Meet this week’s studentpreneur Astrid Jonelynas, 20 y.o., who went to visit the Silicon Valley with the Startup Catalyst programme. Astrid is a Mechatronics Engineering Student at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia.
In the ecosystem supporting studentpreneurs, there is one element that we haven’t talked about yet but is starting to become mainstream: a trip to visit startups. Of course the top of the top is to get to go to the Silicon Valley and visit some of the famous startups. That’s what Astrid got a chance to do!
She initially started her first venture in a hackathon. Astrid then heard of the Startup Catalyst program, an annual mission to Silicon Valley for twenty young people who have the potential to be Australia’s next batch of globally successful tech entrepreneurs. She got selected and went to San Francisco.
Here are a few of her insights:
- Australian are humble whereas Americans are very proud of their accomplishment.
- People are people over there, they are not super stars.
- The main difference is the support for entrepreneurship
- Main advantage of being a studentpreneur