Embracing challenges

​Meet Jacob Hellke, Corporate Entrepreneurship Track
​"Hi! My name is Jacob Hellke, and I’m a first-year (soon to be second-year!) student at the Corporate Entrepreneurship track. This week I'm going to tell you about my year at the Chalmers School of Entrepreneurship, and some reflections on "current events".

A year has gone by since I got my letter of acceptance to Chalmers School of Entrepreneurship. It has been a year paved with uncertainty, learning, and new experiences. The cream of the crop, the final test, on how to bear the uncertainty so often facing an entrepreneur was a world scale pandemic.

This text would probably look a lot different if everything went according to plan. Probably the best thing about this program is the unexpected journeys it will offer you. At this point in time, I would have completed a collaboration with students at George Washinton University in Washington together with a partner from the Corp track. We were supposed to pitch two life science projects at the Swedish embassy in Washington, but you know, a Zoom conference wasn't all too bad. At least my family and friends could join in!

I would also probably write this post on an airport heading to California to work there for the summer with intellectual property and business development. I'll leave it to you to figure out what happened. This got me to realize the best thing about this program, except friends and teachers. Managing changes, obstacles, and uncertainties. Managing is perhaps a bad word, embracing is more to the point. Jacob one year ago would be devastated, sad, and disappointed by now. Well, I still am, a bit, but I stand humble for the challenge of going into this ever-changing climate and do the best I can with what I've learned so far.

"Never let a good crisis go to waste" said Winston Churchill. And although it Is a tragedy, and always will be, it shows that entrepreneurship can be found anywhere and within anyone. People are gathering online, creating wonderful things across the globe to fight the pandemic, the infodemic, and other challenges that we've created for ourselves. You don't have to be a Jobs, Musk or Kamprad. You can just be you. That's one of my key takeaways from this program.

In the end, I can't complain. I'm sitting on the west coast much closer to home, reading one of my favorite books. I wish you all an exciting and uncertain summer, keep your distance and use sun-screen!"

Published: Fri 03 Jul 2020.