Are you an Entrepreneur at heart?
Do you want to prepare yourself for the next steps?
Do you want to de-risk your business assumptions and make your business more competitive?
Join us at VentureGarden to make your business a part of a leading entrepreneurial growth network.
Become part of a community of entrepreneurs working together to build the skills and knowledge to transform business creativity and passion into leadership!
Our program focuses on the person, not the idea.
VentureGarden is a comprehensive educational and training process for entrepreneurs that want to develop their skills, gain access to a continuously growing entrepreneurial network and receive hands-on training. It aims to help participants understand the entrepreneurial journey, so they can move on to the next stage and become leaders.
VentureGarden is the result of co-creation by two leading educational institutions, ALBA Graduate Business School at The American College of Greece in Athens and Anatolia School of Business of The American College of Thessaloniki in Thessaloniki, with the support of The Hellenic Initiative.
VentureGarden is delivered in Thessaloniki and Athens simultaneously and is free of charge!
VentureGarden is designed to become your personal guide to entrepreneurship. It will provide the training and support to help you develop the knowledge, skills and network to boost your business. If you follow the VentureGarden roadmap you will have a thoughtful and realistic approach to develop your business and reduce market risk. You will be taking concrete steps towards setting up your business or growing your existing one. You will learn how to constantly improve your Business Model Canvas.
VentureGarden is here to prepare entrepreneurs for expanding to the local and global entrepreneurial ecosystems.
VentureGarden will help you realize the required support and resources for further growth.
An intensive and focused training period that will introduce you to the key elements of entrepreneurship and stimulate your curiosity for more. VentureGarden's training courses are based on the Business Model Canvas and each class reflects one of its elements.
Stage 1 consists of a rigorous 1.5 month classroom based curriculum with 10 classes, delivered both in Thessaloniki at the campus of Anatolia School of Business and Athens at the campus of ALBA Graduate Business School. Classes are held in Greek and are free of charge. Participation is mandatory and only 1 absence is allowed.
Courses follow a blended approach of theory, experience and action. Expert guests help the course facilitator make the link between theory and the real entrepreneurial world.
The key outcomes of Stage 1 will be the Business Model Canvas for your idea or business, the Product-Market Fit for your products or services and your personalized growth roadmap for the next 12 months.
After finishing the intensive learning period, it is time to venture ahead and apply the learning outcomes to your business. To proceed to Stage 2 of VentureGarden, participants will have to present their Roadmap prepared during Stage 1. They will be evaluated based on their commitment to and completeness of their plan,
During the six months of this Stage, you will have the chance to closely work with VentureGarden's network of experts, mentors and our team so that you can conquer one goal after the other. Setting goals, achieving them and sometimes failing is essential to the entrepreneurial process. Finally, additional masterclasses will be delivered to address advanced issues.
The key outcome of Stage 2 will be a firm reassurance of your products or services fit to specific market needs.
Once participants have completed Stage 2 and have achieved their goals, they will be able to choose the next and most appropriate step for growing their businesses. VentureGarden will give you the opportunity to prepare yourself and your business for the incubator, accelerator, competition or investor of your choice. You may also choose to continue with VentureGarden's mentors for another 6 months.
Once you complete your VentureGarden journey you will be part of a dynamic and unique alumni community. VentureGarden will always be there for you to support your entrepreneurial endeavors and will call you back for regular strategy meetings, networking opportunities and specially designed masterclasses.
As a VentureGarden alumni we will be happy to celebrate your successes and ask you to support the next VentureGarden generations.
VentureGarden welcomes all individuals passionate about entrepreneurship with a strong sense of dedication. You can join us regardless of your age, sex, origin and background.
All we require is your commitment, willingness to learn from others and passion to see your business grow.
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