From May to December 2008, Hu Wanting was an unforgettable day.
Hu Wanting is currently a junior student in International Business at Guangdong University of Foreign Studies. In just a few months in 2008, she was a college student. She even asked about entrepreneurial addiction in her spare time.
In May 2008, Hu Wanting joined the school ’s SIFE community. The main activity of this community is to help people around them solve problems or create economic opportunities through a non-profit commercial project.
What business practice do do? This is the first problem they want to solve themselves.
Hu Wanting and his teammates learned that although the animation industry in the Pearl River Delta has developed rapidly in recent years, the students of the animation majors around them are facing difficulties in their work. Although some college students have established their own animation studios, their works are not affected by it. The market is welcome.
From May, within three months, Hu Wanting and her teammates visited some animation companies, animation exhibitions, etc. They found that the problems faced by the students around them were a common problem encountered by college students majoring in animation.
Hu Wanting's SIFE team next thought about whether they could help them? What kind of help can be provided and how?
Later, the SIFE team learned that there are some animation enterprise resources under the Guangzhou Animation Art Culture Association, and the association organizes an animation exhibition every year. Therefore, Hu Wanting found communication with the Guangzhou Animation Art and Culture Association, hoping to have a promotion meeting at the animation exhibition, on the one hand to promote animation talents, on the other hand, to promote the works of those animation studios.
In addition to the corporate members of the Guangzhou Animation Art and Culture Association and some companies contacted by the SIFE community, they also found Zhilian recruitment cooperation to mobilize their animation enterprise resources.
After coordinated by the three parties for many times, a three-day animation promotion meeting was held from December 31, 2008 to January 2, 2009.
The 38 companies participating in the promotion meeting attracted more than 4,000 college students from more than 30 colleges and universities. It is worth mentioning that this promotion meeting successfully helped 218 animation students find jobs.
Through this practice, Hu Wanting believes that not only enriches his theoretical knowledge, but more importantly, improves his personal expression, communication level, teamwork and organizational skills.
In fact, Hu Wanting is not alone, and the SIFE community she is in is only a project of a global organization.
SIFE (StudentlnFreeEnterprise) is a global non-profit business practice group (NPO) with college students as the main body. It was founded in 1975 and is headquartered in the United States. Under the sponsorship of many Fortune 500 companies, SIFE is on university campuses in various countries. Organize teams to carry out charity business projects in the community to help the community create economic opportunities, and in the process, develop the potential of students to help them improve leadership, teamwork and communication skills, such as the qualities necessary for future entrepreneurs.
As of now, SIFE has an independent student team in 2000 universities in 45 countries.
In China, although SIFF has only a 7-year history, it has also formed cooperation with more than 100 colleges and universities, involving more than 8C00 students.
The college students who left SIFE after graduation have spread all over the world, but currently Alvin Rohrs, the global president and CEO of SIFE, has been serving in this organization for nearly 30 years, which is his only career so far.
On January 30, 2010, SIFE Global President and CEO Alvin Rchrs and SIFE China Council Chairman and President Norwell Coquillard (formerly Cargill Investment China Co., Ltd. President) accepted an exclusive interview with reporters.
Reporter: For college students participating in the SIFE program, what specific support does SIFE provide?
Ge Nuoren: We do not provide specific projects, and rarely have financial assistance, but we have a series of support. First, SIFE China currently has 13 project managers who are responsible for communicating with each team and helping them solve some difficulties. Secondly, we will do two or three trainings every year and invite some entrepreneurs or entrepreneurs to guide college students how to better implement their projects. SIFE has about 500 sponsors around the world. The leaders and managers of these companies are us Resources. Third, we will hold a series of SIFE innovation public welfare project achievement contests in various cities at the end of each year. College students will have the opportunity to present their projects in front of these business leaders, and they will choose the team and team they think are the best. project. National champions can go to the SIFE World Cup.
Reporter: What direct help can SIFE project bring to college students?
AIvjnRohrs: On the one hand, college students who join the SIFE organization need to solve practical problems through a very creative idea, which allows them to experience a process of simulating entrepreneurship, a process of thinking about entrepreneurship or business. On the other hand, it is also very important. This experience gives college students more self-confidence and convinces them that they have the ability to solve problems and the ability to achieve a set goal. This self-confidence will psychologically prepare them for their future entrepreneurship.
Reporter: After graduating from SIFE, how many people have really started a business? The motive of anyone joining SIFE is just to use it as a social practice, in order to find a job smoothly, or better adapt to the job.
AIvinRohrs: Both. In the specific SIFE project, we are to cultivate their thinking mode of business, entrepreneurship and some methods and skills necessary to create and create new enterprises and new companies. These methods and skills are common for a college to become a professional manager or an entrepreneur. SIFE is very focused on the training of college students' entrepreneurial spirit and entrepreneurial thinking. In the end, some people choose to enter the company, some choose to start a business, or accumulate some experience before starting a business. This is their own choice.
Reporter: Will SIFE give them some support after they leave?
AMnRohrs: For those students who have graduated, SIFE has no direct support, but SIFE alumni can still use the global network of SIFE, and they can still find mentors through SIFE's network that they can consult and discuss. We have more than 500 sponsors around the world, like Unilever, KPMG, Pepsi, Yichu Lotus, as well as some local Chinese companies, such as TCL, Master Kong, Xinfei Electric, etc., they can use this network for help, and some After people left SIFE, they went to work for our sponsor company.
Reporter: Compared with the situation abroad, do you think the current environment in China is suitable for college students to start a business?
AIvinRohrs: First of all, from the perspective of education, university education in the United States is more practical. During college, college students can get some specific practical training and education on entrepreneurship and how to start a business. However, in China, At present, it may still be more theoretical. University students need some opportunities to enter the society and enter the actual business environment to exercise them. This is the very important role SIFE can play.
From the government's point of view, in China, especially some small enterprises, it is still relatively difficult to obtain funds. Whether the government or some private institutions can provide financial assistance so that these young people with entrepreneurial ideas can get funds relatively easily.
Another aspect, in fact, the risks of entrepreneurship are very high, so whether the government can consider, for example, the establishment of some bankruptcy laws and regulations, so that college entrepreneurs can bear these risks.