Start 8-daagse Ondernemen Zonder Grenzen Summer School!

Wil je meedoen aan de businessplancompetitie van Ondernemen Zonder Grenzen, maar mis je nog kennis op het gebied van financiën, het formuleren van jouw waardepropositie of marketing en communicatie? Dan biedt de OZG summer school uitkomst! Je kunt alle 8 cursusdagen volgen of enkele modules. Bekijk het factsheet voor meer informatie! Deadline voor aanmelden is 20 juli. De OZG summer school in augustus en september biedt startende ondernemers de kans om onder begeleiding hun wereldidee uit te werken tot een concreet businessplan. De 8-daagse cursus bestaat uit een gevarieerd programma, waarin inhoud verzorgd wordt door gastsprekers als Harmen van Heist van Rural Spark en Nassira Boudhan van A-Lief, en experts van E&Y, BiD network, de Impact Hub en NCDO. In de praktische sessies ga je vooral zelf aan de slag. Het is mogelijk om de hele 8-daagse te volgen, of een of meer 2-daagse modules. Op de website ondernemenzondergrenzen.nl vind je alle informatie over het programma en de voorwaarden voor deelname. Heb je vragen of wil je meer informatie over de summer school? Neem dan contact op met Josje van de Grift, 020 568 8751 of mail naar jvandegrift@ncdo.nl of bekijk het filmpje met verhalen van oud-deelnemers....

Ondernemen Zonder Grenzen Kick-Off in Amsterdam

Last week the official Kick-Off event of Ondernemen Zonder Grenzen (Entrepreneurs without borders) took place in Amsterdam. This yearly competition is held to get together and support Dutch social entrepreneurs who have ideas to start a sustainable business in Africa, Asia or Latin-America. The Kick-Off was the official opening of the competition, which means that interested entrepreneurs can now send in their business plan in order to receive coaching to further develop their ideas. Entrepreneurs and experts came together in Amsterdam to meet each other, exchange tips and ideas and to get inspired. The day was filled with networking activities, inspiring talks, speed dates with experts and a small pitching competition. Two successful entrepreneurs, Hajo van Beijma of Text to Change and Roel de Haas of Books for the other 90 percent, talked about their experiences, shared tips and answered questions from starting entrepreneurs. During speed dating sessions experts from VC4Africa, Business Palace, ICCO, SPARK, BiD Network, PUM, Africa Funded, Aqua for All, EY, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, New World Campus, Europe Council and RVO gave advice and feedback to starting and internationally focused entrepreneurs. In the afternoon a Dragon’s Den took place for ‘most promising ideas’. Six brave starting entrepreneurs pitched their business ideas for the jury and public, after which both the jury and the public choose a winner. The public winner won a coaching session with an expert and the winner chosen by the jury won a place in the Ondernemen Zonder Grenzen Summer School, a week full of courses and trainings to prepare entrepreneurs for the competition and for the entrepreneurial journey that lies ahead of them. The day was closed off with drinks and a delicious barbeque, which created even more opportunities to network...

The Spring Challenge North Kosovo 2014 is open!

Business Center Zvecan supported by BiD Network organizes the Spring Challenge North Kosovo 2014. We welcome business plans from companies that are starting or growing their business in Kosovo, have growth ambitions, are willing to write a business plan and are looking for $10,000 to $5 million over the next 5 years. Win arranged business trips and prize money! Besides the main prize, you will also benefit from: Free coaching, feedback and support in writing your business plan Expert advice to start and promote your business • Training in “Business Planning”, “Business Finance” and “Pitching for Success” Preparing for financing from other donors and financiers in Kosovo and abroad For more information, visit the new online community of Business Center...

