MAASTRICHT. How to make MECC more attractive to young people? With a MECCSpace, a community around start-ups, according to Alit Sudarsana and Stefani Christianti, an alumnus and a student of Maastricht University. And with that concept, they won €1,000 during the first Jules Challenge on Monday evening.
Along with more than a hundred other students from Maastricht University and Hogeschool Zuyd, the two responded to the appeal from student service company Jules to think up a business plan for the congress centre. As more than 27 million euro will be pumped into the location over the next few years (to make it more attractive), MECC wanted to know what kinds of events should be organised to attract a young generation. The five best entries were allowed to present their idea to MECC management on Monday, 11 April.
Sudarsana and Christianti want to attract young entrepreneurs with their ‘MECCSpace’. This could be done with workspaces, but also training and seminars. In second place was Philipp Sostmann, also from Maastricht University, with a combined plan: a location where lectures, graduation ceremonies and festivals can be held, but people can also collectively view broadcasts of events such as the World Championship football matches. He left with €500 in his pocket. The third-place reward of €150 went to UM-student Theodore Bertrand-Price, who suggested a gaming event.
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