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Corkscrew provides you with the opportunity to develop the key skills you need to be successful in the workplace through innovative training programs.

Looking to travel? Join us in leading startup capitals around the world on our Startup Experienceship program or if you want to gain experience along side your studies then sign up to our online Remote Experienceship or Career Accelerator

All our programs have been created from business entrepreneurs who understand the power of startups and the impact they can have on developing critical professional and personal skills. With our unique theory of 'Corkscrew Thinking' our programs aim to increase creative problem solving, initiative and leadership skills to provide a competitive advantage to our participants on their chosen career paths.

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Website
corkscrew.io
Founded
2011

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Reviews

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Emma
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Corsckrew Experienceship program was the best month of first internship program I could have had. I highly recommended to everybody as it is a great opportunity to learn how to think out of the box, how to come up with a good business idea that actually you can launch and also have the opportunity to meet wonderful people. I am from Barcelona and I wanted to spend part of my summer doing an internship or a course where I could gain some experience but in a entertaining and different way that wasn't a class at a university...and after searching through many different possibilities I found Corskscrew and what caught my attention was the word "Experienceship", it perfectly describes it. I'm very glad I joined the Corskcrew family and I can gratefully say that me and my friend Alex from Serbia are continuing with our Startup project to make it come true!

Aleksandar
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My advice to people looking for something beside a classic internship - go for it!
The program has overcome my expectations. It is fun and a great experience (we got to learn how to make our own paella too) but, what was more important for me, it is highly educational. If you are interested in working in a startup, or want to create your own business, you will learn how to do that here. In fact, during program I worked on a development of a business idea with a friend that I met there, and now after the program we are actually going to start the business we were developing, all with the help of Andreu, Neil and Briony. All three of them are really amazing people. I worked mostly with Andreu since I did the program in Barcelona, and he led us through this amazing journey, but they all will inspire your ideas, motivate you and help you build the idea you want to develop. They will also provide you very valuable support after the program.
Finally, even if you are not thinking about startups as your future, you will learn a new creative way of thinking, get a unique experience and something that will enrich your CV.

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Lilian Alexis
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Startup Experienceship in Barcelona is an incredible program for people that want to go out of the traditional pattern of education. It is an incredible program that told me how to go out of the standard thinking at every day and every moment. The facilitators are super good at guiding you throughout the whole process of learning. What I like the most about this program is that it is the middle point between an internship and a study abroad. The cool part, it is that you can have both at the same time with the Corkscrew family. You get the learning part and the hands-on experience that most students are looking for. Startup Experienceship in Barcelona is one of the best experience I have. After the program, I was full of memories, friends, and experiences. Totally recommended!

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Christian
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Everything about this program is unique and enjoyable. After just graduating university, it was great to get out and actually learn by doing hands on projects instead of just sitting in a classroom . Each different step challenges you along the way and forces you to think outside the box and be outside of your comfort zone. Neil, Andreu and Briony are great teaches and this experience is one that will stick with me moving forward. I highly recommend to anyone considering this program.

Cole
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I initially didn't know what to expect from this program. I was taken back after meeting the team. They were so inclusive and great at getting us up to speed with both the city and the startup scene. I was nervous at first that I wouldn't be able to come up with a startup idea, but ironically, I ended up having trouble narrowing down which idea I wanted to further work on. The working environment made it really easy to come up with feasible ideas. Berlin itself was a great city to network in and launch a startup. I was there during the Tech Open Air, and I got to learn so many tools to augment my startup idea. I learned a new way of thinking, Cokrcrew Thinking. It is an out of the box type of thinking that I will be able to use throughout my life. I would highly suggest this program to anyone looking to personally grow and wanting to become more independent.

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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Rianne Scheepers

Going abroad is my second nature: I volunteered in Cambodia for 3 months, and I have lived in the USA for a few years. This time I didn't have to travel far from Holland to reach my destination: England.

Why did you pick this program?

I chose Corkscrew because marketing and business have always interested me. It also came at the right time: I had just moved back from the USA and I was still looking for a job. The Dutch partner organization contacted me, and asked me if I wanted to go to England for a month for this program. After some googling and researching experiences from previous participants I made my choice. This seemed like the perfect chance to learn more before starting my career!

What do you tell your friends who are thinking about going abroad?

Go, and have fun. Enjoy every second. Go out and see things if you're not busy. It's the perfect opportunity to learn about a country and a culture. You see and do things you wouldn't do if you were just a tourist. Personally, I wouldn't have traveled to this part of England as a tourist. But during the weekends I explored the whole area, and it was amazing!

What's your favorite story to tell about your time abroad?

I always tell people about the great program, and the awesome friends I made. I tell people about my loveliest host family, and the many great things I have seen during my time off.

