Stefano is a Young Entrepreneur from Italy who decided to approach the
third sector from an entrepreneurial perspective, aiming to create an NGO that
deals with international economic migration in the European Union from Maghreb
countries and use it as a tool to foster economic development in both hosting
and receiving countries. He was introduced to the EYE through colleagues met in
his previous experiences. The curiosity of discovering a new business
environment and his aim to bring his own idea triggered his desire to
experience the EYE exchange. He travelled to Greece to collaborate with Eleni
Zeppou, the General Secretary in EKO, a non-profit organisation established in
2013 with the purpose to create an inclusive society through intercultural
dialogue and exchange. Eleni enthusiastically accepted her role as a business
mentor to Stefano and introduced him to the organisation operations and the
European mentality on youth empowerment.
Stefano and Eleni engaged in several activities: starting from the
overall understanding of the project life cycle to the management and organisation
of Stefano’s future NGO on the standards of EKO and the design of web marketing
strategies. Stefano gained a lot of experience in project management, while the
expertise and young spirit of Eleni and her colleagues helped him to comprehend
the facets of an NGO. On the other hand, Stefano gave his precious contribution
to opening up EKO to new groups and partners via the use and development of
social media and by introducing new patterns of collaboration through Italian
universities. He contributed to the accomplishment of the planning and
elaboration of an important project proposal on immigration, contacting various
stakeholders and representatives of other NGOs, brainstorming with the
partners, and participating in the budgeting process of various projects.
The successful exchange of the two entrepreneurs has brought to light a
real engagement in the future for potential partnerships and collaborations.
The wide range of contacts all over Europe and the world from EKO helped
Stefano in getting to know new potential partners for his future business.
Despite the Covid19 restrictions the two entrepreneurs have managed to grow in
the context of new developments via web platforms and other tools acquiring new
know-how and skills dealing with and overcoming various obstacles related to
distance and physical presence and responding to all challenges of the new
digital work world and virtual communication practices. Both entrepreneurs
considered their cooperation very fruitful from business and personal
For more information, please contact the local contact points involved in the exchange:
New entrepreneur's contact point:EDUFORMA S.R.L.
(Padova) Host entrepreneur's contact point:Asset Technology
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