The Innovators spent today in two different groups, switching activities after the other had finished to ensure that they had better access to the interactive sessions throughout the day.
In the morning, one group stayed at Suffolk for a session on applying to a competitive university in the United States. Applying to an Ivy League university—or a college in the elite tier—can be incredibly intensive, difficult, and, at times, confusing. The group got an overview of the tests, essays, and extra-curricular activities needed to apply, as well as particulars of the process like interviews and diverse recommendation letters, focusing primarily on the meaning and implications of the holistic process.
Then, the Innovators headed to CIC, a collaborative center that houses startups and community businesses, and met with Ricardo Garcia, the CEO of the Richi Foundation, for a session on entrepreneurship. Ricardo outlined the different steps necessary to form a company or a startup.
Ricardo taught the Innovators about skills like productive fundraising, professional negotiating, and the concept of execution rather than merely imaginative creation. He taught them that venture capital is key—it’s not just about making a prototype, but rather about managing a product on the market. In entrepreneurship, a marriage of pragmatism and ingenuity is key.
Finally, after dinner, the Innovators collaborate on their Challenge. Just one week left!