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Inclusive Incubation featured at 2021 EBN Congress

EBN will be hosting its Congress Emergent Futures, virtually on the 14-15 September 2021. The Congress will explore how entrepreneurial innovators and their support actors can build back more resilient ecosystems, supporting the transition to a new digital, green and fair golden age.

Inspired by the Better Incubation project, the panel Future Entrepreneurial Innovators – Supporting inclusive entrepreneurship for great impact  held 15 September, 15:30 – 16:45  CET, will convene a mix of speakers, each of them representing a key part of the incubation process.

We are grateful to have a remarkable group of panellists for this session: Karel Vanderpoorten, Policy Officer at DG GROW, European Commission, Mariama Njie-Ceesay, Social Enterprise Programme Manager at the Coventry University Social Enterprise CIC  and the member of the EBN, Tomas Vila Luz, Policy Analyst from MAZE Accelerator and Gabriela Matouskova, CEO from Hope for Community and social entrepreneur.

They will discuss how to bring incubation and business support services closer to the whole society to promote entrepreneurship and self-employment as means to create jobs, develop skills and give unemployed and vulnerable people an opportunity to fully participate in the society and economy.

As the business intermediaries such as EU|BICs are well-positioned to address these challenges by embracing social and inclusive entrepreneurship due to their regional functions and strong connections with public institutions, the ultimate objective of the panel is to provide insights into opportunities and challenges which could be faced by the business support organisations in their process of incubating entrepreneurs from vulnerable groups, and introduce a range of options on how these challenges could be addressed.

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