Lead generation, business plan, business model Canvas, lean entrepreneurship, fast-track services, open innovation... You've all heard about it, but do you really know what's behind it? Over the last 20 years the BIC model has evolved a lot and many new concepts, methodologies and tools have emerged to help in the support to entrepreneurship.
The last EU|BIC Essentials Training that was held in EBN's networking Center explored all facets of the service value chain. 20 participants coming from France, Spain, Lebanon, Ireland, Italy, Czech Republic, Brazil and French Guyana came to Brussels to share key insights, tools and tips with the speakers and their peers.
For two days, Giordano Dichter , Head of EU|BIC Services at EBN, went through each step of the process, from the lead generation of potential entrepreneurs to the growth and internationalisation of start-ups. This in-depth presentation was completed with a specific focus by Patrice Thiry from LME , on lead generation practice and the various channels to reach the critical mass required to get a satisfactory number of sucessful start-ups at the end of the value chain.
Bruno Wattenbergh from Impulse presented in details the pre-incubation phase and the lean entrepreneurship concept through practical case studies, whereas Joe Greaney from WestBIC insisted on the growth services through several programmes they had developed and implemented in their region to help their startups take off.
All sessions were interspersed with participants' testimonials on what they actually experience in their own organisation and the sharing of good tips.
By the end of the training, participants acquired the feeling of belonging to a strong community where professionalism and expertise are key to the delivery of a qualitative service value chain to entrepreneurs. Some of them declared to have discovered a totally new world whereas others were keen to come back later with good examples of different applications of the principles that were explained to them.
This session was also open to non-members who are interested in potentially becoming one. "EBN gives me great prospects for networking and I hope to become at least an associate member as soon as possible", declared one of them.
The contacts made with the EBN team during those two days were fruitful and we hope will lead to new synergies in the near future.
Next EU|BIC Essentials Training will take place on 16 /17 September 2015. Save the date in your agenda!
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