My classmates and I have participated in a study trip. And what better place and time to choose than Paris, during the fashion week! However, instead of checking out the latest trends in clothing, we opted for the entrepreneurial and innovative centre in the 18th arrondissement. Feeling super inspired and enthusiastic, here are some main point from our visit.
We were given a brief tour around all the floors of the Parisienne hub, learning about the brief history and the latest developments of NUMA. The main points I took from the talk with one of the employees was that they treasure teamwork over ideas and that the mindset matters more than the actual skills.
When faced with the board of employees, it was difficult to decide which one is the CEO (which is actually a women, placed near the bottom of the wall). This moment left the most memories in all of us, since the display of the workers was powerful, yet not discriminating in any way. When reflecting back upon our experience, nearly everyone recalled this moment.
NUMA provides mentorship and nourishes personal qualities over self-interests which is crucial when developing a sustainable business idea. The sponsorship for projects comes from big companies which guarantee adequacy and adjustability to the current context, yet NUMA supports intuition and nourishes culture, addressing the restrictions of age, qualifications, and diverse backgrounds. Their gathering space is situated at the bottom of the building, encouraging people to network whilst enjoying a cheap cuppa.
As the aspiring design managers and culture enthusiasts, we have been asking a lot of questions and Sara, our lovely guide, was happy to answer all of them. It was amazing to see how people’s ideas can actually come true. She also gave us the insight into the reality of an every day life, stating that the start-ups usually stay with NUMA for no longer than 6 months. The pressure is on, right? Alongside rotation they also encourage progress in a thought-provoking environment. And such was the affect on us, too, long after we left NUMA, leaving us wondering how could WE turn our visions into action.
Thank you NUMA for opening up a whole new world to us.
Design Management and Cultures,
University of the Arts, London.