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After being selected by the jury, the 10 teams of the Pangaea X program traveled to Lausanne, Switzerland, to begin the 5-month program. The teams met at the Aquatis Hotel to begin the intensive 3-day workshop accompanied by their coaches and various experts. To develop each idea, the teams used innovation and self-development methods inspired by Design Thinking.
The first day started with Mike Horn’s intervention. He highlighted the importance of discipline in the success of impact projects.
The teams then had the opportunity to listen to Alexandre Osterwalder, the co-founder of Strategyzer, who explained the importance of failure for success. “We all start with an idea and try to get to the point of creating a real organization. The classic approach is to create a business plan. But the entrepreneurial journey is never linear. We move forward, we regress, our project can die. If we survive, our idea will go all the way! The most important thing in this journey is to accept that, when you start up, uncertainty is at a maximum. You have to remain humble.”
Each team then met with their coach to work on the different phases of the canvas. On the first day, participants focused on the environment and empathy phases.
Saturday, 7:30 am: the participants took the the bus to the Domaine de Pra Roman to continue the development of the projects in a place surrounded by nature and greenery. Warming up, rock-paper-scissors contest, various exercises helped the teams start off their day ! The teams then started the ideation and hypothesis phases accompanied by their coaches. In order to best prepare their final pitch, the teams attended Bremtane Moudjeb’s intervention, the public speaking coach, who gave his best advice to succeed in public speaking.
On the last day of the workshop, each team had to pitch their project: once in 30 seconds while walking with Mike Horn and once in 5 minutes in front of two members of the jury, Marco Simoeni and Olivier Ferrari, and a camera. This exercise allowed the participants to get used to speaking and also allowed the jury to determine the progress of the projects. In the afternoon, we returned to Pra Roman for an outdoor activity with Mike Horn. The teams had to fight for the first place during an orientation race! Each team was composed of participants who had only known each other for 2 days. The goal was to test everyone’s team spirit but also to have fun!
For the last evening of the kick-off, the participants made a fire to warm up but also to cook. With the risotto found during the orientation race, they cooked, together, their dinner. The participants shared this evening to get to know each other.