Final Conference Review

The final conference of the ENSPIRE EU took place in Cyprus on the 29/11/2012. The conference was hosted by Larnaca District Development Agency at the Environmental Information Centre of Larnaca Mountainous Area. The theme of the conference was “Findings from the ENSPIRE EU project: How to improve opportunities for disadvantaged entrepreneurs”.

During the conference the results of the 3 years of intensive work of the project ENSPIRE EU were outlined, as well as interesting key note speeches from academics and representatives of business incubators.

The conference gathered 65 participants experienced on entrepreneurship issues and supporters of entrepreneurship for the disadvantage, disconnected and discourage groups. The Director of Larnaca District Development Agency, Mr. Michalis Zanos stated that the conference was of a great success and produced interesting and fruitful proceedings that can be used for a better entrepreneurial policy for disadvantaged entrepreneurs.

More specifically, the works of the conference was opened by the Lead Partner with a presentation on the key findings of the ENSPIRE EU with a special focus on how can regions learn from each other, and implement an entrepreneurship policy that encourages activities that are both cost effective. Then the floor took Dr. Anastasios Vasiliadis of the University of Aegean with a key note speech on youth entrepreneurship focusing on the key policy challenges in Europe. An interesting presentation was done by Professor Panikkos Poutziouris, Head of Scholl of Business Management of UClan Cyprus University, won Road Map for Venturing and why it’s essential to open up schemes for disadvantage, under privileged aspiring entrepreneurs. The next invited speaker, Mrs Stavriana Kofteros, CEO of the Diogenes Business Incubator, introduced as on the Cyprus entrepreneurship policy for people in disadvantaged communities.  The final invited speaker, Ilze Ciganska, was a representative of the Interreg IVC which talked on how local, regional or national authority can take advantage of adapting a better entrepreneurship policy. Presentations was made as well by the partners of the ENSPIRE EU project focusing on the policy recommendations and on examples of best practice initiatives that encourage people in disadvantaged communities to become entrepreneurs and on how this initiatives could be transferred between regions.  The conference was closed with two group discussions. One, on how people can capitalise on ENSPIRE EU’s best practice initiatives and policy recommendations and the other on how to capitalise on the ENSPIRE EU project research.

The conference gathered 65 participants experienced on entrepreneurship issues and supporters of entrepreneurship for the disadvantage, disconnected and discourage groups. The Director of Larnaca District Development Agency, Mr. Michalis Zanos stated that the conference was of a great success and produced interesting and fruitful proceedings that can be used for a better entrepreneurial policy for disadvantaged entrepreneurs.

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