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An important compost technique project aimed at changing waste management procedures is under way in the beautiful city of Tripoli, Greece. Driven by the EU Cohesion Policy, the EU Green Policy, and the Just Transition Fund, this initiative by Startup Greece aims to implement an innovative composting system. In addition to being compatible with the principles of a circular economy, this project seeks to advance sustainable agriculture.

Tripoli is currently facing waste management difficulties, as shown by waste that is not properly recycled and separated. Concerns about the environment increase with the improper disposal of all solid waste in the surrounding landfills. The 2015 crisis, which was started by the suspension of waste transportation to landfills in Athens, points out the urgency with which Tripoli must reconsider its waste management strategies.

The initiative that develops composting emphasizes the use of distinct containers for organic waste. With this targeted action, organic waste will be kept out of landfills and converted into useful compost. By reducing the load on landfills, this innovation generates an additional source of compost, which will be beneficial. The active participation of Tripoli's schools is crucial to the initiative's success since schools have a pivotal role in engaging pupils with the categorization of waste.

As a result, local farmers will receive compost, a nutrient-rich soil amendment that promotes environmentally friendly agricultural practices. This circular economy model increases local food production and agricultural productivity while reducing dependence on landfills. Composting improves the quality of the soil, boosts crop yields, and promotes greater local food sustainability.

Startup Greece will track key indicators in order to assess the project's success. This includes a thorough check on the monthly tonnage of compost to measure the total amount of organic waste that remains out of landfills. Regular survey questionnaires given to students will also evaluate their knowledge as well as their active engagement at the same time. Surveys conducted on nearby farmers who use the compost technique will also provide insights on the quantity, quality, and perceived effects on soil health and their harvest rates.

The composting initiative in Tripoli represents an important advancement in the direction of a more ecologically friendly and sustainable future. This project could transform waste management procedures and advance sustainable agriculture by embracing innovative methods and encouraging community involvement. It is a great example of an area implementing innovative measures to manage waste while helping the local economy and environment at the same time.


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Η Τρίπολη Εγκαινιάζει Εποχή Βιώσιμης Διαβίωσης με Πρωτοβουλίες Κομποστοποίησης

Στην καρδιά της Αρκαδίας, η Τρίπολη εγκαινιάζει μια νέα εποχή για την περιβαλλοντική ευθύνη, αναλαμβάνοντας πρωτοποριακές πρωτοβουλίες κομποστοποίησης. Αυτές οι δράσεις αποτελούν τμήμα του ευρύτερου Έργου Κυκλικής Οικονομίας και στοχεύουν στην προώθηση της βιωσιμότητας και την ενίσχυση της κοινοτικής συνοχής μέσα από την καινοτόμο διαχείριση απορριμμάτων και την υποστήριξη της τοπικής γεωργίας.

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In the heart of Arkadia, the city of Tripolis is setting a precedent for environmental stewardship through its pioneering composting initiatives. As part of the broader Circular Economy Project, Tripolis has embraced composting as a key strategy in promoting sustainability and enhancing community cohesion. This move not only showcases the city's commitment to green practices but also serves as an inspiring model for other regions looking to implement similar environmental solutions.

The project kicked off with the introduction of compost bins in local schools and the installation of a home compost smart bin, revolutionizing the way residents think about and manage waste. By turning organic waste into nutrient-rich compost, the initiative is drastically reducing landfill use, cutting down on pollution, and improving soil health. This cycle of waste-to-resource not only benefits the environment but also bolsters local agriculture, providing farmers with high-quality compost for growing fresh produce.

Educational programs have been at the core of the initiative, with workshops and seminars aimed at teaching students and the community about the benefits of composting. These efforts have fostered a greater sense of environmental responsibility among the youth, ensuring the sustainability of the project for generations to come.

The success of Tripolis's composting project lies not just in its environmental benefits but also in its ability to bring the community together. By participating in composting activities, residents are contributing to a greener city and experiencing firsthand the impact of their collective actions. This shared sense of purpose has strengthened community bonds and set a powerful example of what can be achieved when a community unites for a sustainable future.

