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First Ascent Business 2019

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Celebrating Italy’s 
Top Students with a Passion for the Business Side of Tech

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What is First Ascent

First Ascent is an exclusive, all-expenses-paid, 3­-day retreat celebrating 20 of the very best university students in Italy with a passion for business and an interest in tech companies.

Meet other incredibly talented young people like you, take on team challenges that will put your business acumen to the test, learn about the latest digital trends, and listen to inspiring stories.

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Bending Spoons, the leading European app publisher, organizes First Ascent in Barcelona, the vibrant city that’s home to a dynamic startup scene.

why first Ascent
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Network with the best

Meet other incredibly talented young people. Forge lifelong friendships with like-minded peers.
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Discover an exciting city

Barcelona is not only a fun and attractive, but also the center of one of the top European startup scenes.
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Learn from the best

Get insider knowledge about the fascinating business of mobile from the very best app developer in Europe.
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Take up the challenge

Prove yourself as one of the 20 most promising students in Italy and take on the others in exciting challenges.
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All expenses paid

Travel, accommodation, food & drinks, and activities are all paid for by Bending Spoons, sponsor and organizer of the event.

The event is completely free: all expenses (including travel and accommodation) are covered by Bending Spoons.


This is what it takes to become an Ascender.

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You are an excellent university student pursuing a degree at—or having recently graduated from—an Italian university.

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You have a passion for business in tech (development of digital products, digital marketing, big data analysis, management of tech teams, digital innovation, etc.).

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You’re among the very best students in your class or can otherwise prove an outstanding track record outside of academia.

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You speak English fluently.

Selection process
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A thorough selection process will ensure the exceptional level of all First Ascent participants. These are the evaluation steps you’ll go through after you apply. From logic problems to business cases, each step has been designed to get to know you and what you’re capable of.

22 November

• Introductions

• Networking

23 November

• Team challenges

• Barcelona sightseeing

24 November

• Inspirational talks

• Fireside chat

• Goodbyes