Two groups of MBA students set for their week-long study field trips to Silicon Valley, US and Taiwan respectively in the last week of November. There were plenty of beyond classroom learning experience gained on entrepreneurship and innovation through a number of visits.
With an objective of gaining insights into the different aspects of entrepreneurship and innovation, the group visited a number of companies including IBM, Watson, Oracle, Prezi, Docusign, Google and LinkedIn where they learnt how data are utilised. Bootup ventures is a collaborative and creative start-up ecosystem that offers co-working space, corporate acceleration and innovations. Whilst Task Rabbit is an online and mobile marketplace that matches freelance labour with local demand, allowing consumers to find immediate help with everyday tasks.
Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund aims to unleash resources and talents of the Silicon Valley community to achieve meaningful social impact.
Fjord is a global design and innovation consultancy manifesting how design thinking cultivates design-led strategies. Also a visit to the Stanford University plus a talk by Bolt Threads.
The field trip concluded with a “Shark Tank” pitching session where students had to present their new business ideas to a judging panel comprised of Silicon Valley capitalists for their support on their decision to invest.
What our student has to say?
Kevin Burns (Full Time, Class of 2020)
“Everything was great. Meetings were very interesting and arrangements were seamless. I couldn’t have wished for a better execution.”
The objective of this field trip was to understand the development of social entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship in cultural and creative sectors through a range of visits and lectures.
Cheer For – creative lifestyle products with original designs, followed by a speaker series.
Ming Hsiu – Cheerful Group Sharing
Tony Lee – Start Up Talk
Kai Hsu- KS Bridge
Co working space
Lecture by Professor Ming-Huei Chen on Creativity & Entrepreneurship
Visiting the AU Museum
Social Entrepreneurship Forum at Fu Jen University
Professor Ariana Chang, Department of Business Administration, FJU
Mr Henri Lau, Director, Business Words
Mr Sean Chen, Founder of GHP Capital & Consulting
Lecture by Prof Liu Day-Yang on Technology Development in Taiwan at National Taiwan University of Science & Technology (NTUST)
Lecture by Prof. Wang Hui Chih on the “Business Model for Religious Operation- Chinese Temple”
Chih Nan Temple
Victory Potential Development Centre– a social entreprise integrating employment services for the disabled
Mr Roy Chang, CEO of the Centre on Innovative Social Entrepreneurship
The tour ended with a debriefing session with Professor Wilton Chau at Onsen Papawaqa
What our student has to say?
Stephanie Chu (Full Time, Class of 2020)
“As the only trip that includes creative and cultural entrepreneurship, the Taiwan Study Trip definitely distinguishes itself from all other study trips and was able to meet its learning objectives. Prof. Wilton Chau is a great professor who maximizes learning opportunities. Even when some speakers did not present very well, he evoked the presenter to elaborate and would later tell us his previous learnings to make up for it. There was not a day that went to waste.”