Promoting Youth Social Entrepreneurship in Cyprus – Final Multiplier event of SEntrA project

SEntrA project is officially concluding at the end this month and on this occasion, ARIS A Really Inspiring Space organized a multiplier event on the 2nd of August 2022 to disseminate the results of the project. At the plenary session Mrs Eliza Loucaidou, Director at Deloitte’s Innovation & Entrepreneurship Centre and Manager of ARIS, presented the project, as well as the SEntrA Framework which describes the relevant skills and competencies in need for development, and the methodologies, way of thinking and environment required to support youth acceleration in social entrepreneurship. In addition, Eliza presented the Training toolkit which was developed in the framework of the project and aims to be used as an educational tool that can be used by youth workers and youth organizations to prepare young people to develop social enterprises.  Moreover, ARIS Operations Officer Anthi Chatzikyriakou,  presented the results of the national report which provided the research-based knowledge on the social entrepreneurship landscape in Cyprus and Marianna Moran, Assistant Manager at Deloitte (Tax & Legal),presented the legal framework of social enterprises in the EU and Cyprus.

We also had the pleasure to invite two guest speakers who shared their experiences with regards to youth social entrepreneurship. Nicholas Christofi, Youth Worker at the Youth Information Centre of Youth Board of Cyprus, delivered a presentation on the importance of the development of soft skills among young people and Dr Natasa Christou, Principal Architect and Project Coordinator of the Gardens of the Future, presented her endeavors in the field of green social entrepreneurship and especially the recently awarded with the New European Bauhaus award for 2022 project “Gardens of the Future”.

The afternoon session included a training on social entrepreneurship which was coordinated by the youth workers who participated in the training LTTA session of SEntrA. The trainers presented a theoretical background of design-thinking process, Sustainable Development Goals and Social Business Canvas. Afterwards, participants were split into groups where they developed their own social business idea and then pitched their idea to the audience.

SEntrA with a duration of two years, is funded by the EU under the Erasmus+ Programme, Key Action 2 Strategic Partnerships in the field of Youth and aims to promote social entrepreneurship among young people by offering a set of non-formal learning tools supporting youth workers and organizations to actively enhance youth social entrepreneurship. The project, which kicked-off in 2020, is a transnational collaboration between five partners including ARIS A Really Inspiring Space (Cyprus), Atlantic Technological University (Ireland), Asset Technology (Greece), Norsensus Mediaforum (Norway), and Fundatia Danis (Romania).