As Tripolis continues to lead by example, its composting initiative offers valuable lessons in environmental conservation, community engagement, and the tangible benefits of embracing a circular economy. This endeavor not only marks a significant step towards a more sustainable world but also highlights the power of local action in driving global change.


The project is funded by the European Union - EUTeens4Green (2021CE160AT032)
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Αυτά είναι μερικά από τα σημαντικότερα στιγμιότυπα από το Web Summit Qatar 2024:

Η πρώτη μας εκδήλωση στη Μέση Ανατολή είδε περισσότερες από 1.000 startups να μας συνοδεύουν από περισσότερες από 81 χώρες παγκοσμίως και ήταν η μεγαλύτερη συγκέντρωση διεθνών startups που έγινε ποτέ στην ιστορία της περιοχής.

Από αυτές τις startups, το 31% ήταν ιδρυμένες από γυναίκες, κατάγονταν από 56 χώρες συμπεριλαμβανομένων των ΗΠΑ, του Κατάρ, των Ηνωμένων Αραβικών Εμιράτων, της Ινδίας και του Ηνωμένου Βασιλείου. Ήμασταν επίσης περήφανοι που το 37% των συμμετεχόντων και το 30% των ομιλητών μας ήταν γυναίκες.

Το Web Summit Qatar ξεκίνησε με μια ομιλία από την Πρόεδρο του Web Summit, Katherine Maher, η οποία δήλωσε: "Κάποια μέρα, αυτό που ελπίζω να ακούσω είναι ότι οι συνδέσεις που έκαναν οι άνθρωποι σε αυτό το δωμάτιο, στον χώρο, στο δείπνο ή στο Night Summit θα οδηγήσουν τελικά σε μερικές από τις μεγαλύτερες συνεργασίες και καινοτομίες για το μέλλον της ανθρωπότητας."

Παρακάτω είναι μερικές από τις πολλές συνεδρίες που απόλαυσαν οι συμμετέχοντες:

Γιατί να ξοδέψετε 7 τρισεκατομμύρια δολάρια όταν 70 δισεκατομμύρια θα είναι αρκετά; Ο CEO της OpenAI, Sam Altman, αναζητά 7 τρισεκατομμύρια δολάρια για να αναδιαμορφώσει την παγκόσμια βιομηχανία ημιαγωγών - ένα ποσό που θα τον έθετε στο κεφάλαιο των κορυφαίων οικονομιών του πλανήτη.

Ο στόχος; Η κυριαρχία στον κόσμο των τσιπ. Το πρόβλημα; Οι εκτιμήσεις του CEO είναι όλες λάθος. Τουλάχιστον αυτό φαίνεται. "Θα μπορούσαμε να το κάνουμε, πιθανώς, με 700 δισεκατομμύρια δολάρια, τα οποία είναι μια ευκαιρία," δήλωσε ο Jonathan Ross, ιδρυτής και CEO της Groq.

Η Groq προσφέρει την πρώτη μονάδα επεξεργασίας γλώσσας (LPU) στον κόσμο, παρέχοντας εντυπωσιακή ταχύτητα εκτέλεσης για φορτία εργασίας AI που τρέχουν στη μηχανή επίλυσης LPU της εταιρείας. "Το επόμενό μας τσιπ είναι 10 φορές πιο αποδοτικό από αυτήν τη γενιά, οπότε ίσως μόνο 70 δισεκατομμύρια δολάρια," είπε ο Jonathan.

"Αρχικά, δεν ξέραμε ότι η γεννήτρια AI θα ήταν τόσο σημαντική. Ο όρος δεν υπήρχε πραγματικά," είπε ο πρώην υπάλληλος της Google, φέρνοντάς μας πίσω στην αναμέτρηση του 2017 μεταξύ του AlphaGo της Google και του παγκόσμιου πρωταθλητή Go, Lee Sedol.

