Thanks to the contacts of “Valley Scout” Marc Schmöger and UE Professor Dr. Ebbo Tücking, the students were able to experience a work week in Silicon Valley, conversations with company founders, investors and managers, as well as visits to the renowned Stanford University, Apple, Google and LinkedIn.
The goal was to learn from the best in the tech industry and to bring their entrepreneurial enthusiasm back to Germany. South of San Francisco, the Silicon Valley is known for its uniquely high concentration of companies in the electronics, telecommunications and hardware/software industries.
“There’s a remarkable entrepreneurial spirit in the group,”enthused Marc Schmöger. In the evenings, ideas were mapped out on paper. “We want to develop an idea further together, and when it works, to make it a reality,” said Mira Shaline Motiramani, a master student from Hamburg who earned her bachelor in the US. “Along with our entrepreneurial drive, a real University of Europe spirit developed over the course of the week. If we end up collaborating together now from our various locations on a startup, then our trip to Silicon Valley would have helped us reach all of our goals,” says Professor Tücking.
The plan going forward is to offer the trip yearly, in order to give even more UE students the chance to get a taste of the extraordinary entrepreneurial atmosphere of the Silicon Valley.