Cosmo Tech recently sponsored BEST Lyon’s Start Up Camp at the end of April. At the Start Up Camp, students were put into groups and created a project stemming from a business plan. At the end of the day, the groups presented their projects and were rewarded various prizes, one of them being a day at Cosmo Tech.
BEST, the Board of European Students of Technology, is an association at the National Institute of Applied Sciences (INSA) in Lyon. INSA Lyon is an engineering school ranked among the top universities of Science and Technology in Europe. This was the third edition of their Start Up Camp at INSA, located in Villeurbanne. BEST Lyon is a part of 96 local BEST groups in 33 countries around Europe. Their goal is to give students opportunities to develop academically and professionally in engineering and management. With more than 3300 members total, BEST promotes unity and diversity through cultural exchanges and opportunities to experience new cultures and form connections all over Europe.
The group of INSA students are comprised of different backgrounds including French, Mexican, and Ghanaian. Their project centered around a reservation platform for large and costly research machines that the university has purchased. The machines are used by university students, researchers, faculty, and off-campus organizations such as research hubs and industry workers. Essentially, the students noticed that there was no centralized platform for knowing if a machine was available, which is seen as a loss of investment if the machines go unused or have too much down time. Their idea was to create a platform that allowed them to see when a machine was available and reserve that machine – similar to a hotel reservation – to ensure that it would be available to them and to avoid as much down time as possible.
Cosmo Tech VP Marketing Dylan Kissane was present at their Start Up Camp, where he was able to witness their creativity and business acumen in person. “It was really inspiring to see all these talented students come together and rise to the occasion,” he said. “It helps to have innovative ideas and be able to bring them to fruition when you’re at a startup. We’re pleased to welcome them to Cosmo Tech; I’m sure it will be a mutually enriching learning experience.”
The students will have the opportunity to sit in on meetings, ask questions, and fully immerse themselves in the startup experience. To see behind the scenes, follow Cosmo Tech’s Instagram and Facebook pages.
Read more about Cosmo Tech sponsoring the Start Up Camp here.