András Sebestyén Szalay

Founder

Curriculum vitae

Date of birth: January 20th, 2001, Piliscsaba, Hungary
Address: Lerchenfelder Straße, 139, 1070, Vienna, Austria
Nationality: Hungarian

Email: andras.szalay@greenager.org   
Tel +43 62767710407

Schooling:
2005-2009: Waldorf kindergarten Piliscsaba
2009-2017: Fészek Waldorf School, Solymar
2017-2020 Rudolf Steiner Waldorf School, Vienna, Mauer
2020- present Fészek Waldorf High School

Education: Erasmus+ (KA1) ICT Tools for Youth Workers training course, Hosted by: IPEK YOLU KULTUR TURIZM VE TANITMA DERNEGI, Tatvan, Turkey

 

Andras Sebestyen Szalay

In September of 2017 I left Budapest (Hungary) for Vienna (Austria) with my family.
This allowed me to have the chance to see two different countries, their advantages and disadvantages and led to having a larger perspective.

I am a very enthusiastic person, who likes thinking and speaking. At school I’m studying three foreign languages: German, English and Russian.

I played Saxophone for 5 years and juggled for 3 years. When I was 12, I started Orienteering running. Sport and movement is very important for me, and I have already stood 4 times on the podium at National Championships.

But my passion is entrepreneurship. It always was. Working on something new, to make a difference in the world. Since I am 9 years old I have made businesses at school. These businesses were small, I did not earn a lot, but they showed me how I can use opportunities, and take responsibility.

In grade 8, when I was 15 years old, I organized 3 cross-country races as part of a school project; with a budget of 300.000 HUF (1000€), I was able to attract about 200 runners.

 

In grade 12 I started my first official company, Greenagerbrand. A sustainable T-shirt brand aimed to become an example for climate positive initiatives.
So far I have sold over 150 products,  and won a competition of Jane Goodall ́s organization, Roots & Shoots. 

My life goal is to work on a better world. I have a plan to promote cultural and economic development in the Hungarian county of Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén, and in doing so, help boost the Hungarian economy as a whole. I am particularly interested in improving relations between Romani people and „white” Hungarians in the county, and to help decrease or finish discrimination which the Romani people suffer from. I want to work towards connecting city dwellers with nature. To this end, I aim to become the CEO of a company which produces autonomous Air Taxis.

Although I am still in high-school, I have plans, and I know what I want to do. Alexander Stadelmann was so impressed by my resume, that he offered me a job at Expanic Stadelmann e. U., a company belonging to him, and he became my mentor. As he is a CEO like I hope to become, he helps me to prepare for that kind of work.

My way to achieve these goals is to learn from my role models:
The life story of Mahatma Gandhi with his incredible self-discipline; In the world of business the perseverance of Elon Musk;
And the goals and methodology of István Széchenyi, a 19th century Hungarian national reformer.

My Personal Statement to UK Universities

   As I stepped into the house I caught sight of the huge high-tech TV. Although this gipsy family in the 2nd poorest county in Hungary had no money to pay for warm water or fix the broken window, they had bought a TV set because that is the only opportunity to forget about their life. This was the first time I realised Hungary has huge economic differences. I had always been trying to understand why some regions are wealthier and some impecunious.I am intrigued by the people people function. Economics is the physics of mankind’s behaviours, it propels our society and is the key of development. For this same reason I am really interested in learning languages. I learn English, German and Russian. At the age of nine, I started my first business with my best friend. We did not make a lot of money, but I was amazed to see how some old stones could be transformed into money. From then on I made several businesses at school such as a school magazine or a candy shop. At 14 I organised a runners Cup with over 200 Participants and a 1000 budget. As we left Hungary for Vienna, I was fascinated by the idea of shaping the future, especially how Gandhi with his self-discipline, Elon Musk with his perseverance and Istvan Szechenyi with his methodology were doing it. Their work and biographies helped me to push myself learning, despite the harder circumstances in the new country. I started to learn about forex. I invested in and made a profit with bitcoin. I went to Rudolf Steiner-School in Vienna for 3 years. These years helped me gain an objective, critical perspective of the way of living both of the countries Hungary and Austria. Since I want to become an entrepreneur, this ability is very advantageous. As Fridays for Future became popular I started to learn about sustainable economics. I wrote a 20-paged school-thesis on Economy for Future. I interviewed successful businessmen and a founder of the European Credit Initiative. I established the Greenager concept: A climate-positive company that is making competitive products and a profit as well. I was still more ambitious, so I founded my first official enterprise, greenager.org to make it possible to stand for climate justice everywhere, anytime in a sustainable way. I was able to attract someone to invest 5000 and have already sold over 150 T-shirts in central Europe. I loved it. Sometimes I would be working through the night without stopping for an hour, experiencing the stories that I had read about my role models. One week before the Covid-19 lockdown, I had an idea about connecting students to parents by a babysitter platform in order to restrain the infection in kindergartens. I found a team and we almost set up the platform in a week, but the government was faster. Although we could not activate the platform, I have learned a lot about team coordination. During the lockdown I watched documentaries about the 1929 Market crash and the 2008 recession. I studied the stock-market. I am especially interested in Chinese economic development. A year before, I had attended a lecture about local currencies and the idea impressed me. I made a plan for a local currency to help the post-pandemic economic recovery in BAZ-County, Hungary, with an entrepreneur association and a BAZ-supermarket in order to avail to the local entrepreneurs. This system would help to develop the local market, and in long term the corporations growth and development of the local industry. I am looking forward learning about other perspectives on how the economies function. I am especially interested in comparing alternative economic systems to ours. My hope of the course is to get a deep understanding and skills in economics. This could support my later work at economic development in BAZ-county. I think the UK is the best place to get in touch with intellectual, international students. My dream is to create an international company focusing on sustainability and to pull the BAZ-county out of poverty.