BSL Gap Frame Innovation Week, Spring 2018: Is the world all set for MySet?

Blog by Dr. Aileen Ionescu-Somers with video blog by Student Group 2: Anastasiya Markova, Armen Danielyan, James Polit, Julia Bogle, Mathis Chailleux, Napat Suttaponga, Umar Kalanov, Vasily Zhuraviev, Victor Marinescu.

As promised, this is the first of several blogs relating to student output from our Spring Gap Frame Week 2018 prototyping exercise. We want our readers to share in the “buzz” that these weeks create within BSL. And we hope to inspire some of you also. Please refer to this article to understand more in detail what the BSL Gap Frame Week is all about. The short explanation is that the Gap Frame Week is an opportunity for our students to work on prototyping solutions and even start-ups addressing some of the world’s most formidable sustainability dilemmas. In Spring 2018, the students tackled social issues.

Of the eight groups that presented early prototypes of solutions to world social issues, an expert faculty panel on Day 5 felt that Group 2: MySet ticked many boxes in terms of the potential outreach and impact of the idea, if marketed carefully and in the right way.

So what is the concept idea that was prototyped, MySet, all about? In innovation, the best place to start is always with the problem the solution is trying to solve. Group 2 decided to address Education as the social issue worthy of their attention. Their research indicated that students in developing countries often do not have enough seating in their school classrooms. Small children often squeeze into cramped desks, several at a time, or even have to sit on the floor to attend their classes. India is a case in point where 75% of schools in rural areas have this problem. This leads to difficulties concentrating and learning, and even to longer-term physical problems since students are forced to sit in unnatural positions.

What proposed solution did Group 2 come up with? The MySet concept proposes an affordable, light, adjustable chair set made from recycled material. If marketed to the right target audience (obviously, since parents are too poor to afford such a solution, charitable foundations, NGOs and aid agencies would be an interesting target), MySet has the potential to be an interesting proposition. Clever idea. Let’s see how Group 2 does in developing this early prototype into a full blown start-up ready to attract investor interest, with a corresponding exhibition space during our next GFW in May.

The video blog produced by the Group 2 students listed above gives an idea of the journey they took to arrive at their final prototype. Click HERE to view; enjoy!

 

Ionescu-AileenPICTURE-150x150Author: Dr. Aileen Ionescu-Somers

Gap Frame Week designer and orchestrator

Complete Strategy Pack for a Start-Up in Half-a-Day

On two Saturdays in mid-June 2015, the EMBA and MBA classes each separately conducted a fast-track strategy workshop with a founder of the start-up Twister Lighting. The lively exchange between the realities of bringing an innovative lamp to the market and the application of strategy tools and concepts resulted in implementable strategic initiatives and enthusiastic participants.

It was a meeting of two organisations with outstanding pedigrees. On the one side, BSL, No. 3 business school in Switzerland, represented by astute students possessing a tremendous range of international managerial experience in a wide variety of businesses and industries. On the other side, Twister Lighting, winner in February 2015 of the Award for “Solutions 2015” in the category of lighting at the Ambiente fair in Frankfurt, Europe’s largest exhibition for consumer products (www.twister-lighting.com). The USP of the Twister lamps is that they can be installed as ceiling or wall lights in less than one minute without a screwdriver.
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Thinking out of the box

To me, as a Business Psychologist, but also an HR professional,  if there was only one single thing I would like my students to leave the room with is to always keep their mind open to the unexpected, to innovation and creativity. I want my students to understand that whatever their professors tell them, whatever they learned in the past, whatever they will experience in the future, they need to keep their minds open to something that is different, to something that wasn’t in their grasp, in their training, in their know-how… Continue reading