New idea, new startup ? How to evaluate your chances for success ?

We are in the middle of the Entrepreneurship week in Geneva.

This year, it is called « Libérez vous idées » / Free up your ideas !

I have been invited to take part by the Association des étudiants en Sciences (AESc).

Being invited by the students themselves mean a lot to me, actually !


So, on Tuesday, from 12, I will animate an interactive workshop in Geneva. Together, we will dig into the differences:

  • between science and entrepreneurship,
  • between risk taking and over-confidence
  • between scientist mindset and entrepreneur mindset
  • between design thinking, effectuation and the other 100s of ideation methods.

We will have an open discussion about the different ways of evaluating your chances for business success when you come up with a new idea.

The interactive workshop will be taking place in Quai Ernest-Ansermet 30, 1205 Genève
SCIENCES III salle 1S059.

It should be good fun !

I hope we will exchange many good ideas.


There is no credit to be won, we will just talk about you, your ideas and your motivation to turn your ideas into successul businesses.

I will use some of my latest tricks to make the session as interactive as possible.

We will share knowledge about effectuation, design thinking, and getting stakeholders to commit for you and for your idea.

It is open to everyone, it is free, and no, you do not have to have completed 3 PhDs to attend. 🙂

As a teaser, I could not think about a better way than sharing with you, Sara Sarasvathy TEDx Talk video, who invented effectuation.

I hope to see you on Tuesday and get starting assessing your ideas’s desirability, viability and feasibility.


Were MOOCs just a buzz ?

We often laugh about MOOCs and pretend that they are not here to last and stay. Maybe we are hoping that the good old school system will stay as it is forever. Here are some facts and figures to get you to think twice:
  • MOOC enrolment surpassed 35 million in 2015
  • There are now about 4,200 MOOCs including courses offered by more than 500 universities
  • The major MOOC providers are increasingly focused on fee-based credentials, including those leading to academic credit or full degrees
  • Providers are also increasingly targeting high school and international students in their course offeringsimages

More students signed up for MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) in 2015 than in the previous three years combined. The field of online courses became somewhat more international in its orientation during the year, and the established providers sharpened their focus on revenue generation.


All of these trends point to a 2015 that marked an interesting turning point in the short history of MOOCs: a dramatic expansion in enrolment coupled with a stronger business footing for leading providers.