Looking back at ABC 2014

The Alumni Business Camp in Budapest finished on Sunday, and it’s time to summarise everything that happened there. First of all, big thanks again to the organisers who created a wonderful networking event for all the people there!

Due to the amount of interesting talks and discussions in that short time it takes some time to digest all that input. What are my take-aways from the event?

To warm up, the event started with a presentation from  Ivana Štulić on the topic “Is it a job or a calling?” To separate a job from a calling, here are the “symptoms” of a calling:

  • “The place you are called to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.”
  • Something you are (naturally) good at
  • You are proud of what you do.
  • It lifts you.
  • It touches others.

The presentation made me rethink of what really is important, however I also know that a calling alone is not everything that you need in order to run a successful business.

After the introduction presentations, 19 people were presenting ideas in “sharing pitches” to work on, either because of their background as entrepreneur or because they just thought about it. Most of these were quite interesting, there were also quite a lot of spontaneous ideas. Personally, I’ll be waiting for the fancy glasses from Nervous Hipster though. By the way, where is that promotion? And a question to all the other people: would you like to share your idea to the public?

The lightning talks and the presentations from startup accelerators and serial entrepreneurs like Imre Hild were rounding up the information package of the ABC very well.

At the moment, the future of the Alumni Business Camp is a bit unclear. That is mainly due to the fact that there is no official body behind the people working on it, therefore giving them unnecessary business risks. In the future there will be discussions on establishing an official body for organising events. Will it be a registered association? A foundation? A company? This will be open for discussion.

I’m already looking forward for the next edition, whereever it will be! What are your thoughts of the event? Feel free to share them in the comments.

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