Launch of the European project “Empowering Culture through Business”

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Launch of the European project “Empowering Culture through Business”

CATRO Bulgaria and the Nicosia Chamber of Commerce and Industry, as the coordinating partner, announce the beginning of the project "Empowering Culture through Business: Introducing Business Academies for Culture and Creative Young Professionals in rural and remote areas". The project, which is funded under Key Action 2 of the Erasmus+ Programme, aims at the development and enhancement of the skills of Culture and Creative Young Professionals (CCYPs) living and working in rural and remote areas.

More specifically, the partners will conduct focus groups and field research to identify the necessary skills that young people are required to have in order to enhance their work skills and employment opportunities as well as to develop business activities in the cultural and creative sector with emphasis on the use of tools for access to finance, digitalisation and digital marketing. To achieve the goal, the consortium will establish Business Academies aimed at educating young people through innovative training programmes with the involvement of specialists and professionals from the business and cultural sector.

The culmination of the efforts of the partners under this project, will be the creation and development, in a sustainable manner, of a prototype HUB in a remote, non-urban area in the Nicosia district. The HUB will provide the necessary support to young people for their professional development and especially access to funding tools to support their work. The creation of the original HUB along with a sustainable development guide aim to be a remarkable tool of development policy for local authorities and a best practice for remote communities.

In short, the project seeks to cultivate entrepreneurship, business innovation and extroversion, which are essential tools for maintaining and increasing the youth population in non-urban, rural and remote areas for a balanced territorial development.

The project started in January 2022 and it will be implemented until July 2024 with a total budget of € 207,445.00. The consortium comprises of 6 partners: the Nicosia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (coordinator), the European Office of Cyprus, Matera Hub in Italy, Danmar Computers from Poland, the Company of Research, Education, Innovation and Development of the North Aegean Region (ELORIS S.A.) in Greece and the training & HR consulting company CATRO in Bulgaria.

The Empowering Culture through Business project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.