Rebecca followed the EigenBaas program

Rebecca followed the EigenBaas program

Meet Rebecca Versleijen, a 20-year old student at Helicon vocational college in Velp, the Netherlands. Rebecca’s major is Animals and Enterprise.  In her final year at Helicon Rebecca was introduced to an entrepreneurial skills training program called EigenBaas, where she was challenged to write and pitch her own business plan. 

Designed by Qredits

The EigenBaas program was designed by Qredits Microfinanciering Nederland, the largest microfinance provider in the Netherlands. Qredits found that many young people lacked the skills and training to start their own business effectively even though they had a great idea and remarkable perseverance.

Momentum

To capture this momentum and better prepare these young entrepreneurs EigenBaas was introduced to the Dutch school system and is quickly gaining momentum. (Thanks to a grant from Citi Foundation awarded to Qredits through network organization YBI (Youth Business International) Qredits is now able to scale up the program and make it wider available in schools throughout the country.)

Hobby into business

Rebecca has always been very creative and loves to work with old discarded materials using them to create new or vintage looking accessories and decorations. She always considered this just a hobby, but the EigenBaas program helped her to think through the different aspects and steps that are needed to create your own business. Instead of creating a fictitious business during the course of the program Rebecca decided the EigenBaas program gave her the tools she needed to turn her hobby into an actual business. As Rebecca put it: “The EigenBaas program helped me to get a good overview of what I had to take into consideration like what are my expected costs, do I want to work from home or rent separate space for my business? The program gave me a realistic picture that I could work with and build on. This resulted into the launching of BECWOOD design.”

Discarded materials

With BECWOOD design Rebecca creates these decorative items out of discarded materials. She has already had several orders, one to furnish decorations for a school event. She also has her creations for display (and for sale) at her mom’s ‘living room restaurant’ called Tafellen, so she is not the first entrepreneur in the family.

Learn by example

“The EigenBaas program is full of real-life examples and video clips, so it is very practical. I learn by example. This is much easier that if you are presented with a piece of text and you have to translate it into something practical yourself. This is what I think is great about this EigenBaas program, part of the curriculum is e-learning based, so by filling in answers to questions, you build your own business plan, which is really great.” according to Rebecca.

Upscaling by granting

Thanks to a grant from Citi Foundation awarded to Qredits through network organization YBI (Youth Business International) Qredits is now able to scale up the program and make it wider available in schools throughout the country. Currently the EigenBaas program is used at 25 colleges (with 60 majors total) and 10 high schools totaling approx. 2,500 students. There are plans to start evening classes in the Fall.

Rebecca followed the EigenBaas program