April 11, 2014

High school students made entrepreneurs for a week

One of Spherik’s missions is increasing the community’s receptivity to entrepreneurship and innovation. Besides our main program dedicated to early startups (more details to come soon), we are actively involved in similar initiatives, meant to educate and foster entrepreneurship. Transylvania College in Cluj is constantly offering its students alternatives to standard education. This March My Money Week, a financial and entrepreneurial program, rolled out its fourth edition involving all grades, from kids in kindergarten, to high school students. Catalina Amihaiesi, Programs Manager at Spherik, was invited to mentor the student teams participating in the Startup Competition — the main activity addressing high school students during My Money Week. This Startup edition was in connection to the global theme promoted by Child and Youth Finance International, a platform that last year engaged over one million young people from 80 countries. Last year Transylvania College won the Global Money Week Award for the best implemented financial and entrepreneurial education program. “Not only do we aim to educate children to be ready for the needs and challenges of the contemporary society, in which financial ‘literacy’ plays a decisive role, but we also want to encourage the young generation to share ideas, take a stand, and impact the future society at a global scale.” — Transylvania College Students signed up for the competition with various startup ideas, from event planning, media and advertising to orthodontics software solutions. They were trained by professionals during several mentoring sessions and finally pitched their ideas to a jury that picked out two winning projects and an honorary mention. The winners are Rares Rus and Bogdan Buduroiu, students in the 11th grade, followed by the younger Bogdan Ionescu from 10th grade. Rares designed a key holder that packs up just like a Swiss knife and managed to have a prototype ready, […]
April 1, 2014

Spherik Student 2014. Project overview

Spherik Student 2014 developed in partnership with Babes-Bolyai University and The Technical University of Cluj completed its first (pilot) edition. The program is meant to create opportunities for student teams preparing for international competitions. We are looking to support tech students who accept the challenge of various international competitions by offering them mentoring from both entrepreneurs and business people, as we believe that one day some of these students will turn into successful Romanian entrepreneurs themselves. This year Spherik Student guided six teams in Cluj-Napoca competing for Microsoft’s Imagine Cup global challenge. Four of them fully developed their applications and officially enrolled in the competition. Until now their ideas were kept secret, but after applying to Imagine Cup’s national phase, we can reveal their plans: SMT team is tackling the frail situation of people that suffered a stroke planning to ease their recovery.  Basing their solution on Microsoft Kinect, they are offering an application meant to guide patients through interactive exercises, designed to help improve speech abilities. “Our solution addresses this issue in a way that patients won’t see an image of themselves. Instead, they will be helping a virtual 3D character to achieve certain steps that contribute greatly towards recovery.” – Bogdan Mursa Scripterers are developing an online game for interactive storytelling that lets the user decide how the action will unfold. Basnu is a game for collaborative writers and narrative addicts.  “The game progresses by taking decisions and then completing a puzzle representative to that decision. Because the player decides what happens next, each gameplay will be a unique experience.” – Horia Ardelean         Team Plexis is creating a social app that connects people with same interests and hobbies. Clamber wishes to create momentum for various communities getting together in their free time. The 3 young entrepreneurs are Microsoft App Challenge […]