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Be Your Own Boss & Academy of Entrepreneurship: holistic support of Young Entrepreneurship

Corallia, the first organization established in Greece for the structured and systematic development of innovation clusters implements the Be Your Own Boss Programme with the support of Prince’s Trust International, and the Academy of Entrepreneurship, a non-governmental and non-profit organization which operates in the fields of research, experimental development and non-typical education, and acts as the contact point for the cross-border European exchange Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs signed a memorandum of cooperation for the joint promotion of the
Programmes.

These Programmes aim to strengthen the business culture and operate in common to train the future entrepreneurs, providing the tools and support needed to proceed in the creation, maintenance and development of a successful business.

The Be Your Own Boss Programme is offered for free to young people aged 18-35. Participants have the opportunity to attend a 4-day interactive and free Explore Enterprise Course, where through workshops they explore the practical side of starting and running a business and decide if self-employment is right for them. After the Course, participants who are interested in moving forward to the next step, receive individual guidance for up to 12 months to develop, design and test their business idea and then mature their business plan. Participants who are ready to start their own business can present their business plan to the Business Launch Group, a group of business consultants that assesses the viability of their business plan. Finally, participants who reach that stage and start the business, have the opportunity to receive business mentoring for another 12 months to grow their business. Those participants who do not continue with the development of a business idea, have the opportunity to attend workshops aimed at development their professional career and their integration into the workspace.

Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs is a cross-border exchange Programme started in 2009 with initiative and funding of the European Commission and offers to new or aspiring entrepreneurs the chance to learn from experienced entrepreneurs running small businesses in other Participating Countries. The exchange of experience takes place during a stay (1-6 months) with the experienced entrepreneur, while the young entrepreneur is fully funded by the European Commission. Due to the special conditions of the pandemic, there is the possibility of remote cooperation for 1-3 months. There is no age limit for participation and the activity of participants can belong to any business field.

Anyone interested in receiving support can register on the websites of the
Programmes:

For the Be Your Own Boss Programme: http://www.beyourownboss.gr
For the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs Programme: https://www.erasmus- entrepreneurs.eu/page.php?cid=19 (by choosing the Academy of Entrepreneurship as contact point)
For the Free Information E-course: https://academy.akep.eu/course/erasmus- entrepreneurs

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