Global School for Entrepreneurship
At Global School for Entrepreneurship, we employ a “learn by doing” method, and with our programs we teach entrepreneurs to start/scale their businesses. Our programs are taught by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, as our coaches utilize their own experiences of successfully starting and scaling their own start-ups. Global School also offers an impressive network of experts and investors; with a diverse ecosystem and a willingness of our learning/business coaches to link entrepreneurs to their own connections.
14.200 per year
14.500 per year
Alessandro Simmons, an inaugural student of Global School for Entrepreneurship, began his sneaker journey in his early teens as evolved his fashion sense.
Tell us about your project:
SoleShape is all about sneakers, we are a resale business. We resell limited sneakers online and also in a popup shop in the city center of Amsterdam. We sell Nike, Adidas, and New Balance as they are doing really cool collaborations lately and in the coming years.
Did you always want to become an entrepreneur? What was the spark?
I didn't really think about it like that when I was younger, I never knew what I wanted to do. When I came out of high school I started at the Universiteit van Amsterdam (UVA) where I studied business administration. It was a good start for me; in the beginning, it was fine just going with the flow but in the end, it didn’t really give me that spark or that ‘this is it’ feeling. When I found out Global School for Entrepreneurship existed I realized it was way more for me; it’s much more practical, you're actually building something as opposed to the traditional type of school. It’s good to know that you’re getting the safety net of a degree, but in the end, you want to build a company. That's the goal here. If you don't build a company by the end of your journey then it’ll still be difficult to get to the next place in your life. In regards to the ‘spark’, when I work with sneakers there’s a sense of joy to it. I really get excited when a new pair comes out, it’s not just about how much you can profit. When you see everyone camping out to get those new pair of sneakers and everyone wants the same item and you get it, you're really happy. Also, I remember my father telling me ‘don’t work for somebody, only work for yourself.’ That helped me with a certain doubt, he was always supportive of my choices and then definitely helped me start my entrepreneurial journey.
Tell us about your pop-up shop:
It’s in the city center of Amsterdam, on Staalstraat, it’s a really small storefront. It’s a nice place where you can try and see the limited sneakers for yourself. Starting in this space was definitely an experience, it wasn’t my initial idea to have a physical store as a lot of businesses are going online. But especially for these sneakers, people pay a lot, so they want to see and feel them and know that the business they're buying them from is legit. It’s good to have a connection with your clients and build a relationship with them. Anyways although I wasn't planning on opening a shop in the city center, a friend of mine from Global School who owns the property asked if I maybe wanted to put shoes there just for some advertisement. From there we just sort of grew it into a shop where people could try on and buy the sneakers. It was a nice change from having to store all the shoes in my apartment.
Is SoleShape something you can see yourself growing? How will you RISE as an entrepreneur?
I have a couple of ideas, I of course want to have the store. I think it’s good when people want to see the sneakers, a lot of people know me from Instagram and they live far away but they still message me asking when I’m open so they can see them for themselves and try them on. I need to grow further into online stuff, I need to expand and do more collaborations. Right now I'm really focused on sneakers but the biggest thing I want to change in the future is I want to sell some more clothing, and accessories as well.
Has being a student at Global School helped your journey?
Yeah, of course, I think if I wasn't here I wouldn't have started this company. You need that little push but in the end, you do it yourself. If you're not consistent or putting in the effort, you're not going to build a company or something that looks like that. Global School really helps with giving that first push, in the beginning, I didn't even know what I wanted to do. Global School really helped with that. And getting feedback from Thomas Blekman really shaped how I viewed my company, and really allowed for it to grow. My experience with the Value Creation module, I really saw what I could do and wanted to do with my business; and was able to test it there. After that, it was just putting in the work.
WHY CHOOSE THIS SCHOOL?
Our school was founded by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs. We highly believe entrepreneurship and tech is where the future is. We want to empower our students to learn all the skills necessary to build their own startup and leave with a running business and a bachelor's degree after four years. This practical approach is unique in the academic world.
WHAT IS THE OFFICIAL DEGREE I WILL RECEIVE?
Upon successful graduation you will receive a fully accredited Bachelor in Science degree in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. This degree will also serve as a marketable backup in case you decide to first gain more working experience at other companies. Our Master program is an accredited Master of Science degree in Scaling up.
WILL YOU ALSO INVEST IN MY STARTUP?
We function as an incubator-like school but we are not investors. However, through our Get in the Ring ecosystem we can connect you to the startup scenes in over 100+ countries and high profile angel investors and VCs as well as investors in Impact business who offer more patient capital such as our partner We-share.
WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?
Our main building and headquarters is located in Amsterdam but we will be expanding to Dubai, Valencia, Berlin and tons of other cities globally in the upcoming years.
WHERE CAN I FIND MORE INFORMATION?
We recommend you to check out our info webinar, download our brochure and schedule a free consultation with one of our talent scouts who will help you make a well-informed decision and determine if we believe you have what it takes.