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The Skilled Entrepreneur - Greece - 2

Mr Z was born in Georgia, into a middle-class family, and followed undergraduate and postgraduate studies in Russia. Following the successful completion of a PhD in Biology Mr Z returned to his home country to work at the local university and start a family.

Mr Z left Georgia and came to Greece for financial reasons. His mother was of Greek descent and he decided to come to Greece for a while and try to make ends meet. At the beginning he came without his family and faced problems with the language; he only spoke Russian and English. Eventually Mr Z learned Greek the hard way; trying to understand what he read on the newspapers and heard on TV. When he got his first job in Greece he felt very confident and decided to bring his family from Georgia.

Mr Z worked as a technical support provider for a company and after getting a lot of knowledge and experience decided to start up his own business. He started his business with a partner in 2000 and provided technical support services for conferences and social events. Mr Z offers his services primarily in Northern Greece but is also willing to travel to other regions if needed. At the beginning of his career as an entrepreneur, he believed that there was a great business opportunity in this domain, because the competition was still low and more and more convention centers and hotels were being built. He also knew that his town was a major commercial centre for the wider Balkan region.

Mr Z’s enterprise employs four people. Although his studies are totally irrelevant to his current occupation, they helped him develop a way of thinking that proved to be successful. Furthermore, his working experience together with a strong will to make a better life made him start up his own business. Although he had no entrepreneurship experience, either personal or from his family, he felt he had the necessary strength to make it, and took the risk to start up something new that would allow him to feel independent.

Mr Z thinks that the current economic crisis does not help entrepreneurship, and would advise young people wishing to start up their own business to think very hard about their choice of business and set clear and feasible goals. Starting up a business is an important step in one’s life and carries a big risk, therefore, proper planning, market research and developing important business collaborations are necessary for success.

Mr Z does not wish to start something new at the moment, he loves his business and if he could turn time back, he would again choose the same course of action. Mr Z feels that his success so far justifies all the risks taken for a better life in foreign country.  

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