Women in Business Challenge 2013 | Spread the Word

Thank you for sharing the Women in Business Challenge 2013 with your community! In order to spread the word about the competition and connect with leaders in the field, BiD Network and partners rely on your help. We value your time, and as such have tried to make it as quick and easy as possible for you to disseminate information to your network. Simply copy and paste any of the sample posts below on your blog, newsletter, Facebook or Twitter and use any of our event images. BiD Network will also be organizing a series of Twitter Chats, using the hashtag #WIBChat. Women entrepreneurs and industry specialists will share tips, insights and words of wisdom. With the aim of analysing the challenges faced by business women, and to explore innovative solutions that foster women entrepreneurship we really hope you’ll join in the discussion too. Feel free to share with any individuals you feel would gain from or add value to the competition. You can download a copy of the media kit here but If there’s anything you need but don’t have, please don’t hesitate to email joelle.payet@bidnetwork.org Key dates for the competition include: ● January 28: First #WIBChat, a discussion on Innovative businesses created by Women for Women  ● February 26: #WIBChat, a discussion about the importance of networking for women entrepreneurs ● March 19: #WIBChat, a discussion on Access to Finance for Women Entrepreneurs ● April 30: Final deadline for full business plans ● August 2013: Five finalists selected ● September 1 – 4: Women in Business Week ● September 5: Women in Business Challenge Award Ceremony SAMPLE NEWSLETTER ITEM: Subject: Women in Business Challenge...

The grand finale of the Women in Business Competition

  This week was all about the grand finale of the fourth edition of the Women in Business Challenge (WIBC). Last Sunday we welcomed our finalists, five inspiring women, Lauren Thomas (Mozambique), Dr. Nene Sanjeevani(India), Paola de la Rosa, Jazmin Chi (Mexico) and Affiong Williams (Nigeria) at Amsterdam airport. They had a full week with training sessions, meetings and the final award ceremony hosted at the ING headquarters yesterday, 12th September 2013. BiD Week On Monday we kick-started the program with a Ready 4 Finance training during which the finalists were explained the several financial options for their companies and how to pitch their ideas to investors in a two-minute elevator pitch. Tuesday and Wednesday were dedicated to business-2-business meetings, a pitch event for investors and the interviews with the WIBC jury. The women entrepreneurs visited like-minded organisations, potential business partners, investors and tried to convince our jury of their business plan potential. Accompanied by their “buddies” they travelled the country to meet with for example De Fietsfabriek, Nutland B.V., Noordhoff Uitgevers,Yumeko and an expert in mobile clinics. Furthermore, 4 of the entrepreneurs met with a EY consultant for a financial consultancy during which the investment plans of the entrepreneurs were discussed in detail. Final Event at ING So far it was a very interesting week with promising networking moments. However, it was clear that the women came to the Netherlands with one goal; winning the competition. Yesterday, the Final Event took place at the headquarters of our main partner in this competition; ING. The event was moderated by founder and director of the BiD Network Foundation, Thierry Sanders, who welcomed Fleur Hudig, Community Investment Manager at ING, to the stage to officially open the event. She spoke...

BCZ – Spring Challenge 2013 Awarding Ceremony

Awarding ceremony was held at “Sasa Dedovic” restaurant in North Mitrovica on 20.06.2013. Around 30 people was present, winners and finalists of the competitions, Spark employees, guests from Mercy Corps, members of jury/selection committee, trainers, representative of the university, etc. Kosovo Spring Challenge 2013 was organized by Business Center Zvecan (BCZ) in cooperation with SPARK and BiD Network. It was joint online / offline competition, for Best Business Plan and Best Business Idea. For participants of the competition specialized trainings in Business Plan”, “Financial Statements” and “Pitching for Success” were delivered. A total of 24 full business plans and 11 business ideas were submitted and they underwent an evaluation by a professional and independent selection committee, which selected 10 finalists for best business plan and 5 finalists for best business idea. There were 3 winners for Best Business Plan: Aleksandar Simovic (1000 EUR) Svetlana Arsic (800 EUR) Milisav Ilincic (700 EUR) There were 3 winners for Best Business Idea: Milan Milosavljevic (500 EUR) Milan Mihajlovic (300 EUR) Maja Doknic (200 EUR) The day was rounded up by a networking cocktail where guests were given the opportunity to exchange ideas and...