Educational Association of Athens HFAISTOS

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  • HFAISTOS EDUCATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF ATHENS is a non-governmental, non-profit association founded in 1935 aiming to provide vocational education and training. This historical association is based in Athens, Agios Eleftherios area and owns a building compound of 4.500 sq. m. During 1960-1970, HFAISTOS’ graduates from various vocational occupations worked in several productive sectors of the country contributing to the rapid economic development and industrialization of the country with their knowledge and skills. Nowadays, with a view to respond to modern challenges, HFAISTOS is planning to found an educational training center in its premises focused on innovation and social entrepreneurship. The main goal is to revive HFAISTOS and turn it into a reference hub for every innovative and new idea. In 2007 HFAISTOS co-founded the non-profit organization Academy of Entrepreneurship. Through the management of research programmes supporting entrepreneurship development and employability, financed by the European Union, and in collaboration with Academy of Entrepreneurship, HFAISTOS aims to cultivate the essential entrepreneurial attitude and transfer the necessary knowledge to young entrepreneurs who are now entering the labour market and to already active entrepreneurs, wishing to establish themselves and expand their operations both within Greece and abroad. HFAISTOS has been a national partner of the Global Entrepreneurship Week in Greece since 2008 (http://wearegen.co/gew). A series of workshops and entrepreneurship seminars are always organized during the GEW where participants can brainstorm and seek advice on business issues and learn about the challenges they have to face within the crisis in the labour market today. They also receive specific guidance, depending on the requirements of their own business endeavours and activity. Through the network of Academy of Entrepreneurship, HFAISTOS constitutes an important communication channel for startup entrepreneurs and policy makers both on a European and a global level.

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