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COLLABORATE. ENGAGE. SOLVE – The WSA Youth for Innovation Program 2020

Students from six different Universities located in five European countries collaborated to analyse the sixteen WSA European Young Innovators projects 2020.

In teams, they applied themselves and their skills to compile and present business analyses of the recent European Young Innovators Winners.

 

 

 

 

The student teams were formed during the  European Young Innovators Festival. Information about their case-studies could be retrieved from the Innovation Pitches where the Winners presented their own projects in 3-minute-pitches and answered questions from the Festival Jury. To gain insights and to dig deep, the student teams met the young entrepreneurs whose companies they were assigned to analyse. Applying their theoretical knowledge gained from their studies on real ventures, meeting the entrepreneurs in person (online) and discussing the case study with them, was a thrilling experience for the young academics.

 

It is a completely different challenge to write a theoretical exposition or to present your work in a short pitch to a jury. The European Young Innovators Festival offered a very diverse program including many experienced coaches and also capacity building workshops to choose from. But on the third day, the Youth for Innovation Pitches themselves were on the agenda.

 

Just as their respective entrepreneurs did the days before, the students pitched their work in only 3 minutes to an international Jury of experts. Members of the YFI Jury were:

 

 

 

The entrepreneurs were excited to see the new ideas and interdisciplinary as well as multi-national approaches to their own businesses. The jury was excited about the quality of work given the short time frame. And the academic professors found inspiration at the Festival and guided their students through international and virtual collaboration.

All teams presented great work, but in the end the following teams stood out and were selected by the jury as this year´s WSA Youth for Innovation winners:

 

 

Student teams working on the venture Plant-for-the-Planet:

Lach Christian - FH Campus 02 (IT & business informatics), Austria

Ravnik Jürgen - FH Campus 02 (IT & business informatics), Austria

Schantl Martin Valentin - FH Campus 02 (IT & business informatics), Austria

Schreiner Matthias - FH Campus 02 (IT & business informatics), Austria

Stopper Christian - FH Campus 02 (IT & business informatics), Austria

Zuschnegg Michael - FH Campus 02 (IT & business informatics), Austria

 

Karla Reister - FH Kiel, Germany

Maike Tachil - FH Kiel, Germany

Adelina Mehmed - University St. Cyril and Methodius - Faculty of Economics Skopje, North Macedonia

Aaron Klenk - FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland

 

Students working on the venture Eevie:

Idil Fatos Cobanoglu - FH Joanneum (International Management), Austria

Charlotte Nabinger - FH Joanneum (International Management), Austria

Lara Weitgasser - FH Joanneum (International Management), Austria

Simon Willberger - FH Joanneum (International Management), Austria

 

Students working on the venture Future Heros:

Daniel Drack - FH Campus 02 (Innovation Management), Austria

Christina Kritz - FH Campus 02 (Innovation Management), Austria

Christoph Recher - FH Campus 02 (Innovation Management), Austria

Thomas Reitbauer - FH Campus 02 (Innovation Management), Austria

Kerstin Riedl - FH Campus 02 (Innovation Management), Austria

 

Students working on the venture Agro Serv:

Ortbauer Florian - FH Campus 02 (IT & business informatics), Austria

Saurer Markus - FH Campus 02 (IT & business informatics), Austria

Schweiger Marco - FH Campus 02 (IT & business informatics), Austria

Stöckl Dominik - FH Campus 02 (IT & business informatics), Austria

Wagner Matthias Nicolas - FH Campus 02 (IT & business informatics), Austria

Weihs Philipp - FH Campus 02 (IT & business informatics), Austria

 

Students working on the venture AirCare:

Hansjuerg Michel - FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland

Kristina Stojanovska - University St. Cyril and Methodius - Faculty of Economics Skopje, North Macedonia

Richard Moser - FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland

Pia Mering - FH Kiel, Germany

 

Students working on the venture XVision:

Chantal Baumgartner - FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland

Niklas Bauer - FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland

Monika Kadjibanova - University St. Cyril and Methodius - Faculty of Economics Skopje, North Macedonia

Henri Meskus - Laurea University of Applied Science, Finnland

 

Students working on the venture Augmented Reality for Tourism:

Leon Bader - FH Joanneum (International Management), Austria

Bojan Ivanusa - FH Joanneum (International Management), Austria

Balint Kiendler - FH Joanneum (International Management), Austria

Melanie Krainer - FH Joanneum (International Management), Austria

Andrea Schachl - FH Joanneum (International Management), Austria

 

Students working on the venture Educraft:

Malin Lauffer - FH Kiel, Germany

Santiago Lobo - Laurea University of Applied Science, Finnland

Angela Saltamarska - University St. Cyril and Methodius - Faculty of Economics Skopje, North Macedonia

Tobias Enke - FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland

 

Students working on the venture LevelUp:

Janine Engelhardt - FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland

Sophia Wiggenhorn - FH Kiel, Germany

Viktor Salazar - FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland

Maike Keller - FH Kiel, Germany