After my vibrant experience with Sustainica I had the opportunity to represent the Sustainable Startup Program. This research assignment is funded by the Europäische Fonds für regionale Entwicklung (EFRE.NRW) and supports underdeveloped regions with structural problems in North Rhine-Westphalia. Our three man team aims to create a startup incubator with a focus on sustainable business practices for entrepreneurs in creative- and digital sectors.
The goal is to help integrate disadvantaged groups (for example women, refugees, unemployed and elderly people) and to create a good living environment in its cities and districts. So, the focus is on a stronger overall economic growth and a better quality of life for all citizens – especially since in a community like the European Union (EU), all regions are connected with each other. Hence the term “cohesion policy”.
It’s really great that the EU supports innovative initiatives with the ‘European cohesion policy’ (2014-2020) with almost a third of the entire EU budget. The long-term goal is achieving smart, sustainable and inclusive growth within the EU.