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The Gianna Angelopoulos Programme

for Science Technology and Innovation

The Cambridge Judge Business School (CJBS) of the University of Cambridge and the Gianna Angelopoulos Programme for Science, Technology and Innovation (GAPSTI) are offering four scholarships to enable Greece-based SME companies to participate in the SME Growth Challenge Programme offered by CJBS.

The SME Growth Challenge programme has been running for four years, providing support to cohorts of 12-15 companies from all over the world over a four-month period. The programme is designed to support innovative enterprises with positive turnover and leadership teams with a vision for growth, which seek to adopt current business best practices and thinking. There are no industry-specific requirements for the participating companies, and there is no prerequisite scientific knowledge required from the leadership teams.

The programme takes place at the Cambridge Judge Business School, in the city of Cambridge, United Kingdom, and comprises three two-day thematic modules held on the following dates: 26-27/09/19, 28-29/11/2019 and 23-24/1/2020. The modules aim to introduce, analyse and communicate the latest principles and management frameworks and techniques for the design and deployment of a systematic growth strategy. Each selected company will be able to enrol up to three senior members of the leadership team on the course (including the CEO and/or MD).  Upon completing the Programme, the companies will be in a position to implement an actualised growth plan which they will have developed during the course. The growth plan is devised and developed through the additional support of experienced business coaches, both during the workshops and between modules.

Specifically, during the programme's three two-day modules, the participating corporate teams will:

  • Identify and strategically evaluate a range of growth opportunities in order to select the one that fulfils their strategic aspirations.
  • Delineate changes and transformations required in their business model to pursue the selected growth opportunity and develop an actualised operational plan;
  • Determine the leadership and talent management interventions which, integrated with the proper finance tools, will help them to execute their plan.

The scholarship offered by GAPSTI covers 50% of the programme's tuition fees, which amount to £8,000 (around €9,000). Expenses related to travel and accommodation are not included in the fee.

Greek SME companies wishing to apply for this opportunity must submit their application by 31 July 2019 through this link:

Further information about the programme including workshop dates can be found here.

Only applications received in full and before the deadline will be considered for selection. In the event of a large number of high-quality applications being received, the choice will be based upon the time of the application and the quality of the responses, and further openings will be made available in the future programme cohorts.