Academy of Entrepreneurship (AKEP) General Coordinator - Greece

The Academy of Entrepreneurship (AKEP) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization whose aim is to create a healthier business environment at national and European level and try to support young people who want to realize their innovative business ideas. The main objective of AKEP is the cultivation of the essential entrepreneurial attitude and the transfer of the necessary knowledge to public and private organizations related to youth entrepreneurship. AKEP has been one of the 10 intermediary organizations in Greece for the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs program since 2012. AKEP's role is to facilitate the non-formal business learning experience of Greek entrepreneurs across Europe and the successful connection of experienced host entrepreneurs with new or aspiring entrepreneurs.


Action Synergy S.A. is an education, training and knowledge- based applications organization which is actively involved in the development of education technologies, training methodologies and the development of e-learning training courses, working in the promotion of the employability of young people through the organization of training courses in specific fields. Action Synergy is also very active in the field of the social inclusion having implemented many projects in this field.

Bottega delle Idee (BDI) – Italy

"Bottega delle Idee" is a non-profit association which supports young and less young people in implementing social projects for the economic and social improvement of the individual and the territory. One of its main objectives is to provide young people with opportunities to open dialogue for the exchange of experiences and innovative ideas, as well as the promotion of initiatives that allow a greater and more solid inclusion of young people in all the processes related to economic development, social and political territory.

Familias de la promesa (FPR) – México

Familias de la Promesa is a non-profit organization that aims to promote policies for the rights of children and youth in Mexico. The Association is very focused on social development and the inclusion of at-risk youth, through capacity development programs that allow them to acquire adequate tools for independent living and to be an active actor in their community.

Agragamee - India

Agragamee is a non-profit organisation working with poor and marginalized communities in the tribal districts of Odisha with the objective of ‘food and voice’. Its work integrates people’s empowerment with education and eco-system rejuvenation to address long-term socio-economic disparities. These efforts have a multi-layered impact, creating a people’s leadership, improving livelihoods, increasing food security and self-reliance for the poorest, and engendering pro-poor policy change through advocacy and people’s action. and unity of purpose, among diverse communities.
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Promoting Youth-led Women Entrepreneurship for the development of Inclusive Green Economy

GreenY is a co-funded project by the Erasmus Plus Program to foster cooperation between countries in Europe, Latin America and Asia, promoting youth-led entrepreneurship for the development of the inclusive green economy. 
The project’s main goal is to train women youth workers with key competencies and practical skills that promote their entrepreneurial spirit and increase their employment opportunities within the various sectors related to the green economy model. 
The project promotes the use of innovative methodologies such as the Lean Startup methodology, as an instrument for the development of dynamic companies within the field of green economy, characterized by greater added value, innovation and growth potential

Innovative Character

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Inclusive Green Economy

The green economy paradigm emerges as a global strategy to face the economic and environmental crisis suffered by contemporary societies throughout the world, derived from the current development systems. The innovative character of GreenY lies in promoting the green economy as an alternative development model that is based on the inseparability of the 3 aspects of sustainability, that is, social, economic and environmental, with the aim of achieving an inclusive model in all their areas of action

Lean Startup Methodology

The methodology aims to shorten product development cycles and quickly discover if a proposed business model is viable. Thus, entrepreneurship initiatives that apply the Lean Startup methodology can design their products or services without requiring large amounts of initial financing or huge investments to launch a product, which can mean an instrument for the inclusion of actors within the green economy that until today have been marginalized

Transnational training meetings for youth workers

100k students
In depth analysis
Market structure

1st Transnational training meeting in Greece (Athens)

From 14th to 18th November 2022, the first transnational meeting of the GreenY Project was held in Athens with youth workers and staff members from Greece, Italy, Mexico and India. The general objective of the meeting was to work on the development of the entrepreneurial proposals of the national teams. During the 5 days of activities, the participants had the opportunity to broaden their knowledge on the core issues of the project, thanks to presentations by experts and stakeholders in different fields such as green economy and entrepreneurship. Likewise, the youth workers visited different types of green companies led by young women, who were examples of best practices in the green economy sector.On the other hand, the youth workers through the approach of Contamination Labs worked on the development of their local entrepreneurship initiatives, carrying out the analysis of their respective contexts and developing fundamental aspects of their proposals such as: inclusion, sustainability, innovation and impact.The youth workers also worked in teams with members of different nationalities in developing a startup proposal for the context of Athens. At the end of the meeting, an evaluation committee selected the winning proposal, for its development as a startup of the Greek working group.

2nd Transnational training meeting in Italy (Capaccio- Paestum)

From 15th to 19th May 2023, the second transnational meeting of the GreenY Project was held in Capaccio-Paestum, Italy with youth workers and staff members from Greece, Italy, Mexico and India. The general objective of the meeting was to develop the Minimum Viable Product (MVP) of each one of the national teams and configure the structure and methodology for the development of the guidelines for gender inclusion in the field of green economy. During the 5 days of activities, the work teams of each country, through the approach of Contamination Labs, carried out the MVP development phase for their respective proposals. To this end, the Youth workers worked on the following aspects:
Developing the MVP
• Identification of the market needs and profiling of the Client.
Producing the MVP
• Development of work methodology
Proposing the MVP
• Development of the strategy aimed at launching the MVP for testing the product.
Testing the MVP
• Strategy for acquiring and analyzing the feedback and design of the learning indicators

On the other hand, during this meeting, the participants began with the planning of the structure and methodology of work related to the development of the guidelines. For this, they were prepared with a series of non-formal education activities whose objective was the sensitization, integration and consolidation of the working group from a gender perspective that will facilitate interaction and coordination in the creative process of the guidelines.

3rd Transnational training meeting in Mexico (Chetumal - Quintana Roo)

From 24th to 28th July 2023, the final meeting of the GreenY Project was held in Chetumal, Quintana Roo, Mexico. The meeting focused mainly on the training of young workers for the development of business initiatives in the sustainable tourism sector in the context of the green economy. Within this framework, the relationship between gender and tourism, the role of entrepreneurial activity, environmental education to promote initiatives and the active participation of women in responsible tourism as a key instrument for their inclusion in the green economy, were the central axes of the meeting. The meeting was held in the community of Huay Pix, Chetumal, a town in the south of the State of Quintana Roo, Mexico, a place where it is intended to promote sustainable tourism through local business initiatives. The activities took place at the “Campamento Recreativo Aventuras”, which is a company led by women entrepreneurs whose objective is the empowerment of the community through sustainable development initiatives, so the participants had the opportunity to learn about best practices in the green entrepreneurship field. During the 5 days of activities, the participants worked on the validated learning of the Lean startup methodology, thus concluding with the last stage of the process for the launch of their entrepreneurial initiatives. The Youth workers presented the following results:

MVPs testing stage
• Methodology and tools used in the testing phase
MVPs testing results
• Quantitative and qualitative data on the testing carried out
Evaluating testing stage
• Evaluation of the GreenY MVPs testing results
Validated learning
• Conclusions on evidence-based business decisions about what to do next.

This meeting was characterized by having a totally non-formal approach, supported by an alternative educational path known as the “Recreational methodology”, with the aim of achieving greater unity among the work group, promoting team-building, improving communication and increasing emotional skills of the participants, which facilitated the consolidation of the work on the guidelines for the inclusion of gender in the field of the green economy, which was also developed during the transnational meeting in Mexico. 


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