Planet of the Kids
Two students trying to achieve two goals that are certainly vital in the world of innovation. First, they have the mission to connect young entrepreneurs who are willing to make a change. Moreover, they break the culture that you can only be taught by older people. During the day, Alex and Michelle, Sophomore and Junior respectively, spoke with such a confidence that no matter what they said it seemed to be right. All the stuff they have done is non-existant for a child their age in Peru, and mainly because of the culture that surrounds them. Living in Silicon Valley, it's normal for them to create, to launch a business, to create products. They have the initiative to take the risk -supported by their parents- they have built an organization that networks young entrepreneurs.
Team Academy Netherlands
At the same time, students from Team Academy (college) from Netherlands who are in Lima with business purposes, came to visit the IA to present the type of education they are receiving and to get to know about our experience. I found it really interesting the way trips were involved in their courses: they travelled but they need to earn money by setting up a business or something similar in the place they travelled to to be able to raise the funds to pay for the trip. Their effectiveness is the way they are judged, and their goal is to be able to raise funds for a trip all around the world during the last year. Each year, they spend 3 months traveling -networking and learning- in different places around the world. I'm glad because as we collaborated during monday I did something that I don't do so often. I took initiative to provide contacts for people. I connected a group of students who wanted to import large quantities of quinoa to Holland with somebody who wanted to export and I connected another group who wanted to work with alpaca and vicuña wool with the CEO of Kuna, one of the largest companies of the industry. I did feel something great with helping, and I am willing to do this more often. At first, I thought maybe that I would complicate the contact I gave somebody but now I realize many times I can create a win-win situation for both, and even for me if they provide opportunities later. As long as I start to do this because of intrinsic motivation from me to help them -and not expect them to help me back- I might start see some positive changes in my entrepreneurial life.