Would-be IPEC Coaches travelled from across Europe to the small town of Earl Shilton just miles away from the Premiership wonder team Leicester City. Why? To see the unveiling of a new app designed to help young entrepreneurs implement high impact business projects.
What is Project IPEC?
Project IPEC is an Erasmus+ funded project tasked with the challenge of designing a simple, no-nonsense app for young business owners to help them implement simple and highly effective business projects. Projects could be launching a new product, introducing a new IT system or managing a new customer account.
Project team leader, Dr. Kristin Brogan from Institute of Technology Tralee said, “It is so important that young people who run small business are able to plan and execute effective projects to drive the performance of their business. IPEC provides a simple, but powerful Model and tool that makes planning and implementing projects a simple step-by-step process”.
During the IPEC Coach training, delegates learned about the challenges faced by small businesses and how well run projects can deliver huge business benefits. The IPEC Coaches experienced the challenge of planning and implementing projects without a clear and structured process. They later had hands-on experience of using the IPEC tool developed by Greek partners AVACA.
An Inspirational Experience
Reflecting the digital nature of today’s world of business and commerce, the delegates were joined on-line three times during the week by AVACA Director Nikolaos Skarmeas. AVACA developed the app and worked closely with the team from the Cyprus Project Management Society which lead the research and development of the IPEC Model that underpins the IPEC app.
Silvia Farina representing Eurocrea Merchant, the Italian partner, commented, “This has been such an interesting week. I have learned a lot about what effective project management looks like as well as what ineffective project management looks like. As a specialist project manager, I believe IPEC will transform the way small businesses approach business improvement projects”.
During a packed week, the IPEC partners also managed to fit in a visit to the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). One of the highlights of the visit was learning about the Institute’s learning portal, ManagementDirect.
Marie-jetske Lettinga from the Netherlands (Business Development Friesland) added, “Seeing how CMI has embraced and uses digital learning to inspire and support its members, prompted us as a project team to identify several improvements to the IPEC tool.”
Following a further period of testing and a series of upgrade releases, the IPEC Project team will be looking to train a further 20+ IPEC Coaches. Once trained, the network of around 40 IPEC Coaches will work with and support around 200 small business owners – all from so-called Generation Z (18 – 30 year olds).
If you know a young entrepreneur or you are one, contact your national IPEC partner and be among the first enterprises to benefit from using the IPEC tool to drive business growth and profits.