On October 10, about thirty middle school students from priority neighborhoods worked with startups and got a chance to speak with directors. The activity was organized by Montpellier BIC as part of a Companies and Neighborhoods Charter initiative.
Enterprising young studentsDivided into different groups, the students spent their morning helping with entrepreneurs’ projects. For ChallengeMe, a collaboration and training platform, they came up with the idea for a “snap course” – an educational application based on students helping each other with learning. The kids worked with startup My Horse Family to imagine an attractive booth for a horse show. Specialist-Wanted sought to understand the students’ skills.
The seven startups signed the “Company & Neighborhoods Charter” co-managed by Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole and national authorities. The charter is designed to favor development in urban areas with high levels of unemployment and poverty. Four other innovative companies also opened their doors to the students: Insitio, Panjee, Snapkin, and Teads.
"The four students who were with me felt that they didn’t know how to do anything,” explains Aurore Moser, director of the young company. “In just one hour, I learned that they spoke several languages, that some of them had their own Instagram communities, and that others could write without making any mistakes.
“One of the goals for the day was to set the students up with one-week internships,” adds Romain Lévy, CEO and founder of My Horse Family, who was easily convinced to invite one of the students back to spend a few days with his team. The outcome was positive for Montpellier BIC, organizing the day in partnership with the Face Hérault association and two neighborhood associations, Asa and Cité Citoyenne.