The IUBH student, who studies International Event Management at the campus in Bad Honnef, and her team developed the “Readymealbox” – an inexpensive cooking box for foreign students.
My name is Laura and I am in the fifth semester of studying International Event Management at the IUBH campus in Bad Honnef. I was especially attracted by the international orientation of the university and the opportunity to spend a semester abroad. So, true to the motto “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone”, I decided to leave my familiar surroundings and go to Australia for one semester.
An absolute highlight of my semester abroad was my participation – and indeed my success – in the Victoria University Academy Activator Programme. The programme took place for the first time that semester and is designed to teach students the basics of starting a business in eight weeks.
I was immediately enthusiastic, because self-employment and entrepreneurship have fascinated me since my youth. My parents are important role models for me because they work independently in various business sectors and are passionate about their profession. My interest in the start-up scene was intensified by Founders’ Day, an annual start-up event organized by and for students at the campus in Bad Honnef.
So it was only logical for me to take part in the VU Academy and enter the final pitch contest for 5,000 euros in start-up capital. My team and I convinced a jury of four representatives from industry with our “Readymealbox”, an idea that emerged during the VU Academy.
For me, the next step is my bachelor’s thesis and hopefully successful completion of my bachelor’s degree in late summer. Then I plan to do one or two internships to gain work experience in the start-up sector. Afterwards I would like to earn a master’s degree in sustainability, project management and entrepreneurship. My big dream is definitely to become self-employed in the near future.