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A student of International Business gets a grant to receive training in entrepreneurship in Boston

Francesc Almendros, student of the bachelor’s degree in International Business at the Faculty of Economics and Business.

Francesc Almendros, student of the bachelor’s degree in International Business at the Faculty of Economics and Business.

31/07/2018

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Francesc Almendros, student of the bachelor’s degree in International Business at the Faculty of Economics and Business, has been chosen for a training in entrepreneurship with the business methodology Thought & Action® (ET & A ™) in Boston. Almendros is one of the thirty students who got a grant –through the Santander X platform- to take part during two weeks (from July 23 to August 4) in the program Babson Build for Santander Universities Students, designed to make students think and act on entrepreneurship.

The student, who passed a selection process, is happy to be chosen because he is very interested in entrepreneurship itself: “I think it is a tool that helps you growing and innovating as a person. It teaches you to take risks and accepting a failure is not a waste of time but a chance to start over and improve. It is a vital skill, since it can approach any field of daily life, and it goes beyond the basic concept of ‘business creation’”.

Almendros knew about the Thought & Action® (ET & A™) method already and is sure this training will help him grow his interest in entrepreneurship. He has been in Boston for more than a week now and says the experience is “unique, innovative and creative in all aspects surrounding the academic field”. He highlights that “I have created a great bond among my colleagues during these days, despite being a diverse group with different perspectives” and is amazed with his lecturers and the lessons, which are avant-garde and renewing. He says that with the ET & A™ methodology, lessons are structured in the following way: the lesson starts with a short briefing and then the lecturer explains the most important areas of the theoretic content. While the students acquire the knowledge, these are combined with activities and projects and group games that break with the traditional way of teaching at the university, therefore it turns the theoretical lesson into an active lesson that makes the students participate more”. 

During these two weeks, Almendros and the other students who obtained the grant, gather in small groups to work on a 3-minute presentation to be given on the last day of the training. The aim is for the students to sell a new idea or an attractive product to break with the market in front of some investors from whom they have to get the attention so that they end up investing in them.


 

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