Partnering with AIESEC – a benefit for startups and students

Impressions after first internship session following Techcelerator – AIESEC program

As many of you probably know, we recently became proud partners of the international youth association, AIESEC, and together we are matching brilliant foreign students with our energetic start-ups from the current Techcelerator program. Not to mention it is a first in Romania!
More precisely, talented international youngsters can help the start-ups founders enrolled our in second batch in areas such as graphic design, web development, marketing/PR and business development, during a two months internship program. So far, we accepted eight students from Brazil, Denmark, Egypt, Italy, Portugal and Turkey. To give you a taste of the interns’ experience, we asked a few questions to the first student who “graduated” from the program. His name is Eugenio Barzanti, is 22 old, comes from Università di Bologna in Italy, and he spent more than 60 days with BAAM team,  providing business development support. To refresh your memory, BAAM is a real estate marketplace based on AI and Blockchain, which engages real estate customers to buy properties overseas timely, wisely, securely and
seamlessly.

Here’s what Eugenio had to say about his two months with BAAM and Techcelerator team:

 What was your interest when choosing to have an experience with a tech startup outside the country? (rather than a corporation or a Italian startup) 

I made this choice for two reasons in particular, firstly I really would have liked to improve my English skills and its use in a multicultural context; secondly for the curricular value of an abroad activity.

 Why did you choose Romania for having this experience?

I’ve chosen Romania for the type of the opportunity and the activity related to it, but (to be honest) not for the country itself.

 What was your experience while working with a tech startup? 

The experience has been amazing, I’ve learned more than I could have thought. I’ve improved my skills about what I’ve studied at the university putting the theory in practice, but I’ve also learned a lot of things about fields and technologies I didn’t know, participating to
exclusive events and meetings.

 Which are the advantages or disadvantages when choosing to have an internship with a startup vs internship in a corporation? 

The advantages are, for sure, the opportunity to see the true development of a project itself from the inside and being close to the mission/vision of it; the opportunity to make a real difference with a lot of responsibilities.

 What did you know about the start-ups ecosystem in Romania and if anything changed regarding this while being here? Was is better / worse / as expected? 

I hadn’t a real solid knowledge about the startup ecosystem in Romania and neither about the country itself. I’m really happy to have made this choice because now I’ve extended my vision and the result is way better than something I could expect in any country.

 How can we improve this experience for other students? What is it important for a student to know in advance when taking this experience?

I should say that in my opinion everything was great in the experience. I mean, I had time for visiting around and enjoying Bucharest. I worked with Charis (D.) Stengos directly and I worked with the accelerator’s team. I couldn’t hope for anything more 🙂
As for what is important for a student to know before hand, I think they should just know what they will have to do, would be a great opportunity for all of them!

 What did you like most about Techcelerator (team, info, structure etc.)?

I liked in particular the team for the high level of professionalism, but also for the kindliness and support in general regarding having me there. I also loved the different events and meetings I attended; they have been so interesting and motivating.

 Will you continue the collaboration with BAAM? Is it difficult for a student to work remotely for a tech startup? 

I really would like to continue my experience with BAAM and I hope so (at the moment, I’m still finishing the last assignment). Charis has been amazing and I will never thank him enough for everything. I’ll try to do my best also from here (e.n. Italy) and I’ll help him with
his startup as much as I can. Absolutely no, It’s so easy working with the method we have used and we are still using: a weekly assignment (like notes, pdf, ppt, etc..) to be delivered by email, using, in case something unexpected or urgent happens, Skype to communicate.

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