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Ideation for Düsseldorf during the Beyond Silicon Valley Study Group
When Michael Goldberg, maker of the Beyond Silicon Valley MOOC, asked whether I'd be interested in organising a study group in Germany, for the next run of his course, I did not have to think long and hard about it. I had taken the first run of his MOOC, and was very excited by it. The course does not just provide interesting and valuable knowledge, it is also very inspiring to take action. Through the learning assignments, I explored the startup ecosystem in my region, and found the startup association Startupdorf of which I became an active volunteer/member. The study group seemed to be a great way to bring the knowledge and experience of the Northeast Ohio region (the basis of the MOOC) to Düsseldorf.
Three organisations (the U.S. Consulate General Düsseldorf, EBC Hochschule and Startupdorf) joined hands to set up a study group in which the lecture videos were combined with presentations of local ecosystem players to inspire ideation workshops. Gewächshaus ...