Student entrepreneurs sample life in Silicon Valley

Three students from the University of Bath have met with some of the biggest names in Silicon Valley, in a prize trip to San Francisco for student entrepreneurs.

The Business Administration students won the University’s Apps Crunch competition to design and present an original app and the opportunity to travel to the States to meet University alumni working for Facebook, Eventbrite, Tesla and a host of world-leading companies.

The students had an awe-inspiring five-day schedule to experience the city of San Francisco and some of its most impressive and innovative companies, meeting with the University’s alumni contacts to gain high level insight into how to develop their app, seek investment, and put themselves in the running for a job in the Silicon tech sector.

Final year students Martin Obretenov, Ventsislav Dimov, and Prithu Shorewalu designed their Psychometrico app to help jobseekers to prepare for psychometric and aptitude tests, after identifying a need for the service through their own application experiences.

The students have written a blog about their trip at: http://blogs.bath.ac.uk/on-parade/

Martin Obretenov said: “We’ve been lucky enough to experience the most incredible trip. To read about the Facebook roof garden, the Instagram anti-gravity room and all the other amazing features of Silicon Valley is one thing, but to actually be there, be welcomed as a guest, and meet key staff and company founders is quite another.

Team Psychometrico at Tesla

(l-r) Ventsislav Dimov, Pritha Shorewalu and Martin Obretenov at Tesla HQ

“The pinnacle of our trip was an event at Tesla’s headquarters. We had the privilege and pleasure of an amazing tour of their manufacturing facilities led by a very passionate Tesla employee and the VP of Manufacturing, and the chance to meet and talk with 30 plus successful, influential and interesting Bath alumni. At the end we had the opportunity to present our app idea to all the guests, including the VP of Manufacturing.

“The trip as a whole gave us invaluable insight into what the life of an entrepreneur is and what challenges there are. We’re looking forward to developing our product and idea and perhaps one day, in the near future, we could be on the other side, helping students like us develop and learn.”

The Apps Crunch competition is run by the University’s Students’ Union Enterprise Education Office. Workshops and events were run in conjunction with the Bath Digital Festival. The competition was judged by a panel of local tech experts, chaired by Richard Godfrey, CEO at Bath company Rocketmakers, an incubator for tech and new media start-ups.

The Enterprise team at the University run business competitions and activities which give students the opportunity to experience entrepreneurship and build the skills needed for business. It has a successful track record for nurturing entrepreneurs, social entrepreneurship and start-up ideas.

Siobain Hone, Students’ Union Enterprise Manager, said: “Our Apps Crunch winners have enjoyed a unique, career-enhancing experience. We’re very grateful to the University’s alumni in the States who supported the trip, and gave their time and expertise to inspire our winners.”

The competition is funded and supported by University alumni based in the United States. They belong to a 100,000-strong community living in 150 countries worldwide. Bath alumni and friends support the University in many ways, from generously donating their time and expertise to help current students and fellow graduates, to making gifts which change lives.

For more information about student enterprise activities at the University visit: http://www.bathstudent.com/enterprise/ or visit their Facebook page.

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