12 Oct 2018
Last week, Master students majoring in Entrepreneurship spent an intense entrepreneurship week in Boston, USA. Follow the MScBA class on their quest for New Markets & Technology Entrepreneurship.
Upon arriving in Boston, Massachusetts last Sunday, the students were immediately welcomed by a Swissnex Junior Project Manager at Irving House. This warm reception was followed by a tour of the Harvard Campus, which included the impressive Harvard Memorial Hall building, the Harvard Library and the statue of John Harvard, founder of the university.The real immersion adventure began on Monday at Swissnex Boston. The day was kick-started with an introduction to Swissnex, the network of science and technology outposts aimed at connecting Switzerland with the world's innovative hubs. Our students caught the inspiring pitches at “MassChallenge”, where aspiring entrepreneurs are connected with established entrepreneurs and the resources needed to launch their businesses and succeed.On day two, the students had the opportunity to take part in HUBweek, the first in a series of community conversations on precision medicine. At Johnson and Johnson’s, they learned more about the developed innovation ecosystem, particularly Jlabs, which is widely viewed as a catalyst for health tech innovation. The second day in Boston offered the students a chance to discover the city more, to enjoy the view and get to know the atmosphere of Cambridge better. They visited the Digital Federal Credit Union (DCU) Fintech Innovation Center in downtown Boston, where an event focused exclusively on the Future of FinTech was being hosted. The students then moved on to Greentown Labs, the largest cleantech startup incubator in the United States. There, they could join in on the excitement at the Horizon18 kick-off event, where several companies and start-ups presented their work and development project.
The group’s itinerary for the remaining of the week was packed with company and university visits. The students learned about and connected with the ecosystem and entrepreneurs of Boston’s Innovation hubs, such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); they heard 17 pitches at HUBweek, among which were MIT projects that tackled some of the most complex problems related to one of the most challenging issues the world is facing today: climate change. Masschallenge Innovation Lab gave a presentation on Bio Pharma Innovation while STEMgem, sigolon, SOPHiA GENETICS and many other companies generously hosted our students on company visits.The trip is part of the curriculum of the Master of Science in Business Administration, major in Entrepreneurship. This unique immersion allows students to gain first-hand experience while learning new knowledge and insights.