Courses will take place at the University of Luxembourg
Photo: University of Luxembourg - David Laurent
Business: An initiative by the Luxembourg-Poland Business Club offers women the opportunity to learn all about launching a business.
Fledgling entrepreneurs, especially those not completely fluent in one of Luxembourg’s official languages, may often find it difficult to obtain the relevant information and advice on how to set up a business in Luxembourg. Now help is at hand, for women at least, in the form of a project for English speakers initiated by the Luxembourg-Poland Business Club.
Aimed at women with no or very basic knowledge in running their own business, the LPBC project involves a total of 36-hours of workshops and lectures spread over six Saturdays this autumn. The courses will be lead by professionals from global consulting and legal advisory companies, from coaching backgrounds and from local business associations and institutions.
LPBC’s Gregory Peczkowski says that the project follows the success of a similar initiative in 2013 aimed specifically at Polish women in Switzerland. In Luxembourg, the courses are being opened up to women of any nationality fluent in English. But the courses will not be filled on a first come, first served basis. Rather, the LPBC will select a maximum of 30 participants from applicants based on their business idea and their availability. “We want people with the right approach,” says Peczkowski. “We want to attract people with a business that will survive.”
Interest via social media has already been great, which shows their was a gap in the market for the idea, says the LPBC’s Renata Niekras, who is coordinating communications for the project.
The workshops, which will be held at the University of Luxembourg, will address a wide range of subjects, including idea generation, business model canvas, networking, types of business entities, taxation, business license regulation, insurance obligations of employer, inbound and outbound marketing, business plan, credits for start-ups, individual business plan, fundraising, open questions and testimonials.
The project requires a real commitment, especially for women with families, to attend six hours of workshops on four consecutive Saturdays in October (starting on the 4th) and then on November 8 and 15. “I think we will attract serious people,” says Niekras. “But that means we will get great results,” adds Peczkowski.
Participants will also receive support from the organisation for the first year of their project, if and when they get a business up and running. “They will be able to maintain contact with our expert trainers and also benefit from our networking,” Peczkowski explains.
If successful, LPBC will consider a second project next year--maybe extending participation to men and women. This autumn’s project, in partnership with Amcham, is supported by the ministry of the economy and the Polish Embassy.