Team Academy: retrospective of the first year

The first year of Team Academy has just ended and a small retrospective is required.

1st semester

Monday, September 11 was the first day of the school year for the first 17 teampreneurs (students of the team academy) from Switzerland. After presenting the general program of the year, their coaches gave them their first mission: to organize themselves for their first dialogue and coaching session the next morning – their first awareness of the fact that they are actors in their training.

The following weeks were devoted to the discovery and appropriation of Team Academy’s pedagogical model and its various tools. First training sessions (theoretical and practical workshops on a defined theme) were held on marketing, English, monitoring, project management and legal aspects.

In connection with the “legal aspects” training session, the teampreneurs reflected on the legal form they wish to adopt in order to avoid their company. They then worked on their statutes, internal regulations and roles and finally registered their company in the commercial register under the name of “Andromeda”.

Within the framework of Andromeda, the teampreneurs carry out projects. It is one of the ways they can learn and develop skills. One of the highlights of the first semester is the organization of the “New Year of Entrepreneurs” at the Maison de l’entrepreneuriat. More than 50 entrepreneurs met for an evening organized by Team Academy students.

A first trip took place during this semester: the discovery of the Team Academy in Strasbourg (Bachelor Young Entrepreneur).

Finally, their first evaluation took place. For them, the aim was to take stock of the acquisition of skills, not through exams but through a 360° evaluation (self-evaluation, by peers, by a jury of experts): a moment full of emotions. Find more information on evaluations in the news “How to evaluate without exams”.

2nd semester

The second semester began on a high note with the hosting of Finnish students for a week. The objective of these 5 days was to compare the similarities and differences between the Swiss programme (the last launched) and the Jyväskylä programme (the origin of the pedagogical model), to discover a new culture and to lay the foundations for future collaboration between students.

Several other learning trips took place during this semester: Bristol, Belgium, Bilbao and Amsterdam.

Two projects marked this semester. The first is “Apéro Urbain” which attracted more than 150 people for an evening at the Technopole de Sierre. 3 teampreneurs organised an outdoor aperitif in a friendly spirit that showcases local craft producers from the Valais region. The second is “Beblio” which organizes conferences in an original format. They have also won a partnership contract to organize 20 conferences in Sierre.

The first year in figures:

Through various actions undertaken, the 17 teampreneurs developed the 21 skills targeted by the Team Academy program during this first year. The key figures below show the strength of team learning. In particular, they have:

  • Participated in 11 training sessions (legal aspects, project management, human dynamics, English, marketing, etc.)
  • Read 193 books
  • Writes 87 reflective articles
    Participated in 65 projects, mandates and 24 client hours
  • More than 18’000 profit