For another year Chick-Fil-A visited Thessaloniki in the framework of our cooperation. This time we organised a series of events in Greece and Bulgaria. The weeklong visit started off with an event in Sofia, at VUZF University, which focuses on Business Administration and Economics. Besides the event, we had the opportunity to meet and discuss with the university Dean and professors on mutual interesting issues and future cooperation. Our second event took place in Thessaloniki, at University of Sheffield International Faculty, CITY College. Chick-Fil-A roadshow 2014 came to an end with our last event at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH). This seminar was organised in cooperation with AUTH Innovation and Entrepreneurship Unit.
The Art of Busking was a multilateral project which took place in Thessaloniki, June 07 – June 16 2014, within the framework of Thessaloniki 2014: European Youth Capital. The project aim was to bring together young amateur and professional artists and performers from seven countries (Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Lithuania, Spain and Germany) in order to exchange good practices concerning the engagement of young people in street performing arts, the so-called “Busking”.
The action took place 12-20th April 2014 in Dresden, Germany. The training course “Creative Entrepreneurship” aimed at bringing together creative young professionals from Bulgaria, Estonia, Germany, Greece, Poland and Spain in order to exchange experiences and good practices in the field of creative industries.
During the program the participants had the opportunity to work in teams, in order to exchange expertise and ideas related to the creative and cultural industry of their region. They focused on the development od joint actions, tools, methodology and strategies that can reinforce and promote creative and cultural industries and could have a positive impact on developing their own skills, which could positively affect the local, peripheral and national economy of their country.
Capture Culture training course took place 9-18th November 2013 in Dresden, Germany. Its aim was to bring together architects, photographers, video makers, historians and/or art pedagogues, from Bulgaria-Sofia, Croatia-Zagreb, France-Toulouse, Germany-Dresden, Greece-Thessaloniki, Italy-Naples and Turkey-Hakkari, in order to make a historical, architectural and cultural research of an old building, abandoned for years and fallen into disuse and disrepair.
Moreover, Capture Culture training course aspired to propose innovative and useful ways to reuse the buildings researched, in order to turn them into creative economy centers where creative young people, artists and professionals could work together and contribute to society’s cultural, economic and creative activities.
The program took place early August (1 – 12 August 2013) in Saxony region in Germany (National Park) and aimed to the cultural interaction of participants by spending time in nature and participating in various sport activities. During the 12-day program, young people from 7 counties (Germany, Poland, Romania, Croatia, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands and Greece) had the chance to meet, cooperate and bond through this exceptional intercultural experience.
Non-formal learning workshops, directed by professional and qualified leaders, aimed at introducing participants to a number of activities (sports, dancing, orienteering classes) and enhance their intercultural communication. Daily hiking tours in the National Park helped the teams adapt in the nature. The last day of the program participants camped in caves, in the forest, thus accomplishing the main goal of the program to get closer to nature. Free time activities (team building games, cultural evenings, group meetings, interactive games etc.) kept the youngster’s enthusiasm high during the whole project.
YET traveled this summer in EU newest member, Croatia, to participate in another EU activity.
The 3 girls and 2 boys of the YET team, all students and the University of Macedonia BA Dept., participated in “Rule the world and become an Entrepreneur” Youth in Action program. 5 more teams from different countries participated also (Germany, Italy, Romania, Croatia, Turkey).
The program’s target was to bring together youngsters with different cultures, backgrounds and most important different business ideas. The participants tried to cooperate, to think and create in teams and to come up with innovative and modern business ideas.
YET was a supporter at the 2nd Agro-technology Conference, which took place Monday 17th June 2013 at Perrotis College, American Farm School, in Thessaloniki.
The Conference tried to cover, with practical examples and case studies, topics like sustainable crop chosing, farmland and agribusiness management and effective ways of product distribution. Participants were business people, representatives of agri-food and logistics sectors, academics and researchers.
The Conference was organized by the American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce and the American Farm School.
YET participated at the Meet Greece v2 | SKG conference that took place 13 & 14 June 2013 in Thessaloniki. The event presented new developments, and ideas that have evolved recently in Greek society in entrepreneurship, social initiatives, the internet.
Meet Greece v2 | SKG is an initiative in the frame of “Youth in Action” EU program, aiming to support European youngsters to achieve professional progress through innovation. The conference was organised by the Youth and Life-long Learning Institute (Ministry of Education).
Another successful visit by one of the biggest American food companies and close YET partner, Chick-Fil-A, took place mid May 2013. This time we hosted events in a number of cities. In Volos Chick-Fil-A team had a meeting at the local Chamber of Commerce. A discussion with high-school students in Katerini was next. Chick-Fil-A SERVE model was presented in a workshop in Serres, at an event held at the local Technical College (TEI of Serres) in cooperation with the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Unit and the Dept. of Business Administration. A similar workshop was hosted at the University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki hosted by our partners at the UOM Entrepreneurship and Innovation Unit and the Dept. of Business Administration. Finally, there was a friendly B2B meeting with Greek gourmet food company “Ergon”.
More than 145 people, students, professionals working on the hotel and hospitality industry and other sectors attended the 4-hour conference, Thursday, March 21st. New trends and developments on the hospitality industry were presented by the speakers, coming from the academia and the business sector, along with principles of marketing and management. The Conference was organised by the Business Administration & Economics Department, CITY College, International Faculty of the University of Sheffield with the support of YET, City Marketing Club, Marketing Club and Interbalkan Institute for Educational and Economic Development.