Οlympic Training & Consulting Ltd - Greece - www.olympiakokek.gr
Οlympic Training & Consulting Ltd. (OT) was founded in 1995 in Greece in order to provide vocational training, lifelong learning and similar services. The company operates nation-wide and currently employs 28 persons. Promoting investment into human resources towards faster vocational and entrepreneurial development, as well as combating social exclusion, is among the main aims of Olympic Training. Towards this target, the development and/ or dissemination of innovative educational methods, along with applied research in the field of adult education and the active promotion of new technologies in professional and everyday life, are systematically employed.
At national level, Olympic Training specializes at the design, development and implementation of vocational training for the unemployed and integrated programs for the combat of social exclusion from the labor market. At the same time OT offers specialized training to self-employed, enterprises, and trainers. The organisation of conferences, seminars, and exhibitions is a regular part of our communication and dissemination strategy. OT has an extensive network of cooperating enterprises from all sectors, and collaborates with more than 200 trainers for the implementation of its training activities. Over 25.000 trainees have profited so far from the services provided by OT.
Through extensive participation in European and transnational projects, Olympic Training has gained significant experience in designing, coordinating and implementing various types of interventions, such as training programs, integrated social interventions, networking and dissemination activities on European level.
Olympic Training applies the EN ISO 9001:2008 quality system.
Acrosslimits Limited - Malta - www.acrosslimits.com
AcrossLimits is a dynamic Maltese commercial entity with its roots firmly derived from the new technology and media sector. In fact its core business is still centered around the areas of e-Business, Internet and Knowledge Management solutions for Small and Medium Enterprises. However in the last years, AcrossLimits has diversified and now is made up of 3 main divisions, namely Technology, European projects and Education.
AcrossLimits was established in June 2001 as a limited liability company, though its members already worked together prior to that date under a partnership agreement and in fact have been developing IT related systems since 1996. With representation offices in Italy, Spain and Greece, AcrossLimits is able to provide various services relating to Information Technology, especially focusing on its three core areas of eLearning, eHealth and Digital Culture.
During its 10 years lifetime, AcrossLimits has put together various projects that included eLearning platforms, quizzes, online games and simulations for the teaching of languages, sciences and cultural traditions from a mix of open source and commercial software.
Agricultural University - Plovdiv - Bulgaria - www.au-plovdiv.bg
The Agricultural University – Plovdiv was established in 1945. Even today it is the only specialized state university in Bulgaria in the area of agricultural and related sciences, enjoying national, European and international prestige.
The major structural units of the Agricultural University are the four faculties (Faculty of Agronomy, Faculty of Horticulture with Viticulture, Faculty of Plant Protection and Agroecology, Faculty of Economics) offering 18 Bachelor’s degree courses, over 35 Master’s degree courses and 27 doctoral programs.
- Teaching and training of highly qualified specialists for acquiring the educational-and-qualification Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees and the educational and scientific Doctoral degree;
- Providing the academic background for the development of agricultural education and research;
- Carrying out R&D activities and transfer of innovations into agricultural practice;
- Surveys, designing, consultancy, expertise and extension services.
The teaching process is organised in close collaboration with scientific investigations and practice for the efficient use of the resources and the provision of sustainable development.
The Agricultural University research policy involves support and cooperation in the implementation of research programs and projects focused on knowledge-based enhancement of Bulgarian agricultural development, tourism and the country’s integration into the European economic space.
The major trends of research are the following:
- Breeding, genetic and biotechnological investigations in the area of plant breeding, seed production and introduction.
- Establishment of advanced technologies in crop production.
- Conservation of the agrocenosis and soil protection.
- Animal breeding in the area of genetics, breeding and reproduction; animal physiology and rearing technologies.
- Economics, organization, business planning and economic evaluation of land-use.
Militos Consulting S.A. - Greece - www.militos.org
Militos Consulting S.A. is a unique, dynamic and innovative 360° consultancy firm, with a strong European profile, international experience and many distinctions in the provision of integrated and groundbreaking consultancy services in (Social) Entrepreneurship, VET, Social Innovation, Employment, 360° Information and Awareness Measures, Culture, etc.
An expert in entrepreneurship education and VET, train-the-trainer methodologies, business consulting and mentoring, Militos holds a track record of over 48 EU-funded projects, including the EU project USR-NET / European Network of Socially Responsible Universities and the officially recognised best practices Business Mentors (coordinated by Militos), LadybizIT and Mumpreneurs. Militos supports and promotes social entrepreneurship, providing consulting to 40 social enterprises through the coordination of the “Entreprising Socially” project of the Athens Development and Destination Management Agency of the City of Athens. Militos also actively supports the implementation of the pioneer personalised “Mellon-Skills Accelerator” programme.
Militos has extensive experience and expertise in mobilising communities, designing, managing and implementing large-scale campaigns and is well known for the smart, inventive, high aesthetic and quality material it produces, being the first choice as Communication and Dissemination Consultant for enterprises and (European) bodies.
Within the last 5 years, Militos has organised more than 140 multidimensional events with more than 37.000 participants, receiving many distinctions, including 2 european awards (DG AGRI) for the LLP project farmsup! on the promotion of agro-entrepreneurship.
NGO QUIN - Estonia - www.quinest.ee
The QUIN network (Qvinnliga Uppfinnare I Norden = Innovative Women in the North) was established in 1992 in Sweden. Today it is connecting about 800 innovative and inventive women in Sweden, Finland, Iceland and Estonia. NGO QUIN-Estonia was registered in April 2001. The organization has 10 basic members, 27 volunteers and a large network over Estonia and abroad.
