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Vasili Sofiadellis

Visions2Ventures

Refugee crisis- Turning Pain into Hope. How Entrepreneurs can change and save lives? From Xenophobia to Refugees, From Cape Town to Lesvos

At the beginning of 2015, serious xenophobic attacks broke out in South Africa. A few months later, the world was, and still is, facing a serious crisis with the large influx of refugees into Europe. Governments are far too slow to react and when they do, it is highly questionable whether they adopt the correct approach? What impact will the current award to Turkey of 3 Billion Euro to prevent the influx of refugees into Europe have? Enter the entrepreneur. Can entrepreneurs create a co-working space where talented refugees, entrepreneurs from outside, investors and local talent work together to create solutions? Solutions for issues relating to the refugee crisis, but also solutions that create permanent jobs, that serve clients worldwide and attract international investors? What are the best solutions that can raise awareness and a culture focused on integration? We would like to approach the current refugee situation from the perspective of opportunity instead of the perspective of seeing refugees as a problem. Refugees are first and foremost humans with dreams, talents and potential, driven to create a future and have shown the willingness to step into adventure and take risk and have shown great resilience. All critical assets for success. Let's get together and have a discussion around how we can transform this crisis into an opportunity and a catalyst for hope. What are the links between the current refugees crisis and where is there a potential convergence of a few streams coming together: - refugees and migrants are often educated, many speak english - small and big entrepreneurs have started initiatieves: from sme’s to Facebook and Google - tech communities have come together to develop solutions #GlobalCitizens

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