Από εκεί, χρησιμοποιώντας τσιπ που είχε κατασκευάσει ο Jonathan, γεννήθηκε το GenAI. Παρέμενε σχετικά ανενεργό μέχρι πέρυσι, όταν μεγάλα μοντέλα γλώσσας ξεκίνησαν να εμφανίζονται, δίνοντας ώθηση σε έννοιες όπως το AlphaGo με αύξηση της ταχύτητας. Και τώρα, βρισκόμαστε σε έναν κόσμο όπου οι εξελίξεις που υποστηρίζονται από το GenAI έρχονται με μεγάλη ταχύτητα.

Τρέβορ Νόα: Το να βλέπεις δεν είναι πλέον πιστευτό σε έναν κόσμο με τεχνητή νοημοσύνη Καθώς εργαλεία της Γενικής Τεχνητής Νοημοσύνης όπως το ChatGPT συνεχίζουν να αποκτούν δημοφιλία, ο συγγραφέας και παρουσιαστής Τρέβορ Νόα προειδοποίησε για την προσοχή που πρέπει να δοθεί στις ικανότητές τους. "Ως ανθρώπινα όντα, είμαστε συχνά τάσσονται να θεωρούμε αυτές τις τεχνολογίες ως ανθρώπινες, όταν στην πραγματικότητα μερικές φορές απλώς μας δίνουν ένα αποτέλεσμα που ταιριάζει με την ερμηνεία μας για το τι θα ή δεν θα έκανε ένα ανθρώπινο ον," είπε ο Τρέβορ.

Ο τεχνολογικά έμπειρος παρουσιαστής φαίνεται να έχει αφιερώσει χρόνο για να ανακαλύψει τα όρια του ChatGPT. "Δεν βλέπω τον εαυτό μου να παντρεύομαι με το ChatGPT σύντομα," αστειεύτηκε ο Τρέβορ. "Δαπανώ πολύ χρόνο ρωτώντας το ChatGPT πώς επεξεργάζεται τις πληροφορίες ή πώς σκέφτεται. Και μετά μου δίνει μια εισήγηση γι' αυτό."

Ενώ επαινούσε την ικανότητα της τεχνολογίας να συνδέει τους ανθρώπους ανεξάρτητα από τις διαφορές, ο συγγραφέας προειδοποίησε για τις απρόβλεπτες συνέπειες. "Νομίζω ότι το μεγαλύτερο πράγμα που πρέπει πάντα να αναγνωρίζουμε είναι αυτό: Αν γεφυρώσετε γρήγορα το χάσμα μεταξύ ανθρώπων, είναι καλό για το καλό. Είναι επίσης καλό για το κακό," είπε ο Τρέβορ.

Ο συγγραφέας και κωμικός προειδοποίησε ότι, καθώς η τεχνητή νοημοσύνη προχωράει, οι εικόνες, τα βίντεο και τα κείμενα που παράγονται από την τεχνητή νοημοσύνη θα οδηγήσουν σε μια κατάσταση όπου - μεταξύ βαθιών πλασμάτων και παραπληροφορήσεων - κανείς δεν θα ξέρει τι να πιστέψει.

"Ζήσαμε σε έναν κόσμο όπου οι άνθρωποι έλεγαν 'μην το πιστεύετε μέχρι να το δείτε', σωστά; Αλλά τώρα, όταν δείτε κάτι με τα ίδια σας τα μάτια, μπορείτε να το πιστέψετε;", ρώτησε ο Τρέβορ.

Τεχνολογία και αναζήτηση δικαιοσύνης Καθώς η τεχνολογία εξελίσσεται συνεχώς, η δυνατότητα για κοινωνική και πολιτική αλλαγή διευρύνεται. Ωστόσο, αντί να υιοθετήσει μια κυνική προσέγγιση, η ανθρωπότητα πρέπει να αναζητήσει τις δυνατότητες που προσφέρουν αυτές οι εξελίξεις για τον ακτιβισμό.

