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Entrepreneurship Summit

Entrepreneurship Summit

In mid-February, we held our very first BIT Entrepreneurship Summit. Eight successful entrepreneurs from Koudougou and Ouagadougou inspired and motivated our students with their personal success stories on the road to their flourishing enterprises - stories written in...

“Starting-up @bit” Workshop

“Starting-up @bit” Workshop

Continuing our workshop series, we were happy to conduct the second edition of the “Starting-up @bit” workshop that lays the foundation of our students’ journey towards Entrepreneurship. Christopher & Holger came to BIT with a workshop program for our 2nd year EE...

Kéré meets BIT Students

Kéré meets BIT Students

We were delighted to have with us the architect of our university, Francis Kéré. He was accompanied by photographer Iwan Baan and another architect. They held an engaging and informative presentation for all students and shared their professional experiences with us....

Final Event of SimCompanies – Business Simulation Game

Final Event of SimCompanies – Business Simulation Game

Just in time before Christmas, we finished our first pilot with the SimCompanies Business Simulation Game and could celebrate our winners properly. Until the very end, the teams in groups of three proved their analytical and entrepreneurial skills and had a tight...

Business simulation game

Business simulation game

To improve entrepreneurial skills in a playful and convenient way, students can participate in the business simulation game challenge and lead a company from farming to aerospace manufacturing. In teams of 3 students have to prove analytical and entrepreneurial skills...

Start-up track

Start-up track

In 2021, the first class will graduate from BIT. The accelerator program offers the start-up track, where students formulate, validate, and introduce a business idea as their final projects. During the whole time, experienced consultants from Stern Stewart & Co...

2nd (Digital) Accelerator Workshop

2nd (Digital) Accelerator Workshop

If I finally come up with a promising idea how do I validate and develop it? Those were the questions we answered in our recent Accelerator workshop. While Coronavirus certainly tried to sabotage our ambitious plans, we reacted quickly and resolutely switching to...

FH JOANNEUM International Student Project for West Afrika

FH JOANNEUM International Student Project for West Afrika

Students of the bachelor’s degree program “Management of International Business Processes” already work on company projects during their studies. They have advised the Styrian company Komptech on its market entry in West Africa.

First pilot accelerator workshop

First pilot accelerator workshop

Right before Christmas, we conducted the first pilot accelerator workshop with the 2nd year Computer Science & Entrepreneurship students at BIT. Teresa & Uta came to Burkina Faso full of real-life business examples, brainstorming techniques, and easy ways to...

Accra Internships

Accra Internships

Four of our students having an intense and interesting time during their internship in Accra, Ghana. They are working at „Yasalam“, an incubator where they are involved in graphic design, press communications, initiation on mobile development. They also get an insight...

Guest Lectures

Entrepreneurship Summit

Entrepreneurship Summit

Thank you to our eight wonderful speakers!

  1. Desire YAMEOGO of APISAVANA
  2. Issa SEMDE of Orange Koudougou / authorized distributor Orange Koudougou
  3. Boukary SAWADOGO of Agreed Management Center /General Director
  4. Yentema MANDIBIGA of INN Technologies / Founder
  5. Martial BADO of Groupe K-risme / Founder
  6. Aboubacar OUEDRAOGO of Rock Techno /
  7. Aristide ZONGO of Yamba Digital Hub Ltd /
  8. Anselma ZOUNGRANA of Racine Technology / Director
Professor Sven-Olaf Gerdt

Professor Sven-Olaf Gerdt

This week the last session of the seminar ‘Business Model Evolution’ took place. It was very well received by our students.
“Personally, I really liked the course and the way it was presented. I learned a lot of things… this will impact my career as a future entrepreneur”, Alice, a student at BIT.
“The module was certainly one of the most interesting courses that I have followed so far. Professor Sven-Olaf Gerdt, and his tutor Christopher Sieker were open to our questions …and always came up with appropriate answers”, Giovanni, a student at BIT.

Professor Kostis Christodoulou

Professor Kostis Christodoulou

One of our highlights this semester will be the course “Learning from Data: R programming” by Professor Kostis Christodoulou from the London Business School. During his career, he has achieved outstanding results both in academics and the private sector and it’s a huge honor for us to have him at BIT for this course.

Since this week, our 6th-semester Computer Science students develop new Data Science skills in the course “Learning from Data: R programming”. With the help of Professor Kostis Christodoulou, the students will learn how to understand and analyze data with different statistical methods in R. The course focus specifically on data relevant for the future economic and societal development in Africa preparing the students for their career after BIT.

Laud Ammah

Laud Ammah

Laud Ammah is a guest lecturer from the chair of Prof. Dr. Christoph Lütge at the Technical University of Munich.

