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Start Academy

Start Academy (SA) is a business plan contest for students at university level.


VLAJO Challenge

Vlajo Challenge is an innovative online serious game, meant for students between 14 and 99 years old. The game stimulates, informs and trains the player on being an entrepreneur. The player has to get a loan, rent a shop and start buying and selling products on the (fictional) market. Different stores are combined in a ‘plaza’, controlled by the teacher. The teacher has a control panel which makes him able to check the progression of the students whenever and where-ever he wants. The game makes the subject matter of economics attractive and interactive.
Vlajo Challenge can be used for 3 purposes:

  • To experience the subject matter of having a business
  • To practice the subject matter after theory
  • As an instrument for evaluation

 The teacher has absolute control over the game. He decides the speed of the game, the difficulty level (which can be changed during the game), playing together in small teams or individual,… He can also personalize the game, adapt it to the real-life situation of the students, by creating an own city to play in.

Before playing, the teacher creates a new ‘plaza’ for his students. He chooses a city, the difficulty level, the number of rounds to be played, and the number of players. For each player, a different account and password is then created. Because all is online, no specific installations are needed. The student just needs his login name and password, and the web address.


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