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Business plans: What to include

So you know you need a business plan and you understand the characteristics of a good plan. Now it’s time to sit down and create one for your organisation. But where to start? When it comes to writing your business plan, there’s no one-size-fits-all. But there are some sections you should definitely include – like an executive summary, details of the opportunity and information about your company.

"I now realise that I need to go on more programmes"

Chris Veeningen has been working in the financial sector for 20 years, first in the equity department of a bank and then ‘on the other side’, as a corporate financier. As the financial adviser of the Start Foundation, a Dutch non-profit organisation, he wishes to help people with a disadvantage on the labour market. By means of a social profit grant, Chris took the two-day Venture Capital and Private Equity Programme at Vlerick.

We’re consistently recognised as one of the top business schools in the world

When you’re choosing where to learn about business, it makes sense to partner with a school that’s recognised across the world for the quality of its programmes. Yet in a world full of spin, how do you know who to listen to? In the world of business learning, there’s an easy way to assess which schools stand out head and shoulders above the rest.

“The relationship between man and machine is fundamentally changing”

Two months after its kick-off, around 400 Take the Lead executive education students gathered in Brussels for the inspiration session. The goal was to find out about concrete applications for AI and new digital technologies at close hand. “This day exceeded my expectations,” says Peter Monsieurs from Pontis. “What I found most interesting is that you don’t need to have a huge amount of technological knowledge, experience and budget to start working with AI. And that certainly opens up options.”

‘You learn to invest your energy in the right things at the right time’

Stef Lauwers, CEO of Partena Ziekenfonds and partners, tried to enrol in Vlerick’s Advanced Management Programme on two separate occasions. Unsuccessfully so. His first attempt was frustrated by a merger. The second time around, he was forced to abandon after having to be resuscitated while out running. Fortunately, he lived to tell the tale, and as we all know three is the magic number. We reckon the Lauwers family’s motto is probably along the lines of “the future rewards those who keep going”.

“My take-away: if you want to start a business today, don’t wait until tomorrow”

The Management Acceleration Programme literally shifted Lorenz Cocquyt's career into a higher gear. For this young manager, the programme was the decisive push to go abroad. Lorenz will soon be leaving for the US to manage an ambitious SME plant.

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