Το λέει η βραβευμένη ακτιβίστρια ανθρωπίνων δικαιωμάτων και συνιδρύτρια του Black Lives Matter, Αγίων Τομέτι, που πιστεύει ότι η τεχνολογία πηγαίνει χέρι χέρι με την υπεράσπιση των ανθρωπίνων δικαιωμάτων.

"Η τεχνολογία επικοινωνιών ήταν πάντα σημαντική για τους ακτιβιστές των ανθρωπίνων δικαιωμάτων. Ανεξάρτητα από τη χρονική περίοδο στην οποία βρισκόμαστε, πάντα χρησιμοποιούμε την τεχνολογία ή τις επικοινωνίες της εποχής μας," είπε η Αγίω.

Αντανακλώντας τις στρατηγικές προηγούμενων πολιτικών ακτιβιστών όπως ο Μάρτιν Λούθερ Κινγκ Τζούνιορ, ο Μπέιγιαρντ Ράστιν και η Κορέτα Σκοτ Κινγκ, η Αγίω τόνισε τη σημασία του Τύπου στις κοινωνικές κινήσεις: "Πάντα κινούνταν και οργανωνόνταν με έναν τρόπο που θα μπορούσαν να προσελκύσουν τον Τύπο για να μοιραστούν τις ιστορίες τους με ένα ευρύτερο κοινό. Και ήταν τόσο απίστευτα αποτελεσματικοί, επειδή τελικά, είμαστε ανθρώπινοι."

Ο Τύπος παραμένει σημαντικός σήμερα, αν και η τεχνολογία προσφέρει πολλά εργαλεία για την απευθείας επικοινωνία με το κοινό. "Για τους ακτιβιστές, αυτό σημαίνει ότι οι αγώνες που καταγράφονται σε βίντεο ή τοποθετούνται σε συστήματα streaming μπορούν να επικοινωνούν άμεσα με εκατομμύρια άτομα σε όλο τον κόσμο, ενώ τα ιστολόγια και οι πλατφόρμες κοινωνικών μέσων επιτρέπουν στους ακτιβιστές να εκφράζουν τις απόψεις τους και να μοιράζονται πληροφορίες με τον κόσμο," δήλωσε η Αγίω.

Ωστόσο, είναι σημαντικό να μην υποτιμάμε τον ρόλο της τεχνολογίας στην κοινωνική αλλαγή. "Οι ακτιβιστές χρειάζονται να αξιοποιήσουν τις εργαλειακές δυνατότητες της τεχνολογίας για να ενισχύσουν τις κινήσεις τους. Αυτό περιλαμβάνει τη χρήση τεχνολογίας για τη δημιουργία προγραμμάτων επικοινωνίας, τη διάδοση πληροφοριών και την προσευχή στο ίντερνετ. Όταν εφαρμόζεται σωστά, η τεχνολογία επικοινωνιών μπορεί να αντικαταστήσει τις παλαιές μορφές οργάνωσης της εποχής του Μαρτιν Λούθερ Κινγκ Τζούνιορ, επιτρέποντας στους ακτιβιστές να αλληλεπιδρούν και να εργάζονται μαζί σε παγκόσμιο επίπεδο," είπε η Αγίω.

Κατά τη διάρκεια του πάνελ, η Αγίω έλαβε μέρος σε μια συζήτηση με την επικοινωνία του κοινού ως το κέντρο του πολιτικού αγώνα και πώς οι ακτιβιστές μπορούν να χρησιμοποιήσουν την τεχνολογία για να συνδεθούν αποτελεσματικά με τους άλλους.

Αυτές είναι μερικές από τις συνεδρίες και τα σημεία εστίασης που προσφέρθηκαν στο Web Summit Qatar 2024, επιδεικνύοντας τη σημασία της τεχνολογίας, της καινοτομίας και του ακτιβισμού για το μέλλον της κοινωνίας.

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Web Summit, the world’s largest technology conference, today announced that the

inaugural edition of its Middle Eastern event, Web Summit Qatar, is hosting 15,453

attendees from 118 countries.

