ToU Community Meetup January '23
40 learners from across Europe met in Berlin for a two-day Tomorrow University community meetup to connect, grow, and network.
For our community, these meetups are amazing opportunities to connect “offline” parallel to the virtual learning journey we undertake together.
Thanks to the generosity of Google, we could host this community event in a very special location — the Google Berlin HQ. The backdrop of this great location was highly inspiring, to say the least.
After a round of hard exercise on spinning bikes at Rocycle to get us properly awake, Friday started with a great workshop on Personal Branding, run by our very own student Denise. We learned how to position ourselves and develop a brand to set ourselves apart from others — essential skills for entrepreneurs, no matter if we’re just starting, looking for a new job or new mentors, or raising an(other) funding round. It was really great to see how our students can bring so much value to each other through this type of peer-to-peer skill exchange.
Another highlight was the Community Building workshop run by Julia, our Head of Community. In different groups, students and staff sat down and identified our strengths, the amazing things we want to achieve together, and how we can take action to reach our community’s mission. We had a lot of fun with this one, and it was really great to see everyone’s unique spin on similar aspects of our vision. The drive for positive change is simply contagious, it seems.
Last but not least, Iris, our learner from PM SET Cohort 6, organized a panel with two well-known impact investors who shared their journey and tips on how to convince and work with investors at an early stage. This was followed by a pitch session with Eilecia Bovard (PM SET Cohort 4) and her startup Perfect Farm, Diana Dalkevych. (PM SET Cohort 5) with CoLabFood, as well as Jonas Wendt from Ourz. The passionate pitches wowed both their peers in the audience as well as the angel investors, who were able to give some great insights into how to improve the products even further.
After that, the students explored some of the famous bars and nightlife that Berlin offers — work together, play together. Saturday gave some students the opportunity to discover more of Berlin by day — after all, the German capital has a lot to offer not only from a startup perspective but is home to many great cultural and iconic sights as well.