Good practice from USA – Boston GreenFest

The Boston GreenFest has just reached its tenth anniversary this year, and increasingly focuses on raising people to create a more sustainable and healthier world.

From business to nonprofit, neighborhood association to academic institution, State and city leaders, sustainability experts, students and citizens of all spheres of social life took part in the zero-waste event, focusing on issues such as racial equity, local food, transport, and trends Green technologies.

As part of the event’s International Youth Summit, many young people from as far away as China, have opted for ‘alternative-formative holiday’ by joining the dialogue on climate change and the role of youth play.

Among them the name of Jeremy Fryer-Biggs – co-founder of Evaptainers, a LAUNCH food innovator to address the deterioration of food and its enormous social and environmental impacts. Evaptainers uses EV8 technology to counteract the deterioration of fruit and vegetables thanks to the world’s lowest-cost fridge, powered by evaporation. Jeremy has revealed how difficult it is to start, especially when you have no relationship and it has warned the innovation community that it should limit barriers to young social entrepreneurs. His first suggestion was to reach young people to demystify the process of implementing a social enterprise, providing them with basics to know where to start. His second suggestion was to push them beyond the idea of action.

Hence, and among other presentations, the need to design solutions in partnership with young and old, of various races and backgrounds, to ensure collective buy-in and collective action. And, above all, encouraging youth participation: Boston’s GreenFest has given ample test of this and it would be great for other cities to get the next generation of changemakers.

Green EYE: enabling young entrepreneurs in the Smart Green Sector and beyond to gain first-hand entrepreneurship experience

Green EYE project is an interesting opportunity for connect new entrepreneurs, who have developed environmental ideas, with green business entrepreneurs with the aim of strengthening their expertise through international exchange.

This program, financed by the European Commission under the Erasmus Program for Young Entrepreneurs, enables New Entrepreneurs and Green Business Entrepreneurs to increase their skills through international exchange projects.

Thanks to co-financing, new entrepreneurs with an idea of a highly impacted enterprise may complete a 1 to 3-month on-the-job training period with experienced entrepreneurs from one of the Countries participating in the Program.

GREEN EYE is realized by a European consortium that includes 5 partners: Holland (Van der Meer & van Tilburg, Amersfoort); Poland (Krakow’s University of Economics); Denmark (Aalborg University, Aalborg); Portugal (TecMinho, Guimarães) and Italy, with AlmaCube, the Incubator of the University of Bologna, together with Unindustria Bologna, generates highly innovative start-ups and spin-offs.

In particular, the focus of the project is addressed to business ideas related to: Smart building; Green tech; Waste management; Reduction of environmental impact. The opportunity to put together good ideas and good practices to develop innovative businesses and mindful of sustainable development.

Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs is the cross-border exchange program that connects New Entrepreneurs (NE) – or aspirants – with already-established Entrepreneurs (HEIs) managing small or medium-sized enterprises in Another participating country. New Entrepreneurs can acquire the skills needed to successfully manage a small business in the world of Green Economy in Europe.

The exchange of experience takes place within a working period at the headquarters of the experienced entrepreneur, helping the new entrepreneur to acquire the skills needed to manage a small business. Opportunities for the host entrepreneur are represented by the possibility of considering their business from different points of view, collaborating with partners and taking opportunities on new markets.

Experienced host entrepreneurs, on the other side, can benefit from a motivated resource and ready to feed activities with innovative ideas, that are always valuable in such a profoundly evolving field.

An interesting opportunity to connect ideas and business creation, focusing on sharing experiences and international exchange. A step towards the creation of a green business system capable of competing in the markets of innovation and environmental quality.

So, if you are a young and you have an enterprise idea that can offer innovative solutions in the field of smart building, urban development, clean tech, waste management, environmental impact reduction…

What are you waiting for? Present your business plan! The young people are strongly encouraged to propose.