● Sold out, with 15,453 attendees from 118 countries

● 1,043 startups – the largest gathering of startups ever in the Middle East

● 401 investors and 380 speakers

● His Excellency Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, the State of

Qatar’s Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, and author and presenter

Trevor Noah addressed the Centre Stage audience on Opening Night

● 148 partners exhibiting on the event floor, including Microsoft, Meta, TikTok,

Snap, and Qatar Investment Authority

● 37 percent women attendees, 30 percent women speakers and 31 percent

women-founded startups

Web Summit CEO Katherine Maher took to the stage on Opening Night, saying: “Over

the last few years, we noticed a growing presence from the Middle East at our events.

Dynamic founders, investors and entrepreneurs from the region were contributing to

our events in such a meaningful way, we knew that it was time for us to bring an event

here. Web Summit Qatar represents a brand new opportunity to connect a new

generation of entrepreneurs, investors and changemakers.”

Sheikh Jassim bin Mansour bin Jabor Al Thani, Director of the Government

Communications Office and Chairman of the Web Summit Qatar 2024 Organising

Committee, said: “Hosting Web Summit Qatar signifies a milestone in our nation’s

ongoing journey to forge the future, showcasing Qatar's growing status as a place

where people, ideas and inspiration come together to envision the next digital

revolution. The tremendous turnout in attendees and ticket purchases demonstrates

the high demand for such events in the region, as well as Qatar's potential as a hub for

SMEs and innovators. More so, on its very first day, we set several new records in Web

Summit history, including the biggest startup participation in a first-year edition, the

largest presence of startups from Africa, and more. With such a strong start, Web

Summit Qatar is poised to be the next spot for technological leaps to take place.”

15,453 attendees from 118 countries.

Web Summit Qatar has gathered 15,453 attendees at the sold-out event in the Doha

Exhibition and Convention Center (DECC), connecting a new generation of founders,

investors, journalists and leaders in Doha.

Attendees from 118 countries across the globe arrived in Qatar for the first Web Summit

event held in the Middle East – an event that will serve as a pivotal force for innovation

in the region, enabling the people who are reshaping the world to connect.

The largest gathering of startups in the Middle East 1,043 startups from 81 countries were selected – out of nearly ten thousand applicants

– to showcase their vision to attendees on the event floor. 10 percent of attending

startups come from Qatar, while 20 percent come from Africa and 50 percent from the

wider MENA region.


10 percent of startups have joined the event through Web Summit

Qatar’s Impact programme, which focuses on tech for good.

358 startups will take part in 42 Mentor Hours sessions during the event, learning from

and connecting with leading entrepreneurs in the industry. Participating startups will

also have the opportunity to take part in Web Summit Qatar’s PITCH competition,

powered by Jusour, which brings together the world’s leading early-stage startups to

go head-to-head on stage in front of globally-renowned investors.


401 investors from 46 countries and some of the largest funds in the world will attend

the event to explore investment opportunities in one of the fastest-growing markets in

the world, and to meet the next generation of startups. Investors at the event include

Peak XV managing director GV Ravishankar, Global Ventures founder Noor Sweid, 500

Global’s Christine Tsai and Khailee Ng, and Invest Qatar’s Ali Alwaleed Al-Thani.


380 speakers, 896 members of the media


380 speakers will speak during the event, and 896 members of the media will attend.

Top speakers at the event include His Excellency Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign

Affairs of Qatar Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani,

Emmy-winning South African comedian Trevor Noah, Bollywood actress and singer

Nora Fatehi, WPP CEO Mark Read, Whoop founder and CEO Will Ahmed, Groq CEO

Jonathan Ross, astronaut and Deep Space Initiative founder Sara Sabry, Replit

co-founder and CEO Amjad Masad, Builder.ai founder and chief wizard Sachin Dev

Duggal, soccer legends Patrice Evra, John Obi Mikel and Gilberto Silva, and Tabby

co-founder and CEO Hosam Arab.


