Prototron, Prototron on my mind, who has the best business idea alive? Is Parkngo a beautiful princess or an ugly witch for the Prototron jury? Let’s find out the truth!
Enrolling in Prototron was a real mess. There was written on the page of the event that a one-pager must be submitted to apply. We just recently had a similar homework in our marketing course and we thought we knew very well what was expected from us. We designed, shaped, argued and babbled until the early morning hours. In the end, it turned out that we just had to fill out a questionnaire, which was called a one-pager. Proper trolling. Well, then we started filling in the questionnaire. There were a lot of questions and it was definitely good that we were given so much incentive to answer all the important what and why´s. I pampered the perfectionist in me until the last minute and fixed and modified texts carefully. Just before midnight, the questionnaire was sent.
Applying for Prototron was somehow less emotional than Ajujaht had been. Maybe it’s because few people in our course applied to Prototron and it generally received less attention. During Ajujaht, I told my parents at the dinner table, “Wow, we’re applying to Ajujaht!”, then during Prototron I just quietly served potatoes to myself. The waiting time for an answer was so long that I even forgot for a moment that I was waiting for something.
Meetings were held as usual, on a weekly basis. The only difference is that now we have all moved to Zoom. It seemed simpler and more appropriate due to Covid.
When the deadline finally arrived, we drove against the wall with our big hurray. We didn´t pass. Again. I thought I was going to be more sad this time around, but instead, I didn’t even buy tomato chips. It was just kind of a dull feeling.
Let’s take a look at the feelings and thoughts of other team members about dropping out.
“In reality, it’s not very bad. We participate in competitions to take advantage of the opportunities offered to start-ups. There hasn’t been any talk of that “if we don’t succeed, we’ll give up.” We still do our thing with passion and dedication, regardless of the outcome of the competitions. The competition itself in such business idea competitions is ruthless. Of course not all innovative ideas will be among the first. So in the end, the only thing that matters is what YOU do and how much you commit. ”
“When we found out that we were dropped out of Prototron too, it made me a little sad. Thoughts on what to do next and where to aspire and apply to, to stand out had disappeared. We were sure we got it, but no. The team spirit had also dropped a little. We had no plan B to pull out of our sleeves – so there was a downtime. Possible that we also took the exam period as an easy excuse to stay stagnant. At times I felt helpless, as if I couldn’t move on anymore. I knew that our biggest downside was that we don’t have a developer. Finding or hiring a developer would definitely help us move forward. I also researched how difficult it would be to create an app from scratch, and unfortunately I wouldn’t be able to do that. When I asked my acquaintances who are familiar with the field, how much a decent app would cost, they said such figures, which we would definitely not be able to pay.”
“Being left out of Prototron was a bit of a shock, because we were a little too optimistic with being certain that we would succeed, because we already had tasted the TOP100 at Ajujaht. In addition, the exam period was sneaking right around the corner, which slowed down our processes, because everyone wanted to finish their courses on a positive tone. So the focus on ParknGo was a bit distracted. ”
“As you can see, everyone was a little sad. At the same time, I think that strong are the ones who will move forward, despite all the stagnation, plateaus, gorges and stumbles. I felt like this was the place where I as the team leader had to bring revelation to my team and breathe life into them. I came up with a few thoughts, how we could proceed. Initially, we just agreed that we would all enjoy the exam period and after that I want them back in the fight. However, I organized small meetings about every couple of weeks or so to keep the pulse going and so that the part of our consciousness that we had named ParknGo does not disappear.
Let’s talk a bit
Getting started is hard. It always has been like that and that’s okay. Going uphill is more difficult than going downhill. I had taken this into account and it seemed perfectly OK to rest for a while and set new goals. One poem by Jim Ollinovski popped to my mind, which has helped me to start things before. I will be happy to share this poem with you! ”
if I understand anything
have an understanding of something
then, for example is that to start is always
harder than to be in the half-way point
when starting you are at a loss,
you have the inability to grab onto anything
in the end, however, the abundance of variant
a flood of ideas
the easiest is always in the middle
the cogs are oiled
mussels have found their closing rhythm
pity that the difficult ends fall
right in the beginning and the end
the beginning and the end are more important than the halfway point
although they are nothing else
than just a start
and the end
but maybe not
A quiet exam period for ParknGo followed. But still not complete silence. We can let our characters rest and nod a bit, but what happens after the exams? Will ParknGo stand still like a sleeping beauty, or will Markus be able to manifest himself as a saving prince? or someone else instead? The fairy tale continues in the next part!