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Summer 2017 Cohort Announcement: Singapore

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We are so excited to announce our FINAL cohort for our Summer 2017 program!
Congrats & good luck to all of our fellows - we can't wait to see the awesome things that you accomplish this summer!

 

SINGAPORE SUMMER 2017 COHORT
 

Shefali Agarwal, Cornell University

Bulat Bayminov, University of Southern California

Same Bendary, Vanderbilt University

Jack Bosworth, Texas Christian University

Taiwan Chen, University of Southern California

Jae Hoon Lee, University of Southern California

Tommy Ng, New York University

Yiping Shen, Rice University

Jason Waye, University of Texas Dallas

Xueying Xu, Mount Holyoke College

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Summer 2017 Cohort Announcement: Santiago

We are so excited to announce our cohorts for our Summer 2017 program!
Be sure to check back tomorrow for our last city announcement!

 

SANTIAGO SUMMER 2017 COHORT
 

Karen Alcantar, Mount Holyoke College

Robert Beightler, University of Southern California

Henry Charman, Bucknell University

Isabel Damiani, University of California Berkeley

Clare Donohue, Indiana University Bloomington

Richard Edmunds, Vanderbilt University

Chris Flores, Pomona College

Greta Gasswint, Pennsylvania State University

Gabriel Hughes, University of California Los Angeles

Christopher Robinson, Harvard University

David Scaramucci, University of Notre Dame

Corrine Smith, Bucknell University

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Summer 2017 Cohort Announcement: Dublin

We are so excited to announce our cohorts for our Summer 2017 program!
Be sure to check back daily for a new city announcement. 

 

DUBLIN SUMMER 2017 COHORT
 

Akash Adani, University of Pennsylvania

Andrew Blower, University of Michigan

Sydney Brockman, Butler University

Christian Cannon, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Katharine Casselton, University of Michigan

Ryan Christensen, Arizona State University

Philip Chwistek, Pennsylvania State University

Brett Cotten, Pennsylvania State University

Nicolas CulineCalifornia Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Jonathan Greenfield, Vanderbilt University

Bryce Mbanefo, Princeton University

Max Roche, Amherst College

Trent Schillingford, Dartmouth College

Kimberly Tuttle, Claremont McKenna College

Eric Werbel, Duke University

Kazandra Zelaya, Claremont McKenna College

Albert Zhu, Duke University

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Summer 2017 Cohort Announcement: New York

We are so excited to announce our first-ever cohort traveling to New York City for our Summer 2017 program! Click here to learn more about this awesome city, and be sure to check back daily for a new city announcement. 

 

NEW YORK SUMMER 2017 COHORT
 

Tyler Bryant, University of Michigan

Tracy Chen, Amherst College

Annalise Ko, Scripps College

Anindya Mehta, University of Southern California

Lucian Ramnarase, University of Michigan

Kunal Singh, University of Michigan

Muhammad Tahir, McGill University

Anthony Zhou, University of Michigan

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City Spotlight: New York

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This blog post was written by David Meyer, one of our summer marketing interns.

What to Know

New York City is one of the United States’ biggest attractions. As one of the thirteen original colonies, New York has a long and storied history. New York City is also the city thought of most often when people talk about the US. In fact, if you Google “US cities”, it is the first one to come up. It is known for the bright lights of Times Square, the spectacular melting pot of cultures, and landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty. People also think of New York as a hub of business success, especially when thinking of Wall Street in the financial sector. But there is much more to New York and many more types of business opportunities that it has to offer.

What to Do

Sage Corps places value on cultural immersion and trying new things. New York is a perfect place for Sage Corps fellows to experience this. New York City is very unique. The city is an unbelievable place to explore, and it offers new experiences with every block. From the world-renowned Metropolitan Museum of Art to beautiful Central Park, New York City is filled with things to do. Art is abundant. Broadway shows are at every street corner. Also, the restaurants are fantastic, as NYC was number four on Zagat’s Top 17 Food Cities of 2015. In addition, while the city itself is the main attraction of New York, there is even more to the state than the Big Apple. New York offers beautiful natural attractions such as the Finger Lakes and Niagara Falls as well. The Museum Mile Festival, Central Park SummerStage, and the U.S. Open are all fun events in NYC.

