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One-up is a dedicated not-for-profit crowdfunding platform that helps Greek entrepreneurs with small business funding. Our main focus is to help budding entrepreneurs get the support and seed funding they need in order to turn a great idea in to a successful and sustainable business. As part of the NGO PRAKSIS our aim is to create alternative sources of financing at a time when the market is offering few other realistic alternatives, in order to provide economic and social impact at both local and regional levels.
One-up is the crowdfunding tool of the PRAKSIS BUSINESS COACHING CENTER (BCC). The BCC provides a structured training program in entrepreneurship, preparing individuals for their business ventures through:
  • Group training
  • One-to-one consultancy and
  • One-to-one coaching
… Participants who are able to produce viable business plans for sustainable business ideas, are then eligible to seek seed-funding from the One-up platform.

Entrepreneurs who manage to set up successful and viable businesses then have the opportunity, and are encouraged through PRAKSIS Employability Program, to give-back and provide access to jobs to those who are socially marginalized and in real need.
One-up has partnered with the Orange Grove and the Impact Hub in Athens. Both hubs select promising start-ups who are seeking alternative sources of financing to kick-start their businesses. Should the selected businesses reach their target goals of funding through One-up, each hub will monitor and feed-back on the entrepreneur's progress in order to ensure that every cent of the funding is used as outlined in the crowd-funding campaign to secure the utmost transparency for the platform and our businesses. On rare occasions, One-up may accept applications from individuals who have gone through other types of hubs or programs and may have developed business plans elsewhere. However, please note that getting on to the One-up platform is a rigorous process and only the best of the best are accepted. This is to ensure that we maintain the highest integrity to our donors by ensuring to the best of our ability that all donations go towards the businesses that we believe are most likely to succeed.
The idea and the platform were created by Paul Kidner who runs the PRAKSIS BCC. The implementation of the platform sponsored by the Swiss Limmat Foundation. Through the NGO PRAKSIS we can provide monitoring and create even stronger economic and social impact through every successful business you assist through One-up.
The One-up platform is run by the PRAKSIS BCC whose staff is comprised of experienced consultants, who review each and every project. Those that we believe are crazy, outlandish, and WILL work are the projects we want to support. But most of all, we want to ensure that your donation goes towards a sustainable business. One that will help an individual, a team or family get a new start, one that will create multiplier effects in a local economy, one that will create a social impact and one, that with just a little financial support, can create a thriving new business and new jobs in the market.
We believe micro-enterprises and SME’s are the bloodline of the Greek economy and that dedicated new entrepreneurs are the answer to lifting Greece out of the current crisis.
  1. One-up is solely dedicated to Greek Businesses. We do not fund other types of projects. Our mission is to create social impact by providing seed-capital for new businesses to get started.
  2. All donations are handled through PRAKSIS. In other words, the cash is not provided to the entrepreneur as a lump-sum cash donation. An agreed sum is provided to the entrepreneur as and when they reach specific and agreed milestones. Once these are reached, the specified amount of the funds is released until the entrepreneur reaches his/her next milestone. This is in order to ensure that every cent of your donation - managed by a hugely respected NGO - can hold the entrepreneur to account. The donors in the meantime are informed of all the entrepreneurs’ activities ensuring close monitoring, information and transparency on the project in order to secure, to the best of our ability accountability for, and the most efficient use of, your donation.
  3. Successful businesses are provided the opportunity to give back to the community through PRAKSIS and offer work-placement to individuals who are in real need. In this way we create social impact that immeasurably multiplies the value of your donation.
The One-up platform was built specifically to support new entrepreneurs in Greece. The crisis in Greece has hit the economy particularly hard. However, there are a lot of fantastic minds and skilled business people with great new ideas in the country with no way to transform their talents and ideas into reality. We are here to support them and the Greek economy. By helping to kick-start new business ventures we hope to create a new start and spark for sustainable new businesses in Greece.
We do not consider One-up a charity. We believe One-up is a test-bed for new businesses. A place where entrepreneurs can seek seed-capital for their business ideas. A place where donors can invest in turning an idea into reality. The by-product of this investment creates social impacts that go beyond supporting one individual. Funding a project transforms ideas into business ventures, and helps create multiplier effects within both family units and local economies. Like what you hear? Join us!
Are you part of a Greek business hub? Do you have an idea that needs some seed-funding to get started? Apply now in two simple steps and let us help get you started:
  1. Register as an Entrepreneur and tell us which hub you're affiliated to
  2. Fill out the application form with your business idea
Your hub will be contacted to become a partner and monitor your progress. All successful applicants and individuals who have completed educational programs outside of the BCC, and have a viable Business Plan will be considered. Please note however, that your One-up campaign must be professional and include information on your business goals, how you will achieve them, photos, videos and all the necessary requirements to present a unique and sustainable business idea.
Entrepreneurs are the ones that can make a real difference to the Greek economy.

Entrepreneurs:
  • Create innovation
  • Generate new jobs
  • Are the visionaries and artists of our economy
If you would like to support other types of "life projects" in Greece visit our friends at: Give & Fund.
Here are 12 reasons you should:
  1. Fund your project – that one’s obvious
  2. Generate HOT leads – people who are interested in your idea will connect with you
  3. Activate referrals and word-of-mouth – people who are interested in your idea will talk about you and share your idea on their social networks
  4. Generate free publicity – yes its free!
  5. Collect valuable market data – raising funds is a vital test-bed for your business idea
  6. Engage prospects and clients – start connecting with a community that will not only support you in starting your business but who will buy from you
  7. Co-create with prospects and clients – they’ll tell you what they want!
  8. Generate goodwill – people like to help
  9. Generate backend sales – why not?
  10. Build brand awareness – that’s a good reason.
  11. Get recommendations and testimonials – people will write about you if you treat them well and with respect
  12. Attract joint venture deals and potential investors – creating a business community is what we’re here for.