One of our Year 13 students, Santiago (Delaware) asked to interview Aiglon alumni as part of a new student initiative to develop an entrepreneurship club.
In early December he had the chance to speak with Roya Ansari (Clairmont, 1979) over Skype. Roya is an expert in the world of Silicon Valley startups and currently serves on the board for the Association for Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).
Santiago was excited to share what he learned from his conversation:
"Roya has vast experience in entrepreneurship, specially in start-ups, so she gave me a much deeper insight into the process of turning an idea into a product or service. We talked about the importance of validating the market before taking action on our ideas to make sure the solution we are putting forward actually satisfies a need in the market. We also discussed on how understanding customers' behaviour and communicating effectively are crucial to sell and bring value to our idea.
We also talked about how valuable it is to live with people from all around the world given that in midst of globalisation having a more comprehensive perspective brings so many benefits when it comes to understanding a global market. She also explained to me the process of pitching an idea and gave me some activities that we can carry out in the Entrepreneurship Club I am starting at Aiglon.
Talking to Roya was extremely helpful. I learned a lot from a passionate entrepreneur with years of great experience in the process of founding companies, and she shared with me some priceless lessons she has learnt along the way. I hope to be able to apply everything she shared with me in my next initiatives, and look forward to starting the Aiglon Entrepreneurship Club together with my friends."
Thank you, Roya, for taking the time to speak with Santiago. It's always exciting to hear about the links we are able to develop between our current students and Aiglon's vast and knowledgeable alumni community.