Orange Grove Patras | The place to grow your innovative business idea!
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Orange Grove Patras

The place to grow your innovative business idea!

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What is Orange Grove Patras?

Orange Grove Patras is a flexible workspace and incubator for young entrepreneurs aspiring to become a catalyst for the development and growth of the local startup ecosystem in the area of Western Greece.

 

At OG Patras young entrepreneurs will find assistance, cooperation, mentoring and inspiration to form innovative and successful startups, capitalizing on the unexploited opportunities of this area and beyond (human capital, geographic location, infrastructures).

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What Orange Grove offers?

Business Incubator

Orange Grove Patras members have access to low cost flexible office space that can easily be transformed into any required setting. Secured access offered 7 days per week from 9am until mid-night.

Educational Program

Once you have been selected, Orange Grove Patras will offer you a wide selection of training opportunities including Bootcamps, seminars and workshops to help you turn your idea into a viable enterprise.

Mentoring Program

Orange Grove Patras offers an extensive mentoring program. A wide network of experienced entrepreneurs and other experts in their fields are here to advise you in every step you take.

Networking Events

Orange Grove Patras offers various networking events. You will have the chance to meet and network with people from all kinds of fields, who could be important for your when setting up your startup.

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Why Orange Grove Patras

Three years after the successful operation of Orange Grove Athens, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Greece decided to create a second Orange Grove, the Orange Grove Patras. The initiative, run by Yiannis Kanellopoulos, Yiannis Kikidis, Yiannis Nikolopoulos and Alexandra Sarmas, is supported by the Patras Science Park and aims to provide an alternative path, countering youth unemployment and brain drain in Western Greece.

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Why Patras

Patras was not chosen randomly. In the wider area around the city, you will find three major educational institutions with approximately 79,000 students, more than 1,200 young farmers and a promising technological ecosystem. Moreover, Patras’ strategic location favours many different business opportunities in multiple sectors apart from technology, such as agriculture, logistics and tourism.

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Our vision

  • Activate young people & boost their entrepreneurial thinking
  • Build a business hub in the area of Western Greece and beyond Greece’s capital
  • Create bridges & spillover effects among universities, businesses and innovative thinkers
  • Use positive elements of cultures among students, returning students from abroad and local populations
  • Provide an alternative path, countering youth unemployment & brain drain
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Do you have an innovative idea? Do you need a flexible place to work and a supportive network? In Orange Grove Patras we can help you transform your ideas into a sustainable business.

 

Once a call for ideas is announced, complete our application form and you will be one step closer to realising your business idea!

 

For info and questions contact us: +30 2610911552

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Turn ideas into reality,

help startups grow bigger, better and faster,

while countering brain drain and

reducing youth unemployment.

Questions?!

When can one apply to join Orange Grove Patras?

Participation to OGP follows an application and selection process. Applications can only be accepted during periods of calls for applications. Periodical calls for applications will be announced during the year on this website and our facebook page. In February/March 2017 OGP announced and completed its first call for ideas.

There is no active call for ideas. How can Orange Grove Patras help me?

Orange Grove Patras will be organizing events open to the public to support people interested in developing their innovative ideas into a business. All events will be announced on our facebook page. If you are interested in joining our events, send us an email (hi@orangegrovepatras.biz) with your name and email address and we will add you to our mailing list!

Who can apply to join OGP?

Anyone with a viable and innovative business idea, aged between 18-45 & a legal resident of the EU, who is located reasonably close and has enough available hours to commit into turning his, her or (even better) their idea into a business, with the support of OGP. Or, individuals who have recently set up their business (1-3 years) and seeking to take it to the next level. Both individuals or teams (of max 5 members) may apply for a spot in OGP. No relevant academic or professional background is mandatory in order to apply, though knowledge of your market will be needed if you want your idea to evolve.

Who is Orange Grove Patras looking for?

Do you have an innovative idea? Have you just graduated, are you ready to kick-start your business or are you want to take your business to the next level? Are you full of entrepreneurial spirit and committed to your dream? Then Orange Grove Patras is the place for you. In OGP you will meet like-minded young entrepreneurs with whom you can compare notes, share experiences and get inspired. You will receive support from inspiring professionals who will share their insights on networking, social media, niche markets and pitfalls you should avoid, among many other things.

What happens after I apply?

Once the application process closes, an independent selection board will review all applications. If the board believes your application meets the criteria and your plan is selected, you will be invited for an interview in order to present your idea or newly set up business to its members.

And, if my/our application is accepted?

Then prepare for an amazing 6 months enjoying the support of OGP and its extended network! First you will need to sign an agreement with OGP that you agree to stay in the program for 6 months and adhere to the terms of the house rules of OGP. The agreement is sent to you beforehand by email for you to review. Once the technicalities are settled, you will meet with the other startups and our mentors and coaches in order to allocate you the most suitable mentor/coach, depending on your sector and needs, that will support you during your time at OGP. A bootcamp will be scheduled shortly thereafter.

If I apply, am I legally bound to join the program?

No, there is no legal obligation. But, the members of our selection committee are offering us their very valuable time voluntarily and we wish to bring them applications by committed applicants!

Is there a fee to join Orange Grove Patras?

OGP is currently launching its pilot period. Applicants accepted during the first round of applications will get access to all OGP services free of charge for 6 months. Once the pilot period is over, applicants who enter the OGP program will need to pay a small contribution in order for us to cover everyday costs & activities, so that we can keep our own startup, OGP, viable and available for even more young entrepreneurs!

Does Orange Grove Patras have any claim over my idea or business?

Absolutely none. By joining our program you are not expected to share with OGP any gains or equity or intellectual property of your business or your idea. OGP aspires to become your catalyst to a sustainable and profitable business, this is our goal and we will try our best to help you manage it.