148 partners, six community partners

148 partners will exhibit on the event floor at Web Summit Qatar to explore business

opportunities in the region, and to meet the up-and-coming companies and

technologies of tomorrow.

Big tech partners – including Microsoft, Snap, TikTok, Meta, Qatar Investment

Authority, Deloitte and Palo Alto Networks – will be exhibiting on the sold-out event

floor. Trade delegations from countries including Canada, Türkiye, Bahrain, Pakistan,

Nigeria and Kenya will be attending Web Summit Qatar to explore business

opportunities in the Middle East.

Also taking part in the event are six community partners – groups that support and

prioritise underrepresented people across the technology industry.

Women in tech

37 percent of attendees at the event are women, and 30 percent of speakers are

women. One in three startups participating in the startup programme has a woman on

the founding team. The Women in Tech Lounge will welcome organisations including

Women of Qatar and Women Techmakers, along with thousands of women in tech

attendees from all over the world.

Qatar announces US$1bn investment in international and regional VC funds

During his opening remarks at Web Summit Qatar 2024, HE Sheikh Mohammed bin

Abdulrahman Al Thani, the State of Qatar’s Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign

Affairs, announced Qatar’s first-ever venture capital Fund of Funds programme, which

will invest US$1 billion in international and regional venture capital funds. Led by the

Qatar Investment Authority, the initiative aims to foster innovation and boost the tech

ecosystem in the country.

In addition, HE emphasised that as technological innovations rapidly advance, it is a

collective duty to ensure this progress serves the greater good by balancing

innovation with ethical principles, guiding progress with moral wisdom for the benefit

of all.

About Web Summit

Web Summit runs the world’s largest technology events, connecting people and ideas

that change the world. Web Summit events – Web Summit in Lisbon, Web Summit Rio

in South America, Collision in North America, RISE in Asia, and Web Summit Qatar in

the Middle East – have gathered half a million people since Web Summit’s beginnings

as a 150-person conference in Dublin in 2009.

Web Summit’s mission has been to create software that enables meaningful

connections between the CEOs, founders, investors, members of the media,

politicians and cultural icons who are reshaping the world.

Forbes says Web Summit is “the best tech conference on the planet”; Bloomberg calls

it “Davos for geeks”; Politico “the Olympics of tech”; the Guardian “Glastonbury for

geeks”. In the words of the Financial Times, Web Summit is “the world’s largest tech

conference”, and the Telegraph calls it the “planet’s best tech conference”.

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Becoming a true green leader in the hotel context requires a continuous commitment to sustainability and the ability to inspire others to follow this example. This article explores how hotel managers can adopt green leadership principles to guide their facilities towards more ecological and sustainable practices, inspired by the "Green Leadership for Hotel Managers" project supported by Erasmus+.

The Importance of Green Leadership

Green leadership goes beyond simple environmental management; it is an ethical approach that integrates sustainability into all business decisions. This concept is based on the idea that leaders must not only lead by example but also actively promote a culture of sustainability within their organization.

How to Become a Green Leader

  1. Education and Training: Managers should take advantage of opportunities offered by programs like Erasmus+ to educate themselves on sustainability. Courses, workshops, and educational materials specifically designed for leaders in the hospitality industry can provide the knowledge necessary to implement sustainable practices.

  2. Implementation of Sustainable Practices: Introduce eco-friendly initiatives such as waste reduction, recycling, the use of renewable energies, and water conservation. These actions demonstrate a practical commitment to sustainability.

  3. Effective Communication: A green leader must be able to effectively communicate the vision and sustainability goals to employees, customers, and stakeholders. This includes using all available channels, such as social media, newsletters, and direct meetings, to promote sustainable practices.

  4. Creating a Sustainability Network: Collaborate with other hotels, local and international organizations to share best practices and resources. Participation in networks like the one proposed by the Erasmus+ project can amplify the impact of green initiatives.

  5. Measurement and Evaluation: Implement systems to monitor the environmental impact of adopted practices. This not only helps to assess the effectiveness of initiatives but also to communicate tangible progress to stakeholders.

