BFH Students collaboration with Greek start-ups

Friday, 31/05/2024

This May, 45 students from the University of Applied Sciences in Bern embarked on a five-day educational journey to Athens, organized by Alba Graduate Business School. This immersive field trip was designed to expose students to the vibrant world of Greek entrepreneurship and culture.

The trip provided an array of enriching activities that combined academic learning with practical exposure and cultural experiences. One of the highlights was a workshop on "Opportunity Mapping for Greek Startups and Small Businesses," conducted by Alexis Komselis, Director of the ALBA Hub for Entrepreneurship and Development. This session gave students a deep dive into the local startup ecosystem, equipping them with valuable insights into entrepreneurial opportunities and challenges in Greece.

BFH students worked with the following Greek start-ups:

TableOn, N’able Solutions, Technology without borders, Magic Kitchen, UniStudentAPP, Thaleia's Bookbindery, MK Fine Jewelry and Spithes

Project work in collaboration with the aforementioned Greek start-ups was a significant component of the trip, with dedicated sessions for students to develop and refine their business ideas. These sessions included coaching from BFH lecturers, ensuring that students received expert guidance to enhance their projects. The culmination of this effort was the final presentation to industry professionals, providing a platform for students to showcase their work and receive constructive feedback.


Students also had the chance to visit CapsuleT Accelerator and THE EGG, both of which are pivotal in supporting innovative startups in Greece. These visits allowed students to interact with industry experts and understand the inner workings of successful accelerators, fostering an entrepreneurial mindset and inspiring innovative thinking. The itinerary also included visits to industrial sites such as FAMAR Cosmetics, where students observed manufacturing processes and interacted with Alba EMBA current student.


Cultural immersion was also a key aspect of the trip. Students participated in a Photography Tour Challenge, exploring Athens and capturing its essence through their lenses. This activity not only fostered creativity but also encouraged them to engage with the city’s rich history and vibrant culture.


The field trip to Athens provided students with a comprehensive learning experience that extended beyond the classroom. They gained practical insights into entrepreneurship, developed their business acumen, and enhanced their presentation skills. Exposure to Greek culture and industries broadened their perspectives, making them more adaptable and culturally aware. This combination of academic rigor, hands-on learning, and cultural engagement made the trip a transformative experience, preparing the students for future challenges and opportunities in their careers.

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