Who is the VC Campus for and what can students bring specifically from the event?
I will make it very short: the VC is for all who are interested! It does not matter if you are a gory start-up, an established entrepreneur or simply a curious one: the main requirement is an interest in the theme of the foundation itself. Given the large number of visitors, this year it was particularly important for us to provide offers for every level of knowledge.
For students in particular, the question of the future or future way of working is becoming more and more common. The VC campus proves that you don’t have to spend your entire life as an employee and that there are plenty of opportunities to let off steam. One of the central advantages of the event is also the possibility of getting to know each other. A relaxed atmosphere encourages exchange and those who don’t like starting a company on their own can find their future employer with us.
Who will visitors at VC Campus come into contact with this year?
With a colorful mix of companies from a wide variety of industries, there’s something for everyone. Whether it’s intelligent cancer research (novu ai), innovative power generation (NexWave) or new approaches to networking (energy couplers) and location analysis (LOKK UG), the spectrum is broad.
You have prepared an exciting program with, among other things, presentations, panel discussions and workshops. Katrin Göring-Eckardt (Verdi), Vice-President of the Bundestag, will give a keynote. How did you get it?
We also wanted to bring sustainable policy perspectives to our event and looked around for regional opportunities. After a short research, Katrin Göring-Eckardt caught our attention, we wrote about the goal of the VC campus and after a short time we received a positive response.
Start, the association that organizes the VC campus wants to sensitize students to entrepreneurship as an option during or after their studies. Could you imagine starting a start-up yourself, and if so, what are the reasons for doing so?
I really like the idea of starting a company. Be your own boss, determine your working hours, and see how your business and product grow and thrive. Add to this the pictorial idea of making the world a little better. My head is full of ideas and maybe I can find supporters as part of the organization at VC Campus. The future holds many things open.
The organization of this year’s VC Campus is included in a media project of the AMW course. How long have you been planning the event and what skills and abilities did you learn during this time?
We have been working on the project for just over six months now. At the start of the design, part of our team had only a few points of contact with the issue of setting up a company. But in the last few months we have been busy more and more, we have learned new things and we have managed to grow together, if I may say so poetically.
“Staying on the ball” is probably the most appropriate expression for the organization process. It just doesn’t work without constant availability and reaction. If you want to acquire funding, win speakers, and create content, you need to work closely together. Above all, this aspect of constant exchange inside and outside the team was a major challenge at the start. But here too I can speak on behalf of our group: we have integrated. It is clear that organizing an event requires a lot of time, patience and perseverance. We hope to be able to look at our project on November 3rd and proudly say: Yes, we did it, we did it.