Startup Scene

The newest business stronghold in New York is the startup community. According to the 2017 Global Startup Ecosystem Report, “New York City is the second largest ecosystem in the world by number of startups” and it “also produced the 3rd highest Number of Unicorns”. “Unicorns” are startups valued at over one billion dollars. Some New York-based unicorns listed by Built in NYC include Buzzfeed, Etsy, and FanDuel. Only two other cities have more startups become industry powerhouses. With a thriving startup ecosystem and plenty of success stories already, New York is a perfect location for us to send Sage Corps fellows.

We have found a myriad of New York startups that are perfect for us and our mission. We are sending Sage Corps fellows to a variety of different startups in the area. These startups are diverse, ranging from Basepair, a genetic data processor, to Tweed Wolf, a photo album creator. The variety in topics and the massive amount of startups in New York provide limitless opportunities for our fellows to spread their wings. Our network there continues to grow and more startups are signing up daily to work with us. We are beyond excited to send our first-ever cohort to this awesome city, and can't wait to send more students in future years!

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Summer 2017 Cohort Announcement: Paris

We are so excited to announce our cohorts for our Summer 2017 program!
Be sure to check back daily for a new city announcement. 

 

PARIS SUMMER 2017 COHORT
 

Arsh Arora, University of Pennsylvania

Gregory Del Vecho, Macalester College

Orvill Delatorre, Cornell University

Hayley Dent, University of Michigan

Qinyi Gu, University of Pennsylvania

Cher Huang, University of California Irvine

Nicholas Hunt, Boston University

Camila Kaplunov, Mount Holyoke College

Francisco Rocha, Colgate University

Thelma Sabi, University of Maryland College Park

Sandra Soueid, University of California San Diego

Tighe Sullivan, Colgate University

Becca Xu, Vanderbilt University

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Summer 2017 Cohort Announcement: Sydney

We are so excited to announce our cohorts for our Summer 2017 program!
Be sure to check back daily for a new city announcement. 

 

SYDNEY SUMMER 2017 COHORT
 

Haley Baker, Biola University

Sam Berglin, University of Wisconsin Madison

Aliya Doctor, Johns Hopkins University

Emily Douglas, San Jose State University

William Juang, University of Michigan

Rachel Kim, University of Chicago

Spencer Lund, Arizona State University

Charles Malkin, University of Texas Austin

Jonah Sacks, University of Texas Austin

Valerie Schweizer, Bowling Green State University

Wes Stephens, Pennsylvania State University

Eleanor Swanson, Colorado College

Michael Tang, University of Michigan

Michael Trahan, University of Michigan

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Summer 2017 Cohort Announcement: Amsterdam

We are so excited to announce our cohorts for our Summer 2017 program, and to be sending our first ever cohort to Amsterdam! Click here to learn more about this awesome city!
Be sure to check back daily for a new city announcement. 

 

AMSTERDAM SUMMER 2017 COHORT
 

Jacob Carmichael, University of Southern California

Helen Chen, Northwestern University

Maren Flood, University of Notre Dame

Ashley Khorassani, Pennsylvania State University

Neil Limaye, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Sami Malas, Claremont McKenna College

Daniel Pawelski, University of Colorado Boulder

Fasai Phuathavornskul, Rice University

Nicole Prolow, University of Georgia

Cory Salmonson, Pennsylvania State University

Griffin Solot-Kehl, Yale University

Don Ton, University of Texas Austin

Caleb Vanderloop, University of Notre Dame

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Summer 2017 Cohort Announcement: Berlin

We are so excited to announce our cohorts for our Summer 2017 program, and to be sending our first ever cohort to Berlin, Germany! Click here to learn more about this awesome city!
Be sure to check back daily for a new city announcement. 

