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Third edition of the Class Gift Fund: four award-winning projects

23 May 2019

The Class Gift fund provides funding for student projects thanks to donations made by the graduating class year.

The Class Gift initiative was set up three years ago by students at the school with the purpose of funding student projects. This fund is topped up by the profits made from the Cuvée de Promo (Class year vintage) kindly donated by Valentin Bros and Florentin Cugnot, co-founders of Monsieur W. So, what does this initiative aim to achieve? It aims to encourage students to get their ideas off the ground and is all about boosting student creativity by supporting a wide range of projects.

The call for proposals, open to all students, resulted in over 40 applications from across all academic programmes. Fifteen projects were shortlisted before being submitted to a selection panel tasked with picking four prize-winners and, in early April, a grant of 5,650 euros was awarded to the first-prize winner and 1,000 euros to the three others.

First prize went to Amin Valizadeh, an Iranian student on the International Master in Management (IMM), for his "Audencia Bridge" project, a platform seeking to bridge the gap between French and international students at Audencia by establishing closer ties for enhanced learning or language teaching.

The “Platine” project devised by Manon Novaretti, a student at Audencia SciencesCom, has the overarching goal of setting up a digital community platform aiming to promote literary and musical discoveries. Paul Brihaye, a student on the MSc in Management & Entrepreneurship in the Creative and Cultural Economy, seeks to highlight voudon culture and the place of women in African culture, through a documentary and Togolese social entrepreneurship project. As for Mathieu Mhun (GE 19), he is setting up "Alfred", a digital platform which allows people seeking “Ehpad” (Accommodation establishment for dependent elderly people) and senior care facilities for dependants to link up.

Guy-Pierre Chomette, Editor

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