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Winner Experience: Richard Branson

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Your winner Matthias flew all the way from Germany to New York… for a very special reason. He and his friend got to meet Sir Richard Branson, attend the Innovation Summit sponsored by DS Virgin Racing, and watch the first Formula E race in New York. Read on to find out more about Matthias’s full-throttle weekend:

What was it like when you first got to the event?

We saw Richard for the first time when he entered the hall. He passed by to go to the greenroom and 15 minutes later his assistant came and picked us up to take us to his room. For me, I think the most special moment was when I first saw him in the room. It was really crazy and cool to be in a same room as him and have a relaxed conversation.

What did you guys talk about?

We wanted to ask him really interesting questions. We talked about his thoughts on Virgin, Brexit and how it affected Virgin Atlantic. My friend and I are studying Business Administration and we’re interested in fields of the future, like electric cars and batteries, so we asked him about that. We also talked about the event itself, why he joined Formula One and why he sponsors the team.

How was the summit?

The panel was really nice, everyone was open minded and you could tell that it wasn’t just about marketing their companies. They all talked about how companies can support the fight against climate change.

How was the race next day?

It was awesome. We got the perfect seat because we were able to see the track in front of us and behind us. It was cool seeing all the cars, hearing the sounds they make when they accelerate and comparing them to normal cars. Afterwards, we went to a Q&A and got free food and drinks and information about the race, drivers and cars.

What was the highlight of the weekend?

Of course meeting and talking to Richard Branson, but also the race and checking out New York. It was my first time in New York, so the whole experience was just so awesome.

If you could describe the whole experience in a couple of words, what would they be?

Inspiring and indescribable.

We are so glad you enjoyed the whole experience, Matthias! Can’t wait to see you apply all the advice you got from Richard in your own life. And thank you to everyone for supporting (RED) in their effort to achieve an AIDS-free generation.

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