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Integrated Project: Track 3 – Penstable

Due to falling birth rates and a rapidly ageing population, Europe is facing an immense change in demography. Ensuring that the growing number of retirees receive a sufficient income will be challenging through the existing state-based pension fund model. The EU is therefore currently addressing this issue by outlining a plan to create a Pan-European Personal Pension Product (PEPP), which will allow the trade of pensions across European borders and thereby increase competition. Penstable, a startup that invests its customers’ pension in socially and environmentally sustainable companies, are looking to exploit this opportunity by entering a new market.

Track 3 participants will as a result be asked to develop a market entry strategy within the scope of European Union, by conducting market research including identifying customer segments, political forces, and market size/structure. The groups will interact with experts within fintech and consumer insights as well as receive communication and presentation technique training. As a reward for the group with the best solution, the three members will get the opportunity to attend Climate Kic, an EU innovation community that works to accelerate the region’s transition to a zero-carbon economy.

Application Requirements:

  • Attach your CV in the application
  • Attach a motivation letter (max 300 words)

The Workshops:

1st Workshop: 22/10/2018 (16:00 – 20:00)
2nd Workshop: 12/11/2018 (16:00 – 20:00)
3rd Workshop: 4/3/2019 (16:00 – 20:00)
4th Workshop: 8/4/2019 (16:00 – 20:00)

Final Event: 26/4/2018

Note: food and drinks will be available after each workshop

About the Integrated Project:

The Integrated Project is a new initiative by oikos Copenhagen aimed at facilitating collaboration between companies and ambitious students on solving sustainability challenges. It’s an opportunity for leading companies to find case-specific solutions for their issues as well as the possibility to get in touch with potential talent and for students to gain real-life experience within the field of sustainability.

There will be four tracks that are each hosted by a company that introduces a unique challenge, where students will try to solve the problem during four workshops over the span of two semesters. The content and structure of these workshops will vary depending on the track, but participants will gain new skills and knowledge that will help them solve the challenge before them. Once all workshops are completed, groups will present their solutions at a final event before a panel of judges, where one group from each track is declared the winner and receives an award.

There will be a total of 12 available participation seats in each track, where students from different universities around the Copenhagen area will be divided into four groups of three based on their experience and academic background. The duration of each workshop will on average last for around four hours and includes activities such as design thinking, interaction with project stakeholders, field trips, communication and presentation exercises, as well as feedback sessions.