But my favorite story is about Pitch Night. This Pitch Night is held at the end of the program. Each candidate gets to present their business idea to a jury and an audience of English business people. Every person receives Monopoly money to invest in the business idea they like the best. The idea with the most 'investment' wins. I never expected it, but my idea won the first place! It was an unbelievable moment!

What made this experience unique and special?

The combination of developing your own business idea along with writing a business analysis for a local business is unique and works very well together. What's also great about Corkscrew is the personal contact between you and the staff. They regularly ask you if you're still happy with the program and your host family, and are always available to help you out with your business idea.

I also loved the contact with the other participants, in my case there were 7 other participants from 3 countries. We helped each other with our business ideas, and we did fun stuff together during the weekends, such as bike riding, going to the beach, Dartmoor National Park, or going to the pub in Exeter.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

In Corkscrew you have to develop your own business idea during the program. When I came in, I had no clue yet, and that slightly worried me. But no worries, there is plenty of time to figure it all out. You can brainstorm with fellow candidates, and the staff is always there to help you out.

What made this trip meaningful to you, or how did this trip change your perceptions or future path?

This trip was incredibly special to me because of the things I learned, but also because of the community I'm in now. Corkscrew has a very tight knit community of past, current, and future participants of the program, and each and every person is willing to help others with anything they need.

Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Andreu Gual i Falcó

Job Title
Corkscrew Barcelona Director
Passionate learner, trail runner and lousy gardener. 7 years of experience in Social, Urban and Civic innovation giving support to entrepreneurs, early stage start ups and SME's accessing new markets.

What is your favorite travel memory?

At that time I was living in Johannesburg and with my girlfriend we decided to do a road trip to Moçambique. After driving countless hours with my old Nissan on bumpy roads we hit Tofo. Beautiful little village on the coast, with white sand beaches, like in the postcards. The excitement made want to jump into the ocean not realizing that my car keys were on my pocket. With wet keys the old Nissan wouldn't turn on. DHL didn't want to send the spare key to me, as there was no name streets in Tofo. We decided to leave the car in Tofo and continue the trip hitchhiking hoping the key would dry after few days. On our way back 5 days later the car was still there and after invoking all sorts of unknown gods the car turn on an allowed us to continue our trip.

Which destination is most underrated? Conversely, which is most overrated?

It is hard to talk about underrated or overrated destinations. For me your perception comes from your expectations before traveling as well as on how you experience the place, how open you are to new experiences and how comfortable you are getting out of your comfort zone. If you are both, it is very hard to be disappointed about a destination. You will always discover something fascinating that will make the trip worthwhile. However, it also true that I have visited places where it was hard to blend with locals, experience the off tourist sites and that made the trip a bit disapointing. However I believe it was not the destination, but the fact that i did not have enough time to explore it the way I wanted and also that I didn’t know anyone on the ground that could help me experiencing out of the tourist sites.

One destination that I really enjoyed was Venice even though my expectations were very low before I got there. I dislike crowded places and tourist site seeing. However, I was staying at friends house, locals from Venice ( I believe ones of the few that still live intramuros) and made the experience amazing. We found the streets and bars away from the crowds we managed to visit the city from a completely different angle.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

What makes a company successful? Their capacity to maximize ROI to is shareholders and investors, the % increase on revenue? I do not think these are the only nor best indicators to define the success of a company.

Both, society and economy are changing at a faster pace than ever. Companies have to adapt to these changes and have to have defined very clear what do they want to achieve to know whether they are successful or not. So the place to start would be to have a clear vision and objective. Dream big, otherwise is not a vision.

However, there are several factors that play a major role to make a company successful, but in a fast pace changing society the biggest might be their ability to solve problems fast. Learn in quick cycles, adapt and pivot if necessary.

In Corkscrew we firmly believe in the need of collaboration between companies. Things change quickly and a company alone won't have the know-how or resources to adapt on its own. It is the time to share, open and collaborate. So the company that manages to do that in a smartly way will grant success in achieving their objectives.

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

Corkscrew has allowed me to see how working in an open and collaborative manner grants great results and experiences. Like the african proverb says "if you want to go fast, walk alone. If you want to go far, walk together." Alone I can go fast, but not where I want to go. Let alone the fact that the road alone is just boring. You can have fun while working.

This collaborative way of working comes hand in hand with trust. And with trust comes growing your confidence. Working with Corkscrew has challenged me to push myself to my full potential. In my understanding these are basic elements of a great company culture.

What unique qualities does your company possess?

Corkscrew is unique in the approach of experiences abroad. We are not a traditional internship provider nor a training provider.

Corkscrew provides a mix of experience (professional and personal) abroad with start up thinking training. Corkscrewers work on real company projects as consultants at the same time that work on developing their own business ideas.

Our programs are located in the most vibrant co-workings spaces in start up references city, which make the experience also unique as allows the participants in the program to working in an thriving environment, surrounded by like-minded creative souls.

These elements make Corkscrew unique and that is why we call our programs experienceships.

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