ShARE students have to work on a strategy project with a start-up as part of their first year.The objective is for the students to practice the corporate skills they learnt at ShARE on a concrete project and also to learn about the world of start-up. The project lasts 8 weeks. The scope of the project is a strategy case and the deliverables are typically a 20 slides presentation with recommendations. At the beginning of the project, students will conduct a carbon footprint calculation and Do Well Do Good assessment for the start-up.
WHY DO A PROJECT WITH US
ShARE students come from top schools and well trained on consulting methodologies.
As a CEO of a start-up, you are focused on short-term operations and don’t always have time to think about tomorrow’s opportunities. This is an opportunity to get strategic insights without getting distracted from operations and prepare your company for the future.
Fresh ideas and fun
Working with the students is fun! They have a lot of energy, passion and fresh ideas that you can tap into.
It is free for you. If you think the project yielded a great impact for your company, feel free to sponsor the students to attend ShARE world seminar.
Go to market
Expand to new geographies; assess market potential and set a market entrance strategy
Benchmark your product with competition; define price strategy.
CO2 emissions reduction
Understand the best levers to reduce carbon emissions for your organisation
Develop your business plan; identify investors; prepare your pitch book.
Sustainable Product Strategy
Develop sustainable products for positive impact creation
Add features to your product; develop new products. Add service to your product.
HOW IT WORKS
ShARE TEAM AND OVERVIEW
The ShARE team will be composed of 5 ShARE - 4 junior students and one senior student who will work as a project manager and who will be the point of contact. The ShARE students commit to work 10 hours per week for a period of 8 weeks.
It is important to stay on schedule given that students have exams and breaks, and that we schedule start-up projects when students have more free time.
WHAT IS EXPECTED FROM YOU
- A clear and feasible scope– Scope has to be narrow enough to be solved within 8 weeks.
- One hour carbon footprint calculation with the students- At the start of the project, students will have a discussion with you to calculate the start-up's carbon footprint using ShARE methodology.
- One hour DWDG discussion with the students- At the start of the project, the students will have a discussion with you to understand whether the start-up is a "Do Well Do Good" start-up. Start-ups with many Do Well Do Good elements may receive additional branding/marketing on ShARE social media.
- One hour per week of coordination– You need to appoint a project coordinator who can help and guide the students during the 8 weeks
- 4 meetings – The project should have at least 4 meetings (mainly through SKYPE/ calls) . It starts with a kick-off meeting, followed by two review meetings and one final meeting where the CEO should attend
- Feedback at the end of the project– Once the project is finished, you will provide an on-line feedback to the team.
CRITERIA TO APPLY
Established start-up but sill in nascent phase
Your start-up must exist for at least 12 month, have at least 5 employees and not more than 50 employees. The start-up should be in the same country as the students.
The project has to be a strategic case: new market, new product, next round of fund raising,...
Fit with our philosophy Do Well Do Good
ShARE students only work with start-ups that believe in our philosophy “do well for yourself do good for the world” – in short start-ups that advance the society.
Fit with our knowledge network
Your start-up can be within the 5 following sectors
- Sustainable Energy
- Global Economy
Before you register in the form below, you need to agree with the ShARE students on the problem statement. You can't register without the contact of the ShARE students willing to do the project. Once the form filled, you need to receive a confirmation from a ShARE staff that the project can start - which takes typically 5-6 days.
Do I remunerate the students ?
The students are not remunerated on this type of projects. It is a learning experience from them. We expect you to spend at least one hour per week to coach them and the students should meet the CEO of the start-up at the end of the project.
If you think the work has added a lot of value to your business, you can sponsor the students to attend ShARE annual global event.
Is this cost free to me ?
Typically there is no project expenses and the project can be done at no cost. If there are project cost (e.g travelling cost, survey..), the start-up has to cover them.
Can I give the students any work ?
You have to give strategic case to the students. You can’t give them an admin or technical work. For example, just compiling a database of customers won’t be eligible for a project.
Can I make the project longer?
The project has to be within 4-6 weeks. The scope has to be narrow enough.
Will students work in my start-up?
No, students will work remotely from their campus and will spend in average 10 hours per week on the case.
Do I need to sign a contract ?
You just need to agree on the terms and conditions when you register on-line. You might want to sign a NDA with the students. We advise you not to share confidential information with them.
ShARE is an innovative start-up at the crossroad of education and consulting and which offers a leadership programme to university students to supplement their academic curriculum, and offers corporates a new way to do consulting, build innovation ecosystems and access top talent.
More information on ShARE.