This is an NGO established in Greece with the main objective of fostering the impact of Greek’s
professionals on the continent. Its vision is to facilitate Greece’s development and transformation
through its own young students, graduates and active entrepreneurs through practical techno-social
entrepreneurship engagement. The potential partners in this endeavour include educational
institutions, embassies in host countries, governments, private sector and individuals. It will be
achieved by creating awareness, organising debates, providing opportunities for practical business
start-ups and facilitating peer partnerships with non-Greek counterparts. YNB is aimed towards
facilitating the development and transformation of Greece .
Five young professionals have secured funding from the Youth in Action programme
to establish a non-governmental organisation with a mission to empower young
people to set up their own businesses.
43 per cent of Greek young people would like to set up a business
Founder Nikolaos Kostopoulos says the organisation, called Youth Business Network , will
be a platform from which to provide moral and directional support to young people as they
foster the necessary business skills to pursue their goals.
“My role as international and EU officer and the interest in entrepreneurship lem me
traveling all over the world and make a network with young entrepreneurs.
On his return to Greece, the national government youth agency, helped establish the right
source of funding and provided guidance on turning the initiative into an NGO.
Among a string of initiatives planned is a research pilot project in Athens to identify the
issues holding young people from taking the plunge into the business world. The group
believes the research will help fine-tune its mission statement and help it channel its
efforts more effectively.
Youth Business Network is seeking sponsors and partners with whom it can co-ordinate
and organise initiatives like business simulations, business hubs, and workshops where
successful business people will share experiences of milestones like success, setbacks,
failure, and re-invention. It even hopes to be able to accompany aspiring entrepreneurs on
overseas trade missions in search of partners, knowledge exchange, and possibly investors.
The group hopes Youth Business Network will establish itself as a resourceful platform
and networking facilitator to which young people can turn to for support.