“It (Avenir) reminds me of my MBA times, where a lot of people set up teams and attend this kind of competition.”
--Sean Han, GM oF Renrendai Co. Ltd. & Former CEO and Co-Founder of Antoubao Co. Ltd., Mentor at 2017 Avenir Business Competition
The first Avenir Business Competition was held at Beijing City International School on March 11th and 12th. 17 schools, 122 students, and 39 teams from Beijing and Tianjin initially applied for the competition, but unfortunately space was limited, so only 10 schools, 63 students, and 19 teams made it to the competition round.
Over two days, the teams were put through a rigorous schedule of presenting to small incubator groups, getting individual feedback from mentors, working together to improve their pitches, and attending intensive workshops on entrepreneurship.
However, the crown jewel of the competition was the final presentation, where teams had to present their 7-minute pitch to a theater full of their parents, teachers, mentors, fellow competitors, as well as a tough panel of judges who could give the Sharks of Shark Tank a run for their money.
Nonetheless, the teams faced the difficulty with grace and diligence, proposing incredible products, apps, and services that wowed the mentors and students alike.
Finally, it was time for the awards ceremony. Two teams from Beijing and one team from Tianjin took the AVENIR Awards, which consist of 10,000RMB, 5,000RMB, and 2,000RMB respectively.
Hannah Taylor, Dylan Lepicard, Jihyun Lee, Xinyuan Zhou
Yasmine Rayyis, Lynn Hong
The Side Six
Austin Guo, Alison Teng, Anna Xie
All in all, Avenir has successfully initiated the creation of a platform that gave students the chance to really embrace their entrepreneurial spirt in such in an inspirational way.
The best is yet to come.