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CIIM’s Interreg: I3 Entrepreneurial Training in Patras, Greece

Friday 22 February 2019, was the end of the third successful workshop for CIIM’s Interreg: i3 project “i3 – Education for ideas, inventions and innovations for entrepreneurship”.

The third of a total of five trainings, that took place in Patras, Greece, organised by our Project Partner, the Technological Educational Institution of Western Greece. 10 trainees from each of the project partner’s countries joined specialised entrepreneurial training, geared towards a different theme in each country. The project aims to promote territorial development and cooperation by the establishment of a model for entrepreneurial training and transfer of knowledge for young entrepreneurs.

The workshop opened with speeches by Prof. Spiros Sirmakessis, the Deputy Dean for Research and Development, Technological Educational Institution of Western Greece, followed by Ms. Elpida Kokkota, Founder & CEO at MeXOXO. They outlined the state of the “High Technologies” sector in Greece, and emphasized the need for sustainable innovations in this theme, within Greece, and the whole Balkan-Mediterranean region.

For the next three days, the trainees underwent specific training including; Business-model-creation, value proposition, budgeting and planning, state of the “High Technologies” sector. The 50 trainees from the partner countries (Albania, Bulgaria, Cyprus, FYROM, & Greece) were divided into five teams that represent all of the countries in each. Sector professionals then mentored the teams in applying innovative approaches and tools to “High Technologies” themed business ideas, that were created by the teams. The workshop ended with awards for “Most Innovative Idea”, “Best Business Model”, “Best Value Proposition”, and “Best Presentation”. After which, all of the teams were treated to a night of traditional cuisine and music by our Greek partner, the Technological Educational Institution of Western Greece team, where all the participants celebrated the completion of a successful workshop. The Cyprus delegation was led by CIIM’s i3 Project-Coordinators, Mr. George Tryphonos, and Mr. Yiannis Hadjiyiannis.

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“The experience of taking part in the i3 Training was an exceptional experience for young and old.  The biggest lesson I gained from this amazing 5-day training was being in an environment and working closely and developing great skills and lifelong friendships with people from diverse backgrounds. Listening to their stories and seeing how everyone is so passionate with becoming successful entrepreneurs with ideas that serve the world’s well-being is a true inspiration and motivation to move forwards and onwards with knowledge. We truly cherished every moment!”

Lelia Constantinou, i3 Trainee

“It was a remarkable experience! I3 program targeted the three most dynamic elements of entrepreneurship: the generation of innovative business ideas, the focus on the highest potential business sectors for inventions, (as High technologies), and promoting innovative thinking. For me it was extremely interesting to see the process of innovation in practice. It completed my understanding for the importance of entrepreneurship and the startup process. We had great time, proving that the spirit of collaboration, respect and professionalism are qualities to success.”

Dessislava Evangelou, i3 Trainee

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