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: http://paseandoporelmundo.tumblr.com/.


Currently he is into another business, where he helps people with complaints, he is the CEO of Populetic: http://www.populetic.com/

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.

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Internal evaluation

We are half way our Business Project and it is time we stop for a short while and think about it: this week we spent some time doing an internal evaluation of ourselves and our team colleagues. Our teachers asked us to reflect on issues such as what impact we are doing to the Project, whether we consider ourselves as a real contributor with useful ideas and a positive influence to the group, how we work together as a team and the amount of work we provide, how we organise between each other, and many more.

It is a good reflection exercise about team work and our role, and we hope that at this stage of the Project it can help us to improve even more our efficiency as a work in each company!

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Thinking outside the box

 We started the session with a creative activity: Paul drawed nine points and we had to join them all by only using four lines. The solution was difficult but a group came it up relatively quickly: by drawing the lines "outside the box"!!! It was an activity to show us we have to learn to "think outside the box".


 Then Paul introduced us a work colleague, Anna, who asked us several questions to each group abour our companies. And we focused in working in groups about defining our costs (basically rental, salaries, materials, communication) and our marketing strategy.


Thursday, 13 February 2014

Preparing our participation to the Start-Up contest

Today Angie and Núria told us about the Start-Up contest: it is an entrepreneurs' contest addressed to all students from 3rd ESO until Batxillerat, with the objective to reward good business initiatives through 2014.

It seems very interestesting, since around 20-30 projects will be preselected to participate in the second stage, where all students will have allocated a mentor working in a real advertising / communication environment and will help them improving their Project.

At this first stage we have to fill in a form where we have to explain our Project, why it is innovative, which market needs cover and so on. We all feel very enthusiastic and look forward to moving on to the next stage!!!


Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Presentations

Today we started first doing an expression activity, where we had to stand up in a circle in front of a colleague and practice the "speed dating" technique: talk to our colleague about one topic in a very short period of time, and then change to another colleague. First we talked about school, love or holidays, but after we loosen up ourselves, Paul asked us to talk about our project. This way, we were feeling quite self-confident when it was time to start our presentations!


Then three groups presented the findings and statistics about their market research, besides some progresses on their companies, such as:
  • the design of the floor plan of Kisses with a very innovative software.
  • the change of positioning of Take your music, where the company will focus solely on raising the awareness of local music groups.

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Talk of an entrepreneur

Today an entrepreneur, Francesc Riberola came to our school to show us his company: Fxstreet. He gave us a talk about how to create a company with success and be good at it. He also gave us 6 advices to become an entrepreneur. Some of them where: Talk English like a native use our imagination and have creativity and more.

He showed us some examples of people who became famous doing little things, doing what they love.

Mar Alcoverro, Andrea Hernánn and Sara Giménez.

Thursday, 23 January 2014

Team work: THE EGG CHALLENGE!!

Today Paul came with a proposal of team work: THE EGG CHALLENGE!! He gave us only 40 straws per team and some cellotape and tissues. And we had to create a structure to put on the floor which avoided the egg to crash when dropping it from high.

Paul allowed us around 20 minutes to work in teams to prepare the structures and then we tested them. The winner was, obviously whose egg didn't crash when dropping it, but also the team that used the least number of straws.


It was a good practice to train ourselves to agree in our team about specific issues in a stressful situation.

And the winner was Ruth, Oriol and Víctor's team! Congratulations!

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Market research conclusions

Both Wednesday and Thursday this week are working on the results of our market research interviews: gathering data and creating graphs out of them and extracting useful conclusions from all the comments we received.

In some companies, for example, they got the feedback to lower the prices, or to change some products or focus on a fewer ones more useful. Such information is very valuable and now it is time to modify some aspects in the companies!

Thursday, 9 January 2014

Interviewing techniques

Back from holidays, yesterday we practised some interviewing techniques in order to carry out our marketing research: how to approach people in English, how to get their attention in the street, how to introduce our companies, which questions are best and in which order...

And today, our second day of class this week, we got organised with the interviews already done, those pending, gathered some conclusions already, and improved our company presentation.