One of BIT’s objectives is to impact the lives of others. We are able to address that through our discussions and the students are vast becoming conversant with ethical business. BIT students are well informed and confident in their dreams. Thank you BIT for giving me the opportunity to contribute to the entrepreneurial development of your students. – Laud Ammah

Guest Lecture by Professor Dr. Wolfgang Bösch

Guest Lecture by Professor Dr. Wolfgang Bösch

Professor Dr. Wolfgang Bösch, Technical Unversity of Graz, is currently giving guest lectures at BIT. This will comprise lectures on energy systems such as power plants and wind and solar energy, autonomous driving, microwave technologies, and their applications and many more.
Le professeur Dr. Wolfgang Bösch, de l’Université technique de Graz, donne actuellement des cours invités au BIT. Il s’agit de conférences sur les systèmes énergétiques tels que les centrales électriques et les énergies éolienne et solaire, la conduite autonome, les technologies à micro-ondes et leurs applications et bien d’autres encore.

Guest Lecture by Professor Dr. Doris Kiendl

Guest Lecture by Professor Dr. Doris Kiendl

With Professor Dr. Doris Kiendl, we were able to bring another guest lecturer to the BIT. Doris, who holds a chair in International Management, lectures at the Johanneum University of Applied Sciences in Graz, Austria.
She has taught the students of Computer Science in the following areas: Entreprise creation from the business idea to the business model as well as the structure of the European Union including its institutions and its relationship with African states. In the workshop Enterprise Creation, the students had to present and introduce their own ideas. The best ideas were awarded prizes.
Avec le professeur Dr Doris Kiendl, nous avons pu inviter un autre conférencier au BIT. Doris, qui détient une chaire en management international, enseigne à l’Université Johanneum des sciences appliquées de Graz, en Autriche.
Elle a enseigné aux étudiants en informatique dans les domaines suivants : Création d’entreprise, de l’idée commerciale au modèle d’entreprise, ainsi que la structure de l’Union européenne, y compris ses institutions et ses relations avec les États africains. Dans le workshop “Création d’entreprise”, les étudiants devaient présenter et introduire leurs propres idées. Les meilleures idées ont été récompensées par des prix.

M&S BIT Website Picture

M&S BIT Website Picture

In the intensive Management & Strategy Case Study Weekend @ BIT, the students had the chance to apply the HBS case study method and to put themselves into the position of CEOs and Co-founders to work on solutions for real-world problems. The lecture was held by Johannes Nyari (Stern Stewart & Co.) which gave the students the opportunity to get hands-on knowledge & insights from the work in an international strategy consultancy.

Lectures by Nadia Riedl

Lectures by Nadia Riedl

Nadia Riedl, a student at the TU Munich, teaches the “Microsoft office module” to our students at BIT.

Guest Lecture by Dr. Nikolaus Schrader

Guest Lecture by Dr. Nikolaus Schrader

Dr. Nikolaus Schrader, Attorney-at-Law and Partner at PwC Legal Germany, talks about democracy and the negative implications of corruption to the BIT students.

Press

FH JOANNEUM International Student Project for West Afrika

FH JOANNEUM International Student Project for West Afrika

FH JOANNEUM International Student Project for West Afrika

Students of the bachelor’s degree program “Management of International Business Processes” already work on company projects during their studies. They have advised the Styrian company Komptech on its market entry in West Africa.

The students slip into the role of external consultants and go through the entire project cycle. © FH JOANNEUM / Maximilian Thum

Market analysis, international market entry, development of international business models – these are the topics that the students of ” Management of international business processes ” in the third and sixth semester deal with together with companies. The students slip into the role of external consultants and go through the entire project cycle – from the detailed planning, implementation and controlling of projects to the professional preparation and presentation of the results to the company. A teacher is available to the students as a coach. The time corset is very tight at twelve weeks and the project language is English. It is important to work quickly but intensively and according to the wishes of the customers and to deal with complex tasks.

Practice projects with real challenges

In the winter semester 2019/2020, third semester students worked on a market study for Komptech , The leading technology provider of machines and systems for waste treatment and processing. The aim was to investigate the market entry potential of six African countries and to provide the company with a basis for a decision for a potential market entry.

On site at the project partner Komptech. Foto © privat

Cooperation with University in Burkina Faso

In order to gain the best possible insight into the African market and to better determine the situation on the ground, the project members cooperated with students from BIT –Burkina Institute of Technology . The BIT is a university in Burkina Faso and has been a cooperation partner of the Institute International Management.

The students succeeded in presenting comprehensive results and concrete recommendations for further action to the Komptech company. Foto © privat

Challenge completed!

The project teams, consisting of five to six students from FH JOANNEUM and one or two students from BIT each, have succeeded in gaining a deep insight into the realities of the African target markets and, above all, the prevailing structures of the waste management industry. The general conditions for the students were more than challenging: a very technology-intensive industry, few available sources and, in addition, a language barrier that existed in some cases. Nevertheless, the students managed to present the Komptech company with comprehensive results and concrete recommendations for further action. And they have shown that they can successfully put their theoretical knowledge into practice.

FH JOANNEUM is distinguished by the practical relevance of its teaching, and the Institute of International Management is pleased to welcome further start-ups, SMEs and corporations as cooperation partners for project courses in the Bachelor’s degree programme in “Management of International Business Processes”. Many of the graduates start their career with one of the practice-based companies.