 

BERLIN SUMMER 2017 COHORT
 

David Adler, University of Michigan

Tyler Bae, Northwestern University

Millie Chen, Carnegie Mellon University

Christopher Lei, Vanderbilt University

Jordan Reichgut, Carnegie Mellon University

John Sangimino, Vanderbilt University

Samara Sargeant, University of Southern California

Anna Scheppele, University of Michigan

Noah Schumacher, University of California Santa Barbara

Michael Umenta, Vanderbilt University

Olivia Venancio, University of Pennsylvania

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City Spotlight: Berlin

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This blog post was written by Sarah Rudd, Sage Corps' summer marketing intern.

What to Know

Located in Germany, Berlin is the country’s largest city and one of the most populated cities in the European Union. Although Berlin has officially been recognized as the capital of Germany since 1999, the city once symbolized the division of Germany, Europe, and two very different ideologies: freedom and communism. After World War II, the winning Allies (England, the United States, France, and the Soviet Union) divided Germany into four zones, each controlled by one of the superpowers. As Cold War tensions began to rise, Eastern Germany (controlled by the Soviets) eventually built a wall through Berlin to prevent Eastern Germans from relocating to Western Germany. This wall became known as the “Berlin Wall,” and was for many years a symbol of the Cold War until it “fell” in on November 9 of 1989. Shortly after, the city, and country, were reunited in 1990. Since then, a diverse group of immigrants have arrived in Berlin, helping to create a new and advanced cultural identity for the city, and providing new ideas and talent to the work force.

What to Do

Given its unique history as a divided city, Berlin is home to many important memorials and museums. The East Side Gallery is located on the eastern side of a 1316 meter-long section of the original Berlin Wall that still stands to this day, and consists of over 100 painted murals that represent hope for a better and freer world. Similarly, the Berlin Wall Memorial also includes an original portion of the Berlin Wall, but in addition includes original border fortifications and has formally been dedicated to the Divided City and the Victims of Communist Tyranny. Checkpoint Charlie and the Brandenburg Gate were both used as entry points between East and West Berlin during the Cold War, and they remain important symbols of the city’s historical division. Close by, the Holocaust Memorial remembers the many Jewish European victims of the Second World War. But apart from these memorials and monuments that hold ties to a dark time in Berlin’s history, the city has other exciting places to visit. Museum Island consists of five museums (the Old Museum, the New Museum, the Old National Gallery, the Bode Museum, and the Pergamon Museum), and is considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the Berlin Botanical Gardens, Berlin Radio Tower, and the Hatch Sticker Museum also offer valuable sightseeing experiences that bear a lesser connection to Berlin’s war history.

Startup Scene

According to Business Insider, Berlin is recognized as one of the leading cities for startups in Europe. Some of Berlin’s most noteable original startups include Rocket Internet, SoundCloud, and Dubsmash, but since the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union, there has been talk that many startups currently based in London will soon relocate to Berlin. One of the reasons that Berlin has been able to build and maintain a reputation for being a conducive environment for startups is its relatively low cost of living and its welcoming attitude toward international individuals and companies. There are also a variety of free opportunities to learn the German language in Berlin, allowing international startups to assimilate to Berlin’s culture and be able to interact with locals more quickly. Whether Berlin will truly succeed in overcoming London as the leading startup hub in Europe is still unclear, but Berlin is taking strides to improve their startup environment. We are excited to be sending our first cohort to this amazing city to work with companies like Deskish, Squareball, and Racemappr, and we hope to send even more students in coming years!

 

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Summer 2017 Cohort Announcement: Melbourne

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We are so excited to announce our cohorts for our Summer 2017 program, and to be sending our first ever cohort to Melbourne! Check here to learn more about this great city!
Be sure to check back daily for a new city announcement. 

 

MELBOURNE SUMMER 2017 COHORT
 

Noel Askins, University of Southern California

Samuel Leavitt, University of Pennsylvania

Jonathan Lin, New York University

Tim Marshall, Rice University

Sarah Perlin, Washington University in Saint Louis

Nicole Profit, University of Pennsylvania

Lucas Reynolds, University of Michigan

Patricia Utomo, Boston University

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City Spotlight: Melbourne

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This blog post was written by David Meyer, one of our summer marketing interns.

