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"No prior knowledge and a high curiosity is a great starting point for student founders to pursue new approaches in solving big problems."
The most iconic student founders to date are without a doubt Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg - both launched their startups while studying and dropped out of school to build two of today's most valuable tech giants. While not everyone will be the next Bill Gates, the critical first-time founder experience is an invaluable education in how to build great companies - and one that holds unique advantages when being made while studying. One of the best examples of this might be Drew Houston, the founder of Dropbox ($9B valuation at IPO), who previously founded an edtech startup at MIT that, put nicely in his words, provided little more than a: “great introduction to the wild world of starting companies.”
But how exactly do you get started? Does a student even have enough credibility to convert clients, build partnerships or even receive funding? What special channels do you have access to as a young founder and how do you use time and resources at university to your advantage? What's the worst case that could happen?
To get answers to these and many more questions, we invited three of our fellow colleagues from UIBE and UCAS/Tsinghua who will share their first-hand experience and some crazy stories (such as almost meeting the president of France) of founding a startup in Beijing:
This event is really designed from students for students: in an open atmosphere of a meeting call, everyone will be able to ask any questions that is on their mind and benefit from the failure and success learnings Wahed and Paul-Emile will share with us.
Join us on 16th August 2020 at 7pm Beijing Time from anywhere around the world for relaxed chats. Feel free to BYOB (bring your own beer) or BYOC (yes you guessed right - bring your own coffee) and let's get together!
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Co-Founder & Head
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Wahed Ahmadzai is the co-founder and COO of YOOFU International Culture Education, and Founder and Director of UIBEIAA Alumni Business Club. Through ABC, Wahed has organized the largest career fair for foreigners in Beijing, aimed at creating a stable job portal for international students and providing job opportunities to more than 500 students and expats.
As an entrepreneur at YOOFU, one of the most sought after education companies in Beijing, Wahed and his team have collaborated with more than 30 different embassies, schools and leading education companies to nurture future talents of China, and create a cultural bridge between China and the world.
Currently, Wahed is an MBA candidate in UIBE, and sharing his six years of experience in China as an entrepreneur, cultural consultant, community builder, and trainer through a series of webinars, workshops, and seminars. Wahed fluent in six languages, won many entrepreneurship competitions and completed different investment rounds for multiple ventures
Katja is the co-founder and head of the German Innovators in China (GINN). She was in the founding team of the first Startup Grind University chapter and helped growing more chapters among other universities in China as one of the Startup Grind University Directors. She leads now, as one of the Co-Directors, Startup Grind's main chapter in Beijing.
Katja has three years of China experience with an academic background in Innovation Management and has formerly led the German Desk in the Corporate Innovation Team at Zhongguancun Innoway, a Chinese state-owned company and landmark for entrepreneurship in China, to introduce Innovators and Entrepreneurs from Germany to the Chinese ecosystem and vice versa.
Polo stayed 3 years in China and worked in a few association, including start-up grind, created his own start-up and built a strong network between students and companies in China.
He is AFEC's (French Student association in China) co founder and director. AFEC is a french association created in 2018 in order to help french students to adapt to chinese life and to connect them to Chinese business world.
He also is FaWenJiu's founder and director.