Loads of fun and loads of pictures were taken at the IM Alumni sponsored photo booth at Thursday’s Xmas Apero. Many thanks again to the Student Council for letting us crash the event. (More photos on our Facebook page)
The prize was a trip to Europe’s largest trade fair – Industrie 4.0 – in Nürnberg. CEO and IM alumnus Stephan Kunz offered this at the Bid for a Boss – Manuel Frei placed the winning bid. The two shared a dinner of Rotkraut and Spätzle the night before the big day – looks impressive. We don’t know what Manuel thought of the robot, though.
There will be more such amazing opportunities at next year’s Bid for a Boss. Set for 12 April – so save the date.
Join us on 14 December from 5.15pm in the Atrium A at OVR in Olten – IM Alumni is crashing the Xmas Apero (thanks fachschaft wirtschaft olten students.fhnw). We’re sponsoring the photo booth and Lia’s made some cool glasses! See you there.
This week Nikolina Fuduric redeemed her Bid for a Boss win: she and Monika Blaser, Head of the Innovation Lab at PostFinance enjoyed a “playdate” – Nikolina could pitch a business idea they then took through the Lab’s toolkit. “It was a learning experience for me and it was a lot of fun!” reports Nikolina.
The Bid for a Boss event, with the auctioning of various opportunities with bosses from all walks of life, raised over CHF 3000 of which the majority went to the charity C4C which provides laptops and ICT training for youngsters in rural Nigeria. The event will be held again in April 2018.
Last April one of the star offers at the IM Alumni Bid for a Boss event was the two-day trip to Brussels offered by Max de Boer. The happy winners were Amila Basic and Andrea Häfliger and in the new edition of The Sextant they themselves report on how that trip went. Read all about it and other international news nw_sextant_Autumn-2017-MEDIA.
Nearly 100 new IM graduates received their Bachelor diplomas at graduation ceremonies over the past two weekends – this includes nearly 40 “pioneers” who studied at Campus Brugg in either full- or part-time mode.
In Olten the Graduation Ceremony took place on 6 October. Due to ever-increasing numbers of students studying in English, there is now a ceremony exclusively for those graduating from BSc and MSc English-taught programmes. Our own IM Alumni Graduation Prize was also awarded – this year’s winner is Umberto Verde who was praised by classmates for initiating many good ideas, being the class rep and “he has invested a lot of his free time for his fellow students and he was always there when you needed help with something. He is a great guy and more than deserves this award.”
In total the graduating classes nominated 10 classmates who they felt deserved the CHF400 prize for contributing to the IM community. Nominees were: Carolyn Höchle, Tobias Dolenzky, Theo Whitwill, Timo Dätwyler, Leonora Asani, Corinne Köpfli, David Balsiger, Delia Moser, Geoffrey Bauer and Umberto Verde. The prize money is raised at the Bid for a Boss event.
In Brugg, the ceremony was held on 30 September and IM graduate Steven Rowntree received the Graduate of the Year prize of CHF 1500. This was the “pioneering” batch of IM students who began their studies in 2014.
Photos of both ceremonies will soon be available here
Time to show you really are clever cookies:-)
Our first ever IM Alumni Pub Quiz will be held at the Pickwick Pub in Basel on Thursday, 21 September.
We’ll be doing 4 rounds from 7pm (though we start warming up with drinks from 6pm – there’s a free welcome drink for you).
Form teams (no more than 4 people per team) – get in touch with your old classmates, especially those who seemed to know all manner of trivia. Register below either as a team ( give yourselves a brilliant name) or as an individual – you can indicate in the message section that you’re looking to join a team and we’ll try to help.
Via the IM Programme many students have learnt a lot about business, made new friends, found future employers, expanded their horizons and also, more often than you think, found their partners. After nearly 20 years since the programme started there are a surprising number of IM couples and even IM babies 🙂
To celebrate the love that’s been created, we are having a Love@IM barbeque from noon on 9 September at the Pfadiheim in Wangen bei Olten. It’s for all who found love via or during their IM days and for any and all resultant kids 🙂 . There will be some basic food and drinks (sausages, soft drinks, etc.). Feel free to bring your own meat, extra drinks, a salad, a very yummy cake,..
So save the date and let us know if you are coming and if you’re bringing some food (we will get in touch with you beforehand)!
CHF 2000 was transferred to Catalyst4Change this week. IM alumnus John Uwaeke’s charity aims to significantly improve opportunities for children in rural Nigeria by supplying laptops and training in basic IT*. The IM Alumni Association held a charity auction, Bid for a Boss, in April to support this initiative.
Just over CHF 3000 was raised at the auction where 15 bosses offered an amazing range of opportunities. (We’ll keep reporting on those redeemed bids.)
The remainder of the funds will cover other association events and the IM Alumni Graduation Prize which recognizes the social contributions to the IM community. IM bachelor students in their 3rd year are currently nominating fellow students who have helped their class, students or the school over the years. The prize is announced and awarded at Graduation (which will be on 6 October this year).
- If you missed out on the event but want to donate to this good cause you can deposit money in account number 40-000061-4, Basler Kantonalbank, 4002 Basel. IBAN CH11 0077 0253 5963 8200 1 770. Aternatively, if you have laptops still in good working order and are willing to donate these, contact John directly.
Major Marketing students yesterday were tasked with pithcing their marketing strategies to a fictitious board considering launching an eco-engine oil. The board comprised four alumni, all from now working in the fields of marketing or communication. Ten teams of students delivered several different pitches each and received immediate feedback from both the panel and Marketing professor Barbara Miller.
“Hard work but really interesting,” was the consensus among the panel of alumni: Haris Besic (IM Alumnus now a marketing intern at the Swisscom Academy), Samuel Bühlman (IM Alumnus, now wokring in Marketing and Communication for Innovation as Business Developer at Olyfia), Fabian Stutz (Alumnus Betriebsökonomie, now Head of Sales at Robotec Solutions AG), and Stefanie Pauli (IM Alumna, now trimedial journalist at SRF).
For the 6th semester students this was the final session of their intense Major Marketing course: they received their tasks in the morning and presented in the afternoon. A fitting end to both the intense day and the semester was an informal apero.