On March 15, the day of the Dutch National Volunteer (NL Doet), BiD Network and its coaching partner PUM Netherlands senior experts (PUM) organized the PUM Doet-day, a special event to commemorate PUM’s 35th anniversary.
In the days leading up to the event, 150 PUM experts received three pre-selected business plans from the BiD Network platform. This allowed them to arrive prepared at the PUM Doet locations; the PUM headquarters in The Hague, and the penthouse floor of the UWV headquarters in Amsterdam, as generously provided by UWV.
The day started with a plenary opening at both locations. In Amsterdam PUM CEO Thijs van Praag highlighted the successes of PUM over the past 35 years, and elaborated on the opportunities that new means of communication can offer to strengthen PUM’s operations in the future. Meanwhile, Hans Luursema, deputy director of PUM welcomed the enthusiastic participants in The Hague.
After the plenary sessions the experts split up into groups to begin their workshops. All of the experts participated in a total of three workshops during the day, each time with a different group of participants with different expertise. This was designed to stimulate the discussion on the business plans. In total 100 plans from different sectors and backgrounds were evaluated on six main points: management team, product/service, competitiveness, financial statements and investment readiness. This advice will be published on the summary page of the online business plans in the next few days. The feedback from the experts at PUM will help these entrepreneurs to further develop their business plans, and get them ‘finance-ready’ for investors.
The collaboration between BiD Network and PUM was evaluated as successful and worth repeating in future. The participants found the cross-cultural and cross-sectorial approach very inspiring and informative. Many experts have also decided to become a part of the BiD Network coach community in order to coach entrepreneurs in the development of their business plans.
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