Explorer will help you experiment entrepreneurship as a career option. During 12 weeks you will be working on your idea and turning it into a solution that contributes to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals 2030. With a practical focus and based on social learning dynamics, Explorer is designed so that participants become actors of change through the building of economically sustainable projects in different industries, sectors and types of organisations. You can participate on your own or as part of a team.
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Jan 25 to April 25, 2021
12 weeks (8-10 hours/week)
Free. Financed by Santander Universidades
Semi-online or 100% online -depending on what the Explorer Space you choose establishes-.
In the first week of the programme, you will learn how to organise yourself as part of a team and/or community, to examine the ethics that should surround any project, and you will get ready to explore the potential of your idea through a framework where shared knowledge and peer-to-peer learning will play an essential role. All this guided by your Coordinator, who will connect you with your Xcout (mentor), and will be with you every step of the way along the 12 weeks, helping you in difficult times and celebrating your achievements with you.
In these two weeks, through different research processes, you will identify your potential customer and will build your value proposition, placing the people you want to help in the middle.
In these 6 weeks, you will learn how to build a minimum viable product and to prototype your solution, while you work towards putting your proposal before your audience through the latest marketing and communication techniques.
At this point of the programme you will be able to choose between two learning itineraries. The first one focused on projects that want to keep an organic growth, controlled by the founders, the so-called “bootstrapping” in the entrepreneurial world. The second one focused on projects that need outside investment in order to grow and keep going. In both cases you will learn about business models and investment options, as well as to develop your project budgets.
You will learn how to communicate your solution. To your customers, to your potential partners, investors, and, above all, to the people who are going to decide whether you (and your team if you have one) are taking part of the Explorer fellows cohort who will enjoy a week of immersion training at a European entrepreneurial hub in the summer of 2021 to continue the Explorer experience intensively. You will choose final destination collaboratively with the rest of Explorers throughout the 12 weeks.
You will understand the changing context where we are as a society with COVID-19 and will develop your creative thinking focused on finding solutions for the “new normal”.
You will display your purpose and values, you will explore your boundaries and understand your potential.
You will learn to understand the needs of your potential customers and empathise with them.
You will identify and learn the latest techniques and tools to communicate with your audience.
You will get a range of skills (the so-called ‘soft skills’) that will always go with you and will help you thrive in any professional environment.
You will connect with young people like you, who want to do things to improve their society.
You will practice and improve your English skills in an actual environment.
And, above all, you are going to try. Be fearless. Because here you have the chance to make mistakes.
Young people aged 18-31, eager to make a positive impact in the world.
Any student who wants to understand the benefits and opportunities the entrepreneurial world offers in a safe environment where mistakes are allowed and no previous knowledge about business is required in order to keep going.
Techies who want to experiment with their solution and explorer the possibilities of turning it into a global project.
Humanities students who want to transform their passion into their livelihood building a sustainable project.
Digital nomads who want to explore the world taking their business with them and enjoying remote work.
Researchers and academics who want to make sustainable businesses out of their findings.
Entrepreneurs who want to validate if their solutions can have an impact on society.
Explorer is designed in a way it can be adapted to the uncertain context created by the COVID-19. Although it is mainly an online programme, there are some activities happening on site at the Explorer Space. These are adjustable to a virtual scenario should lockdown happen or small gatherings and seating capacity reduced.
A Certificate of Completion for the projects that successfully complete all activities in the programme.
Explorer Trip: Intensive, immersive experience and training for the group of projects selected at each Explorer Space. One-week trip in the summer of 2021 to a European innovation hub for the cohort of Fellow Explorers: all the members of the selected team at each Explorer Space.
● Community: Access to a global community of young innovators that will grow edition after edition with the incorporation of American and European Explorer Spaces.
Definitely. Entrepreneurship is not for everyone. Explorer is. Emprender no es para todo el mundo, Explorer sí. Give yourself 12 weeks to try, to make mistakes, to learn, to get inspired, but, above all, to transform your idea into something tangible, find out if it could be a potential livelihood and to do it accompanied by people like you, who do not settle for the current state of things. Nobody knows what the future will bring. In an uncertain world, everything is possible. Allow yourself to do things, come to Explorer.