Aw…I have a lot to write! ^^ It’s a 4 days training which in sort, I got brain washed from a normal university student to think back of my country needs while using business to help.
Here are some highlight how we learnt through this training. ( I normally write about the process of how thing happen step by step day by day, but I think this one are not as important as what I have changed my mind after the training), so please enjoy the reading.
Professor George Kim, He never lost a smile ^^
1st day, we met up and divided into 9 people per 6 group, the main task is just to think of the product detail that your own community need with entrepreneur view (innovative and helpful to social benefit). My team has 1 from Cambodia, 3 from China, 1 from Afghanistan, 1 Italy, 1 Turkmenistan, 1 Uzbekistan, 1 Kazakhstan (Maybe). We had no background about each other, but the workshop brought us all together, and we have to go on one direction together, but that is the main problem. The first day, we contrast the idea, however, somehow we just manage it right. However, it was the most hard time ever! International work is not easy, though I have some field background, but still it difficult to persuade people that we never know. I have no idea to which industry type that needed to develop Cambodia, but come to think of it, I need to know more of my country.
My Team 2 (2 more girls coming)
Our program helpers sang their unity song
2nd day, of course we have very good instructors to give lecture before we start to work step by step in our project, Mr. Kim who have already start up 7 companies in US never lost a smile to share up experiences and ideas. Mr. Lee who raised in US push our spirit up from a lazy morning session by have way too attractive of marketing explanation. Finance and Business law also played the rules. I studies business for almost 5 years, but here those who has no background need to study only 4 days to make business plan. That’s ridiculous, but somehow, those people I talked above are starting to change their perception of studying and look back to find their community needs.
Round Table discussion
5 mins for Q & A session
3rd we can see people look tired and sleepless, their panda eyes show that they didn’t have enough sleep due to their responsibility in the team. We have our own job in our business plan, we all want to win the business plan competition which is held on the 4th day as formal and professional as we could. Ideas changes, assistant seeked, advises here and there, then the time for rehearse presentation began. Nervous as usual, Time managing as we can, presenting our project plan. Other team also made lots of improvement, not only idea, but ppt, and presentation skill.
4th day that we all waited for arrived, we dressed up as businessman and women, team leaders were panic, as we already tried to bring the 4 sections of business ( Company, Marketing, Finance, Plan), we tried to impress our creative idea to our future investors, the clock was ticking, but who care, we all are well trained for 3 days already.
My team won the 2nd place (but I can’t tell what topic we proposed since those business ideas are creative enough that needed IPR, otherwise, people might grabs it for their own good)
For more info of the program please like their facebook page: Here
I think this kind of program will be held annually for foreign student in Korea, but last time it was also held in Cambodia, but as far as I know, there might be one in Kenya or the country in Africa next year.