Envolve Greece Represents LSR at the Thessaloniki Regional Forum
Greece, February 9, 2020 – Libra Group was a proud sponsor of the 2nd Thessaloniki Regional Forum, 7-9 February, that took place in the MET HOTEL. The Thessaloniki Regional Forum serves as a platform of progressive dialogue between key actors of the political, economic, academic and business world and the civil society in the Balkans.
The overarching mission of the Forum is to foster ideas, regional strategies, and policies that will contribute significantly to the promotion of peace and security, stability and sustainable development, democracy and rule of law in the Balkans. Moreover, the Forum aspires to work as a catalyst for deeper regional cooperation at all levels and provide a place where policymakers and stakeholders from all Balkan countries shall meet to discuss pressing foreign policy issues; seek common answers to our shared challenges; and shape the agenda for a new European Balkan partnership.
This year’s theme was “Planet Balkans: Our Future at a Critical Crossroad?” The conference addressed critical issues for the region, such as . antagonisms and ongoing rivalries in the Balkan geopolitical area, the expectation of the remaining countries accessing the European Union, the digital transformation of our countries and the new challenges in the energy sector. These topics were examined in-depth to highlight the region’s potential.
Libra Social and the Envolve Greece team attended the Forum and were represented by Maria Gabriella Anagnostopoulos, Envolve Greece Project Manager & Financial Analyst, and Jimmy Athanasopoulos, Libra Social Greece Representative.
Maria had the opportunity to participate in two panels: “Balkan Young Leaders, Steering Committee Roundtable” and “Women in Business, meet women in politics”. In the latter, Maria highlighted the role of Envolve in women empowerment, “Envolve in Greece has been actively supporting women entrepreneurship since its inception in 2012. We are really proud that the 50% of Envolve Award Greece winners 2018 included women in their core teams.” Unfortunately, there is still a bias against women in the business environment, and she recommended that it would be a great idea to organize empowerment trainings in the Balkans for women, including body language and public speaking.
Jimmy highlighted the increasing confidence of investors in entrepreneurs in round table talks, discussions, and luncheons: “The confidence of investors in Greek startups is constantly growing. After the support of the private sector in Greek Startups in the last decade, the ecosystem is already attracting strategic investments with an extrovert profile of their businesses. Having supported 27 winners to date from 17 different sectors of the economy offering more than 5.5m euros, these companies are valued more than 300 million, proving that startups can be a strong force of Greek economic growth. We offer our strategic insights and expertise to the Greek government for its long-term policies in Greece and the Balkans.”
We are excited about taking steps to collaborate with the Greek government and several embassies, having initiated dialogue to discover what forms of partnerships we can establish.