What to Know

Melbourne is the second largest city in Australia, only smaller than Sydney. It is the capital of Victoria, which is one of six states in Australia. The British colonized Australia in 1770, and it is true that over half of the people sent there in the early years were convicts. More travelers came after, especially in search of gold once it was discovered in the area. In 1901, Australia became an independent nation. It has since become a thriving nation. Melbourne is one of its main cities. It is the reigning most livable city according to the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Liveability Rankings, which is based on a variety of factors from healthcare to infrastructure. It has held this title for the past six years. It is a fantastic city to wander around and in which to live.

What to Do

Melbourne has a unique and fun culture. It is world-renowned for its art and history museums. Melbourne is also obsessed with sports. Cricket, Australian football, and rugby are popular, as well as the ever popular Australian Open. Nature in Melbourne is gorgeous and easily accessible due to the presence of national parks. Melbourne is known for its nightlife, with plenty of arcades and clubs. The foodie culture is also impressive, with Attica featured 33rd on the list of 50 Best Restaurants in the World. It is a great city for walking around and exploring. There is a lot of great coffee too, which often makes appearances during business meetings.

Startup Scene

The startup community in Melbourne is flourishing. Forbes compares Melbourne to San Francisco’s startup scene because of its interconnected community. Melbourne is also home to two different Startup Weeks, which provide even more opportunities for startups to branch out and work together. Some well-known Melbourne startups include RedBubble and 99Designs. We are sending fellows to many startups in Melbourne, such as Liven, a new food app, and CoderFactory, a coding academy. Our cohort is excitedly anticipating their upcoming experience in Melbourne!

 

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City Spotlight: Amsterdam

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This blog post was written by Sarah Rudd, Sage Corps' summer marketing intern.

What to Know

Although not the center of governmental activity, Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands, and is also considered one of the most liberal cities in the world. It quite literally means “dam in the river Amstel,” from which the city grew outward. Commonly referred to as the “Venice of the North,” the city consists of 165 canals, home to house boats and recreational boats low enough to clear the city’s 1000+ bridges. Though the official language of the Netherlands is Dutch, it is easy to get around without knowing much Dutch at all; many locals do speak English, along with other European languages. Apart from the city’s locals, Amsterdam also attracts international workers, students, and tourists, making it a diverse city that is always evolving and seeing new talent develop.

What to Do

Though globally recognized for its lax marijuana laws, notorious Red Light district, and for being the first country to legalize same-sex marriage, Amsterdam has more to offer than progressive viewpoints and pragmatic philosophies. Amsterdam is also home to the largest collection of Vincent Van Gogh’s works in the world, Anne Frank’s childhood home, and the “Heineken Experience” museum. Additionally, the city is known for their bike-friendly lifestyle—it is one of the most practical ways to get around the city for both tourists and locals. Canal cruises are another popular attraction among tourists, as are the approximately 7 million tulips that bloom between mid-April and mid-May.

Startup Scene

According to the 2017 Global Startup Ecosystem report, Amsterdam was ranked as the 19th best startup ecosystem in the world, and it is also considered one of the most competitive global economies. Two of Amsterdam’s first startups, Booking.com (1991) and TomTom (1996), have shown great success and are still based out Amsterdam today. Since then, the startup scene has only progressed further; in 2015 the Netherlands introduced “startup visas,” making it possible for international newcomers to take temporary residence there as they try to get their startup business on its feet. This has allowed for further growth within Amsterdam’s startup community and has helped boost its reputation as a prime city for startups like Shleep, Labfresh, and Mahlzeit to, well, start up. As a company that connects students with tech startup companies around the world, we are excited to send our first cohort to Amsterdam for our Summer 2017 program and allow them to fully take advantage of the opportunities the city has to offer!

 

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Summer 2017 Cohort Announcement: Hong Kong

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We are so excited to announce our cohorts for our Summer 2017 program!
Be sure to check back daily for a new city announcement. 