Benefits of Green Leadership

Adopting a green leadership approach offers numerous benefits, including:

  • Cost Reduction: Sustainable practices can lead to significant cost reductions, thanks to energy efficiency and waste reduction.
  • Improvement of Corporate Image: Being recognized as a sustainable hotel can improve reputation and attract customers who value sustainability.
  • Responding to Market Demands: With increasing environmental awareness, consumers demand more sustainable practices in the hospitality sector.
  • Social and Environmental Benefits: Beyond economic advantages, green leadership contributes to the conservation of natural resources and the well-being of local communities.

Conclusion

Green leadership represents an imperative for hotel managers who want to successfully lead their facilities towards a sustainable future. Through education, the implementation of sustainable practices, effective communication, network creation, and impact assessment, leaders can inspire positive change that benefits not only their company but also the environment and society as a whole. The "Green Leadership for Hotel Managers" project, supported by Erasmus+, provides a valuable opportunity for hotel managers to engage in this journey towards sustainability.

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The "Green Leadership for Hotel Managers" project, supported by Erasmus+, provides a valuable opportunity for hotel managers to engage in this journey towards sustainability.Emerging Trends and Innovations

  • Technological advancements supporting sustainability in hotels.
  • The role of digital tools and platforms in managing green initiatives.
  • Future trends in green building and design for the hospitality industry.

Building a Community of Green Leaders

  • How hotel managers can collaborate and share best practices.
  • Networks and organizations supporting green leadership in hospitality.
  • The impact of community engagement on sustainability efforts.

Erasmus+ and Beyond: Sustaining Green Leadership

  • Overview of how Erasmus+ funding is propelling green initiatives.
  • Success stories of hotels that have benefited from Erasmus+ co-funding.
  • How continued support from programs like Erasmus+ can shape the future of sustainability in the hospitality industry.

    The "Green Leadership for Hotel Managers" project, supported by Erasmus+, provides a valuable opportunity for hotel managers to engage in this journey towards sustainability.
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Το Κατάρ προετοιμάζεται να φιλοξενήσει το Web Summit Qatar, ένα γεγονός που αναμένεται να καλωσορίσει χιλιάδες διεθνείς επιχειρηματίες, επενδυτές και ηγέτες στην πόλη. Χιλιάδες ηγέτες της βιομηχανίας θα συγκεντρωθούν στο Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre (DECC) για να συνδεθούν με τον κόσμο της τεχνολογίας στο ολοκαίνουργιο γεγονός. Το Web Summit διοργανώνει τα μεγαλύτερα τεχνολογικά γεγονότα, συνδέοντας ανθρώπους και ιδέες που αλλάζουν τον κόσμο. Κάθε χρόνο επισκέπτεται προορισμούς σε κάθε περιεχόμενο, εργαζόμενος για να εκπληρώσει την αποστολή του να δημιουργήσει λογισμικό που επιτρέπει σημαντικές συνδέσεις μεταξύ των διευθυντών, των ιδρυτών, των επενδυτών, των μέσων ενημέρωσης, των πολιτικών και των πολιτιστικών στελεχών που αναδιαμορφώνουν τον κόσμο. Από τις αρχές του το 2009, ως διάσκεψη 150 ατόμων στο Δουβλίνο, η οργάνωση έχει καλωσορίσει μισό εκατομμύριο ανθρώπους στο Web Summit στο Λισαβόνα, Web Summit Rio στη Νότια Αμερική, Web Summit Qatar στη Μέση Ανατολή, Collision στη Βόρεια Αμερική και RISE στην Ασία. Το Web Summit διαταράσσει την βιομηχανία συνδυάζοντας εκπληκτικά events με μοναδικό λογισμικό.

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In a celebration of innovation and technological prowess, Web Summit 2023 is set to unfold in Portugal's capital, promising an array of exciting developments and thought-provoking discussions. Here's a glimpse of what attendees can eagerly anticipate at this year's conference.

