What are my biggest hurdles?
I haven’t got much experience in running a business
First of all, I lack experience in running a business. I have some ideas based on what I heard and what others told me, but I am not really sure how all of this will apply to me and how I can bring myself in. Right now, I am just guessing and hoping to take the right steps.
I need to better understand how the market works
This really relates to many aspects. How good is the market today and will be in the future? How open is the market for someone like me and what is the right business and what business models should I apply? I need to know if I am expecting too much or too little?
I need to learn more about sales and promotion
I never had to worry about finding clients and selling was never my core strength. There is a lot I need to learn to understand how I and my future business will attract clients and customers and to keep them come back.
What can I expect to get out of this?
Is this training for me?
We designed this training for anyone looking for a way to learn the needed skills to run a business. Let’s be clear, if you want to start a plumbing business, you need to know about plumbing. We won’t teach you that. But when it comes to decision making, people skills, etc. you’re at the right place.
How does it work?
This training is based on democratic education. This means you decide what and how you want to learn. We do provide a base curriculum that defines the points of focus, but you decide how you want to learn this.
As an academy, we focus mainly on taking action to learn. This requires you to not just listen but to discover through action how this will work for you.
We work in small groups of up to 10 students and this group decides on the progress and flow of the studies. The learning itself is part of the experience and puts the power into the student’s hands. The teacher functions as a guide or mentor.
The knowledge is provided in form of Live sessions or recorded video content. This the information or knowledge, The power comes from the group sessions where you will discover how you can turn this knowledge into action that works for you.
What will I learn
The advantage of learning entrepreneurial skills over more traditional subjects is that they are not only relevant to a career as an entrepreneur.
The skills needed to start your own business are relevant in any field and would also be desirable attributes for being an employee. In fact, having a wide range of business-relevant skills gained through studying entrepreneurship would make you an ideal candidate in most fields.
Skills taught in this learning program generally apply to all areas of industry and do not kill creativity or block opportunities to start a successful business.
LEVEL I – Under direct supervision
Level 1 focuses mainly on discovering your qualities, potential, interests, and wishes. It also focuses on recognizing different types of problems and needs that can be solved creatively, and on developing individual skills and attitudes.
- Take action – I can have a go at solving problems that affect my surroundings
- Behave ethically – I can recognize behaviors that show integrity, honesty, responsibility, courage, and commitment
- Develop ideas – I can develop ideas that solve problems that are relevant to me and my surroundings
- Recognize the value of ideas – I can find examples of ideas that have value for myself and others
- Budget – I can judge what to use my money for
- Understand economic and financial concepts – I can recall basic terminology and symbols related to money
After completing this program, students will be able to demonstrate the gained skills in real-life situations, to apply to any business.
You will learn:
- how to take action towards your goals
- how to identify the consequences of your actions
- how to test your ideas and build a business out of it
- how to design value, and to assemble objects that create value for you, and others
- how to budget and manage your finances
- about financial principles important for your business
What do I need to join?
The program is based on remote learning. For that, you will need a device to connect to the internet and the ability to access our system. Having a quiet space during the sessions is an advantage and less distracting for you and your fellow students.
Duration: 12 sessions
Teaching language: English – B1 English Proficiency Level – intermediate
Program Group: Business
Program Requirements: No specific education requirements needed; Anyone who is interested in gaining the entrepreneurial mindset, and is willing to learn new things, in order to qualify themselves better on the market;
How do I sign up?
It all starts with you
First of all, tell us that you’re interested. We will send you the details as soon as we are ready for our next semester. We will probably start in September 2021. If this does not suit you, please tell us the timeframe that would suit you best. We try to accommodate this if we get enough students for the same period for this program.
Please fill in the following form. Mention “It’s time for a Startup” in the subject line. Add your name, email, and country in the appropriate fields and click on “Please send me more details”. We will inform you as soon as we are ready. Thank you for your interest.