We finished the exam on friday, the last finishing touches are done on the venture project report and the last blogpostes are posted. The course comes to it’s end. So now it is time to look back on the course and what I have learned from it.
To start with, it was a very different course type than I’m used to, because I’m normally busy with Chemical formulas, calculations and trying to understand everything. The Entrepreneurship course was more discussions, see the different points of view on the topic and meet people from different working fields and hear their story. I really liked that it was different, because that was one of the reasons why I chose for this course. I wanted to do somethig different during my time abroad and explore different study fields. I was especialy interested in Economic and Management courses, because when I was busy with my study choice a couple of years ago, I realy doubted about doing something in that field. Eventualy I chose to go to the beta site and study Chemical Engineering.
It was fun to learn a lot about Entrepreneurship and every aspect of it. What are the common characteristics of a Entrepreneur, what are good thing for your Business Model, multiple ways of prototyping, how to get financing, etc. I didn’t knew anything about it and know I’m able to say I know luckely some basics.
The most interesting and maybe the most important thing I have learned from this course, is that being an Entrepreneur is not something for me. This sounds maybe stupid, because I wrote that I liked to course a lot and that it gave me an insight in the entrepreneurial world. But knowning what you don’t want to do is also very valuable. First Entrepreneuship was an exciting and new world for me. A world which gives you to opportunity to start something on your own, become succesfull and enrich the world with your ideas and products. But reading all the articles about it and especially hear the stories from entrepreneurs themself, I saw the entrepreneurial world also in another light. Frequently asked questions as: “Did you every thought about starting your own business?”, “Do you come up with ideas for problems but do you often don’t persue them?”, “Do you want to be your own boss?”, “Are you willing to take a leap of faith and risk everything to try to reach your ultimate goal?”, etc, I frequently answered with NO. An Entrepreneur however would answer most of the questions with YES. I see myself rather work at a big company, work hard and try to clime up the career ladder, than that I risk everything and start my own company. Maybe this will change in a couple of years, who knows!
Finally, I want to say that I enjoyed the lectures and the way Serdar gave the lectures. A lot of guest speakers, some were better than others, but generally they were good speakers. Serdar gave the lectures with a lot of enthousiasme and was interested in the students. I can understand why some students maybe disliked the way of how the course was given, because sometimes it was a bit hard to figure out what to do when and where to find what. It was always written somewhere and eventually you could find it and otherwise you could ask Serdar. I also liked that we had to go to start-up events, otherwise I would probably not have went to them and I really liked to events and learned a lot of them.
I want to thank everyone for a nice course, all the groups discussions and some new insights!