Thursday, January 14, 2016

Dreaming of Arabian Nights

My friends and I decided to join a business competition that's being held on our campus. The theme of this year's business competition is "Business in Beppu", which means that we had to create a new business that will really help Beppu city to flourish. Our professor showed us a video of Jack Ma (the entrepreneur who created Alibaba in China from basically nothing) and he said, "Look for opportunities in the troubles of others." We thought about it for a while and decided that Beppu's tourist center in Beppu Station, wasn't as helpful as we expected it to be. So, we decided to create a new, multi-langual tour and travel agency called "Genie Travel" (hence the title of this post). 

Long story short, we created our basic business proposal, submitted it, passed the first selection, got some votes, passed the second selection and got into the final round. We created our own business plan presentation with all our might. Alas, we are still in college and we still lack a lot of knowledge and experience to create the perfect business plan. I'm in the Accounting and Finance major, which means that I understood most of the Financial Plan part. However, I really couldn't come up with tourism ideas. In the end, my group won third place for the competition. We weren't upset. In fact, the three of us felt very accomplished. Here's a photo of us from the event!

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