Q1.What are your reasons for applying to this programme? Relate to previousexperience and personal qualifications and how you see this programmefurthering your development in these respects. (Character limit: 3000) Australia has been my home for the past year and brought me amindset that makes the most out of lifeon a day-to-day basis, this is best explained by the founder of Buddhism: “Donot dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on thepresent moment” (Buddha).
WhenI concentrate my mind on the present moment, I realise how much I’ve grown andlearnt since last year’s application for this exact same program and I’mthankful being able to show you once more how deeply integrated my passion forentrepreneurship truly is. I am applying for the New Venture Creationtrack since I no longer want to postpone my true ambition; creating companiesthat help the world fight global challenges. Multiple years of working,studying and travelling abroad, made me realise how fortunate I am for havinglimitless options in life. Currently,this programme is my main goal and the ideal next stepping stone to become the entrepreneur I visionmyself to be.
This programme primarily appeals to me dueto the balance between theory and practice, the educational reputation of LundUniversity and the promising background of the staff within this programme. CraigMitchell for example, his thesis “Growth The Missing Ingredient Of ImmigrantEntrepreneurship”, gives me a better understanding of the complex andmultidimensional processes, causes and effects of growth within immigrant-owned firms. And how mainstreamgrowth literature isn’t sympathetic to it due to its ‘ethnic’ characteristicsand being circumscribed by negative structural impediments. I vision Mr Mitchell to be an inspiring person who isable to deepen my knowledge of New Venture Creation. I am a compassionate and disciplined personwho is honest, sees opportunities and withstands risks and pressure. I amreferred to as an inspiring and knowledgeablepioneer since I am always working on progressive concepts. For example; theBlockchain Technology, a plant-based diet and mindfulness. In conclusion, myentrepreneurialism lies in exploring everything our world has to offer.
Ithrive on new experiences; this gives me energy and inspiration and broadens myhorizon. Taking on new challenges is also aparticular interest of mine within my professional life. Within my job as anAccount Manager, for example, I was challenged to fulfil the role of Safety Manager, which made me responsiblefor the company being covered in case of an accident. Finally, entrepreneurship is simplytraceable in my blood. My father is an entrepreneur in the field of trafficconsultation and my mother is a self-employed dietician.
Their entrepreneurshipalso expressed itself within my upbringing. I attended schools with a focus on ‘self-education’,called Montessori education, in which students have freedom within certainboundaries. Therefore, I am used to makingdecisions from an early age and this developedme in being an outgoing and enterprising person.Q2.Describe your previous experience of entrepreneurial activities in a broadsense, also including activities besides start-ups. (Character limit: 1500) I always select jobs with anentrepreneurial character in which contribution is stimulated. In my last jobas a Customer Service Representative, I saw so much potential growth that I voluntarily drew upa report with recommendations concerning management, logistics, technology andcompany culture. This has been executed.
During my Bachelor’s I co-founded Onesieclub, a webshop specialised in aclothing niche market called Onesies. It was a start-up with low investment andhigh potential, which was perfect to combine with my study. It was an educational experience where we took progressive steps toprofessionalise our business. We formalised our processes, made contracts withsuppliers and optimised our customer service. Constant development, for me, is one of themain beauties of being an entrepreneur. Currently, my former business partnerand I are working on a concept that has the potential to more easily broadenpeoples social circles in real-life. Activities in a broader sense includeexperiences abroad.
I completed an internship in the Caribbean, travelled inSouth East Asia after graduation and recently returned from one year workingabroad in Australia. Here I was able to obtain a number of unique workexperiences (see attached resume), which enabledme to obtain a full professional proficiency level of English with countlessnew interests and a clearer vision of my future ambitions. Concluding, I am used to being away fromhome and I easily adapt to different cultures. Q3.Based on your previous experience, elaborate on the pros and cons of working inteam versus individually.
(Character limit: 1500) Both types of working are familiar to medue to the project and competency-based education of my Bachelor’s degree. Wehad to form groups, divide tasks and make group decisions in which we developedthe required skills. The biggestadvantage of teamwork is that there is an exchange of knowledge and skill sets,which can achieve or enhance synergy effects that an individual rarely can. It is important that clear expectations,policies and tasks are set. Divide tasks according to personal skills of themembers, this occurred instinctively incollaborating with my former business partner and results in greatereffectiveness. Teamwork can also improve the relationships among peopleinvolved. Brainstorming, for example, caninspire members and stimulate the team spirit.
