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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation…A call for a better world

IMG_2846As we entered in the lobby of the foundation, we felt the humility of the atmosphere. The foundation stems an instantaneously positive and good feeling of impacting communities. “It’s all about people” said Patrick McMahon, our guide. The aim is to create a sustainable system that supports all communities across the world.

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Bert Tong talks to GEM & SFU students about entrepreneurship during Innovation Business Week

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We had the pleasure meet at lunch time Bert Tong who has many experiences in entrepreneurship. Indeed, he launched Crate Away, a storage start-up which failed one year ago. He came to share with us his experience and explain us how he overcame this failure. The key lesson of this meeting is that relationships between co-founders matter the most. He insisted on the need of complementarity between members of a team. Being a successful entrepreneur is not only about having a good idea but about having reliable and trustworthy relationships. The network is at stake above all.

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Kara Bauer & Paula Keleci, Value Village, Seattle, talk to GEM & SFU students about social entrepreneurship during Innovation Business Week

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Today, we had an opportunity to visit one store of a popular thrift store chain called Value Village / Savers. The company is present in USA, Canada, and Australia.

The visit was very interesting because what this company does is very close to what we have learned so far during a semester in our Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation program. Indeed, Value Village is a social for-profit organisation: they make profits but they give a part their profits back to charity organisations and they help the environment by reducing waste.

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Chris Devore, Techstars, Seattle, talks to GEM & SFU students about entrepreneurship during Innovation Business Week

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On February 12th 2015, we started our first visit in Seattle with Techstars, a start-up accelerator. We had the pleasure to meet Chris Devore, the Managing Director of Techstars Seattle.

Seattle’s area is a great ecosystem of companies, including very famous ones as Microsoft, Amazon or Boeing, and investors trying to support them. In that context, a lot of entrepreneurs try to develop their ideas creating their own business. When they need help, they sometimes try to connect with start-up accelerators as Techstars Seattle. Created in 2010, it is part of Techstars, a global network of start-up accelerators based in Boulder (CO).

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GEM @ Amazon.com: Students on Innovation Business Week in Seattle get to see the workings of the world’s largest retailer

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Work hard, have fun and make history at Amazon

Amazon is the world biggest retailer with $61 billion of sales in 2012. On February 13th 2014, a group of 30 students from Grenoble EM and SFU had the opportunity to meet one of the management teams at their Head Quarters in Seattle. Sarah Borowski, founder of Amazon Art, and some of her other colleagues,  gave a very interesting pitch on Amazon’s corporate culture and its business innovation processes.

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