Welcome to the landing page of the NICE Summer Virtual Student Conference!
If you are here it’s because you’re interested in getting the most from the NICE experience after having completed the 7-module online course working with your team in developing an innovative solution to a Global Challenge.
Congratulations on having come so far!
Below you will find the programme of the Student Conference which consists of a series of workshops and activities you can choose to participate in.
Please, be aware that it is not mandatory to attend all of them. That is why some of them are concurrent and overlap.
Read carefully through the programme before you sign up for them.
Keynote speaker & winning teams’ pitches
Graduate of ICADE, Pontifical University of Comillas, Madrid’s most prestigious business university. He received a masters degree in finance from Boston College and holds the chartered financial analyst (CFA) designation.
At the age of 29, after five years as an analyst and portfolio manager in the asset management industry with companies like Fidelity Investments, BBVA, and Putnam Investments, Hernandez started his first internet venture, idealista.com, now the leading real estate site in Spain. Since then, he has participated as an angel investor in other online startups.
Hernandez joined Google in 2005, where he held various positions in the marketing and product organizations. While at Google, he led the acquisition of Zagat and ran the Zagat team until departing Google in May 2013. Hernandez was also the head of Flickr at Yahoo! until May 2015.
Currently, he is Venture Partner of the German venture capital fund e.Ventures and CEO and President of Verse Inc.
The Career Service (SIPPE-USALEmprende) of the University of Salamanca has organized and hosted from 13-16 July 2020 the Virtual Summer School in the framework of the Erasmus + NICE project in which it participates as a partner along with 7 other European universities.
NICE, an acronym for "Network for Intercultural Competence to Facilitate Entrepreneurship" is a training programme in English designed to help university students develop the intercultural and entrepreneurial skills demanded by the current labour market which is becoming more international and global. In this last year, 126 students from the 8 European universities of the NICE consortium have completed an online course while working together in international teams to develop an innovative business idea to solve a global challenge.
During the Summer School organized by USAL, which finally had to be implemented in a virtual format due to the covid-19 pandemic, the 57 participating students had the opportunity to attend 14 innovative training workshops, be advised by experts in innovation and entrepreneurship, and 11 teams presented in a pitch the business project they have been working on during the course to a panel of experts.
On the last day, a Multiplier Event was organized in which 200 people registered. The Multiplier Event began with a talk by the entrepreneur and technology investor from Salamanca, Bernardo Hernández, who was marketing director at Google or also the founder of the Spanish startup Idealista.com. Finally, after the presentation of the results of the NICE project, the winners of the 3 best pitches of the previous day's competition were announced and presented their pitches to the attendees.
These were the winning projects in the pitching competition:
The NICE consortium is comprised of the following institutions: University of Edinburgh (project coordinator, UK), University of Amsterdam (Netherlands), University College Dublin (Ireland), University of Goettingen (Germany), University of Lund (Sweden), University of Padova (Italy), Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi (Romania) and the University of Salamanca.
The three-year NICE project, launched in September 2017, is funded by the EU's Erasmus + programme (KA203, Strategic Partnership) and aims to provide students from the eight universities in the consortium with the opportunity to develop key skills that will improve their future employability.
NICE is Co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.