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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

Where:
Mytilini Theatre / Town Hall
Lesvos, Greece

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

Agenda

 

Time
 
10:30-11:00:
 
11:00-11.30:
 

 
11.30-11.45:
 

11.45-12:15:
 
 
 
 
 

12:15-13:00:
 
 
 
 

13:00-13:20:
 
13:20-14:05:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



14:05-15.00
 
15.00-16:00:



16:00-16.40



16.40-17.00
 
17:00-17.45:


 
 
 
 
 
 
17.45: 
Sunday, May 9th
 
Registration and Coffee
 
Opening remarks: Mayor of Mytilene - Welcome and Introductions
Introduction: Organizers
 
Key note speaker/thought leader insights refugees #refolution
 
Creating an enabling environment- Launch of Lesvos Innovation Hub – Paul Keursten / Vasili
- S2M as a platform 
- A 3 month program 
- Competition - entrepreneurial refugees"
 
 
Panel discussion: EU -Refugee Crisis: turning a crisis into an opportunity: Entrepreneurship,
Competitiveness and Local Development
- Weston Hankins – Refugees on Rails,
- Patrizio Nissirio – ANSA
 
Break
 
Panel discussion :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)
- Basak Saral – UNDP
- Impact Hub Athens
- Christophe Fahle - Betahaus
 
Lunch
 
Workshop – Arthur van der Graaf video (kids, artists and refugees – incubator for immigrants)


Pitching of existing solutions / feel good local examples of people / NGO’s


Break
 
Panel discussion: Building successful corporate / government / NGO partnerships - lessons to build win / win partnerships / access to market (mHealth Solutions)
- Alexander Theodoridis – Boroume
- Ting Shih – ClickMedix
- Hera Hussain – EmpowerHack
- Stavros Messinis – The Cube
 
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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