#24 How playing with lasers and birds led Steinar Henskes to a 6 figure business

#24 Steinar Henskes

Meet this week awesome studentpreneur:  Steinar Henskes, 24 years old, Student in Business at University of Amsterdam and Entrepreneur at Bird Control Group, the Netherlands.

Wrap up:

Each studentpreneur’s story is different and what works for some people doesn’t for others, however I’d like to point out of few things in Steiner’s journey that are similar to the studentpreneurs I have interviewed:

He may not have been an entrepreneur in high school but he was  an elite athlete which has a lot of similitudes of being an entrepreneur. He lets himself try his options by taking gap years. He applies entrepreneurial thinking to his decisions such as going to universities to “divert risk”. He realises that the university environment and the startup environment influences each other, it’s the essence of being a Studentpreneur! For him too, you can’t do everything by yourself, you have to surround yourself with fellow entrepreneurs, aka mentors. So, he learns by talking to fellow entrepreneurs but of course a lot by doing too.

Book:

– The lean Startup by Eric Ries

– Venture deals by Brad Feld

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Tips:

– Get a mentor

– Get into an accelerator program at the idea stage, you will get the most out of it

– In your pitch demonstrate the business is scalable and that you are capable of scaling it.

– Make a 3 year (business) plan with your mentor

– GET OUT OF YOUR OFFICE AND TALK TO OTHER ENTREPRENEURS

U support U:

-Talk to people at Uni to get help in combining  both: study advisor, entrepreneurship program…Be aware of the special programs available.

-Studentpreneurs need to be recognised, to have a status like student athletes

Links:

LinkedIn: https://nl.linkedin.com/in/steinarhenskes

Twitter: @SteinarFinn

Company Twitter: @birdcontrolg

Website: http://birdcontrolgroup.com/

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