In this day and age, it seems the words "entrepreneur" and "entrepreneurship" are frequently thrown around. But what does it mean to be an entrepreneur? With the help of WikiStage, HEC SEED held an international entrepreneurship forum on April 18 with this question in mind. The event provided eager students the chance to meet, network and find ways to collaborate with startups. WikiStage was one of the participants that wanted to help students find job opportunities with incredible start ups. To kick off the forum, Johannes presented the question, "How to find your startup idea"? Immediately following was an interactive discussion encouraging participants to launch their own startup. There were also several WikiTalks centered around the topic entrepreneurship asking and answering questions from "Why one should become an entrepreneur"? to "How to negotiate a collaboration with your competitors"? to "What is the future of fintech (financial technology)"? Christian Vanizette from MakeSense discussed how to incorporate sustainability into your business model, and WHub explained how to dive into Hong-Kong's startup scene. By providing a unique opportunity to exchange ideas between start-ups and passionate students, this was a fantastic success for HEC SEED's and WikiStage's first entrepreneurship forum!
Our April 16 WikiStage conference brought it back to where it all began -- the Paris campus of ESCP Europe! #ShareHerVoice Conference was an inspiring and eye-opening experience aiming to bring awareness to creating future gender equality champions. Amongst the speakers we welcomed on stage, there were quite a few amazing women. Tatiana Moura from Promundo, a Brazilian based, non-governmental organization promoting caring, non-violent and equitable masculinities and gender relations, talked about the importance of engaging men in the process of establishing gender equality.  Shannon Galpin, the founder of Mountain2Mountain, a non-profit organization fighting for women’s rights in conflict zones, spoke about her experience in Afghanistan where she worked on many projects aiming to empower women by engaging them in various activities related to education, art and sports. Galpin, who also happens to be the first person to practice mountain biking in the area, is currently supporting Afghanistan's first Women’s National Cycling team. In her powerful speech, Shannon Galpin said she always wondered why people were indifferent towards sexual violence until she realized she was one of these people. "Having a voice means taking a stand”, she said. Chloé Chambraud and Luisa de Simone, two young and ambitious volunteers, talked about their projects in Thailand. They have created a social enterprise for women affected by violence aiming to help boost these women's creativity, regain confidence and simply empower them by having them create things from recyclable materials. Charlotte Werner, junior associate at McKinsey & Company and contributor the company's the Women Matter studies, spoke about how having more women at the top means better results for companies. Later, when asked about the situation in her working establishment, Werner replied she cannot complain, and it is going in the right direction. Yann Borgsted, founder of the Womanity Foundation and the only male representative on stage that night, shared with us the story of his success. He spoke about how he created the first commercial women’s radio in the Middle East, called “Radio NISSA FM”, and how Womanity is all about pushing the boundaries of women empowerment. All in all, the atmosphere that night was empowering. Even the cocktail hour immediately following helped maintain the positive atmosphere as audience members got the chance to meet the speakers and learn even more about these organizations. If you are curious about how to get involved, check out some of the links to these wonderful organizations and stay tuned for the recordings to be posted on the website. #ShareHerVoice!
Not only does WikiStage host WikiTalk events, it also has coaching sessions every Thursday evening for folks wanting to learn how to put together and give an effective speech. The most recent speaker workshop took place at MakeSense on April 9. This was the first coaching session to be held at MakeSense, and it was quite a success. In fact, there were enough people registered that the event had to be held in a bigger room! Five coaches gave their own interpretation of storytelling and offered tips and tricks on how to use a short story when communicating a message. The coaches were Béatrice Doradoux, Claudia Martins José, Stéphane Loiret, Antonio Meza and Vincent Avanzi. After each one spoke, there was a call for an audience member to volunteer and give his/her own talk. Coaches and others in the audience would offer feedback and advice on how the volunteer-speaker can improve. If you are interested in coming out to the next WikiStage coaching session and learn how to improve your own public speaking skills, then feel free to join us this Thursday April 16 at ESCP Europe! We look forward to seeing you there!
On April 2, WikiStage held its first event at Panthéon Sorbonne. Around 50 people showed up to hear eight different WikiTalks centered around one theme: innovation. The atmosphere was bright and relaxed. Listeners were told to be curious and seek answers. Solutions to any problem can be found, but we need to pay attention to everything around us. The first speaker, Mika Mered, talked about different innovative projects in the Arctic and Antarctic from floating cities to developing tourism. For him, adaptation is key. Oliver Rohou encouraged the audience to not be ashamed about sharing their ideas. As long as you are passionate, no idea is a bad idea. For Jeanne Dussueil, people are the media innovation and anyone can be a decision maker. By using visions from abroad, we can enrich national debates. Through their talks, you can tell each speaker is driven and passionate about their ideas. It's hard not to listen and feel inspired! If you are wanting a little push in being more innovative, keep an eye out for these WikiTalks on the website!
(This article is a contribution from Oana Besnea, former PR officer at la Cité universitaire internationale universitaire de Paris.) Us, millennials, are very selective about the way we spend our time. When we attend an event, we want it to be short, energetic, and worth it. I attended a WikiStage event because of the energy and enthusiasm Johannes showed when talking about his project! I first met Johannes in a monthly brunch I used to organise with a team of brilliant students in the Cité internationale universitaire de Paris campus. We invited young individuals from around the world to give a short talk on a project of theirs. It was then that Johannes talked about WikiStage. He reached to every individual in the room, and I knew it was soon going to become global. That’s the secret if you ask me. That’s what the world needs nowadays: people with energy and initiative that make their actions matter.
On Thursday, March 26, we had the opportunity to meet and to get to know the people behind La Paillasse: a biohacking laboratory co-created by the inspiring team of young researchers, entrepreneurs, inventors, designers and hackers. Fourteen speakers put their innovative ideas into the form of a WikiTalk, each delivering a speech in only three, six or nine minutes. The topics ranged from bioproduction and autonomy to alternatives for polluting properties of chemical pigments to knowledge in the sense of shared good. Some speakers gave their own answers to questions such as, "What to do in order to manage fashion"?, "How collective intelligence could transform energy"?, and "Is Arctic the future of Saint Pierre and Miquelon"? The event was conducted by the irreplaceable Diane Lenne, manager of our WikiStage team. A big thank you to Olivier Michelot who managed to create a unique setting for the speakers, inviting the audience into the magical world of scientific experiements. Soon we will be able to share these talks with you thanks to Cyrille Tassart from the Videaux crew. Stay tuned!