On the downside, groups can leadto wasted time, conflicts, insecurities and an undermining of the motivationand commitment of individuals. I have learned to handle those challenges andact upon them with time efficient and structured meetings, critical listeningand constructive feedback. When working individually, on the other hand, it is easier to focus, youdo not have to keep others updated and you have absolute control over your agenda.
On the downside, individuallyI can more easily get constraint in ideas and face needed skills that are not mystrongest. Concluding, both types of working canachieve separate goals and I maintain a healthy balance between both to reachmaximum results. Q4.What are your career ambitions immediately after graduating from thisprogramme? How do you see your career developing over the next few years?(Character limit: 3000) Graduating from this programme would giveme the perfect basis to further scale my future start-up. I thrive this to be alean and agile operating company that is progressive, innovative and internationallyorientated. It has high values on effectiveness, sustainability, and itsworking environment. Take a company like Solar City, for example, a company that delivers full-service solar powersystems. They are internationally active, constantly innovating and make solarpower more sustainable and appealing, which greatly inspires me.
Their roofs generateclean energy with solar you cannot even see. Additionally, I am committed to a strongcompany culture since this increases employees intrinsic motivation which iskey to success. This consists of a healthy work-life balance, a working environmentthat stimulates creativity and relationships, and a possibility to workremotely.
The latter one puts us in charge of our own schedule and makes usable to fully integrate work in our personal lives. Nowadays location independence is possible since moderntechnology makes us able to stay connected. Since mid last year, I have become interested inand intrigued by, the evolutionary Blockchain technology. After extensiveresearch into this topic and the visitation ofnumerous events around it, I am thrilled to become part of thispromising movement. Preferable industries to implement thistechnology will be the food industry, renewable energy and informationtechnology. I have come to better understand globalchallenges like these since last year abroad, where I obtained a more open mindset.
My food consumption, for example, has made a shift from an omnivorediet to a plant-based diet. If people ask why,I explain that it’s based on four motivators; the animals, the environment, myhealth and the human family. Unique experiences changed my paradigms and I liketo help others evaluate their paradigmsby informing them about the background of their food in order to make more consciousdecisions.
In last year’s video application, where I was amidst of this journey,I explained why I think food should be a bigger part of our educational system (https://youtu.be/-kv_FUC5DIM). I have shared this with people in my networkthat it might concern, who welcomed the idea with open arms. In Q5 I explainhow I want to contribute to this global challenge with help of the Blockchaintechnology. My overall ambition is a healthy balancebetween different aspects of living; work, health, learning, social andspiritual. A balance in these aspects oflife will make me able to excel in business while living a fulfilled and happylife. Through experiences and books like “Rich Dad – Poor Dad”, which is greatfor personal finance, I have obtained certain knowledge and experiences that enable me to escape the so-called “rat-race”. The ideal scenario would be the ability tocreate jobs in which people are happy, healthy and successful, within a companythat focuses on global challenges.
Q5.If you would like to join the track Entrepreneurship New Venture Creation:Would you want to develop your own idea or an external idea the master’s year?If you have an idea of your own that you would like to develop, describe youridea in short. (Character limit: 1500) Blockchaintechnology has the potential to revolutionize the world economy and affect allindustries, I will elaborate on its potential for the food supply chain. The blockchain is a decentralised ledgerwhich records transactions and stores this information on a global network, which is aneutral open platform. My idea is an application that runs onthe blockchain, which enables customersto simply scan the product’s QR code with their smartphone and receive itscomplete history from farm to fork. This will put power back into the hands ofthe direct customer, create a more structured logistical system for retailersand quality protection for producers. This technologycould give consumers more openness and transparency, which guarantees theirfood is exactly what the label says it is.
Retailers are able to identifypotentially unsafe products which enables them to remove only adulterated items.This would have been of great value during last summer’s egg contamination scandal.And finally, for the producers, any attempts to tamper with a product as it moves through the supplychain can be immediately identified and prevented before it ever reaches theretailer. The food supply chain is enormous and I think its key tostart small, with a single supermarket chain for example. I highly believe ingathering smart(er) people around me in order to make a contribution.
Collaborationwith students from Computer Science, forexample, to achieve the technical side of this idea.