Depending on the project stage, we sometimes look for motivated students to support us on the premises. This may include the option of preparing a thesis in the field of entrepreneurship. If you are a student of a related course of study and are interested in an internship or a thesis, please don`t hesitate to contact us using the form below.
PI Training targets owners of a running micro or small business. However, our team also developed and evaluated trainings for students who consider starting a business after graduating. Please visit www.step-training.com for further information.
Before PI Training is delivered to entrepreneurs, our team teaches and certifies a team of local trainers to ensure they understand the content and methodology of PI Training. This train-the-trainer approach does not only allow to train a vast number of entrepreneurs within relatively short time. It is also more sustainable than delivering PI Training ourselves because the trainers (who are familiar with the local entrepreneurial sector) may continue to offer PI Training beyond the project scope.
This differs from project to project. Sometimes, we can offer trainings free of charge, in other cases a small fee needs to be paid and stipends are offered to those who cannot afford to pay it. More importantly: PI Training increases the profitability of the participants. In Togo, we calculated that the costs of PI Training were smaller than the increase in profitability in the first year after the training. Thus, PI Training pays for itself within a year. After our projects have been completed, it is up to our local implementation partners to offer PI Training and to determine the price at which it is offered in the future.
The duration depends on the specific project. It is typically between 20 and 40 training hours, which are completed over the course of several weeks.
PI Training is action-oriented. It teaches practical rules of thumb based on scientific evidence. Teaching these rules of thumb is combined with individual and group activities, presentations and mutual feedback throughout the entire training. In other words, PI Training does not teach pure business knowledge but a proactive mindset. Entrepreneurs immediately become active during the training and can apply its content to their personal businesses right away. Click here to learn more about what characterizes PI Training.
Thank you for your interest in PI Training! We do our best to offer PI Training in other developing countries in the future. Currently, we are in discussions with a couple of organizations about implementing a program. As soon as a new program is in preparation, it will be promoted by our local partners. Unfortunately, you cannot apply for PI Training through this web page. If you are from (or live close to) one of the countries where PI Training has already been implemented, you may get in touch with one of our local partners. We sometimes have agreements with our local partners that certified trainers may deliver PI Training on a continuous basis.