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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Verena Hopp Founder of Internship Japan
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Verena Hopp Founder of Internship Japan

Verena’ s love for Japanese national sport, Sumo from the age of 13,  inspired her  studies in  M.A. in Japanese Studies about the crisis of Sumo, introducing a young Egyptian to Sumo who is now in the first league as first ever African. In 2012, she  entered the  Japanese Language School Tokyo Riverside School as a student and intern, later becoming their full-time employee as PR-Manager. Based on her own experience of entering a Japanese company as a foreigner, in 2012, she starts  Internship Japan which mission is to  introduce the correct internship system to Japan and to  revolutionize the whole employment system.

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Mitrajit Biswas Master Student in Foreign Policy
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Mitrajit Biswas Master Student in Foreign Policy

Mitrajit is a Masters Student in Foreign Policy with a previous Master’s degree in Marketing.
Currently he is residing in Germany working on his master’s thesis at the Hochschule Bremen. His hobbies are story writing and working on innovative projects.

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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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Frank Gong Phd Student in Teaching Chinese as a Second/Foreign Language at the University of Hong Kong
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Frank Gong Phd Student in Teaching Chinese as a Second/Foreign Language at the University of Hong Kong

My name is Frank GONG, and I am from the University of Hong Kong. Before coming to Hong Kong as a PhD student, I had been a language teacher for eight years. In 2008, I went to Thailand to be a Volunteer Chinese Teacher and stayed there for 2 years. In Thailand, local people were always very nice, and I talked to them, made friends with them, and shared happiness and sadness with them. The experience over there opened my mind, and I realized what is ‘cultural diversity’ and people with different cultural backgrounds can become good friends. In 2010, I came back to China and worked as an English teacher in a university, where, with my help, students could understand the importance of English as an instrument for intercultural communication. Therefore, they could enjoy English learning, but not treat it as a kind of “torture”. In this period, I also introduced aesthetics education as an editor in an academic journal.

From 2008 to the present, I have published several academic articles in English, Chinese and Thai, which relate to ICC teaching, Chinese history and culture, and ancient Chinese language. Now I am a PhD student majoring in Teaching Chinese as a Second/Foreign Language, and my research interest mainly includes: Intercultural Teaching and Learning in Language Education, Language Teachers’ Cognition in Intercultural Communicative Competence (ICC), Language Teacher Education, and Technology and ICC.

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Mariana Ferreira dos Santos Architect
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Mariana Ferreira dos Santos Architect

Mariana Ferreira dos Santos is a previous participant in the Future Ideas – European Innovation Master Thesis Competition 2013. She has a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degrees in Architecture from the University of Beira Interior (Covilhã, Portugal). She has a strong interest in developing countries and their relation with architecture, with a special focus on Brazil and Africa.

Mariana has worked as a Team member of Communication and Marketing at AIESEC and travelled to Rio de Janeiro,Brazil” to conduct the research for her master thesis and to find an  answer to her big question “How can architecture help people.. how can architecture influence people in their healthcare?”.

Currently Mariana is developing works in the graphic design area, working with different brands, and doing my internship in Architecture. Among other actives throughout her academic career, enjoys hobbies like photography and traveling.

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