RENEW2020 – Youth training course for creative waste recycling

The ReNew2020 training was created and developed as action of a project funded by the European Commission’s Erasmus + program and evolved from a partnership between major companies and organizations operating in Italy, Netherlands, Belgium, Spain and Croatia, who have developed specific competences in the field of training, youth entrepreneurship, waste management and interior design.

The program contains as coordinator of Consorzio Provinciale Intesa, which in the province of Treviso associates 40 cooperative companies with more than 5.000 members, while Contarina – as an Italian partner working on the initiative – will provide the participants with their competences in the field of Green and Circular Economy.

The training course provides on-line training sessions through an e-learning platform and four mobility periods that will take place in Italy, Croatia, Holland and Spain. The first of these takes place right in Italy and will enable to participants to know in depth the Contarina Model and the experience accumulated by the company in waste management.

This initiative is a fundamental opportunity for the exchange of good practices among the involved and for the ability to develop specific and professional skills in this field.

Promoting youth self-entrepreneurship and creativity in the field of waste reuse and management is definitely an indispensable investment not only to pave the way for new ideas and service improvements but also to rethink future resource management in a perspective increasingly sustainable.

Finally, it is a tool to promote experimentation, innovation and development for the associated cooperatives, businesses and the territory and to this opportunity is transformed into a significant experience on issues such as economic, environmental and social sustainability.

Video: What Is Social Entrepreneurship?

Social entrepreneurship is a very used concept nowadays, but you may still be wondering what it is, what are the problems it addresses and how can it contribute to social development.

You can find key answers to these questions in a short video animation that PiNA prepared within the international project European HUB model for socially responsible entrepreneurs.

»Social entrepreneurship is not a playground for failed entrepreneurs, it is a polygon for the most highly competent individuals.«

Video: What Does It Take To Be A Social Entrepreneur?

From innovative thinking, driven by creativity and social empathy to having a clear vision and mission, even when the majority quit.

You can find about what does it take to be a Social Entrepreneur in a short video animation that PiNA prepared within the project European HUB model for socially responsible entrepreneurs.

Production: PiNA

What is The EU Youth Hub?

EU HUB is part innovation lab and business incubator, part community center – an unique ecosystem of resources for young people who are willing to dream and have a heart to fight for a better tomorrow.

How to create such a supportive environment for young people with a desire to become socially-responsible entrepreneurs? Check-out the guidelines and information in the EU YOUTH HUB MODEL KIT, created by partners of the international project EU HUB Model.

About the project:
Youth Social Entrepreneurship: A New Opportunity In Times Of Crisis
In these times of economic crisis – which are deeply affecting the younger generation – our project aims at targeting youth unemployment through a more innovative approach. Social Youth Entrepreneurship is a growing field in which the youth might find interesting work opportunities: the HUB model will help create »start-up aggregators« to support the creation of new social enterprises.


Green agricultural and environmental activities in Nepal

After the Green-E training was completed in Portugal, the participants of the training conducted training programs to youths back in Nepal. Campaign for Change-Nepal (CCN) realised the people needed some motivation to enter to the green entrepreneurship, their desire to enter into green programs. Since agriculture is the main occupational activity in Nepal and has a huge governmental focus, we decided to motivate the local people in Kathmandu to be involved in the green agricultural and environmental activities.

Bagmati River, the holy river starts from the mountains of the Kathmandu Valley, runs through the Kathmandu and Patan and mixes to the other rivers in the South-East Nepal finally flowing towards the Indian Ocean. Bagmati River and its tributaries are the disposal a site of untreated sewages produced inside the Kathmandu Valley and is highly polluted. The government has launched Save Bagmati Program to improve the condition of the Bagmati River focusing the river water and the corridors of the river. The government handed the river banks to some organisations and the local community associations.

