The ALBA hub for entrepreneurship and development

AHEAD - The ALBA Hub for Entrepreneurship and Development is the hub that brings together all activities dedicated to entrepreneurship at ALBA Graduate Business School at The Αmerican College of Greece. We strive to live up to ALBA's vision of "Business Unusual" through the highest possible quality of innovative training, outreach and scholarship in entrepreneurship.

The ALBA Hub for Entrepreneurship and Development (AHEAD) was established in 2009 with the mission to advance innovative venture development by the creation, communication and celebration of entrepreneurial knowledge and activity.

Entrepreneurship at AHEAD includes all forms of venturing, such as:

  • Start ups and New Venture Creation
  • Family Businesses
  • Social Enterprises
  • Intrapreneurship and Corporate Venturing

Our work is based upon the following pillars:

Innovation – Ethics – Tradition – Sustainability – Inclusion

CELEBRATION OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP

AHEAD organizes, facilitates and promotes entrepreneurship awards and competitions, such as the “Stelios Award for Young Entrepreneur of the Year – Greece” sponsored by Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou (2008-2010) and the Kouros Awards for young entrepreneurs by the Hellenic Entrepreneurship Association.

 

 

In 2014 AHEAD adapted the “Beyond Silicon Valley: Growing Entrepreneurship in Transitioning Economies” Massive Open Online Course for the Greek audience in co-operation with Metavallon and the US Embassy in Athens. The key outcome was a series of 9 short documentaries depicting entrepreneurial activity throughout Greece.

Topical events with local and international speakers are organized by AHEAD, while we also support and host events organized by other organizations and teams.

 


SUPPORT SERVICES FOR ALBA STUDENTS & ALUMNI

AHEAD supports ALBA Students and Alumni by providing the expertise, support and connections needed to become effective entrepreneurs. #ALBAentrepreneurs have access to the following exclusive services:

  • 1 to 1 consultation meetings
  • tailored events
  • networking opportunities
  • the promotion of ALBA entrepreneurs


COMMUNITY OUTREACH

In order to support enterprises with up to 9 employees, AHEAD offers the “AHEAD Scholarships for Micro-Enterprises” with the objective to help these businesses grow. AHEAD also manages the “Next Generation Family Business Scholarship” that aims to support succession in Greek family business. Other scholarships are also offered to entrepreneurs via the co-operation with key partners.

We also support the wider entrepreneurial ecosystem in several ways:

  • MBA and MSc student consultancy projects
  • the career day for startups within ALBA’s annual Career Forum
  • knowledge sharing
  • participation in exclusive events
  • tailored workshops and classes for a variety of incubators and accelerators

 

 

The VentureGarden educational and mentoring program for aspiring entrepreneurs is offered for free, in co-operation with The Hellenic Initiative and Anatolia School of Business in Thessaloniki. The program is based upon an intensive training period followed by several months of mentoring. More than 100 entrepreneurs go through the program each year. At the same time, regional 3-day workshops are held for entrepreneurs that can’t attend the program due to the distance.

 


EDUCATION & RESEARCH

AHEAD co-created the MSc in Entrepreneurship offered by ALBA and supports all educational activities related to entrepreneurship, such as consulting projects and case studies.

Following ALBA’s vision “to become one of the leading research-driven Graduate Business Schools in southeastern Europe” AHEAD promotes academic and applied research on entrepreneurship, such as the global research project “Successful Transgenerational Entrepreneurship Practices – STEP Project for Family Enterprising”.

 


THE AHEAD TEAM AND NETWORK


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Alexis Komselis Director ALBA Hub for Entrepreneurship and Development

Alexis is an entrepreneurship and family business educator, researcher and practitioner. He has co-created and manages VentureGarden, a project supporting aspiring entrepreneurs, in Athens and Southern Greece. He has been involved in the research, teaching and celebration of entrepreneurship for several years, having managed among other projects the “Beyond Silicon Valley: Growing Entrepreneurship in Transitioning Economies” MOOC for Greece and the Stelios Haji-Ioannou Award for Young Entrepreneurs in Greece. Alexis represented ALBA in the global Successful Transgenerational Entrepreneurship Practices (STEP) project that explores the entrepreneurial process within business families and generates solutions that have immediate application for family leaders.

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Sofia Foukaraki
Assistant Project Manager

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