 

HONG KONG SUMMER 2017 COHORT
 

Alice Ahn, University of California Berkeley

Trent Andraka, Washington University in Saint Louis

Peter Barrows, Pennsylvania State University

McLean Cozine, Amherst College

Daniel Dishi, New York University

Alexis Drees, University of South Florida

Jonathan Jow, Princeton University

Amy Li, Princeton University

Eric Pendergast, University of Michigan

Daniel Savakus, University of Michigan

Lisa Stenson, University of California San Diego

Alexandria Stone, Indiana University Bloomington

Yelim Yeoum, University of California Berkeley

Eric Zeng, University of Pennsylvania

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Summer 2017 Cohort Announcement: Chicago

We are so excited to announce our cohorts for our Summer 2017 program!
Be sure to check back daily for a new city announcement. 

 

CHICAGO SUMMER 2017 COHORT
 

Griffin Bourjaily, Northwestern University

Ignacio de Osma, Northwestern University

Tudor Dorobantu, Boston University

Rachel Galano, Pomona College

Jonathan Gunczler, Pennsylvania State University

Qingyi Lu, Northwestern University

Saif Mehyar, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

Mohamad Obaidi, George Mason University

Ruchi Patel, Pennsylvania State University

Zorica Radanovic, Middlebury College

Leigh Rubin, University of Southern California

Veena Suthendran, University of Texas Austin

Evelyn Yeh, Johns Hopkins University

Derek Yi, University of Michigan

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Summer 2017 Cohort Announcement: Buenos Aires

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We are so excited to begin announcing our cohorts for our Summer 2017 program!
Be sure to check back daily for a new city announcement. 

 

Buenos Aires Summer 2017 Cohort
 

Jacari Boboye, Howard University

Adele English, Claremont McKenna College

Hunter Kettering, Claremont McKenna College

Zeke Linares, Northwestern University

Kirsty Moir, Pennsylvania State University

Marissa Montoya, University of Chicago

Don Moore, Cornell University

Simon Myhill, Syracuse University

Guglielmo Panizza, University of Southern California

Jason Pi, University of Michigan

Rebecca Sinha, University of Michigan

Rafael Velasco, Claremont McKenna College

 

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Startup Spotlight: Keteka

This blog post was written by David Meyer, Sage Corps' summer marketing intern. 

President John F. Kennedy created the Peace Corps in 1961 with the mission to give Americans opportunities to help serve the developing world. While it is an invaluable opportunity to learn about another culture and give back to a community, the Peace Corps is not the most common path taken by recent college graduates. Kyle Wiggins and Jack Fischl, co-founders of Keteka, one of our partner startups, show where traveling abroad can lead.

When Kyle Wiggins, a Harvard student, and Jack Fischl, a Boston University student, graduated, the world was their oyster. Two standouts, among their peers, could have found corporate jobs, but they decided that business life was not the step that they wanted to take at that time. Instead, they chose to join the Peace Corps. They both went to Panama with the Corps in 2010 and first met in their economic development volunteer training group. The duo worked on community tourism projects, although they were in two different towns. Kyle and Jack were able to see the beginnings of Keteka while working in Panama:

“We, like many other volunteers, discovered that the primary challenge for our communities to run a successful community tourism operation wasn't the business itself, but making travelers aware of the business.”  

They also saw that sometimes larger travel companies took advantage of these local businesses.

After discovering this, Kyle and Jack wanted to share the genuine Latin American experience with travelers as well as help the people living in the areas.

“So, Jack and I decided to build a website that would simply feature our communities' activities, so that at the very least there would be something online for travelers to stumble upon. The site became popular in Panama, and more and more volunteers started requesting to put their communities information on the site. Eventually, we were getting requests from volunteers in Costa Rica, Colombia, Thailand, Senegal, etc. At that point, we realized that we were in a unique position, where we could leverage our access to the global Peace Corps network, in order to help travelers gain direct access to genuine local experiences in the developing world.”
Tourists on a Keteka tour: Visiting high altitude lagoons in Chile's Atacama desert

Tourists on a Keteka tour: Visiting high altitude lagoons in Chile's Atacama desert

