SIRENE at the EU Week of the Regions | 11 October 2023

European week of regions SIRENE

SESSION | Entrepreneurial and social innovation skills driving inclusion and tackling the innovation divide

Join SIRENE on Wednesday October 11th to take part in this participatory lab, where together we will delve into European perspectives on ways to boost innovation and development that leave no one behind, by promoting entrepreneurial and social innovation skills, community-based solutions and multi-stakeholder alliances across cities, regions and sectors.

Participants will hear from innovators, researchers, policy makers and business practitioners from different backgrounds and countries and, together, they will brainstorm and co-create solutions that can contribute to more sustainable, inclusive and just communities. 

In today’s evolving landscape, entrepreneurial skills like creativity, problem-solving, and community leadership are indispensable for European regions and cities. These skills not only drive social innovation but also foster social cohesion and job creation. They are key to preparing Europe for future economic and societal transitions while promoting a fair and just social contract, inclusive communities, and enriched environments.


Moderator: Charalampos Vassiliou, GRNET and Advisor to the Greek Government

Speakers for plenary

  1. Alina Lupu, Policy Officer, European Commission (TBC)
  2. Greta Bilanzola, Senior Project Officer, Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs, Eurochambres
  3. Carina Dantas, SHINE 2Europe (SIRENE | Smart Healthy Age-Friendly Environments) 
  4. Willeke van Staalduinen, AFEdemy
  5. Laurent Hublet, Managing Director, BeCentral and EYL40 (TBC)



11:30: Welcome remarks (Adem Kumcu, President, UNITEE)

11:40: Policy lab discussions with participants 

12:00: Presentation of results by the table moderators (Antonia Caro, i2CAT/EOH4Good; Thomas Van Vynckt, Friends of Europe; Adem Kumcu / Vanessa Cotterell, UNITEE).

12:15-12:45: Plenary with input from speakers from different sectors and backgrounds

12:45-13:00: Final Q&A 

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