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). Continue reading
Hailed as one of the main tools to extract Europe from the economic crisis, tech start-ups have recently experienced a boom in crisis-struck Greece. Especially young Greeks, who have to suffer the most during the crisis, are coming up with innovative and state-of-the-art ideas which are highly recognized by the international tech community.
France remains a major economic player. It ranks 5th worldwide in terms of GDP per capita and is in 4th position in attracting Foreign Direct Investments (FDI). However, preoccupation about the future of France is growing in Paris and Brussels. Indeed, job creation is stagnating, unemployment rising and entrepreneurs encounter heavy burdens hampering their efforts to do business and thus contribute to economic growth.
France’s entrepreneurial potential and the necessary measures to support it, were the topics of a conference organized by the European Liberal Forum, Alternative Libérale and the Friedrich Naumann Stiftung’s Brussels office on 6 April in Paris. The event took place at the Société d’encouragement pour l’industrie nationale, a private association created in 1801, counting numerous famous members such as the Montgolfier brothers, Louis Lumière, Gustave Eiffel and Louis Pasteur. It is the place where the Lumière brothers presented their “cinématographe” for the first time to a room full of interested investors. Léon Gaumont, the father of cinematography, was sitting in that room on that crucial day.