BUSINESS COACHING CENTER
Who we are
PRAKSIS Business Coaching Center functions as a support center for the selected candidates offering training, coaching and consulting in order to help people materialize their entrepreneurial goals. The program provides comprehensive practical training and preparation so that the candidate will be able to compose a conclusive business plan, which will ensure in the best possible way the viability of his business.
The methodology used incorporates international trends in business models with the reality of the Greek market. More specifically, the BCC supports participants by offering training, development of personal skills (coaching) and advisory (consulting), to help them reach their business goals and create a small business.
Participants are selected through a rigorous process, which is designed to ensure:
• The viability of the business idea
• The social and economic impact of the business idea
• The persistence and determination exhibited by the individual at the prospect of becoming a freelancer
For the time period from August 2016 to January 2018 the Praksis Business Coaching Center is funded by the Citi Foundation.
In Greece the economic crisis reversed the daily routine of many people, bringing it faces intense livelihood problems, the PRAKSIS BCC aims to help people who have the vision, perseverance, dedication and ability to 'try' and they want a powerful ally in achieving this goal. With a skill development program based on the individual needs of each participant, the ultimate goal is to start or restart a small or medium enterprise.
The PRAKSIS BCC offers entrepreneurial support in cycles lasting 4 months each. More specifically:
• Practical and targeted business seminars and workshops.
• Up to 7 one to one business counseling by business consultants in order for individual ideas to become a reality
• Up to 7 individual and/or team meetings with the coach for personal skills development. Up to 5 meetings per two weeks, throughout the duration of the training program.
The PRAKSIS BCC has developed its own practical business operation model, focused on the personalized needs of each participant, away from stale, theoretical and one-dimensional training, with the final goal to help start or re start a small or medium sized business.
The 4 Stages of Business Development
The BCC 4 stages model is the output of in depth needs analysis of the program participants, in constant evaluation of their progress as well as their constructive feedback since the BCC started operating.
For further information on the 4 BCC Stages of Business Development, as well as outcomes and deliverables click here.
Participant responsibilities (may differ across cycles):
• 14 hours of physical presence for customized Business Consulting and Coaching meetings.
• Weekly exercises
• Participation in training workshops that run throughout the cycle
• Final deliverable depending on the need / stage the participant is following ( i.e. Βusiness plan, Marketing plan, Financial plan).
Attending one of the 4 BCC Stages of Business Development results from the initial needs analysis and evaluation of each business project and does not necessarily require the attendance of the previous stage.
We accept applications for participation year round, which we enroll in the screening and appraisal process of each next cycle. Moreover, before each cycle commences, we go out to press, e-media and our Facebook page with a press release / invitation to whomever interested to apply.
Participation in the program does not include any type of funding. The BCC can only offer participants advice and direction to gain access to funding.
Funded by Supported by
One up Crowd funding platform
One-up is a crowd funding platform where young entrepreneurs can upload their campaigns and ask donations from the public in order to gain access to seed capital. Based on the idea, “small amounts from many donors”, donations begin from 5 euros.
One-up is a PRAKSIS BCC tool created to fulfil the need that young entrepreneurs have to access capital in order to start their business off. NGO PRAKSIS gathers the money and is responsible to proportionately administer it to the beneficiary campaign holder, in line with the investment plan he/she has provided. This way, and with no commission added, we make sure that the money offered by the donors facilitates the exact purpose for which it has been gathered, until the last euro.
One-up is running since December 2015, and until today (* August 2016) has hosted 13 business campaigns and has attracted 7,315 donors from Greece, the USA, the UK, Germany, Cyprus, The Netherlands, Belgium, Spain and France.
Terms of participation:
All BCC alumni can participate in One up, so long as they have successfully concluded a viable business plan, as well as any other entrepreneur that has provided PRAKSIS BCC with a comprehensive business plan that has been evaluated by the BCC team as realistic and viable.
Equivalent training is part of stage 4 – Sources of financing of the BCC Business Methodology. For more information on the 4 BCC Stages of Business Development click here.
From March 2014 until July 2016, 5 BCC cycles have been completed, while currently we are screening applications for the 6th BCC cycle which will commence on September 2016.
Our experience, the needs of the participants and the market lead us to a continuous adjustment of the processes and methods that we use at PRAKSIS Business Coaching Center.
It also offers a modern approach and look at the issues of each business.