By Thomas Møller Christensen, AAU Innovation.
This autumn, students at AAU will once again get the opportunity to bring their competencies into play in an interdisciplinary context and at the same time gain an understanding of what it means to be part of a startup.
‘Scandinavian Growth Creators’ (SGC) is looking for new students who want to help AAU startups in the coming semester.
Supporting Entrepreneurship at Aalborg University (SEA) is looking for new students for ‘Scandinavian Growth Creators’ (SGC). In SGC, students in selected teams are matched with an AAU startup. Over a period of four months, they work closely together to solve a specific problem in the startup.
The close collaboration entails, among other things, students getting a taste of the everyday life of an entrepreneur.
- SGC is a chance to dip your toe into the startup life and make a big difference at the same time, says head of section at SEA, Marie Fallgaard.
An inspiring community
Ahn Nguyen and Silpa Baburajan both participated in the first session of SGC during the spring semester. Their participation has made them more inclined to work in entrepreneurship. Among other things, it gave them an exciting glimpse of life as an entrepreneur.
- I was very inspired by working with the startup. It taught me a lot about the challenges you face as an entrepreneur, says Ahn Nguyen.
In addition, SGC also helped to strengthen Silpa Baburajan's interdisciplinary collaboration competencies.
- We had very different backgrounds, so SGC was a great platform to learn to work together as a team and make the best use of each other's different competencies. I have improved my understanding of how my competencies can benefit a team in different ways, says Silpa Baburajan.
Not just for entrepreneurs
However, it is not only budding entrepreneurs who can benefit from the SGC program.
Through seven sessions, the students acquire a wide range of competencies that help them to solve the challenges they face with their startups. The competencies are also useful in their education as well as career.
- The practical training sessions helped us with the necessary knowledge to tackle the challenges together with the startups. Furthermore, it also improved my critical sense, my teamwork skills, and ability to solve problems with limited time and resources, explains Ahn Nguyen.
The autumn session of SGC begins in September. Deadline for registration is 7 September. Sign up here.