Founded by Luxe.Co., the first fashion business and entrepreneurship school in the world, Orange Bay University, celebrated the graduation of its first batch students at Beijing International Trade Center on December 17th, 2017.
Orange Bay University was established in Spring 2017. The unique and pioneering fashion business curriculum integrates international case studies and experience sharing from business leaders, founders and investors. 21 entrepreneurs, senior executives, young designers and finance practitioners in the fields of fashion, accessories, jewelry, beauty care, gourmet, travel and culture and creatives, joined the program and became the first batch students of Orange Bay University.
After an academic year with six rounds of intensive classroom studies, field trips and final project presentation, the first batch students at Orange Bay University completed their program and graduated successfully.
At the graduation ceremony on December 17th, Alicia Yu, the president of Orange Bay University and the founder of Luxe.Co., presented an inspiring opening speech. She expressed that Orange Bay University had accomplished far greater achievement than expected.
“The first batch students at Orange Bay University came from different background and from eight different cities in China. With the same pursuits in the fashion and lifestyle industry, this group of talented and diverse students gathered at the classroom of Orange Bay University. With our dedicated curriculum structure and quality contents, students went through stimulating brain storming and exciting experience sharing. Their achievements are far beyond the expectation of our curriculum. I believe that the impact of this collision is endless, and will assist these students’ career and professional development in the future. We thank you for your trust and support. We wish that all of you will benefit from the ecosystem of Orange Bay University and achieve greater success in the future!” Said Yu.
Two representatives of the first batch students at Orange Bay University shared their experiences and learnings:
Ping Xu, with 11 years of experience in real estate planning and marketing, and 12 years of experience in catering operation
“Orange Bay University is a fashion business school with rigor academic standards, creative mindset and relaxed atmosphere. On behalf of all students, I am honored to present this graduation speech. This is not the end of our learning process, but the beginning of a new journey. We believe that we will continue the life-time learning with the thinking and studying methods we learned from Orange Bay University and progress for greater achievements. “
Xiang Wang, Founder of the China Division of David Charles, A high-end British children’s dress brand
“It was very exciting learning case studies of global fashion brands, and discussing latest industry topics from different angles, together with distinguished lecturers and fellow students. I have my best wishes to Orange Bay University and I hope all Orange Bay Alumni become excellent entrepreneurs!”
Orange Bay University’s first batch students commenced their studies on May 26th, 2017 and finished on December 17th, 2017. They have completed six rounds of studies under the guidance of 29 distinguished lecturers in the investment and industry sectors. With the help of the internal academic team of Orange Bay University, students have conducted 60 case studies of global luxury, fashion and lifestyle brands. Among these case studies, seven of them were written by Orange Bay University independently. In addition to case studies, 22 entrepreneurs, investors and business leaders in the field of fashion consumption shared their experiences with students. During the New York Fashion Week in September 2017, some students also joined Orange Bay University to New York, visited the headquarters of well-known American fashion brands, fashion entrepreneur incubators, and watched designer brands’ fashion shows.
At the graduation ceremony, three representatives of the distinguished lecturers at Orange Bay University shared their views on fashion entrepreneurship and investment, respectively. They expressed their congratulations to the students and their blessing to the future of Orange Bay University.
Cen Wang, Partner of Sequoia Capital China
Zhijuan Liu, GM of Bottega Veneta China
Shunchang Qiao, Partner of Lebox Capital, Secretary General of China Young Angel Investor Leader Association
The distinguished lecturer of Orange Bay University and co-founder of Zhen Fund, Qiang Wang also pre-recorded a video for the graduation ceremony. He shared his insights on branding and founders’ skill-sets and knowledge structure, as the final lecture for the first batch students of Orange Bay University.
In addition to presenting the diploma to students, the academic team of Orange Bay University also honored ten outstanding students, three outstanding final projects and the perfect attendance award winner, based on their performance of six rounds of studies and the review of final projects.
Photo Below: The outstanding award winners of the first batch students at Orange Bay University together with Alicia Yu, President of Orange Bay University
Photo Below: The outstanding final project winners of the first batch students at Orange Bay University together with Alicia Yu, President of Orange Bay University
Photo below: Qiyuan Lu, a Generation-Y entrepreneur honored with the perfect attendance award, together with Alicia Yu, President of Orange Bay University
At the end of the graduation ceremony, Alicia Yu, the president of Orange Bay University announced the establishment of the Alumni Association of Orange Bay University. Three students from the first batch and two academic leaders were honored as the first members of Alumni Council. They will continue facilitating the communication among alumni of Orange Bay University.
Photo below: The first members of the Alumni Association of Orange Bay University (first batch students Jin Liu, Yandi Yao and Zhigang Wu, together with Orange Bay academic leaders Ruixue Liu and Xiaoyue Zhao).
At the cocktail party after the graduation ceremony, the first batch students of Orange Bay University expressed that their studies of fashion business will continue and all alumni will keep in touch with each other, and achieve even bigger success together in the future.
Congratulations to Orange Bay University’s first batch graduates!
Orange Bay University welcomes more and more entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs-to-be in the fashion and lifestyle industry to join us!
Orange Bay University is committed to provide a nurturing harbor for fashion entrepreneurs and investors, while building a learning and sharing community for fashion business leaders and emerging entrepreneurs. The third batch students of Orange Bay University are scheduled to commence their studies in April 20th, 2018. The application is open. Application forms please visit: http://orangebay.mikecrm.com/1XpqmyW
Photos from the final project presentation of Orange Bay University’s first batch students in the morning of December 17th, 2017:
Final project review panel (from left to right)): Yijun Shen, VP of Xianfengqiyun Investment; Alicia Yu, President of Orange Bay University; Cen Wang, Partner of Sequoia Capital China.
Photos from the Graduation Cocktail Party:
About Orange Bay University
Orange Bay University was founded by Luxe.Co., the most authoritative fashion business media in China. Orange Bay University is the first fashion business and entrepreneurship school in the world, aiming to educate the best leaders, entrepreneurs, investors and management talents in the fashion and lifestyle industry.
Orange Bays University’s first batch students commenced their studies from May 26th, 2017. The second batch commenced from October 20th, 2017. Students will complete six rounds of studies, with a total number of 108 hours in Beijing and Shanghai. Dozens of distinguished lecturers, specially recruited by Orange Bay University, will deliver keynote speeches and lead students in in-depth case studies of global luxury, fashion and lifestyle brands.
With two rounds of review process, the first and second batch students at Orange Bay University are mainly company founders and senior executives in the fields of fashion, accessories, jewelry, beauty care, gourmet, travel and culture and creatives, as well as professionals who aspire to create their own brands and finance practitioners from well-known investment banks and funds. Students were mainly born in the 1980s and originated from different parts of China.
The third batch students of Orange Bay University are scheduled to commence their studies from April, 2018.
Orange Bay University Official Website: orangebay.org
China Reporter: Ruixue Liu