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Coworking spaces, social entrepreneurship and the future of Europe      

Dear Guest,

To commemorate Europe Day, on Monday 9th of May, Visions2Ventures and BeyondCSRNet, under the auspices of the Mayor of Lesvos and the support of European Commission's Representation in Athens and European Parliament's Representation in Greece, will be hosting an initiative “Coworking spaces, social entrepreneurship and the future of Europe” at Lesvos Town Hall, to redefine / reform a way forward for Europe.

We hereby like to extend an invitation to you for this important dialogue where we will collectively co-create an inclusive and enabling environment for refugees, through which we look to transform the humanitarian challenges to opportunities.

The purpose of our initiative in Lesvos is to catalyse the paradigm of social entrepreneurship and innovation as a major source of wealth and job creation, economic and technological growth and social transformation for refugees and their European hosts.

Our goal is to launch an inclusive and collaborative platform through a network of coworking spaces across Europe, that can be the catalyst for the Systemic Change required.

We aim to bring together diverse stakeholders that represent refugee communities, academic institutions, entrepreneurs and investors who will co-create an enabling environment to develop tangible and sustainable solutions, responding to the multidimensional challenges of humanitarian crisis, helping in effect to build inclusive communities.

Our target is to live stream this event, across Europe, through participating coworking spaces that have shown support and solidarity to the refugee crisis and to this initiative, aimed at connecting and redefining Europe.
Event Details:

Coworking spaces, social entrepreneurship and the future of Europe
Monday, 9 May from 11h00 till 18h00

Mytilini Theatre / Town Hall
Lesvos, Greece

The theme of our event is #EULesvos: Creating an inclusive and enabling environment for refugees
















Monday, May 9th
1030-1115: Registration and Coffee / Idea sharing
1115-1130: Opening Remarks - Visions2Ventures + BeyondCSR - Europe Day: Why we are here and what we will achieve today

1130-1145: Mayor of Mytilene - Welcome and Introductions
11:45-11:55: Keynote: Overview of NGO coordination and Top 10 Refugee Health Challenges on Lesvos #refolution - NicoleUNHCR 

11:55-12:05: Keynote: Employability & Digital Skills: Batoul Husseini SAP
1205-1350: Panel discussion #1: EU -Refugee Crisis:  How do we turn a crisis into Individual and Community Narratives and Impact for Local Development
- Batoul Husseini, SAP + Refugee Code Week
- Tania XX, Rome Employment Cooperative (Organisation)
- Katerina Nikopolou, Impact Hub Athens / BeyondCSR
- Refugee Insights
- Lesvos Community Solutions
+ Q/A from the Community for Summary Panel

1350-1435: Panel discussion #2 :Coworking spaces as catalysts for change - creating an enabling environment for integration, cocreation and self sustainable solutions: From Refugee to Entrepreneur
- Michaela Kromer – Delite Labs
- Felipe Goycoolea – Millepiani
- Paul Keursten – Open (Skype)
- Impact Hub Athens
+ Q/A from the Community for Summary Panel

1435-1450: Break

1450-1535: Panel discussion #3 - Health: Building successful corporate / government / NGO partnerships - lessons to build win / win partnerships / access to market (mHealth Solutions)
- Alexander Theodoridis – Boroume
- Ting Shih – ClickMedix
- Audrey Henkels – EmpowerHack
- Patrizio Nissirio – ANSA
- Stavros Messinis – The Cube
+ Q/A from the Community for Summary Panel

1535 - 1605: Lunch (need to adjust)
1605-1625: Presentation – Arthur van der Graaf video (kids, artists and refugees – incubator for immigrants) /  Local examples of people / NGO’s solutions

1625-1700: Panel #4: Bringing it together: How can Refugees, Coworking Spaces and Health Technology work together on Lesvos in 3 Months - Summary Panel

1700 - 1730: Address by European Parliament MP's:
- Eliza Vozemberg (Christian Democrats)
- Nikos Androulakis (Social Democrats)
- awaiting confirmation from Alde Group
1730-1745: Creating an enabling environment- Launch of Lesvos Innovation Hub – Paul Keursten / Vasili
- S2M as a platform 
- A 3 month program 
- Competition - entrepreneurial refugees
1745-1800: Concluding remarks 
Visions2Ventures is an African-centered venture capital and bespoke advisory firm, focused on investment readiness and market access for high impact tech entrepreneurs. Our vision is to enable socially driven tech start ups to flourish into successful, high impact businesses that shape an inclusive and sustainable future.
Vasili Sofiadellis is a Silicon Cape Board Member and a member of EBAN's European Impact Investment Committee

BeyondCSRNet (Beyond Corporate Social Responsibility Network) London-Athens, is a startup non for profit organization that links today’s enterprises to tomorrow’s business models inspired by UN’s SD/Global Goals, by turning CSR into an Impact Investment Tool for Social Change. Member of: The Finance Lab (UK), ITU's Group on Innovation & Entrepreneurship/Agora (Greek Ecosystem), Impact Hub, Alumni Mentors Network of the University of Warwick, UN Empower Women
With the support of:
EC representation and EP office in Greece

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