Opening of VentureGarden 6th Round


September 7, 2016


The Hellenic Initiative announces the opening of the 6th round of its entrepreneurship program VentureGarden. The program that has already completed five successful cycles is conducted jointly by the Anatolia School of Business of the American College of Thessaloniki (ACT), member of the Anatolia College and ALBA Graduate Business School at the American College of Greece in Athens, funded by The Hellenic Initiative-THI.

Submissions for the 6th round of the intensive training program will need to be sent electronically through the official website www.venturegarden.gr, between September 4th and September 26th. The program will kick off October 17th, following the evaluation and selection procedures.

About Venture Garden

Venture Garden is a comprehensive educational and training program for young entrepreneurs who want to develop their skills, gain access to a continuously growing entrepreneurial network and receive hands-on training by industry leaders. The program is provided free of charge and is addressed to all people who wish to turn their idea into a business reality.

The program includes 10 classes, through which participants get in touch with the most important topics required for a successful business startup and receive mentoring and support, during a 10-months period, based on a business goal framework personalized for each participant.

During the first five rounds of the program, more than 1.300 applications have been already submitted, with 437 people being selected and participating in the program in Athens and Thessaloniki. During the first five rounds, 131 professors and mentors have offered 376 hours of counseling and substantial support enabling participants of the program turn their business ideas to actual business results. It is worth noting that more than 639 hours of counseling and support have been offered to VentureGarden participants.

Michael Printzos, THI’s Director of Programming stated: “We are very pleased that VentureGarden, a program that sets out to boost entrepreneurship, one of THI’s main focuses of activity and an important pillar for recession recovery, has been so positively accepted and is now on its 6th round. Our aim is to support young, dynamic people in their effort to turn their business ideas into reality, and the results so far have been really encouraging. We are looking forward to welcoming the new participants in the 6th round of the program.”