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Open Digital Europe

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Out of the Box International develops a tailor made open data model and policies based on open digital environment which is transparent, accountable and secured.

Social Businesses

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Out of the Box International works with already existing hubs, various local and national stakeholders and social entrepreneurs in order to further develop and promote successful social entrepreneurship policies and practices.

Solidarity Europe

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Out of the Box International delivers expertise in the field of cohesive policies by using cross-sectorial approach and non-formal  education, in a global perspective.

European Project

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Out of the Box International  works further to enhance current cooperation in South East Europe region and actively supports the integration of all European countries in common European project.

Learn from the Champions

Who are the Champions in Horizon 2020 and how to learn from them?

Recently we spotted a great publication, valuable to all members of the civil society and business sector and all the organizations active in exploiting funding from European programmes.

Nikolaos Floratos, one of the consultants of European Project Association, published this guideline hoping to support organizations to overcome myths and challenges of European funding and become more successful and learn much faster how to exploit them. The publication is composed of advice in ways to approach fundraising and analysis of winning projects, thus giving guidelines to those who aspire to become champions of the European funding programmes.

You can download the publication here:  Learn from the champions in Horizon 2020-2 [click]


About the AuthorNikolaos

Nikolaos Floratos is the founder of the Funding Expert AcademyAfter his completing his studies as engineer in London, UK, Nikolaos has worked for a number of consultancy and Information Technology companies as consultant and project manager across Europe. He has been involved in planning, managing and evaluating large and small projects in the area of research, education, ICT (Information Communication Technologies), social inclusion, entrepreneurship, standardization and consumer issues for the past 17 years. Since 2003 he became an expert on behalf of the European Commission on evaluating and reviewing projects and proposals.


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Why Out of the Box International

The seemingly ever-lasting depression of European economies has shaken the very foundations of many European societies. The shear rate of unemployment in Europe and the omnipresent environmental crisis coupled with the often frustratingly slow process of decision making in the EU, are calling for civil society actors to step in and fill the void.

In the aftermath of the 2008. economic crisis, the apprehension of falling under the spell of apathy of economic depression across the continent has not been easy to shake off. However, pinpointing the culprits for the current state of affairs on any particular EU decision maker is not the answer. Nonetheless, the fact remains that the current approach to the economic and environmental crisis hasn’t yet shown the affected citizens the light at the end of the tunnel.

As representatives of the civil society we feel the need to make our voice heard in the midst of the current debate on economic crisis. Being a social enterprise we offer new and feasible ideas in education and community work, creative cross-sectorial cooperation among different actors and strong networking coalitions to turn these dire economic challenges into possibilities through social entrepreneurship initiatives which aim at benefiting wide range of citizens, particularly vulnerable groups and those affected by the economic crisis.

Social entrepreneurship is a simple concept that has been put into practice by civil society actors for the benefit of a specific social group or people, and this is precisely what we want: to create projects and initiatives with fresh ideas in different policies, educational programs or tools, support businesses, empower cultural initiatives and offer different solutions to individuals, corporate bodies, everybody who believe that we can have more Creative, Innovative and Cohesive Europe.


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