Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Last day at 3rd ESO entrepreneurs

Today is the final day of 3rd ESO entrepreneurs. First of all, we commented about our presentations to parents on Monday: how we felt, whether we performed better or not than in the contest, which specific aspects to improve, etc.

Then, Núria told us a bit about entrepreneurs' subject in 4th ESO: we will have to create a "real" company with a "real" product or service, with shares, salaries, purchases, sales... And she showed us a video of Clearphone's presentation: the 4th ESO entrepreneurs from SAFA who won the Start-up contest. We realised how practical and simple was their product, but also how well explained!!!

Later we reviewed all the different points we have to cover in our Business Plan, which is due for tomorrow. And some of us made questions and clarified aspects.

To finish, each minicompany had a brief meeting, where we discussed the positive and negative points of this year's subject, and then we exposed in front of the rest of the class. Good job, most opinions were really positive!

And next year... more!!!

Monday, 2 June 2014

Final presentation to families and students

This afternoon we were all extremely nervous, since it was our final day: the oral presentation of our project in front of families and students!! Our parents came, so did teachers, and rest of students from 3rd ESO and 2nd ESO next year's entrepreneurs. They were all expectant.

All seven minicompanies presented their products or services, their finances, the communication plan and promotional video... it was a very full afternoon, which everyone liked.

In the end, big applauses and pictures from all proud parents.

And later we went apart and said good bye to Paul with some nice presents and postcards from each group.

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Today at FECC emprenedoria

Today EcoBam and our teaher Núria presented at II Jornada FECC emprenedoria. We were invited to present how we organise the entrepreneurs' subject at 3rd and4th ESO. Initially, Núria explained about the objectives, methodology, evaluation and contents of the subject, and then EcoBam (Marta Ardèvol, Berta Trabado and Andrea Pueyo) presented their company's project they have been working on thorough this year. They did it really well and the audience enjoyed both presentations!

Monday, 26 May 2014

Clearphone: START-UP WINNERS!!!

Today was the big FINAL of the Start-Up contest. One of our minicompanies got to the final: Clearphone, from 4th ESO. Ten groups in total were presenting this evening from many well-known schools, and...

Clearphone won the first prize!!! They got 7.8 over 9 points, from the jury's vote. There were 40 different people from many business and entrepreneurial backgrounds who were voting individually, using the anonymous electronical system... and they voted Clearphone as the best!!

As part of the prize, they will travel in September to London for three days to visit start-ups and entrepreneurial companies. Well deserved, guys!!

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Start-Up contest: semifinals!!

Yesterday and today are key days for SAFA entrepreneurs: some of us are participating in the semifinals! We were really nervious, although we had been practising intensively in the last days with both our mentors and our school's teachers.

At Salle Technova facilities, we presented our minicompanies, using either Prezi or Powerpoints, and showed them some of our marketing and communications materials. And then we handed in our Business Plan to the jury.

The schedule was:

-Wednesday 6pm - TakeYourMusic, Seckeys, Gubiks and Clearphone (last two ones from 4th ESO)

-Thursday 6pm - TV Glasses and World Art School

In the end, we felt relieved and proud of ourselves. And now, let's keep our fingers crossed and wait for the announcement of the finals on the 26th!

Monday, 12 May 2014

A visit to Everis: learning about professional values

Today all entrepreneurs from 3rd ESO had a excursion in the morning: we visited a consulting company called Everis. There the HR Department met us and explained us the different values that the company holds and takes into account when recruiting new employees and tries to convey to them:
-Positive and creative energy
-Responsible freedom
-Discerning generosity

These values are applicable in most companies or wherever we work with an entrepreneur attitude, they are all very similar and will be very helpful to us when starting our professional career.

In the second part we did a couple of group dynamics, which are exactly the same ones the HR carries out when training new employees. They were fun and they helped us to have an idea about how to start building our professional future.

Friday, 9 May 2014

Group activity

This Wednesday Paul came with a new group actitivity for us, to help us keep building team work: he gave us some material, basically some spaghettis, some cello tape and a straw. The objective was to had to build a structure as high as possible to stand on its own, being able to hold a marshmallow (nube) on its top. Of course, we had limited time to do it, and this was really stressful for all of us!
We realised that most of the groups wanted to make the structures so high, that they fell.

Only in two cases the structures stood still, and this group was the winner!!

Now, only two weeks left with Paul, and with the Start-Up contest in between, we will focus on improving our oral and presentation skills.

Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Presenting our companies' promotional videos

Fun day today for everyone, after a few weeks of hard work: the seven companies presented their promotional videos to the rest of the class and teachers. And, to be honest, they were so good, we were all delighted with them. There is so much creativity and thinking in presenting the products / services in an original way!!

It is worthwhile watching them:

Thursday, 24 April 2014

Business Plan: the written assignment

Back from Easter, today Angie and Núria told us about the final stage of our project: writing everything we have decided and learnt about our project in an assignment, the Business Plan of our company. It will be a 20 pages document composed of many sections, such as the Company's description, Product / Service, Market Research, Princing, Costs and Financing, Marketing Communications, etc. and, of course, conclusions and thoughts about all we have been doing this year.

We are therefore reaching the end of the year (unbelievably) and we have a date: 27th May for the oral presentation of our projects and 5th June for the Business Plan. It is both challenging and frightening!!

We got down to work right after the explanation...

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Start-Up contest

Yesterday four minicompanies from 3rd ESO attended the Start-Up contest event organised by Fundació Escola Emprenedors and Ajuntament de Barcelona. They explained us the next stages of the event:

  1. We will work for a month and a half with a mentor (a professional in the private sector: start-ups, advertising, etc.)
  2. We will present our minicompany in front of a jury by mid May and deliver a Business Plan.
  3. Between 10-15 minicompanies will be selected for the BIG FINAL, at the end of May.

Next all the selected minicompanies met their mentor and sat together for around an hour to hold the first meeting with him/her. They were all really nice. Each group explained his project and mentors started already giving advise and some tasks to do. Now... it's time to work hard!

Thursday, 27 March 2014

An inspiring chat: David Ciudad

Yesterday we had the pleasure to listen and talk to an entrepreneur, David Ciudad. He studied Technical Engineering but has been working in many other fields, since his main motto is "work where you enjoy best". He was the founder of a technological company for many years and then he travelled abroad with his wife around the world and wrote a blog about it:

Currently he is into another business, where he helps people with complaints, he is the CEO of Populetic:

We were all very enthusiastic with his stories and made him many questions.

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Communication plan

Today we are working in the communications area. We have to decide how we are going to promote our company and products / services. Therefore, we have to create a communication plan for the company.
We can think of adverts, promotional videos, posters, social network, radio adverts, flyers, webpages… After that, we are going to execute them.
Ruth, Víctor and Oriol

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Financing and costs

Yesterday we started playing the game of the pens, but this time we succeeded, we could finish the round. All of us were too excited and Paul too, because we were the first group to get it this year. He congratulated us!!

After that some of the groups presented their economical section, which we were working with Paul’s friend. All of them were good, considering our economical skills.  

Finally he finished the class singing and playing a beautiful song: wonderwall.

Sara G., Mar A. and Andrea H.