Hi my names Eric Chau and I’m currently studying industrial design in my fourth year at UNSW. Entrepreneurship has always been lingering in the back of my mind but I have never had enough confidence to pursue it at this stage of life, however things have changed since I entered the TIE Clash of the titans youth pitching competition. It all started when I enrolled into the entrepreneurial course and was notified of a pitching competition and its prize – A trip to Silicon Valley to attend the TIECON 2011 with expenses paid.
Entering the TIE Clash of the titans youth pitching competition has been an experience which has been life changing ever since. The whole process from the preparation of the pitch to meeting successful entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley has enabled me to learn so much in a short amount of time. Everything has happened so quickly, from having 1 week to organize my trip to the USA and having up to 6 assignments due when I was to arrive back in Australia. This has taught me the value of time management.
The whole trip to the TIECON in the valley entailed so many highlights. The whole conference was packed with a variety of like minded people which ranged from entrepreneurs to venture capitalists all gathering around pitching business ideas and networking. I loved the atmosphere, environment and the drive everyone at the conference had, I also took advantage of this and networked with people from all over the world who attended this conference. The other main highlight attending this conference was the amount of information I have absorbed in from the various keynote speakers and guest panel speakers. All of the speakers were very inspiring in giving talks on their insights to the highs and lows of becoming an entrepreneur.