 The area of Subidanagar and Shankamul from the Bagmati flows was handed to the local community and allows them to improve and maintain the corridor area. Campaign for Change-Nepal (CCN), believing that once people are motivated to environmental sustainability and green activities decided to conduct the plantation program inside crowded and polluted Kathmandu. CCN collaborated with the local community of that area to plant the trees alongside the river and maintain the greenery in the riverside. CCN conducted training for the youths focusing the green sustainability of the environment through the trainees of the training program in Portugal. The training team then arranged about 200 plants of different species including several fruits species that were suitable to grow in that area. Along with the local community people, CCN volunteers planted trees in that area. There was a huge local participation and also the students from several colleges also joined the program. The plants were planted and watered daily and in month duration, the invasive grasses growing near the plants were cleared out regularly. The motto of the program was to encourage the youths and the local community to be involved in the green activities. Local people understood the necessity of green environmental activities and the possible entrepreneurship with green focus.

Receiving the success in the first program of the activities of Green E, CCN re-launched the plantation and awareness program in the continuing area of the riverside and arranged 270 plants of different fruit and timber species to continue the go green program in the Bagmati River. Again, there was a huge local participation as we successfully were able to grow several plants and maintain them regularly. The community people finally know that the waste reuse and fruit gardening can help to contribute to the community economy growth, this can develop some entrepreneurship in the green sector.


The future is sustainable, make a green choice!

Starting a business that embraces principles of sustainability is possible and for young people is a real opportunity for employment: it starts from a promising idea and from the acquisition of specific skills to develop it.

Some aspiring young green entrepreneurs from Palermo did it and then realised an informative campaign “The future is sustainable, make a green choice” to sensitize the local community on the importance of green entrepreneurship. These are their questions: What is for us green entrepreneurship? What can we do?

Watch the video to find out their answers and share the campaign “The future is sustainable, make a green choice!”

The informative campaign was developed within the project Greenentrepreneurship. Easier done than saidIn October and November, the local group of young people was involved in local educational activities on green entrepreneurship. Innovation, green ethic, marketing and branding, development of the idea and business plan were some of the topics covered. Other result of the local educational activities are green business ideas that the young people will carry on. Similar activities took place in all the other project countries: Slovenia, Nepal, Tanzania, Portogallo, Argentina.

Read the story of the local educational activities in Italy and the updates from other project partners’ countries in the III Newsletter di GreenE!



Partners of the project Greentrepreneurship – Easier done than said, focused on the development of NGO capabilities in the field of green entrepreneurship and employability of youths, from Slovenia, Italy, Portugal, Tanzania, Nepal and Argentina, prepared the last of three newsletters.

The aim of the Greentrepreneurship – Easier done than said project is to develop skills, knowledge and competences of youths in order to improve their productivity and employability in the field of green entrepreneurship.

In the third newsletter you can also read about:






NEWSLETTER #3 (November 2016): Online book

NEWSLETTER #2 (June 2016): PDF / Online book

NEWSLETTER #1 (January 2016): PDF / Online book

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Within the international project GREENTREPRENEURSHIP – Easier Done Than SAID PiNA prepared the second of a series of short video presentations of Slovenian good practices in the field of green entrepreneurship.

The second video shows the business path of a young private institute mOBILNO to go – Institute for developing sustainable technologies, that is developing sustainable technologies in the areas of housing, nutrition, healthy lifestyle and waste. They strive to use local building materials, optimise the use of energy and reduce waste.

Their main mission is to revolutionise years of bad human habitsand introduce new sustainable, environmentally friendly construction technologies, housing and nutrition. Their subconscious is highly motivated towards sustainability and to lowest possible carbon footprint. The consequent inspiration give them ideas for new projects and products.

Production: PiNA

More about mOBILNO to go – Institute for developing sustainable technologiesweb page / Facebook

Watch also Video 1: Natural Cosmetics Renčelj

The goal of the project GREENTREPRENEURSHIP – EASIER DONE THAN SAID is to develop skills, knowledge and competences of youths in order to improve their productivity and employability in the field of green entrepreneurship.