Entrepreneurs are important factors for society as they are the driving forces of growth and economic development. Greece, in the dawn of a new Memorandum, needs reforms as much as it needs new entrepreneurs and competitive products to overcome the crisis. Since Greece still has to cope with a high rate of unemployment, but at the same time shows high innovation capacities, it is important to assist young people to start their own business. This was the idea behind the “1st Summer Academy on Entrepreneurial and Innovation Management” which was organized by the Institute for Mechatronics (IMEDA), the Academy for Freedom and Democracy, and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF).
The goal of the four-day program was to acquaint young people with self-employment and prepare them to undertake entrepreneurial activities. The 18 participants of the Summer Academy identifed useful factors and resources for establishing a start-up company, learnt about how to test the market’s capacity for their personal ideas, and prepare their own business plan by selecting the most suitable organizational and funding tools.
The academic staff included prominent Greek scholars and experts such as Professor Sotirios Theodoropoulos (University of Piraeus), Vassilios Peratzakis (e-business specialist), Kostas Vamvakas (Business Consultant), Dr. Lilly Christoforidou (European Project Designing and Management Consultant), and Sophia Chellos (Parliamentary Budget Office).