Meet the students

Get inspired. Maybe it's your turn next time. 
 
Team 2019, spring

ALEXANDRA

København

Study program:

My name is Alexandra and I’m studying a master in Software Development at the IT-University of Copenhagen, from where I also have a bachelor in Global Business Informatics. I choose to study at ITU because I wanted to understand the digitalized world we live in, where it is headed, and have a say in how it is going to shape our future.

FinTech idea:

In my FinTech idea, I wish to explore how the application of blockchain technology can be used to innovate the way we do transactions. Currently, a middleman is often used when people make a transaction, however, blockchain allow consumers and suppliers to connect directly and thereby remove the need for a third party. Blockchain use cryptography to keep exchanges secure, and provide a decentralised database of transactions that are visible for everyone in the network. The network is fundamentally a chain of computers that must all approve an exchange before it can be verified and recorded.

In short, blockchain is a technology that has the potential to be used in many ways and prove beneficial in the finance sector, where there is an inherent lack of trust when two parties wish to conduct a value exchange.

My greatest inspiration for the FinTech idea:

Through the last year, media have brought detailed stories about corruption, money laundering and dividend tax. The costs of these crimes reached many millions nationally and billions alone in Europe. Based on knowledge about blockchain, I am inspired to further investigate the possibility of using this technology to help secure and regulate economic transactions.

I applied for the scholarship because:

I applied for the FinTech scholarship because the overall program presented itself as an inimitable opportunity to combine a world-class academic education at UC Berkeley with real-life experience from the SPARK entrepreneurship program. From experience, I have learned that I develop myself the most when I engage and explore things outside my comfort zone. Ultimately, I perceive the scholarship as a rewarding challenge, which will help me grow both professionally and personally.

What I look forward to:

I look forward to everything from meeting the other scholarship beneficiaries, to the classes at UC Berkeley, and the experience of working in a top-notch multicultural environment. I’m excited to see how the entrepreneurship program unfolds and what results we achieve in the end. Finally, I really look forward to meeting new, ambitious and likeminded people on the journey. I am certain that this collaboration will prove fruitful and the lessons learned will assist all of us in our future career and aspirations.

EMIL

Aarhus

Study program:

I'm a law student at Aarhus University.

 

FinTech idea:

Chatbots with legal skills.

My greatest inspiration for the FinTech idea:

Joshua Browder.

I applied for the scholarship because:

It's an opportunity for me, to come and study at one of the top-ranked law schools in the world, and the same time develop my entrepreneur skills and my FinTech idea.

What I look forward to:

I’m looking forward to see another side of the world. I love to travel and in my gap year I lived in London for 7 months. So I'm looking forward to live a new place, meet new people and experience to live in the US.

RASMUS

Aarhus

Study program:

Mathematical-Economics at Aarhus University.

 

FinTech idea:

Leveraging Machine Learning to fight Money Laundering.

My greatest inspiration for the FinTech idea:

A money laundering scandal that ravaged the largest Danish commercial bank in 2018.

I applied for the scholarship because:

It combines a rigorous academic agenda with entrepreneurial thinking and training.

What I look forward to:

Working with brilliant fellow students in the best entrepreneurial community in the world.

RUNE

Aarhus

Study program:

I am currently studying for a master’s degree in Economics and Management at Aarhus University.

FinTech idea:

Using modern prediction tools, I want to help people save money and make smart investments.

My greatest inspiration for the FinTech idea:

I have had the pleasure of working with many entrepreneurial mentors throughout my career, and I’ve always wanted to create something of my own. I became fascinated by machine learning through my studies and later on in my work, which inspired me to this idea.

I applied for the scholarship because:

It poses a unique and exciting opportunity for me to learn and build upon my existing knowledge by learning from some of the smartest and most successful people in the field. UC Berkeley is a world-renowned university, and Silicon Valley is the place to be if you want to be inspired and meet some of the most successful entrepreneurs of today.

What I look forward to:

Experiencing the real Silicon Valley, as well as the American university life. Submerging into this entrepreneurial culture that is different from what I am used to.

FREDERIK

København

Study program:

Mathematical Modelling and Computation at The Technical University of Denmark.

FinTech idea:

CleverCard: A need-based credit card.

My greatest inspiration for the FinTech idea:

Cash... I believe that cash have two important attributes that the current credit card is missing. When withdrawing cash, an upper limit for your spending is automatically established and throughout your day, you can easily access have much you have spent just by looking in your wallet.

I applied for the scholarship because:

I have always been fascinated by entrepreneurs and their ability to create and inspire. I see the scholarship and the entrepreneurship track, SPARK, as a unique opportunity for me to learn from some of these people. Moreover, Berkeley is a world-leading university within my field, Computer Vision, and situated in one of the most innovative environments in the world. Therefore, I cannot think of a better place to combine my passion and drive for Computer Vision and entrepreneurship than Berkeley.

What I look forward to:

I am very excited to see which adventures awaits in California; whether they are found in the beautiful mountains of Sierra Nevada, at the golden beaches along the coast, in the historic auditoriums of Berkeley, or in a small garage in Silicon Valley.

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