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The First Startup Competition for International Students: Let’s Start UP!

Idea Startup is honored to embrace the first Business Idea Competition “Let’s Start UP!” – LSUP made by ESN and AGM Milano, we will be the Official Media Partner of this international event and will take track about its future develop. Well, how does it work? 

First of all, what is ESN?

ESN is an international power based on the “students helping students” principle. The association is extremely widespread in Europe, but it takes care of incoming students from all over the world. So their position is great to become a bridge between international young people who want to get involved and our partners, representatives of the business world at the highest levels.

ESN is convinced that startup ideas are the best demonstration of exchange and mobility programs values. Why have they chosen exactly a startup competition? This contest is aimed at achieving very important goals. The main ones are:

– To link students with the job market, offering companies the chance to meet outstanding, capable and willing young workers
– To promote the innovative entrepreneurial culture, encouraging students and recent graduates to start entrepreneur initiatives with the support of important Italian and European companies
– To facilitate the comparison among international start-uppers that would make possible the emergence of strong interactions and collaborations
– To offer international students a challenging opportunity to test themselves

ESN believes exchange students are more dynamic, flexible and, what is more, talented and resourceful. Creative and ready to undertake new experiences, the “Erasmus generation” guy  is the perfect prototype of the new startupper. The organization wondered “why don’t let this talent meet the support of professionals and partners”? Thus, they organized a contest for start-up ideas : Let’s Start Up (LSUP).

The LSUP projects aims at rewarding the best business idea and creating the right environment for brilliant exchange students and former exchange students to mix startup ideas from all over the Europe with entrepreneurial minds.

Who can participate?

This project is addressed to all the students and/or graduates, who are attending and/or already attended an international mobility program. All the countries participating to an international mobility program are welcome to take part of this project. Exchange/Erasmus Students, Double Degree Students, International Students, and Ph.Ds Students can apply.
Program Structure (We will award (whom?? And how many? Idea about what? Grant?)

Join 2 weeks intensive training in Let’s Startup Campus:

  • Meetings with executives and  startuppers – collect precious advices to undertake a new business.
  • Laboratories with 3D printers and other brand-new technologies
  • Sessions on “elevator pitch” – learn how to and create and discuss your own with professors, investors, entrepreneurs and professionals.

Do your best and catch the interest of investors and a new start-up will be born!

Evaluation Factors

The Selection Committee will assign a score to the startup factors considering the following

  • Quality and feasibility of the proposal
  • Innovation and creativity of the proposal
  • Ability to execute the proposal quickly
  • Qualifications and experience of the Applicant
  • Sustainability of the initiative
  • Ability to the initiative to attract matching funds

LSUP is a step towards European cultural enrichment and business improvement. This is the time for you to apply to our call for ideas: Let’s Start UP!  it is only till June 19.

For further information take a look to the LSUP website:



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