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L'X participates in KAIST 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Camp

Two Ingénieur Polytechnicien students participated in "2017 Global Entrepreneurship Camp" that took place from August, 2nd to August, 11th at KAIST, South Korea.

Jacques Boitreaud and Pierre Cote De Soux, both Ingénieur Polytechnicien students X 2016, participated in "2017 Global Entrepreneurship Camp" organized by École Polytechnique's partner institution KAIST. Happy to represent l'X in South Korea, they said: "We were very proud to fly École Polytechnique’s flag in Korea this summer! For the first time, a French university took part in the Global Entrepreuneurship Camp at KAIST, the Korean institute of sciences and technology, a two-week long program plunging 30 students from all around the world in the exciting universe of innovation and startups.

Located in Daejeon, 150km south from Seoul, KAIST is the most prestigious Korean university, and even the best in Asia for scientific innovation, according to the latest Reuters ranking. More than 10 000 students and researchers reside on its gigantic and ultramodern campus. The program we attended was launched 3 years ago by Erik Kristiansen, a Danish entrepreneur, to bring together students from partner universities who share the same passion for innovation.

After a warm welcome on this exotic campus where the sound of crickets can cover your voice in some paths, we started the program with lectures given by Kaist Startup Institute professors, and some inspiring testimonies by successful entrepreneurs who all graduated from Kaist. We visited a Physics professor’s startup building a revolutionary microscope to observe live cells, and discovered Korean sports during a taekwondo class. Most importantly, we experienced in an accelerated time frame the birth of a startup.  In teams of four, we created in ten days a first viable product answering a students’ need on the campus. By interviewing students around campus and going through an interesting ideation process, we were able to turn vague ideas into powerful solutions to people’s problems. However, elaborating the final product was a very demanding teamwork, even more challenging because of the different cultures, backgrounds and languages within each team. Chinese, Korean, British, Danish and Lebanese students, from 20 to 35 years old, and us worked on nice startup concepts, ready to be developed for real! This unforgettable experience made us feel like going back to Asia, and we hope 2017 class will be part of this adventure!"

Sports Complex of KAIST

The group and the team of organizers