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#SEIWeTalk: face to face with SEI students | Episode 5

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Francesca Vogliotti, graduated in Aerospace Engineering and enrolled in the Master’s Degree in Mathematical Engineering and in Alta Scuola Politecnica.

Carolina Grossetti, attending the School of Management and Economics at the University of Turin and the Ferdinando Rossi School of Advanced Studies

Davide Blasutto, master’s degree in mechatronics engineering.

Francesca, Carolina and Davide are members of the SavingBud team, winners of the last edition of SEI Inventor, a project that recently began its pre-incubation at i3P. We chatted with them about the importance of their experience at SEI and their future projects.

How does SavingBud work?

Francesca: Savingbud is a platform that aims to become the standard easy and accessible way for everyone to build their private pension plan, funded by our affiliated brands. For the user it is only necessary to choose a plan, link your debit card and purchase from the affiliated stores to receive a cashback directly into the pension fund.

What adjectives would you use to describe your experience at SEI Inventor?

Francesca: Enriching

Carolina: Inspiring

Davide: Mind-opening

Did you have to question some of your certainties during this process? How?

Francesca: For me for sure I had to rethink my need to do everything by myself as we are used to in university. It was challenging but enriching to be able to work with the team and find the solution and idea that everyone thought best 

Davide: The ability to cooperate constructively has been fundamental in order to exploit every team member’s best traits and skills. In order to do so, you have to learn how to recognize your professional and personal strength and weaknesses. 

The pre-incubation of Savingbud in I3P has just started, what are your next steps?

Davide: With the help of the strategic consulting provided by i3p, we are now defining a compelling value proposition that can be coherent with the competitive landscape and the current market trends. After that, we are going to start building an MVP in order to gather user feedback as soon as possible. While doing so, we will elaborate a financial plan that will be presented to partners and investors.

Are you planning to expand your team in the near future?

Francesca: Yes, we are in need of a CTO to create our first MVP to test the product and lead the technical development of SavingBud. If anyone wants to apply for the position of CTO contact us! We are also looking for developers, so don’t be afraid to reach out if you are interested.

How has SEI’s mentorship helped you to progress with your work?

Carolina: During SEI Inventor, the mentors guided us through an analysis of the retirement industry, which allowed us to develop an idea that could actually solve the problem in an innovative way. They also provided us with helpful advice during the most stressful times of the competition, pushing us to question ourselves and improve our teamwork. Even after SEI Inventor ended, they were always very helpful and kept in touch with us. We are very grateful to them. 

Would you recommend a SEI programme to another person?

Francesca: For sure, it is the ultimate diverse environment where you are able to meet and confront with new people about ideas, technology and all sorts of topics. We formed bounds that we still keep after months. Also it is a way to learn real skills expanding academic knowledge.

Davide: Of course. First of all, it throws you outside your comfort-zone, asking you to build something meaningful, adopting a startup-oriented approach. Also, it is a good place to put into work your digital, IT and economics skills, challenging yourself in a fast-paced competition. Last but not least, you meet a lot of like-minded people from different cultures and backgrounds. The network we built has been very strong both from a personal and a professional point of view.

Carolina: I would definitely recommend attending a SEI program. It is a unique opportunity to expand your network and meet interesting people. It is also an opportunity to learn how to get out of your comfort zone and experience a different working approach from the school one: SEI does not ask you to arrive at a solution following a predefined solution method, but it gives you the tools to elaborate your own solution.  This is what students need to become enterprising adults.

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