Students of Peking University Visit Evoke

A few months ago, the Australian Chamber of Commerce (AustCham) asked the Evoke team if we were free to give their young leaders group a company tour. The purpose was to help educate them on some of the reasons we have been so successful as a startup and show a bit of our company culture. As much as we enjoyed their visit, we never thought that we would be asked to give another.

A few months ago, the Australian Chamber of Commerce (AustCham) asked the Evoke team if we were free to give their young leaders group a company tour. The purpose was to help educate them on some of the reasons we have been so successful as a startup and show a bit of our company culture. As much as we enjoyed their visit, we never thought that we would be asked to give another.

However, a couple weeks ago we were pleasantly approached by none other than the Guanghua School of Business and Management, at Peking University. Apparently, word passed across the universities that the AustCham visitors enjoyed their visit so much, others simply wanted the same. From our understanding, they wanted to send over some of their international students to experience what it felt like to work for a startup, and we were happy to help.

After discussing it with the management team, we decided that we didn’t want to give another “simple” tour again. We recognized that these students are studying at one of the most prestigious universities in China. Not only did we want their experience here at Evoke to be interesting and informative, we also wanted to challenge their ability to think on their feet and have them experience the same initiative that we take every single day.

We began the tour with our COO, Chris Riether, who ran through our daily operations, a simple demonstration on the motorbike, and how it’s constructed. Once the demonstration was over, Our CEO Nathan Siy went through a presentation about Evoke’s company culture, vision, current state, and future progress. After the presentation, many of the students were eager to ask questions and discuss many of the different aspects of running a business. It was clear that the students were enjoying our “tour” portion of the day, but that wasn’t all we had planned. We also prepared an innovation challenge for them and they were excited to dive right in. The challenge was for them to come up with ideas on how they would solve a major crisis that had suddenly come up within the workplace. In order to get it right, not only did the students need to rely on their previous knowledge about general business, they also needed to think on their feet, act fast, and come up with quick, simple, and efficient solutions to the problem. Only one team could win, but it was good to see all of the students thinking deeply and critically on how solve a problem at the drop of a hat.

Being a startup isn’t as clear-cut and easy as some people think it is. Here at Evoke, we believe in the importance of this knowledge, and were happy that the students from Peking University could experience some of that. It was an amazing day and welcome them back at any time.

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