multiplier events

florence - september 2022
pitching night: 10-minute business ideas

The pitching night, held on September 7th at the Murate Caffè Letterario in Florence was the culminating event of the Pitching Bootcamp in Italy. The evening was an opportunity for the students to present their business idea to an audience of investors, social innovation experts and entrepreneurs, who gave feedback and suggestions.

Each group had about 10 minutes to pitch their business idea, highlighting its strengths, and detailing their activities and operations strategies. At the end of each pitch, the audience had the opportunity to ask questions to clarify different aspects of the project, and learn more about what they had just heard. At the same time, they voted via Mentimeter on various aspects of the pitch (intro, prompt, project, route to market, operational strategy, financial projections, social impact, summary), which made it possible to arrive at a ranking of the various business ideas presented.

We finished the day with a networking session and an aperitif all together, which enabled all of us to talk more deeply with the students who had presented the most interesting ideas for them and also allowed us to get to know each other better, and exchange ideas and opinions.

montpellier - april 2022

brokering for change:   an opportunity to showcase projects and develop new partnerships

Our team and partners had the opportunity to meet and share ideas with our speakers who came from different part of Europe to come and make the most of this event. From SEVERE students showcasing their projects, to shaping policies and two rounds of revolving cafes, this event was a massive success!

The first Revolving café consisted in discussing social entrepreneurship support on Creativity (Universidade do Minho, Universidade Federal da Bahia & Crealead), Enterprise (Social Business City Barcelona and Business Innovation Brokers) and Incubation (The Melting Pot and INCUB Online).

We then debated on what makes European projects successful with Connexx-EU and David Alpera. In the afternoon, our panel discussed on how social innovation can be effective on a large scale (Estonian Government, Fondation Grameen Credit Agricole & Unidade de Investimento Social SCML).

The 2nd Revolving café was a series of workshops in which social innovators debated how we should approach major challenges, such as: Tackling Glocal problems (Vento di Terra, Business Innovation Brokers), New concepts (Cite du design, Tandem Social & WHY3C) and No one left behind (Invisible Cities and Fundacio Arriels).

We finished the day with a speed networking session (speed dating style) where participants were discussing and switching tables to try and respond to various potential EU calls, an opportunity to develop new partnerships for change. Then a final wrap up and cocktails to celebrate the achievement of the event. 

Programme of the event

9.00 – 9.30

Anastasia Cozarenco and Mark Majewsky Anderson

9.30 – 10.00

SEVERE presentation
Members of the SEVERE Consortium and students showcase its intellectual outputs

10.00 – 11.30

Revolving cafés 1: Social entrepreneurship support – A series of workshops in which leading social innovators debate how we should approach major challenges
Chairs: Teresa Franqueira, Teresa Monllau, Anastasia Cozarenco, Alexandra Gaidos

  • CREATIVITY (Cecília Carvalho, Universidade do Minho; Paulo Souza, Universidade Federal da Bahia; Farba Ndour, Crealead)
  • ENTERPRISE (Miguel Garcia Social Business City Barcelona; Javi Finez, BiB S.Coop.)
  • INCUBATION (Helen Denny, The Melting Pot; Marie Gomez Breysse WHY3C; Cyril Salort, INCUB-online; Javi Finez, BiB S.Coop.)

11.30 – 12.30
What makes European Projects successful? A panel debate
Chair: Natalia Popielska
Featuring: Laura Pardo García, Connexx-EU; David Alpera, Project evaluator

12.30 – 13.30

13.30 – 14.30
Shaping Policy : A panel discussion debating how social innovation can be effective on a large scale

Chair: Mark Majewsky Anderson
Featuring: Minna Harjo, Estonian Government; Philippe Guichandut, Grameen Credit Agricole Foundation; Gustavo Freitas Unidade de Investimento Social, SMCL.

14.30 – 16.00
Revolving cafés 2: The Challenges of Place – A series of workshops in which leading social innovators debate how we should approach major challenges

Chairs: Rose Cawood, Silvia Sordi, Samuel Nyarko.

  • TACKLING GLOCAL PROBLEMS (Barbara Archetti, Vento di Terra ONG; ; Iñigo Urkidi, BiB S.
  • NEW CONCEPTS (Josyane Franc, Cité du design; Andrea Balletbò, Tandem Social; Marie Gomez Breysse WHY3C
  • NO ONE LEFT BEHIND (Zakia Moulaoui, Invisible Cities; Juan Lemus Fundacio Arrels)

16.00 – 17.00
Speed dating session: Responding to various potential EU calls, an opportunity to develop new partnerships for change

17.00 – 19.30
Wrap up and cocktail Final comments and future plans


Pôle REALIS710 Rue Favre de Saint-Castor
34080 Montpellier France


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