IIL is planting new seeds

25 August 2016

As from the 2016-2017 school year, IIL is offering to all the students of 6 an entrepreneurship programme, which is a reference in Suisse Romande. The programme will also be proposed to all IIL students as part of the extra-curricular activities.

“Innov-Entrepreneurs/Graines d’Entrepreneurs” offers young students (11-18 years) a unique blend of education, fun, interactive, experience sharing, hands-on workshop, focusing on strengthening their entrepreneurial mindset and creativity. Participants will have an overall view of an entrepreneurial project of which they will be the initiator, and will be coached from A to Z from development to launch: Brainstorming, value proposition, business model, pitch. They will also find an increased motivation for school.

Indeed, they will understand better the interest of academic content of subjects taught at school (maths, computer, economics, etc.) as they will apply them concretely in their personal project. Led by a professor of entrepreneurship at HEC, but also experts and entrepreneurs who will share their experiences, students will learn the simplified fundamental tools they need to start later their own business or to succeed in the implementation of any kind of project, becoming true innovators and leaders of their generation. Students following the three term will benefit from the full program and develop their own project, the best projects will be presented at the end of the school year.

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Nadine Reichenthal, co-founder of Innov-Entrepreneurs/Graines d’Entrepreneurs is in charge of the training of young entrepreneurs for startups, high schools and universities. She teaches entrepreneurship at HEC, EPFL, UNIL, HEAD, AISTS, IDIAP … and worldwide for the United Nations programs. She is also Director of the startup accelerator of HEC and chairs the CFE-Women Entrepreneurs club.

The Innov-Entrepreneurs/Graines d’Entrepreneurs program she created, uses the most granted tools for innovation and new business model creation, created by Yves Pigneur (godfather of the Graines d’Entrepreneurs/ Innov-Entrepreneurs program) and Alex Osterwalder: Value Proposition Canvas and Business Model Canvas. «Don’t ask kids what they want to be when they grow up, but what problems do they want to solve. This changes the conversation from who do I want to work for, to what do I need to learn to be able to do that» Jaime Casap, Google






Picture published with the authorization of Graines d’entrepreneurs.