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As part of their curricular activities, our MSc students engage constantly with real-life situations, meet people from the professional world and see directly how the tools they learn in class can be applied to the real world. One of these curricular activities took place the 6th of February 2019, when MSc students had the opportunity to visit Pier01-Barcelona Tech City. Barcelona Tech City is a private non-profit organisation open to all Barcelona-based members of the local and global technology ecosystem. It is a project driven by local entrepreneurs that currently represents over 800 businesses.
The visit is part of the course Business Plan taught by Professor Susana Domingo who decided to expose her students to the world of technology-based start-ups. This is a very important initiative because Barcelona is one of the top 5 European cities according to the EU start-ups ranking in terms of promoting entrepreneurial activities in the form of start-ups. Hence, this is the perfect city for people willing to start an entrepreneurial career and the BSM is at the forefront in preparing its MSc students for such a demanding and fulfilling career.
Therefore, the visit is a clear opportunity for students who plan to start their own company or simply would like to work for a start-up and develop their professional skills in a fast growing and dynamic environment. BSM through the UPF Business Shuttle managed to reach an agreement with Barcelona Tech City which allows our MSc students to actively visit their venue. By actively we refer to the fact that they do not just look around the place, they actually listen and engage in conversations with entrepreneurs and professionals who not only explain to the students the process that led them to the position they are now, but also answers their questions related to the challenges, future developments and opportunities they see in the Barcelona entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Furthermore, the visit had a special flavour because students could experience the importance of the network that the BSM is building. In fact, while visiting Nuclio venture builder, students had the chance to meet Julian May at Eelp! and Oriol Abad at Finteca, two former BSM Master students who let them visit their space, talk to their colleagues and get very interesting first-hand insights about their jobs and their lives within that hub.
The students also had the chance to visit the Payment Innovation Hub which is an initiative born thanks to the union of CaixaBank, Global Payments Inc., Samsung, VISA and Arval with the purpose of jointly promoting R&D&I projects that bring the best and most innovative experiences in payment solutions to society.
To quote Professor Susana Domingo: “These visits allow our students to know first-hand the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Barcelona. It is a unique chance to learn, look for financing opportunities, become part of the system, find internships, to find jobs in start-ups and to broaden their network by meeting new people. We give students the opportunity to interact with former MSc students and strengthen the BSM community and it is also a practical way for them to understand the latest industry trends. It is my responsibility as a business Professor to create a bridge between the classroom and the entrepreneurial world”.