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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


















Monday, May 9th
Networking and Coffee
MC: Stavros Messinis – The Cube, Athens

Opening Remarks - Vasili Sofiadellis (Visions2Ventures) and Pavlina Proteou (BeyondCSR) - Europe Day: Why we are here and what we will achieve today

Keynote: Spiros Galinos, Mayor of Mytilene
Keynote: Overview of NGO coordination, insights and opportunities - Nicole Epting, UNHCR 

Keynote: Employability & Digital Skills: Batoul Husseini SAP
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 Masuri, Rome Employment Cooperative
- Katerina Nikopoulou, BeyondCSR
- Refugee Insights
- Patrizio Nissirio, ANSA
- Fanis Kollias, Solomon Greece
+ Q/A from the Community for Summary Panel

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 Coworking
- Dimitri Kokkinakis – Impact Hub Athens
- Hugh Bosely, RebootKamp
+ Q/A from the Community for Summary Panel


Panel discussion #3: Health - Building successful corporate / government / NGO partnerships - lessons to build win / win partnerships / access to market (mHealth Solutions)
- Boris Cheshirkov, UNHCR
- Ting Shih – ClickMedix
- Audrey Henkels – EmpowerHack
- Alexander Theodoridis – Boroume
- Jumana Abo Oxa, Humanity Crew
+ Q/A from the Community for Summary Panel

Presentations by changemakers:
- Rebecca Michaelides
- Melinda McRostie
- Eric Kempson

Panel #4: Bringing it together: How can Refugees, Coworking Spaces and Health Technology work together on Lesvos in 3 Months - Summary Panel
- Boris Cheshirkov, UNHCR
- Hannah Gaganis ActionAid
- (Camp Resource Coordination / Information) Harris Petsikos, Lesvos Bar Association
- (Health) Jumana Abo Oxa, Humanity Crew
- (Education) Felix Heins, ECRI - Emergency 
- (Employment) Vasili Sofiadellis, Visions2Ventures + Lesvos Humanitarian Coworking Initatiative+
- (Employment) Batoul Husseini, SAP + Refugee Code Week
- (Child WellBeing) James Gibson / Melissa Blauvelt, Samritan Purse, Aliya Abidi, Lighthouse Relief

Address by European Parliament MP's:
- Eliza Vozemberg (Christian Democrats)
- Nikos Androulakis (Social Democrats)
- awaiting confirmation from Alde Group

Concluding remarks and networking

Special Thanks to the community organisations who participated in the Sunday workshop to define the vision for EU Lesvos Greece Coworking Initiative:
UNHCR,Samaritan Purse, SAP, Visions2Ventures, BeyondCSR, Empowerhack, The Cube, Millepiani, Delite Labs, RefuAid, Programme integra, ECRI, Metaaction, Oxfam, ClickMedix, Humanitarian Support Agency, Lighthouse Relief, ActionAid, WAHA, SFPCS Rome, Lesvos Bar Association, Mayor of Lesvos, INCAUSA, ANSA Media Italian, Internews
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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