1st Call for Innovative ideas – YESS Startup Bootcamp

The Interreg YESS Project (http://interregyess.eu) after the successful event “Mobilizing the Start-up Ecosystem of Epirus” that took place in Ioannina on April 3rd, is moving to the next step with the YESS Startup Bootcamp. The training bootcamp will help you to shape your business idea and develop your business model. In general terms we will help you to mature your idea in multiple levels towards a successful startup! If you have an idea or you are shaping a startup with your friends and you are working in the fields of Blue Growth, Design, e-Health, Tourism, Social Innovation and Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) you are invited to join this opportunity completely free!
Interreg YESS Project will give priority to startups coming from the regions of Epirus, Ionian Islands and Western Greece.


Interreg YESS on the Press!

The recent event “Mobilizing the Startup Ecosystem of Epirus in Ioannina” that was held in Ioannina on 3 of April 2019 attracted the attention of the local media.

Please find below a series of posts and a video from the news from local press. (more…)

The Interreg YESS Dissemination Event in Epirus reached nearly 16.000 people!

The dissemination event of Interreg YESS project “Mobilizing the Startup Ecosystem of Epirus in Ioannina” that took place in Ioannina, on 03 April 2019 was a great success promoting synergies across different actors of Epirus and inspired more than 120 youth people to dive into entrepreneurship & startups. You may read more about our event here.
In order to reach to such success, behind the scenes the whole ERFC team worked day and night for over 2 months! As a result the Facebook campaign reached to nearly 16.000 people as shown below!!! (more…)

Mobilizing the Startup Ecosystem of Epirus in Ioannina

In the frame of Interreg YESS project ERFC organized on Wednesday, 3 April 2019 in the Conference Centre “Karolos Papouias” of the University of Ioannina the dissemination event with title “Mobilizing the Startup Ecosystem of Epirus”.

The event was a big success!!! It gathered the participation of more than 120 people and 30 speakers!!

Initially, key facilitators provided welcome remarks including Prof. Triantafyllos Albanis (Rector of University of Ioannina), Mr. Thomas Bengas (Mayor of Ioannina), Mr. Marco Della Puppa (General Secretary of Greek-Italian Chamber of Thessaloniki) and Nikolas Petropoulos (President of ERFC). (more…)

2nd Steering Committee Meeting in Ioannina

The 2nd Steering Committee  & Technical Meeting of the project ‘Young Entrepreneurs Startup School – YESS” was organized by ERFC, in Ioannina, Greece, on 01-02/04/2019. All partners were present and discussed the evolution of the project so far and the next steps that should be undertaken. (more…)

YESS Project just started!

The kick-off meeting of the project ‘Young Entrepreneurs Startup School – YESS” was hosted by Polytechnic University of Bari, in Bari, Italy, on 10-11/09/2018. All partners were present and discussed how to give an added value to the the YESS Project for the benefit of the startuppers!


What is the Interreg Greece – Italy Programme?

Greece and Italy, two neighbouring countries with a rich and common past, have more than 25 years of cooperation experience, starting from 1990 until now. Interreg V-A Greece-Italy Programme is a European Territorial Cooperation Programme that aims to help public institutions

and local stakeholders to develop cross-border projects and pilot actions and to create new policy, products and services, with the final goal to improve the citizens’ quality of life. Strategically, the programme will enhance innovation in a number of fields such as blue growth, tourism and culture, agro food and cultural and creative industries.

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What is the YESS Project?

YESS (Young entrepreneurship Startup School) project aims at creating the first Cross-Border (CB) incubator within the Regions of Apulia, Achaia, Ionian Islands and Epirus. The overall objective of the project is the promotion of the entrepreneurial spirit and the incubation of new companies, encouraging the economic development of the regions involved and the exchange of knowledge and competences between partners and stakeholders. The specific objective consists in the creation and the development of a CB incubator for innovative start-ups in the fields of: tourism, design, blue growth and e-health. The incubator will provide most of its services both through a physical and a virtual environment, which will foster new business ideas, encouraging the co-design and cooperation within students, researchers, startuppers and entrepreneurs, maximizing the benefits of the Web 2.0 technologies and using an open access innovation approach. The project grounds its roots in the theories of social capital and wants to maximize the potential of social networking, identifying it as a flywheel of entrepreneurial success.

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