My name is Marco Cera, and I am a 20 years-old Italian student of IT and Applied Technologies at the University of Turin, Italy. I heard about the Silicon Valley Study Tour (SVST) from Prof. Paola Maria Pisano and I would like to bring to your attention my application for this unique opportunity. I believe I have a variety of skills that are ideally matched for the qualifications you are looking, as my creativity has pushed me very early to understand how ideas, combined with new technologies, can contribute to change our lives.
In 2010 (when I was 15) I participated to my first project named “The Water We Do Not See”. The project was prepared in cooperation with a French School based in Lyon (Lycée Ampère), and the goal was focused on observation of the aquifers and their exploitation through the aqueducts. Unfortunately, the results were not as good as we initially thought. The Committee assigned the scholarship to another project, and our one was not even ranked among the top 20. However, I took that sad experience as a great learning moment, as I understood on my bones that a good idea is not enough if not associated with a solid sense of execution.
One of the reasons that lead many young Italian entrepreneurs to leave our country is the presence of a number of “barriers” that complicate the execution of good ideas. Bureaucracy, difficulties to find capitals, high initial costs, these are all the hurdles that a young start-up has to face and that jeopardize ability to realize own ideas in a reasonable time. I was impressed by the words of Marco Palladino, the 20-year founder or Mashape (www.mashape.com): “In Italy, creating a start-up is like running on a treadmill: you run, but you are still standing at the same point. In Silicon Valley, you can run a marathon and win.”
My goal is to expand my academic horizons and to seek for opportunity abroad. This year, I had the opportunity to meet Prof. Helle Yding Sørensen, professor of Business, Technology & Creative Industries at VIA University College in Horsen, Denmark (www.en.via.dk), one of the largest universities of applied sciences in Europe. The Danish university offers a wide range of educational programmes, very high scholarships to cover studying and living expenses, mentoring programmes with professors and tutors and assistance in finding investors for start-up creation.
The SVST project is offering me the unique opportunity to see the most successful high-tech companies in the world (Oracle, Apple, Cisco and many others) and to learn as much as I can. My ambition is to be protagonist of this experience, to meet venture capital executives, researchers, business angels, managers and entrepreneurs from different part of the world, listen to their stories and to see in person how they made a success from their own ideas.
Steve Jobs said:
“Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Stay hungry, Stay foolish, because only those who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world will really change it.”
No matter how this experience will end, I will listen to him.
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