"The Mission IV: WORK - Be Next!" finally started; all our talents arrived in Frankfurt and set up their workplace at TechQuartier.
Last Monday, we welcomed our five awesome teams, 20 highly motivated, innovative individuals. In our onboarding week, all our teams got to know each other and got prepared for the challenging 3 months now ahead of them.
We kicked off the week with an intro session and a warm welcome speech from Vanessa Kämpf (Program Director), Jannis Röthemeier (Senior Project Manager), and Julia Stahl (Junior Project Manager). A Team Building workshop followed with our long-time friend Nelson Mejia from WeSpark. Nelson showed the teams how they could emphasize each other's strengths and improve their weaknesses by supporting and helping one another with a set of fun exercises. Further, he helped get the teams to know each other better and showed some obstacles that the teams might have to overcome.
The day continued with introducing the project’s organizational setting - teams geared up with tools, programs, and guidelines for optimal working experience in the TechQuartier.
The second day was even more exciting, as our teams met the corporate partners for the first time! Nicolas Hoffmann from Bain & Company started the day with an exciting introductory talk about “Work Trends” to give more insights about our current Mission IV Topic: Work – Be Next! Our premium partner Schaeffler introduced themselves afterward. With Christof Heurung from Schaeffler on site, the team had the chance to get first-hand insights about Schaeffler, their motives about joining The Mission, and their hopes for the project. This session was followed by a Q&A, which our talents used to get a first impression of Schaeffler's working environment.
Later, all other Corporate partners had the opportunity to present themselves. Of course, this could only happen remotely. Nevertheless, the exchange was really fruitful; the corporates shared great presentations and gave the teams valuable input.
The second half of the day was all about taking the input from the morning sessions and the ideas that have already evolved into a Design Thinking workshop with our experts from Bain. The teams worked together to define personas and came up with their problem statements. The developed personas will serve as a basis for the ideas of the teams.
As a part of our tradition, we have organized a special fireside chat with our Alumni Naima Volz, Niklas Schaefer, and Victoria Unger to share their experiences in and after “The Mission.” Starting off, Victoria from Mission III, Team AmetiXGreen, who just finished the program a few weeks ago, talked about the new ambitions with their start-up after the Mission. Naima and Niklas from Team Budge (The Mission II: Banking - Be Green!) also reflected on their first days of the program, how they overcame the early challenges, and how they managed to grow together as a team. Another hot topic was corporate partner communication. The Alumni were able to tell all their experiences out of their Mission and advise the new teams on working best with corporate partners and building a stable relationship.
The third day was also packed for our teams since Bain continued with their Design Thinking Workshop. On their list were Ideation, Prototyping, and Testing. Bain provided the teams with all the tools they need to prepare for the upcoming weeks. This day was very challenging and rewarding for the teams since they moved a big step further towards the solution they are working on.
Rise and shine at day 4, we showed the teams how to build professional presentations and to pitch “like a pro”. This workshop was taught by our program director Vanessa. She is closely engaged with the teams and helps them with their presentations and pitches intensively. After working hard, you should always have some fun. Therefore, we started the second half of the day with a Kicker Tournament. As a first prize, the winning team enjoyed “priority boarding” and could first choose their working space.
After a Friday full of work, we decided to dedicate the Saturday to work as well, true to the motto “a little working never hurt nobody ;)”. So, on the last day of our crazy onboarding week, the pitch training was on the agenda. The mood of the teams was fantastic even while working on Saturday 😊. They were amazingly productive and could already pitch their idea in a very professional way.
Find out more about the kick-off event and the mission summit in our next blog entry. Follow us on LinkedIn and Instagram to keep up with the teams “on-the-go” and come back here in a week for a full recap.
Julia & Team Futury
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