Guido Spooren, Week 51, New Challenge

Guido Spooren, Week 51, New Challenge

Hi readers, welcome to my fourteenth blog about my internship at Feniksgroep.

This week, we finally received an e-mail from one of our internship coordinators. She took quite some time with answering our questions, since both her and our other coordinator had a flu and were quite ill because of it. My task now is to send an e-mail to the webmaster of the Feniksgroep website with the question whether he can grant me the log-in details for the Content Management System, in order to edit their website. Recall that I had contact with the webmaster about this a while back and I told him that I would ask our internship coordinator for those details. Unfortunately however, due to her late response, I have to try it again by asking the webmaster for those details.

Also this week, every internship group from our class had a meeting with the professor for our last course of our minor: Entrepreneuring in Amsterdam. During this course, our task is to work full-time on our internships. However, our challenge has gotten a little mixed-up. The task at hand now is to split up again into two groups of three, as we did at the beginning of our internship. Each of those groups has to hand in a business plan at the end of the course, which will be at the end of January. This means that we will have a lot more to do besides our initial tasks we gave ourselves for the remaining weeks. Hopefully, we will manage to do this successfully. Time will tell…

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my blog and hopefully you will read my next week’s blog as well! 🙂

Guido

Internship blog week 51 – M. van der Burg

Internship blog week 51 – M. van der Burg

This week we had our meeting with Irma Borst about the progress of our internship. We are going to change our challenge again and start with a business plan in January. During the last months we gained quite some knowledge about SEEDS itself and how it’s presents itself to new entrepreneurs. We will be applying this knowledge and experience in January to come up with a relevant business plan for SEEDS. Our business plan will focus on how SEEDS should position itself within ABN AMRO and how it should benefit from its relation with ABN AMRO, but this is still subject to change.

During the recent months we have worked on selection tools for crowd funding, we have accomplished this by researching which properties a business plan should have in order to be a successful crowd funding campaign. Furthermore we have researched the AIDA marketing model, we will definitely be able to use some of our results for our business plan.

We are looking forward to January to come up with an interesting business plan which will have to goal to attract more entrepreneurs to SEEDS crowd funding platform. This goal will be accomplished by highlighting the benefits ABN AMRO can provide SEEDS. Furthermore we will apply some of our data we have gained during our previous challenge.

See you in January!

Martijn

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Guido Spoore, Week 50, Deadlines and Appointments

Guido Spoore, Week 50, Deadlines and Appointments

Hi readers, welcome to my thirteenth blog about my internship at Feniksgroep.

Unfortunately, this week has been a rather quiet week for me concerning my internship. I have been busy the past 2 weeks with 3 other courses at the same time, who all have multiple deadlines and exams. The is turn caused some stress on my side, since I do want to finish all of my courses with a sufficient mark, so I do not risk having to spend the entire next year on one or perhaps two failed courses, before I can start my Masters study the year after that. That is the major reason why I have been shifting my attention more towards my actual study deadlines and exams, rather than towards my internship.

That is however not the only reason why I’ve spent less time on my internship this week. I’m still waiting for our coordinator to send me the log-in data for the Content Management System (CMS) that they use in order to manage their website. As I told last week, I had contact with the webmaster of the Feniksgroep website and he told me that, since it was alright with our coordinator, I could edit their website by adding the video and all of the information. This was the easiest and cheapest solution, so win-win! However, I have already asked our coordinator twice about the log-in data, without response unfortunately, so I will try to contact her yet again next week. The same holds for making appointments with the actors and the cameraman in order for us to shoot the  video. My group mates are busy with trying to manage that, but they are undoubtedly also very busy with their deadlines. However, after next week, all of our deadlines and exams are over, which means we can spend a lot more time on our internship again!

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my blog and hopefully you will read my next week’s blog as well! 🙂

Guido

Internship Blog – Week 50 – M. van der Burg

Internship Blog – Week 50 – M. van der Burg

This week our main focus was on data collection to design a theoretical framework. We have reached out to multiple companies for an evaluation of the website of SEEDS, we are looking forward to get some insights of other people and companies. Based on data from a theoretical framework we are going to evaluate this. Eventually we will use this data to design some new templates for SEEDS. We are aiming to finish our theoretical framework before the Christmas holiday starts. During January we will do our analysis which will result in a template and advice.

For our theoretical framework we have been searching for previous usability and marketing papers which should give us insight in what is defined as good usability. Combined with a marketing mechanism we hope to design a process, which follows the rules of usability, for signing up new entrepreneurs to start their campaign with SEEDS.

