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International Startup Pairing Program 

Pitch@School International Startup Pairing (ISP) Program is a global cooperation project for students from different countries to work together to create international startups to solve common real-world problems.

ISP teams work online using the Pitch@School online tool and learning platform and receive training and mentoring on their projects to prepare and submit their pitch decks for the chance to compete at the next Pitch@School regional and international competitions.​ 

Each student team consist of 3 - 5 students with team members from at least two countries. 

Benefits of International Startup Pairing Programme


  • International learning exposure propels students towards acceptance and understanding of an array of different cultural and community perspectives.

  • Improves language ability achieved through practical immersion.

  • Awareness and adoption of alternative, multi-faceted approaches to learning.

  • Improves analytical and problem solving skills.

  • Enhanced interest in global issues as well as a broader general knowledge.


  • Self-development and awareness leading to enhanced self-confidence and self-esteem.

  • Maturity and social poise, fuelled by the necessity to confront challenges outside a familiar support network and comfort zone.

  • Integration into different cultures as well as the development of life-long friendships, fostering an appreciation of diversity and acceptance.

  • A tremendous sense of accomplishment upon completion encourages students to develop independent opinions, make informed decisions and strive to attain fresh goals.


  • Students who go on to tertiary studies find themselves more comfortable in ‘foreign’ environments.

  • Prospective employers in almost every field look favorably upon experience gained, knowledge obtained working with different cultures and environments.

  • Increased pressure to communicate and relate to others develops an awareness of group dynamics and personal sensitivity towards others.

  • Successful program completion represents an excellent measure of personal flexibility, encompassing an ability to reach compromise, focus and succeed through challenging times

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