23rd of September. You can apply here.