We profiled Paula Schwarz, a young, ambitious founder on her unique initiative, Startupboat here.
Startupboat brings together changemakers to discuss solutions to the migration crisis. The aim is to develop lean prototypes and brings together participants like NGOS (UNHCR, Giz, Ashoka), company builders (Factor10 and HitFox Group), engineers and incubators. These people and organizations meet on a boat, using their collaborative spirit to brainstorm solutions to the problems of mass migration.
Since the April 10th trip the teams have been busy building their solutions and will showcase the concepts at the co-working space for innovative solutions to the European refugee crisis, Migration Hub Network, on April 23rd in Berlin. “We want to be effective in helping the solutions that are developed on trips grow,“ says Schwarz.
Discussion on the boat revolved around kryptocurencies and Bitcoin as a way to transfer money over long distances. One of the outcomes was a concept to incentivize and showcase multinational teams that want to become internet entrepreneurs. This idea was led by an ex-Rocket Internet CFO, with the plan to have teams be coached and mentored by the company builders who attended the first Startupboat. In addition, the group also jointly made a small financial contribution to give an award to the best teams.
Two other lean concepts were also developed on board and will hopefully be developed further. The website First-Contact.org (developed on the first trip) is currently being used by 20,000 people per week.
The next Startup Boat is due to set sail on April 24th with a focus on ways to effectively integrate refugees into the German labour market. Confirmed guests include members of the Berlin Senate, Kiron University and Rocket Internet.
Paula will be speaking at this year’s HEUREKA conference.