Social Entrepreneurship Forum 2015

The Social Entrepreneurship Forum is an initiative of the Greek community of Social Economy and Social Entrepreneurship. After the successful event in 2014, this year’s Forum will take place November 9 & 10, 2015 at the Agricultural University of Athens (Iera Odos 75).

This two-day event is jointly organised by Wind of Renewal (Anemos Ananeosis) Social Cooperative Enterprise, Heinrich Böll Foundation in Greece, Impact Hub Athens, Social Entrepreneurship Supporting Network (SES Net) and 180 Moires.

The Forum is being held with the support of the Representation of the European Commission in Greece, the European Parliament Office in Greece, Athens Development and Destination Management Agency of the Municipality of Athens, Ashoka Greece, The Bridge, Klimaka, Klimax Plus  and  Ecological Recycling Society.

It aims to provide a platform for dialogue, information, spread of good practices, promoting collaboration and networking for the development of social and cooperative enterprises in Greece, as well as exchanging knowledge about financial tools and the sustainable operation for social and cooperative enterprises.

The Social Entrepreneurship Forum 2015 focuses on the following key areas:

  • Forms of social enterprise support networks and their roles
  • Financial tools and support structures
  • Transition of SMEs and other enterprises towards cooperative models with the participation of employees
  • Scaling Impact of Social Enterprises
  • The role of social enterprises for the inclusion and support of migrants and refugees

The participants in the planned discussions and workshops will be representatives of institutions and civic society who take a different perspective in their activities in the field of social entrepreneurship: social entrepreneurs, representatives of Local and Regional Authorities, representatives of financial institutions, foundations, researchers from Greece and abroad, as well as citizens.

Registrations and more detailed information on our website

You can download the programme here


Monday, November 9
9.30-10.00 Registration

10.00-10.30 Welcoming and Opening
                     Opening remarks by the Agricultural University of Athens
                     Opening remarks by Ourania Antonopoulou, Deputy Minister of Labor, Social Security & Social Solidarity

10.30-13.30 The role of networks in promoting Social Economy and Social Enterprise development
Thanasis Belidis, Social Cooperative Enterprises Network of Central Macedonia Presentation (gr)
Dirk Vansintjan, President RESCoop (Renewable Energy Sources COOPerative)
Αntigone Dalamanga, President Rre-use (European umbrella for social enterprises active in re-use, repair and recycling)
Antonella Broglia, Ashoka Spain Ambassador Presentation
Duncan Thorp, Policy and Communication Officer, Social Enterprise Scotland
Moderator: Olga Drossou, Heinrich Boell Foundation Greece

14.00-15.00 Light lunch

15.00-17.30 SMEs (and other enterprises’) transition to coop models (worker buy-outs etc…)
Diana Dovgan, Policy Officer CECOP (European Confederation of Industrial and Service Cooperatives)
Alessandro Viola, Cooperazione Finanza Impresa, Italy Presentation-Article
Giorgos Stamboulis, Lecturer University of Thessaly Presentation (gr)
Juliana Kontini, Scientific associate, Small Enterprises’ Institute of the Hellenic Confederation of Professionals, Craftsmen and Merchants (IME GSEVEE)
Petros Linardos Rulmond, Scientific adviser Greek General Confederation of Labour (GSEE)
Moderator: Nikos Chrysogelos, Wind of Renewal (Anemos Ananeosis)

17.30—20.00  Parallel sessions: Presentations from social entrepreneurship stakeholders for experience exchange
Thematic workshops:
(a) Primary production, producer/consumer networks, catering
(b) Health, social services
(c) Energy, environment, waste
(d) Arts, culture, education

Tuesday, November 10 
09.00-09.30  Social Entrepreneurship and Programming Period 2014-2020 Presentation (gr)
                       Aris Peroulakis, Deputy Head of the Representation of the European Commission in Greece

09.30-10.00 Ethical Finance: Opportunities for Greece 
Daniel Sorrosal, Policy and Advocacy Manager, European Federation of Ethical and Alternative Banks (FEBEA) Presentation
Giorgos Boukis, President Cooperative Bank of Karditsa Presentation (gr)

Moderator: Yiorgos Alexopoulos, Senior Researcher Euricse – GECES

10.00-12.00 Financial tools for the support of Social Economy Enterprises 
Yiorgos Alexopoulos, Senior Researcher Euricse – GECES
Panagiotis Tournavitis, Deputy General Director Cooperative Bank of Karditsa Presentation (gr)
Markus Weidner, Director DΜΙ (Deutsches Mikrofinanzinstitut)
Social Investment Scotland
Moderator: Gerhard Bräunling, Policy adviser – Social Entrepreneurship

12.00-12.15 Break

12.15-14.00  Business Support Structures for Social Enterprises
Konstantina Zoehrer, Researcher  International Comparative Social Enterprise Models (ICSEM) project – GECES
Αlexis Galinos, CEO Athens Development and Destination Management Agency (ADDMA – ΕΑΤΑ)
Vasilis Bellis, General Director Development Agency of Karditsa (ANKA) Presentation (gr)
Paul Kidner, Programme Manager PRAKSIS Business Coaching Center Presentation
Popi Sourmaidou, Social Cooperative Enterprises Network of Central Macedonia
Bernd Steinmeyer, Senior Consultant (Mastercoach), Social Impact Lab, Germany Presentation
Moderator: Αlexandros Koutsouris, Associate Professor Agricultural University of Athens

14.00-15.00 Light lunch

15.00-16.15 Scaling Impact of Social Enterprises
Dimitris Kokkinakis, Impact Hub
Elena Mavromichali, Impact Hub
Stories of positive change from Greece 
Μelina Taprantzi, Wise Greece
Sotiris Koupidis, KOISPE “Athina Elpis”
Μaria Arnaoutaki, “Nannuka”
Moderator: Lida Tsene, Impact Hub

16.15-16.30 Break

16.30-18.30 The role of social enterprises for the inclusion and support of migrants and refugees
Εleni Karakitsiou, Refugees Welcome Greece
Sophie Mirow, Refugees Welcome Germany Presentation
Bruno Goisis, Social Cooperative Ruah, Bergamo/Ιtaly
Αhmet Μοavia, Greek Forum for Migrants
Υοnous Muhammadi, Greek Forum for Refugees
Moderator: Olga Theodorikakou, Klimaka and Klimax Plus

18.30-20.00 Conclusions – Declaration 
20.00 Closing




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Heinrich Boell Foundation Greece:

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