Joining the Peace Corps was not the traditional post-graduate route, but it was incredibly rewarding for Kyle and Jack. What they learned was not something one finds on vacation in Panama or sitting in an office in America. In becoming immersed in a new culture, they learned valuable information about themselves and their futures. Recent college graduate Hannah Cooper got similar value while working with Keteka as a Sage Corps Fellow. She developed an email marketing campaign strategy for Keteka, and spoke highly of the Sage Corps program:

"What I love about startups is that everyone contributes to the final product, so if you're good at something, you do it. There's an opportunity to shine, hone existing skills, and learn new skills, that is unlike any established company that I know of. Since Keteka shared office space with quite a few Chilean startups, not only did I get to work with the awesome Keteka team (Hey, Jack and Kyle!), but I also got to meet and work with a variety of entrepreneurs. The piscolas and asados on the 17th-floor terrace at sunset weren't bad either."

Currently, Keteka is in 17 different countries and aims to expand to the 65 countries in which the Peace Corps is involved. Keteka was one of CNN’s “Ten Websites Changing The Way We Travel” in 2015. Keteka has a bright future ahead of it and the Sage Corps team is excited to send more fellows to work with Keteka this summer.

Sage Corps students enjoying a Keteka tour: Snowshoe trekking in the Andes mountains outside of Santiago, Chile

Sage Corps students enjoying a Keteka tour: Snowshoe trekking in the Andes mountains outside of Santiago, Chile


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Startup Spotlight: Axonista

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A Little About Dublin

Dublin is the capital and largest city in Ireland. Being a small country, Ireland has been prone to export, but also to welcoming new people into the country from all corners in the world. In fact, Lonely Planet named Dublin one of the top 10 friendliest countries in the world in 2011.

At the very same time, Dublin also ranked as the “best city to found a business in” by Forbes Magazine. The inflow of people and ideas alike has contributed to their amazingly skilled workforce and the thriving startup community in Dublin. Thousands of fintech, travel tech and edtech startups have found their home in the city, and the numbers only continue to grow.

Founder Story

The idea that sparked Axonista was first conceived over a couple pints of beer in a discussion between Claire McHugh and Daragh Ward, Co-Founders of Axonista. Claire had taken interest in the adoption of new technology within the TV industry, and Daragh was keen on building a fresh software product, so they combined forces to tackle mobile TV.

Claire had always worked in companies where the founders were actively involved in their businesses, which became a large influence for her deciding to pursue her own business. At the same time, coming from a musical background and a family of creative minds, she truly believes that startups are all about creating something out of nothing.

“Dublin is a great place to get involved because of the supportive and open startup community.”
~ Claire McHugh

The Company

Axonista is an interactive video platform, where technology powers real-time interactive video graphics for some of the world's leading video and TV companies. MTV networks, Viacom, QVC and many more have used Axonista’s content management tool, which features full interactivity functions.

When the company was founded in 2010, Claire and Daragh worked restlessly to figure out what exactly customers needed. It was in 2013 that the company received their first seed-rank funding and really began to grow. Today, Axonista is an office of 20 people in Dublin, and just recently opened a new office in New York.

What makes Axonista different from other companies in the TV space is their innovative culture. They are a company that values curious minds who are concerned about creating high quality deliverables, and are undeniably team players. The fact that they take lab days once a month to work together on a mini hackathon is a real testament to their innovative culture.

Words from an Alum

Eli Wallace, a 2016 fellow, spent the summer working with Axonista in Dublin. He was tasked with various marketing responsibilities, but his favorite project was developing demo videos. He had no experience whatsoever, but he was excited about it, and ultimately created a successful product.

 “My roommate was great, the cohort was great, the atmosphere was incredible. If nothing else, I highly recommend visiting the small towns outside Dublin; you’ll find some amazing beaches there.”
~ Eli Wallace

 

 

 

 

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The Future of Startups: A Home for Liberal Arts Majors

Mark Cuban boldly predicts that tech startups will need to hire more liberal arts majors to succeed. Seriously?

In an interview with Bloomberg's Cory Johnson at the NBA All-Star Technology Summit in New Orleans, Cuban argues why he thinks liberal arts majors will be in high demand in the coming years, “No finance. That's the easiest thing — you just take the data have it spit out whatever you need. I personally think there's going to be a greater demand in 10 years for liberal arts majors than there were for programming majors and maybe even engineering, because when the data is all being spit out for you, options are being spit out for you, you need a different perspective in order to have a different view of the data. And so having someone who is more of a freer thinker.”