The main aims of QUIN-Estonia’s activities are: enhance the participation of women in innovation and entrepreneurship; improve Estonians’ knowledge in intellectual property rights issues; accumulate and share valuable practical experience in innovation and entrepreneurship with other women by female networks; encourage women to come up with their innovative ideas and make women more visible in societies; strengthen one’s self-confidence to become an inventor or entrepreneur.
NGO QUIN –Estonia has fourteen years long experience in introducing and disseminating valuable knowledge and good practice of innovative women on numerous seminars, exhibitions of inventions, courses and trainings to women, unemployed people. Our activities are mostly carried out based on voluntary work. Problems we solve are social- currently we are already a social enterprise.
In Estonia social entrepreneurship has been spoken about more widely since 2005. Interest in social entrepreneurship is increasingly growing and instead of discussing individual inspirational ideas, today we can already talk about the development of a new economic sector. This is confirmed by the fact that one of the sub goals of ‘’Civil Society Development 2015-2020’’ is NGO’s effect of preventing and solving societal problems and improving people's well-being which has grown social innovation, social entrepreneurship and public service. The current social enterprise sector in Estonia is rapidly growing. For opening the potential it is needed to create more support mechanisms for the escalation of the existing social enterprises and creation of new social enterprises. The societal impact support social enterprises in this way, would be broad and systematic.
In spring 2012, an umbrella organisation was established Estonian Social Enterprise Network, whose membership is growing steadily. Social enterprises have become more sustainable, which is reflected in the increased business income in the proportion of total revenues. The main economic indicators show upward trend and did so also at the time of recession. Considering the existing variety of the social enterprises, we can assume that the capacity and potential to contribute in many fields of activity is very high.
NGO Estonian Village Mouvement - Estonia - www.kodukant.ee
Kodukant, the Estonian Village Movement is an association of non-governmental organisations, structured at three levels – village, county and national. It started in 1990-ies, when Estonia’s rural areas began to suffer severely following the country’s independence. Rural enthusiasts made contact with “All Sweden Shall Live”, and learnt how to mobilise the rural population. Kodukant was set up officially in October 1997. It now has about 5,000 members. It embodies the spirit and values of the villages and is driven by a passion to retain rural life and traditions. Its aims are to give technical advice; to promote networking and communication; to arrange training and capacity building; to act as advocate for rural communities; to support local initiatives; and to foster co-operation at all levels. It has offices in each county, which organise events and act as intermediaries between local people and the national board of Kodukant, which deals directly with the Ministyry of Internal affairs and Ministry of Agriculture. Every second year, Kodukant organizes a Maapäev or Rural Parliament, at which delegates from throughout the country gather to debate issues, prepare declarations to go to government, and agree the association’s programme for the following period.
Limerick Institute of Technology - Ireland - www.lit.ie
Limerick Institute of Technology is a college of Higher Education based in Limerick City and Co. Tipperary. It is one of 13 institutes that are members of the Institutes of Technology, Ireland (IOTI). LIT is the fourth largest IOT in Ireland, with more than 6000 full time and part time students and 500 staff.
LIT offers courses at Certificate through to PhD whilst also catering for craft apprentices and adult and continuing education. LIT was awarded the Sunday Times Institute of Technology of the Year in 2008 and 2013 by the Sunday Times University Guide.
The college promotes active leadership in education, enterprise and development. In addition to its work as a provider of education LIT is actively involved in research and development both in Ireland and abroad. Our mission in the development function of LIT is to actively engage with organisations which need our support and to provide these organisations with opportunities to enhance our active learning, teaching, research, enterprise and engagement programmes.
LIT is also actively involved in research and enterprise development and is a regular participant in EU programmes both as project co-ordinator and project partner. It has participated in Erasmus and Leonardo as well as FP7 and IEE projects and its International Office promotes the Institute globally and welcomes students of many diverse nationalities.
Through its Development Unit LIT has gained many years of experience in the social economy through a range of national and European projects. The LIT Tipperary School has over 10 years experience in outreach programs. It has worked as a mentor to local communities and local businesses helping them to develop there capacities in the areas of Governance, business planning and team development.
The college currently runs an education program in the area of Social Enterprise aimed at existing and start up organisations.
Programma integra società cooperativa sociale - Italy - www.programmaintegra.it
Programma integra is an integrated social cooperative founded in 2005 and located in Rome (Italy). We deal with innovative projects for social inclusion of migrants and refugees. In particular, our activities relate to encourage paths of sustainable and durable autonomy and contribute to the welfare and development of the Community.
Programma integra achieves its mission through:
- European and national projects on migration, international protection and multicultural issues, such as socio-economic inclusion of migrants and refugees, training and capacity-building for social professionals, innovation and exchange of best practices as well as information and awareness raising on these themes.
- Front office services for migrants and refugees providing: social and legal consulting, job orientation including support to entrepreneurship, counseling services, intercultural mediations.
- Vocational training courses, Italian language courses, skills assessments and activation of internships for migrants and refugees, including unaccompanied minors.
- Promotion of cooperation, knowledge and innovation among public and private social professionals, in particular through updating and training courses, seminars and workshops, research and investigation, exchange of best practices.
- Researches and analysis, even in collaboration with Universities and research institutes, on migration and asylum issues.
- Promotion of the Community involvement, especially through communication actions and awareness-raising campaigns.
- Support and technical assistance to public institutions in high social impact projects (planning, managing, monitoring and reporting of innovative interventions).