EO South East Europe (EO SEE) has signed an agreement with the University of National and World Economy (UNWE) in Sofia, Bulgaria to co-organize the region’s first every Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) on February 17, 2023.
As the Europreneur Podcast approaches 30 episodes, it’s time to take a look back at everything we’ve explored and learned together so far.
Going from CEO to chairman isn’t an easy process, especially when you founded the business. It’s been your baby from the very beginning, and as CEO you had a direct say in all important decisions. Becoming a chairman means letting go of a lot of control.
If you’ve never had any acting training, you may not see there being much of a connection between improv and entrepreneurship, but what is running a business if not improvisation? After all, no entrepreneur can plan out how everything will go. Eventually, you’ll have to simply say yes and confidently ride the wave of events as they propel you forward to an unknowable future.
The advent of the internet gave any and every user access to just about every piece of human knowledge in existence. As recent years have shown, however, there are some problems with this model. How can anyone be sure that the information they find online is real? If you post true, quality information online, who’s to say it won’t get lost and go undiscovered by those who need it?
As the Sea of Galilee explodes in popularity as a tourist desination, EO Israel Engagement and Integration Chair and CEO and Founder of the Metailim hotel chain, Bathen Yeshua, is combating the proliferation of luxury hotels that are driving up the price of accommodation in the area with a unique “tourist village” designed to cater to all kinds of travelers.
There are many ways to grow a business, but there’s nothing quite like building a network, staying in touch and doing good work. The result of this equation is that you inevitably earn recommendations and grow through word of mouth.
If you’ve done it right, there’s a good chance you’ve become redundant in your own business. Things are working so well and there’s such a clear path forward for the company that your regular input may be more of a hindrance than a help. Is it time to hand over your company to someone else? Was this business what you really wanted to achieve with your life, or was it just the first step on a larger journey?
The best advice is always backed up by experience, but would you rather get advice or hear about someone else’s experiences?
The difference may not seem like a big one, but advice suggests that someone is being told the right thing to do while hearing about the experience of others empowers you to draw some of your own conclusions and implement them in ways that seem best to you.
The story of Cobalt Music , her record label in Greece, actually begins with her grandfather, who founded the company and passed it on to his son. Under her father’s guidance, the label was sold and transferred hands multiple times before finally falling under wide of umbrella of Universal.
For Julia Duran , those sacrifices have come in the form of material belongings that don’t fit in her carry-on luggage. Even some relationships are hard for her to maintain, but there she makes an extra effort not to let go. Why all the sacrifice? Because Julia is constantly traveling to live her entrepreneurial dream.
The recent history of technology has been a race toward digitization. Now the world of pixels is coming for fashion as well, lead in part by no other than EO Netherlands member Adriana Pereira . Originally from Brazil, Adriana began her career working for various corporations before following her ambition and setting out on her own as an entrepreneur
A member of EO Turkey , Ayse has extensive experience is several disconnected industries like insurance, banking, tourism, high tech, and now, education. Based in Instanbul, she’s had to overcome the barriers faced by female entrepreneuers, and in a conservative country no less. Stubborn inflation in Turkey has maintained an environment of uncertainty throughout her career, and politics always seem to be getting in the way.
When EO Bridge member Loredana Niculae was attending university in post-communist Romania, she worked hard, but still didn’t have much money. Unable to afford student housing, she slept three nights under a staircase at one point, but rather than being a discouragement, this experience liberated her. According to Loredana, “When you become free, then you realize that everything else is an opportunity.”
These are worries that every entrepreneur faces during anxiety-ridden moments when things aren’t going as smooth as you’d like them to. So, how do you go on without being crippled by worry? Sheer determination?
For EO Berlin member Frank Gessner , the secret lies in attaching yourself to a purpose that’s greater than any one business. He should know, he’s founded 10 of them.
EO South East Europe founding member Ivan Lekushev only recently felt like he finally discovered the true ‘why’ behind his company, BGO Software , and now he realizes why it’s so important to have this sense of direction. A successful man once told him, “The measure of success is the quality and quantity of free time that you have.” That’s not true for everyone, of course, but clearly identifying success for yourself will shape everything you do, and help you efficiently drive toward the goal you aim to achieve.