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A Celebration Of Everything Entrepreneurial in The Balkans 1-3 November Komotene Greece. Restart Balkans is a regional initiative to increase the breadth and depth of the entrepreneurial ecosystem across The Balkans. Our mission is to multiply connections among entrepreneurs and mentors, improve access to entrepreneurial education, and build a more vibrant entrepreneurial community.

From Athens to Bucharest, from Albania to European Turkey, our mission is to multiply connections among entrepreneurs and mentors, improve access to entrepreneurial education, and build a more

vibrant entrepreneurial community. Restart Balkans various programs will deepen the communal backdrop out of which new companies emerge. Vibrant new company creation, by extension, improves the broader economic base of The Balkans. Our first year goals include (more info on each is available here): 1. Expanding new tech meetups, open coffee clubs, and community office hours 2. Creating an entrepreneurial summer camp in Loutraki Greece (talented college students from throughout Balkans will work as interns for startups) 3. Support entrepreneurial education 4. Evaluate current barriers that entrepreneurs face, including an assessment of what best practices are in place at entrepreneurial communities around the Europe and world 5. Engaging larger companies in the entrepreneurial ecosystem through commitments to help entrepreneurs 6. Building the Restart Balkans website to be a user-friendly, thorough database for information and connections. Led By Entrepreneurs, For Entrepreneurs For an entrepreneurial initiative to be successful, it must be entrepreneur led .Restart Balkans is based entirely on the efforts of entrepreneurs; from our chairpersons to our individual project leaders, entrepreneurs are front and center in our efforts. Long-term view Building a sustainable and successful entrepreneurial community requires taking the long view. By working with entrepreneurs and building on grassroots connections, Restart Balkans is focused on supporting entrepreneurship in an organic fashion so as to develop an ecosystem that lasts. Engaging the Entire Entrepreneurial Stack Over the long-term, Restart Balkans will focus on all levels of entrepreneurship: serial entrepreneurs, first-timers, would-be and wannabe. Only through engagement with all levels of the entrepreneurial scene in the Balkans will we build the long term viability necessary for sustained success. Talent Flow: The Lifeblood of Entrepreneurial Community For any entrepreneurial community to have long term vibrancy, it needs a continual influx of new talent, both from higher education and from industry. Restart Balkans is engaging with both educational institutions and established companies to ensure that new talent is continually entering the system.

Partner Organizations

Youth Business Network  logo_300

This is an NGO established in Greece with the main objective of fostering the impact of Greek’s professionals on the continent. Its vision is to facilitate Greece’s development and transformation through its own young students, graduates and active entrepreneurs through practical techno-social entrepreneurship engagement. The potential partners in this endeavour include educational institutions, embassies in host countries, governments, private sector and individuals. It will be achieved by creating awareness, organising debates, providing opportunities for practical business start-ups and facilitating peer partnerships with non-Greek counterparts. YNB is aimed towards facilitating the development and transformation of Greece . Five young professionals have secured funding from the Youth in Action programme to establish a nongovernmental organisation with a mission to empower young people to set up their own businesses. 43 per cent of Greek  young people would like to set up a business Founder Nikolaos Kostopoulos says the organisation, called Youth Business Network , will be a platform from which to provide moral and directional support to young people as they foster the necessary business skills to pursue their goals. “My role as international and EU officer and the interest in entrepreneurship lem me traveling all over the world and make a network with young entrepreneurs. On his return to Greece, the national government youth agency, helped establish the right source of funding and provided guidance on turning the initiative into an NGO. Among a string of initiatives planned is a research pilot project in Athens to identify the issues holding young people from taking the plunge into the business world. The group believes the research will help fine-tune its mission statement and help it channel its efforts more effectively. Youth Business Network is seeking sponsors and partners with whom it can co-ordinate and organise initiatives like business simulations, business hubs, and workshops where successful business people will share experiences of milestones like success, setbacks, failure, and re-invention. It even hopes to be able to accompany aspiring entrepreneurs on overseas trade missions in search of partners, knowledge exchange, and possibly investors. The group hopes Youth Business Network will establish itself as a resourceful platform and networking facilitator to which young people can turn to for support.

Our mission is to promote measures and mechanisms for youth entrepreneurship, to influence the policy of national institutions, and promote a culture among young people of job creation rather than job seeking.”

European Students For Liberty      Euro-Log     Liberty does not have borders. As cheaper travel and communication continues to connect people around the world, it becomes increasingly important to connect pro-liberty students on a global scale. This generation is entering a world in which a leader in one country can become a global leader in an instant, where their voice has the potential to resonate across continents, and where their actions can inspire millions of people in places they have never imagined. European Students For Liberty is the first major international development of Students For Liberty. ESFL exists to provide support for pro-liberty students and student groups in Europe and empower the next generation of leaders in the global liberty movement. ESFL supports pro-liberty student groups by helping to provide resources, advising students on effective leadership strategies, and connecting students from across Europe with both like-minded peers and important leaders and organizations in the pro-liberty movement. ESFL’s activities help students generate the skills, momentum, and connections necessary to effectively advance the pro-liberty movement within Europe and abroad. It is constantly becoming clearer that this generation of students is inheriting an uncertain world, in which the insecure foundations of our unsustainable, intrusive institutions are being exposed and, in some cases, threatening to collapse. This generation needs a new direction and students are increasingly recognising that social, economic, and academic freedom is essential for creating a secure society. The best thing that one can do to promote liberty around the world is to invest in today’s youth, tomorrow’s leaders.


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