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Be your own boss thanks to the Prince’s Trust International Enterprise Programme in Greece

After 35 years of successful results in the UK where more than 80,000 young people have been supported to start their own business, the Prince’s Trust International Enterprise Programme comes to Greece. From training and mentoring to funding, the Enterprise Programme is with young people in Greece every step of the way.

The Enterprise Programme in Greece is implemented by Corallia, a Unit of the Research Center Athena and Action Finance Initiative with the support of Prince’s Trust International.

The Programme in Greece aims to support young people to start their own business and “be their own bosses”, focusing on those who are facing social exclusion and economic challenges, aged between 18-30, unemployed or working part-time, not enrolled in full-time education, that have a business idea and the right to register an enterprise in Greece.

The interested and eligible applicants will first attend a free Information Session to find out what the Enterprise Programme involves and how they can be supported. The Programme follows with an engaging, 4-day interactive and free Explore Enterprise Course, which offers the chance to learn about the practical side of starting a business and allow participants to decide whether self-employment is right for them. After the course, participants receive one-to-one dedicated Mentoring for up to a year to develop, plan and test their business idea, and mature their business plan. The participants who are ready to launch their business may present to the Business Launch Group that assesses the viability and sustainability of their business plan. Finally, participants that reach this stage may apply for a start-up loan of up to €12.500 from AFI and receive further Business Mentoring.

In the UK, The Prince’s Trust found that last year 20% of young people who came onto the Programme started a business and 85% of them moved into positive outcomes (started a business or went into employment, education, training or volunteering). Furthermore, 76% of the supported businesses are still trading after two years and 73% after three years. The Programme in Greece has set the same high targets.

The first Information Session will take place in Athens on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at Corallia (Kifissias Ave. 44, Maroussi). Places are limited. Interested young people are invited to fill in their applications at www.beyourownboss.gr and follow the Programme’s website and social media for the announcement of additional forthcoming Information Sessions and other news.

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