Quotes from participants – IDEA Challenge 2018
The idea is that we can experience live in the form of a game what often happens in everyday life in businesses and this somehow stimulates, influences, and prepares you for the market, and how you will manage all of it.
This is a novelty for all young people because they can say and express their own ideas. The exercises teach us to look out of the box, they teach us to cooperate with others. They were interesting and effective to me.
In IDEA, both myself and my colleague, participated because we need more knowledge and contacts, networking and contact with the market.
This was a very good opportunity and our ultimate goal is to increase our company’s capabilities.
It’s beyond my expectations, not only because the network is very, very good, but also the mentors and the methodology are very, very good.
The particularity of this project is the communication with the trainers and the method for team work.
I find myself very good in the IDEA project, because I am given the opportunity to make new friends and exchange different cultures.
It is a very good experience, which has motivated me more and has encouraged me to move ahead, develop my business and not stop.
I like the fact that there are good people and good ideas, which create opportunity for me to cooperate with various persons.
The trainings have been quite interesting and highly productive. Here I created a network with the participants, with different cultures and different ideas, which inspire me to reach further.
I gained very good contacts from this experience which I am using now, though the experience motivates me more than the certificate. All the things that I learned and heard here motivate me.
I was very excited that when I received the email: “You were selected. Congratulations!”. It was a very happy day for me.
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Quotes from Winners
Participating in IDEA has been a long journey, but full of challenges and emotions. Everything has been of great value to the knowledge we have received which will be useful to us in every step during their implementation.
I had not imagined that designing a business plan would be such a concrete process through interesting and practical trainings. IDEA Challenge convinced me to the contrary. I feel proud and motivated to implement my project. IDEA gives you a big boost to bring your idea to life.
IDEA has been a unique opportunity, where through interactive, emotional, fun and active trainings, I have increased my capacity to compete, generating the business idea in order to turn it into a concrete business plan.
Through trainings, mentoring and coaching, I managed to pass selection phases, and above all, it was a privilege to be chosen as one of the 5 winners.
Thanks to IDEA, I broke taboos that unfortunately still exist for a woman when it comes to being able to move forward. I also managed to promote attractions in Puka. I believe that I will be an example for all those young people living in rural areas where challenges and difficulties in the labor market have made them hopeless and wanting to leave Albania as soon as possible. Let this be a testimony as to how you can make it even in a country where given opportunities are very minimal.
In short, IDEA is a school for all those people who do not want to keep their business ideas locked in their heads, but want to put them to life and show they can achieve them.
It means a lot to be able to make it among so many contestants and win in the end. It’s a very special feeling when you see that the idea and all the work you do to push it forward, is truly appreciated. For me it is a stimulus to work even more for my business idea.
IDEA was really a nice experience, not just the training part. The organization of exercises and games make you feel like a child and you have fun, but they carry important business concepts within, that make you think in concrete terms for the real life. Similarly, getting to know people during the trainings and the communication with trainers and mentors was truly pleasant. An entertaining way of learning that is worth trying.
IDEA was really challenging in many of its elements but overcoming these challenges is important in order to strengthen your abilities that are needed during the business ride. IDEA was a very good opportunity to see the business from a different perspective but also to expand the network by supporting the creation of new collaborations.