BE YOUR OWN BOSS

After a year of pilot implementation, the Enterprise Program of Prince’s Trust International in Greece, implemented by Corallia, is now entering its full development phase with digital deliveries.

The Be Your Own Boss Program 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 this stage can apply for a start-up loan and receive further business guidance.

Programme Stages

Stage 1 | Meet the team

Information Sessions

Attend a free Information Session to find out what the Enterprise Programme in Greece involves and how we can support you. Just fill out your details on the online Application Form and, if you’re eligible for the Programme, a member of the team will communicate to invite you to an Information Session. Υοu may find who can apply for the Enterprise Programme in Greece at the ‘WHO IS IT FOR‘ section and the application form at the link.

Stage 2 | Explore

Explore Enterprise Course

Participate in an engaging and interactive four day course which gives you the chance to learn about the practical side of starting a business. The free course includes the following:

  • Day 1: An inspirational talk from a business expert, giving you the chance to think about your personal goals and skills. We will also spend some time discussing personal finance and exploring legal structures.
  • Day 2: What’s a great business idea without a plan to promote it? We talk marketing and selling.
  • Day 3: Let’s focus on finance, including pricing and managing your money in a business.
  • Day 4: There’s no time like the present to begin thinking about business plans, so today you’ll start to consider your next steps.
Stage 3 | Next Steps

Next Steps Mentoring

We will give you flexible one-to-one support from a pool of dedicated mentors to help you decide whether self-employment is right for you. If you do decide to start your own business your mentor will support you for up to a year  to develop and plan your idea, and write a business plan. If you’re thinking about applying for start-up funding, your mentor will also help you to prepare for that.

Stage 4 | Launch

Business Launch Group

Once you are ready to launch your business, you will present your business plan to our Business Launch Group whose job is to assess the viability and sustainability of your idea. This stage is designed to ensure there are no weak points in your plan. At this point you can apply for a low interest start-up loan of up to € 12.500 from AFI. The loans have a repayment period from 6 and up to 48 monthly installments, a grace period for up to 6 months, 7,6% annual interest rate and guarantor for 50% of loan value up to 3.000 euros. Final approval and loan disbursement are performed by Eurobank. If you’re successful in your loan application you will also receive further mentoring during the whole loan repayment period.

Who we are

Prince’s Trust International works across the Commonwealth and beyond as the international arm of The Prince’s Trust, the UK’s leading youth charity, founded by HRH The Prince of Wales. Working with local partners around the world we deliver education, employment, and enterprise programmes that empower young people to learn, work, and thrive. The Prince’s Trust has over 40 years of experience delivering targeted youth programmes, supporting over 1 million young people to transform their lives. In response to international interest, Prince’s Trust International launched in 2015 with the mission of taking the interventions of The Prince’s Trust from the United Kingdom and adapting them for young people and partners across the world. Our programmes are now present in 13 countries across Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, the Middle East, and Europe.

Corallia, a Unit of the Research Center Athena, is a nonprofit LEP, which performs publicly beneficial development functions. Our team comprises of people possessing a passion and a vision for supporting Greece’s “sciences, innovation, entrepreneurship and culture to flourish” as well as more specific goals to promote a “Joy of Creation” culture and the development of services and products “Innovation Made in Greece”. To achieve our vision, we have developed a wide range of activities focusing on: enhancing and disseminating innovation of all forms in the private and public sector, shaping cutting-edge technology sectors and integrated value chains with a competitive advantage, stimulating links between industry, universities, research centers, public administration and citizens, boosting exports and competitiveness with a specialized extroversion program, creating and maintaining highly skilled jobs and reversing the brain drain, providing information, inspiration and training, particularly on entrepreneurship and high tech, investing in the human capital available to the country and fostering relations with the diaspora and creating integrated support structures for new aspiring entrepreneurs and dynamic businesses with incubator services and business acceleration. Our main achievements to this date are: the foundation of 3 hi-tech Clusters – mi-Cluster, si-Cluster, gi-Cluster – that encompass the most innovative enterprises, university labs and research institutes in their respective sectors, the systematic organisation of targeted training and inspirational events, the design and implementation of pioneering entrepreneurship acceleration and incubation programmes, the organization of innovation contests such as hackathons, appathons and game jams, the establishment and operation of innovation hubs in Attica and Western Greece regions, the organization of business roadshows and trade fairs in Europe, America and Asia, etc. More than 10.000 people and organisations have directly benefited from our activities, including would-be-entrepreneurs, startups, SMEs, large corporations, pupils and students, while the indirect beneficiaries exceed 100.000 civilians and organisations. More information at: corallia.org.