Start up! – Just do it (event archive)

February 2, 2011 by  

Young entrepreneurs in action: three myth busting stories that will inspire you, motivate you, and make you believe that yes, you can do it too. Our role models for business creation talked about how to stay in learning mode, how to start-up your own business in Hungary and just do it. Our panel was moderated by our Entrepreneur-In-Residence, creator and organizer of the successful E-workshop series, Peter Záboji (European Entrepreneur Foundation). Our panelists included: Patrik Kovács, founder of Young Entrepreneurs’ Association; Dániel Szabó, Your Big Year 2010 global entrepreneurship competition finalist, and Dóra Henger, founder of OurStyle online fashion magazine/boutique.

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Just do it! Young Entrepreneurs in Action

Hands-on, young, inspirational, and fast-paced was the atmosphere created by our host of the latest Start Up! series event. Peter Záboji and his hand-picked young startup entrepreneurs made for an inspiring panel showcasing personal enterprise in Hungary. The key message of the night: young entrepreneurs are all around, probably even within us, so long as we are able to find passion for an idea and see opportunity among the challenges.

Záboji‘s determined and enthusiastic moderating rendered it impossible to remain a sceptical bystander of the blooming entrepreneurship movement in Hungary. Swept off their feet by the can-do attitude, electrified CSS members poured a torrent of questions on the panelists. The young and the brave were: Patrik Kovács (Young Entrepreneurs‘ Association – FIVOSZ); Dóra Henger (Hungarian fashion designers‘ online boutique, Ourstyle); and Dániel Szabó (Your Big Year 2010 competition finalist).

Each of their stories was concisely and compellingly told, highlighting their unique story of opportunity, perseverance, and reward. To illustrate this, Patrik’s idea of an entrepreneurial lesson learned is not merely that of piloting something from the start to its end, but to keep continuous success on the horizon.

Dóra is not low on entrepreneurial power either – she once found herself leading a team of internationals dragging large plastic bags of water uphill to fill a waterslide during the night before opening it up the next morning for customers, i.e. fellow exchange students.

Dani’s story about beating thousands of competitors from around the world in a logistical task at the Your Big Year Competition for young entrepreneurs was based on his competitive advantage of thinking commonsensically about borders, making the case that most innovation does not happen in labs. It usually happens when a problem presents itself in the real world.

Having scratched just the surface by discovering the self-starter profiles of our entrepreneur panelists, the conversation turned to employment and independence. The young entrepreneurs and Peter really pushed us to think about the lifestyle we choose, be it one of an employee’s or that of running our own business. “I hate barriers and wanted to succeed by myself”, Patrik confessed, stressing at the same time that he had to learn to rely on his team and trust them so that together they could succeed.

Their stories were not only about individual success. Dóra is taking advantage of the much lamented fact that Hungary is ‘behind’. She imports and adapts ideas from her trips abroad, giving promising fashion designers international exposure and exporting the products of new talents. Patrik is working at FIVOSZ to offer mentoring and professional support for the organization‘s members, who at the outset substitute experience with flexibility and enthusiasm. Their voice is now heard as far as Brussels and back – their proposals were an important input to the government’s recently released New Széchenyi Plan.

‘Learn, learn, learn and you may even have employment for life’ is what Hungarian high school graduates hear all the time. Should that really be an ultimate career goal? How about trying to start out by employing others, by creating jobs instead of merely filling positions?

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