We are looking forward to come up with a really interesting advice and template which hopefully will be used by SEEDS when they are going to design/update their internal procedures for signing up new entrepreneurs.

Thanks for reading!

Martijn

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Joep van Gelder, week 50, Internship ACE@VU

Joep van Gelder, week 50, Internship ACE@VU

Joep van Gelder

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Dear readers,

Today we had an early meeting with our internship guide (read: 9 o’clock). As our survey has been launched this Monday, we are waiting for all students to fill it in. A total number of 66 students has to, seen as it is a mandatory ‘assignment’ for their course. If they do not do it, they won’t get a grade. To date, 42 people have filled in the survey. By the end of the week, they should all have done this. We’ll wait and see.

Furthermore, we discussed the template for our research paper. In the given template, as found in the course documents of Entrepreneuring in Amsterdam, we find some elements that we do not agree with. This will be discussed with our guide, as well as with the course lecturer. An example is the Canvas Business Model. We think that this will affect the quality of the paper eventually. Notwithstanding, we are already going to write a theoretical chapter and we are sure that we will be able to deliver the quality that may be expected from us.

We also discussed some of the results of the survey so far. It was for example seen that there were only 4 women who filled in the survey. From then on, we went a bit of topic and talked about the possibility of this fact to be a research issue itself. Why do we attract a low amount of women to the Master Entrepreneurship? We furthermore talked about the upcoming Christmas events. In sum, we can say that inspiration for the blog decrease every week. There is less to be said. Therefore, we will await the survey results for now. In January, inspiration will be back, as the hard work will really start by then.

Guido Spooren, Week 49, New Meeting With Our Coordinators

Guido Spooren, Week 49, New Meeting With Our Coordinators

Hi readers, welcome to my twelfth blog about my internship at Feniksgroep.

This week, on Wednesday to be precise, we once again had a meeting with our internship coordinators to talk about the progress of our challenge. However, the Tuesday before we first sat together with everyone from our group to discuss some new to-do’s. At that point, we realized that some of our plans might be a little too much work before our deadline, which is nearing soon. This meant that we had to change our plans a little in order to successfully finish this challenge.

Unfortunately, when we had our appointment the next day with our coordinators, 3 of our group members couldn’t make it due to other appointments, but fortunately for me, I was there after I had missed the previous meeting. We talked to them about what we had done so far, what we still wanted to do and how we wanted to manage this, since there had been a slight change of plans. Fortunately, our coordinators agreed with us that the plans were too big to realize in too little time, so our solution to that problem was alright with them. Furthermore, they had great tips for us on how to manage finishing our challenge in time. This mainly involved by setting clear deadlines, also for the people who are involved in our challenge, such as the actors acting in our short movie. This means that we shouldn’t hesitate to call everyone and being specific about what we want, and more importantly, when we want it. Only then we can manage to successfully finish our challenge. This was also discussed during one of our lectures 2 weeks back; it is easier to demand something from people that are less close to you than from friends, since you might harm your friendship that way.

Hopefully, if we manage to do this, I will be able to tell you next week if we were able to make some serious progress.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my blog and hopefully you will read my next week’s blog as well! 🙂

Guido

Joep van Gelder, week 49, Internship ACE@VU

Joep van Gelder, week 49, Internship ACE@VU

Joep van Gelder

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Honorable readers, fellow bloggers and most distinguished guests of this blog,

Today has been a big day; the survey for our research has been finished. We made some more progress this week by asking a survey expert for help. Our regular visitor recommended her to us. In no time, we had an answer back and she made a list of useful feedback. We have implemented this feedback and, together with some final feedback from our guide, we finished it. It is to be conducted next Tuesday. After the survey has been filled out by all respondents, a major challenge lies ahead of us: analyzing all data in SPSS. None of us are really SPSS experts. We all passed the courses in which we had to work with SPSS, but this sometimes went falteringly. Therefore, it may be a good idea to refresh our knowledge of SPSS. A good opportunity – hey, we know this word from the minor! – will be to take part in ‘Bachelorwerkgroep 2’ again. We might be able to be present at the lectures, so that we can make a good start with analyzing the data.

Now that the survey is completed, we can spend some time on studying for the exam of Entrepreneurship and Networks next week. Also, we have some time to finish our other research for Enterprising Regions. Then, we can look forward to the holidays that are to come. After these days, we will pick up our work for the challenge again. It will be an intensive period. After data analysis, we have to write a report in which we present our findings. Which students will turn out to be potential gazelle entrepreneurs? Are the results satisfying or should we have taken another approach for this research? Time will tell us the truth.