Welcome Back to School

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Today saw the first day of the new academic year at SSHL. In the glorious sunshine students and staff gathered on the steps outside Midgården before walking down in a procession to the Aula.

The boarding students, who had moved in over the weekend, met up with the day students and there were plenty of hugs and laughter as friends and class mates gathered together.

Ian Gavin, vice-principal, who joined the school in April, was thrilled to see the event for the first time.

“The students looked so smart in their uniforms. There was a wonderful atmosphere.”
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Entrepreneurs visiting SSHL!

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SSHL is the first high school in Sweden to participate in the Entrepreneur Challenge run by Founders Alliance. On Saturday, the project kicked off at the school with about thirty curious students having come along to listen to some of Sweden’s most creative entrepreneurs.

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Helena Åsberg, CEO and founder of Unicorn, began the seminar, talking about the important of “daring” to do something. She also spoke of how important it is as a would-be entrepreneur to listen to your inner voice.
“If you’re not passionate about what you’re doing and don’t believe in it,” said Åsberg, “it won’t work.”

474528_10151594200225979_5614321_o-e1367862729102-200x200Next up was Greger Hagelin, CEO and founder of clothing brand WeSC.

Hagelin talked about his eventful journey from young skateboarder in California to successful global entrepreneur.

Hagelin agreed it’s important to be passionate about what you’re doing, but also stressed how important it is to find a gap in the market and never giving up in the face of adversity.

Lena Ramfelt is professor of entrepreneurship at Stanford University and has visited SSHL on numerous occasions. Speaking on Saturday, she challenged students to think about and discuss a number of real-life business case studies and explained how to put together a really good business plan.

“There must be a market problem to be solved (pain), clients (customers), and a solution to the problem (pain killer),” she explained.

Ramfelt went on to reveal that “there are a surprising number of business plans that have only the first two ingredients, which makes it a business challenge rather than a business plan,” she said.

Niclas-e1367862929783-200x200After the presentations, Niclas Carlsson, CEO of Founders Alliance, led a panel discussion in response to the questions and comments from students in the audience. Some wondered how you negotiate the job market to land your first job, whilst others wondered what the best way is to finance and build a company. The panel was unanimous in the belief that it’s better to be part of a team rather than a solo entrepreneur.

Students attending the event received a book from Founders Alliance, which contained thirty-eight different challenges. Now they have the chance to submit their contributions to the competition. It will be exciting to see what clever and creative ideas SSHL students come up with.

Thanks to EVERYONE who participated and Founders Alliance for making Saturday such a successful and valuable learning experience.