Development minister Dimitris Sioufas presented “Polychoros”, an area located on the ground floor of the Ministry of Development (Mesogeion 119) which has already begun operating as a space to welcome and inform young people and take them on a guided tour of the world of business. He was joined by deputy development minister Giorgos Salagoudis, ministry of development general secretaries Spiros Papadopoulos (Industry), Dimitris Vrettakos (Trade) and Athanasios Skordas (Consumer Affairs), ministry of development special secretary for competitiveness Spiros Efstathopoulos, EOMMEX president Nikos Kakouris and CEO Eleftherios Skandalis, and other ministry of development officials.
“The Ministry of Development,” stressed Mr Sioufas during his presentation, “has made available its showcase, a truly advantageous space on the ground floor of its building at 119 Mesogeion St, to welcome young people, women, and people with disabilities, and to present the opportunities that are open to them, and to encourage young people in particular to create their own businesses, with the best possible prospects for success and the help of the European Union through the actions of the Operational Programme for Competitiveness.”
In his speech at the event Mr Sioufas said:
“We have entered 2005, Competitiveness Year, in dynamic fashion, contributing in a variety of ways to informing and familiarising the public in the fullest possible manner with the concept of competitiveness.
We want to create a climate that favours entrepreneurship, a climate that encourages young people in particular to form their own businesses, with the best possible prospects for success and with the assistance of the European Union through the actions of the Operational Programme for Competitiveness, and with the cooperation of the Ministry of Education, the education minister, Marietta Yannakou, and the career offices of the country’s universities. The Ministry of Development has made available its showcase, a truly advantageous space on the ground floor of its building at 119 Mesogeion St, to welcome young people, women, and people with disabilities, and to present the opportunities that are open to them.
The organising body is the Ministry of Development’s Operational Programme for Competitiveness, while the body responsible for implementing the initiative is ΕΟΜΜΕΧ, which is also the Final Beneficiary of the entrepreneurship actions for young people, women and people with disabilities.
Polychoros opened on Monday 13 December, initially to provide information and take young people on a guided tour of the wonderful – but also difficult – world of business. On its first day, Polychoros was visited by four groups of young people, from technological educational institutes in Piraeus and Omega Schools. Each group had fifteen people and each tour of Polychoros lasted half an hour.
Last Wednesday 15 December, Friday 17 December, and yesterday, 20 December, nine more groups from Piraeus technological educational institutes also took tours. During its first trial week, more than 150 young people toured Polychoros. With the help of the Ministry of Education and universities, this figure will increase significantly.
The Polychoros tour has four stages. First, visitors are asked to perform a self-assessment of their business potential and prospects.
In the second stage, they learn through modern presentation methods about the seven steps involved in setting up a new business and supporting it during its early stages.
In the third stage, visitors are spoken to by successful executives from organisations and businesses (the Federation of Greek Associations of Young Entrepreneurs, ΕΟΜΜΕΧ, etc.), who share their valuable experience and knowledge.
Finally, in the fourth stage, visitors watch a video of Operational Programme for Competitiveness actions implemented by the General Secretariat for Development, the General Secretariat for Research and Technology and other Final Beneficiaries of the Programme. In addition, examples of best practice are given by entrepreneurs who have taken the opportunities given to them, and other projects financed under the Operational Programme for Competitiveness are presented.
In addition to the guided tours, which take place every Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 9am to 5pm, Polychoros is open during the same hours as a reception and information area.
The first cycle of tours on entrepreneurship of young people, women and people with disabilities began on 13 December. It will stop tomorrow for Christmas and will resume on 12 January. It will come to an end on 4 February.
The Ministry of Development has planned cycles of tours about the relationship of business with the environment, renewable energy sources, and research and technology, along with the presentation of innovative products and their application in manufacturing.”