Ambassador Christos Panagopoulos hosted an event on November 5 to introduce the Re-Inspire Greece from the Youth Up that aims in substantially supporting young, innovative agro-entrepreneurship in Greece and tackle the staggering 65% youth unemployment that impacts Greece's efforts to return to growth and social prosperity.
High-level officials from the State Department and the Department of Commerce, representatives from leading entrepreneurship and innovation organizations, key Greek Diaspora figures, media executives and other opinion leaders gathered in the Greek Embassy to find out about a unique initiative that offers real and actual tools for the Greek youth to rediscover the opportunities that lie in the agri-sector in Greece.
Ambassador Panagopoulos outlined the importance of reconnecting the economy with education and innovative entrepreneurship in order for Greece to return to growth. Gaea's CEO Mr. Kefalogiannis stressed the importance of focusing on result and substance, to engage in a broader partnership that will move beyond analysis and inspiration and will provide real solutions and opportunities for the Greek youth.
Re-Inspire Greece from the Youth Up was created by leading international Greek food company GAEA, the American Farm School in Thessaloniki, Piraeus Bank, celebrity Iron Chef Cat Cora and RSM International and is supported by leading organizations in Greece and the United States.
This pioneering initiative aims to stimulate our youth to envision and set-up their own agri-business by offering to each of the 10 best business plans, the necessary seed capital of EUR 25.000 as well as invaluable mentoring and business support from GAEA's panel of business angels and global distribution network, that will ensure the sustainability of their project.
The initiative is funded by the limited sale of an exceptional extra virgin olive oil that has crossed the Atlantic all the way from the tiny island of Antiparos in the heart of the Aegean. "Agrilia Estate - Antiparos" olive oil is endorsed by celebrity Chef Cat Cora and is designed as a stylish gift that can be purchased at www.reinspiregreece.com and delivered across the United States.