Ambassadors

Future heroes

Ambassadors are individuals who represent the Future Ideas foundation in a positive manner by spreading the word about who we are and what we do. Our ambassadors are a vital part of the Future Ideas community as they help us achieve our goal - connecting young innovators to companies and stimulating the development and realisation of their ideas. Thanks to their dedication and passion we are constantly expanding our reach. Thank you for your interest in being an Ambassador and for supporting what Future Ideas stands for!

We are on the lookout for enthusiastic individuals, who are inspired to create a better future. We are not focused on your background but on your strong will to change the world with us by spreading the news about Future Ideas to your networks. Let’s accomplish great things together!

There are lots of different ways to get involved. We aim to be flexible and help you with resources and support in order to reach out in the most effective way to your community. You know them best!

1. You stumble across us and want to get involved.

2. Click on “Become a Brand Ambassador” and send an e-mail to our Communications master in order to be profiled on our website.

3. Get involved by picking a couple of elements from Get Started.

4. Stay in touch by updating us on what have you been up to as an ambassador.

5. Let us know if we can help you in any way!

This isn’t just about us, it’s also about you. We are always looking for ways to give back and help our ambassadors so if there is anything we can do don’t be shy! Here is a list of some of the things we had in mind for why you would even bother to get involved.

1. Profile – All ambassadors will be profiled on our website.

2. Promotion – We would love to give you the opportunity to market yourself or your organization via social media and blogs.

3. Direct Introductions – Find someone in our network you are interested in and would like to get connected to? Get directly introduced to innovation gurus and top-notch business professionals relevant to your work and aspirations.

We have better things to do then to nag and bother you to make sure you are doing what you are “supposed to”. Be smart. Be excited. Be awesome. And we have no doubt that we will be able to work together and make a serious splash! But just so we are on the same page…

1. Being a part of the Future Ideas family is a serious commitment. We will count on you so please make sure to keep that in mind when you decide to join.

2. We ask for a minimum one year commitment. If this is not possible or you circumstances change please be in touch with us. olga@xlfamily.com

3. We will inform you via e-mail when we have relevant updates to be shared with your network. There will also be a quick question to ask what you have been up to as a way for us to keep in touch.

Be creative. See which of the following pieces fit into the puzzle that is your life and your network and hit the ground running. Our goal is to provide you with as many different ideas and resources as possible. The rest is up to you. Want to do something else that you don’t see below? Send us an email and we will make it happen! olga@xlfamily.com

 

SHARE
Facebook is (not surprisingly) the most visited social networking site on the web and we want to make sure we stand out. Share the posts from our page on your own timeline. Write a post about us on a friend’s timeline who recently graduated. Or even just like and comment on our updates. It all helps.

TWEET
It is loud out there on social media but we still want to be heard. By signing up to be an ambassador we will keep you up to date with what we are doing and then we ask that you pass it along. Follow us on Twitter, tweet about us, be creative and we will be grateful.

POST
LinkedIn is a great way to reach relevant people based on education and work experience. Post an update about us or send a message to contacts you think might be interested with text like this

BLOG

This one can go both ways. Obviously it would be great if you are a part of another online community and can write a blog about us, but we also want to make sure that our community is hearing about what is going on out there. Do you know about another organization that our community might be interested in? A start-up? Or maybe you have an idea yourself? Send us an e-mail with the topic you want to talk about and you could be the next author profiled in our bi-weekly newsletters. olga@xlfamily.com

TALK

It does not always have to be about grand gestures. Personal connections can go a long way. Do you know someone who is bright and innovative and recently wrote a great thesis or did original research? Talk to them about us and see if they want to compete in the next edition of our Academic Competition or in other upcoming challenges. Maybe they will be the next winner and you get to take credit for telling them about us.

Future Heroes

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Carolina Mendoza Villaneda Foodie & Innovation Professional
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Carolina Mendoza Villaneda Foodie & Innovation Professional

Carolina’s desire to know all about food and new ways to make it better (healthier, tastier, appealing, and produced on a fair way) took her to Lund University, Sweden, to follow a Master’s Program on Food Innovation & Product Design. Also passionate about sustainability, life took her back to her home-country, Mexico, where she’s currently coordinator of the publication ‘Mexico Energy & Sustainability Review’, which has given her the opportunity to meet very inspiring people working for what she believes in the most: a more innovative, better world for all.

 

 

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Marc van Gent Co-owner of Dialogues Technology and XL Team, co-founder of XL Family
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Marc van Gent Co-owner of Dialogues Technology and XL Team, co-founder of XL Family

Marc van Gent is a technopreneur and a student for life. He has a excellent understanding of which business value can be achieved by using technology. After a corporate career, including companies such as Alcatel and IBM, he started to follow his dreams in the field of innovation during the 90′s. Since that period he started his own companies and has worked for companies which discovered the value of innovation. The last 7 years he worked as CTO  for Dialogues incubator, a corporate venturing accelerator for open and disruptive innovation in the financial industry, at ABN AMRO Bank. Via an MBO he became co-owner of Dialogues Technology and is co-owner of XL Team. The lessons learned, and those to be learned in the own incubator, will be brought as services to corporates. He is currently studying Information Management (by design thinking) at the University of Amsterdam and did research about the evolution of the CIO.  Marc works and lives according the principle it must be inspiring, fun and challenging and has a special interest in Bigdata (Intelligent business instead of business intelligent) and alternative, sustainable and smart energy networks.

Marc is the co-founder of XL Family, an international incubator and accelerator with stakes in many different initiatives, from impact startups to new innovation tooling. XL Family has around 75 employees in locations like the Netherlands, Romania, Mexico and USA.

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Martin Atassi Head of "Strategic Portfolio Management" at A1
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Martin Atassi Head of "Strategic Portfolio Management" at A1

Since 2009 Martin is working for A1, which is the leading telecommunication company in Austria. He is head of “Strategic Portfolio Management” in the business marketing department. In this role Martin is responsible for the business strategy, portfolio management, communication and partner management. The main challenges in his current position is the management of the trade off between daily business to succeed in the ICT branch and to shape the readiness of the company for future challenges.

Martin studied industrial engineering at the technical university of Vienna and Entrepreneurship & Innovation at the Vienna Business School of Economics and Administration. In 2013 Martin joined the Future Ideas Competition and became the category winner in Innovation Technique.

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João Oliveira Ventura Researcher at the University of Porto
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João Oliveira Ventura Researcher at the University of Porto

João Oliveira Ventura is a Researcher at the University of Porto, Portugal and an invited professor at the Physics and Astronomy Department of the same institution since 2008. In 2012 he was elected President of the Institute of the Physics of Materials of the University of Porto and in 2013 became the vice-President of the Micro and Nano-Fabrication Facility of the University of Porto. He has a PhD in Physics and his present research interests include nanotechnology, microfabrication, new forms of computation, spintronics, magnetic tunnel junctions and magnetic materials. He published over 90 papers in international peer review journals and has over 100 communications in international conferences.

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Prasad N R Electronics and Communication Student at the M S Ramaiah Institute of Technology
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Prasad N R Electronics and Communication Student at the M S Ramaiah Institute of Technology

Prasad is an Electronics and Communication engineering student (currently pursuing 3rd year BE) at M S Ramaiah Institute of Technology. His interests include Electronics, Robotics and Programming. His research interests include Computer vision and Machine learning. His certifications include an internship from Student Nokia Developer, IGVC (11th rank globally) and IEEE Xtreme Coding competition (1st at University level and 48th All India Rank, Global rank being 423).

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