SBE alumnus Marc van der Chijs at GEW 2012 Conference in Maastricht

SBE alumnus Marc van der Chijs was a guest speaker at the Global Entrepreneurship Week 2012 Conference in Maastricht.

Van der Chijs is the co-founder, together with Gary Wang, of the popular Chinese video sharing website (also coined “the Chinese YouTube”).

In his presentation, Van der Chijs described passion and motivation as the main drivers in his life as an entrepreneur. “Life is short, so do what you really like,” he . “As an entrepreneur you will face a lot of challenges but you need to have a goal and keep focused.”

Van der Chijs gave the GEW audience some insights into the Chinese business world by comparing it to the Western approach. “Don’t expect to be accepted into Chinese circles,” he said. “Competition is much tougher and aggressive. Even though China works very much like a group culture, your competition will try to kill your company. You cannot be mediocre or humble. You have to lead and think long term in order to be successful.”

Over 125 countries took part in this year’s Global Entrepreneurship Week on 12-15 November 2012. The Maastricht Centre for Entrepreneurshiphas made it a tradition to join in the initiative aimed at inspiring students and entrepreneurs all over the world and reached over 200 students through high quality events such as the GEW Conference, the Local Heroes Business Plan Award and an Innovation Safari to the Limburg multinational company DSM.

Related article: Global Entrepreneurship Week in Maastricht: What does it take to go from good to great?

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