Although hardware and software engineers continue to top the salary charts, tech startups are learning that employees with liberal arts degrees offer important value. As trained storytellers, liberal arts majors help companies go beyond the numbers and humanize their sales and marketing efforts, driven by engagement and a broad understanding of the world that can inform their respective positions.

Over the last three years, Sage Corps has sent 200 college students to intern with tech startups on 5 continents, in 8 international cities. Our data has increasingly shown that any student can be “entrepreneurial” and make significant contributions to early-stage startups. 50% of our students are women, 47% are minorities, and are studying 80 different majors, many of which are liberal arts-focused, including economics, psychology, history and philosophy.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that by 2022 around 2 million more Americans will enter the workforce as educators and sales associates. As the tech industry advances, these opportunities won’t just be in academic institutions or retail stores. Startup ecosystems will continue to grow and evolve, creating demand for coaches, trainers, leaders and business developers. The Liberal Arts are far ahead of other areas of study in serving this demand.

The soft skills developed through a Liberal Arts education are some of the most valuable in the workplace. Soft skills refer to the way employees relate to and interact with other people. The Multi-Generational Job Search Study 2014 by Millennial Branding said employers ranked the following as the most highly desired qualities in candidates: communication skills, a positive attitude and the ability to work in a team, all of which can be labeled as soft skills. Additional soft skills often sought out by employers include critical thinking, problem solving, writing, the ability to communicate directly with customers, and fitting into a company’s culture.

Software development and processes will continue to become more and more automated. Content is immediately available, and plug-and-play widgets are multiplying exponentially, meaning fewer people in the tech space. However, the need for non-tech employees—people needed to make the widgets look good, write supporting documents, and maintain human connections with customers—continues to rise.

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City Spotlight: Hong Kong

A Peek into Hong Kong

Hong Kong has one of the most breathtaking skylines you can imagine (refer to image above!). This former British colony has become a major tourist destination for travelers from all around the world. It has also become an important hub in East Asia and is a true international metropolis.  Today, Hong Kong truly is an international metropolis full of diversity–while a majority of the population is Chinese, many people from all over the world also call Hong Kong home. The climate is sub-tropical but the air is cooling because of the sea breezes. While Hong Kong does enjoy four seasons, the maximum temperature in Hong Kong is only about 90°F in summer and the lowest is about 50°F in winter.

Around the City

There are ample things to see and do in Hong Kong. You’ll find that the architecture in Hong Kong is both traditional and modern. You’ll find glass-walled skyscrapers, but also traditional heritage all over the city.  You’ll also find that there is more to Hong Kong than just tall buildings; outside of the main city, you’ll find breathtaking scenery and landscapes. Hiking is a weekend activity you’ll definitely want to have on your to-do list. If you’re not a nature person, Hong Kong also has various theme parks for you to enjoy.

The Culture

Hong Kong’s culture was born from China, but because of its 150-year rule as a British colony (and political separation from mainland China), they have a unique local identity. Cantonese is the most widely spoken language in Hong Kong today–learning just a few phrases will get you far. Because of the unique culture in Hong Kong, there are festivals and holidays year-round that reflect the melting-pot of people that populate the city. Some of the largest festivals you’ll find are the Lunar New Year, Spring Lantern Festival, and Christmas.

Startup Scene

The startup industry in Hong Kong is still in its early stages which means enormous levels of growth for new companies. Today, Hong Kong is working its way to becoming one of Asia’s hottest startup hubs, especially in Fintech and Internet of Things (IoT).  In fact, Acadine raised $100M in June 2015. Following that, Hong Kong based fintech startup WeLab raised $160M by itself in early 2016. Accelerators and incubators such as BluePrint, Cyberport, and Nest are booming in today’s industry. If you’re ever looking to test the water in Hong Kong, Web Wednesday, Startup Grind, and CoCoon Pitch are events to look out for!

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