Friday, 10 November 2023 00:00
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Για 8η συνεχόμενη χρονιά, δέκα νεοφυείς επιχειρήσεις συμμετείχαν, στο Web Summit, ένα από τα μεγαλύτερα και σημαντικότερα γεγονότα του παγκόσμιου οικοσυστήματος καινοτομίας, που φέτος πραγματοποιήθηκε 13-16 Νοεμβρίου στη Λισσαβόνα.

Friday, 17 November 2023 00:00
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  • Web Summit 2023 was conducted in Lisbon from November 14-16.

    Four keynote speakers took the stage on the first two days, all of whom shared their views on the rising prevalence and role of artificial intelligence (AI) in businesses and people’s lives.

Web Summit Highlights
1. Keynote by Meredith Whittaker
2. Keynote by Jimmy Wales
3. Startup competition

Saturday, 18 November 2023 03:14
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5 GREEK GREEN STARTUPS TO WATCH OUT IN 2023.

“Sustainable Startup Initiatives Today for a Better Tomorrow”

An article by Spyros Koliopoulos, Junior Analyst at Startup Greece.

 

To preserve our environment for future generations, we have no choice but to shift towards more sustainable practices. There are five Greek startups that have managed to thrive using an eco-friendly approach in their day-to-day operations. No matter their area of expertise, they all consider their ecological footprint before putting their ideas into action. This has given them a competitive edge over their counterparts and has simultaneously aided them to grow continuously and become key players in the startup market. To understand the size of the green startup market it is critical to consider that over $13 billion were invested in climate-tech startups in the first half of 2023.



Dataphoria is a startup focusing on the integration of technology and sustainability that was founded in 2021. They utilize data analytics to track the impact of current practices and at the same time provide solutions for limiting emissions. They consult various firms from different industries guiding them towards ESG strategies while also providing dynamic performance monitoring with real-time sustainability dashboards. Furthermore, Dataphoria also conducts a carbon footprint analysis followed by a product life cycle assessment.







This helps firms adjust their products, which will prolong their presence in the market. The incorporation of green infographics allows clients to visualize their sustainability achievements and gives them a sense of what they have been doing well and what they can work towards improving. The sustainable evolution of products over time is the ultimate goal that the startup works around. By providing both general and specific data, it aims to provide its clients with a well-rounded understanding of where their product stands both on a local and global scale.

Find the latest interview here.


EV Loader is a charging management application focusing on electric vehicles since 2018. The main function of the app is to promote grid flexibility and incentivize users to charge their cars during time intervals when there is low demand in the energy grid. During periods when the renewable energy grid experiences shortages, the app will hint its users not to charge through its pricing mechanism since the price per kW will be more expensive. Undoubtedly, the app is a win-win situation both for charging station owners and EV drivers.







On the one hand, owners can list their stations and enjoy more charges per day than before which translates into more revenue. On the other hand, drivers can enjoy easy access to stations by clicking on the map feature and will be able to check price fluctuations. Moreover, the usage of blockchain technology for data exchanges and the control of the station, user, and car simultaneously has proven critical in its success. At the same time, the utilization of predictive models that forecast station occupancy makes the app user-friendly as it ensures that clients get served quickly and effectively. EV Loader also provides charging management software to companies that can utilize it to operate efficiently by developing a strategy around it. Just recently, the startup also introduced an e-shop with EV chargers that are compatible with their software and can be purchased for personal use. In the near future, the team aims at reaching 1.5 billion euros in transactions.

Find the latest interview here.


Sintali is a startup focusing on the verification of environmental performance and sustainability claims in green buildings since 2020. The team cooperates with companies to help them become successful by meeting certification standards and creating a pathway to decarbonize the environment. Sinatali also acts from an advisory standpoint by assisting in the development and implementation of new verification programs aimed at sustainable cities, sustainable finance, and green building codes.




Another key area of focus is the education and training of individuals to increase accessibility for sustainable development. More specifically, the startup closely collaborates with EDGE experts who work with clients to ensure that buildings possess eco-friendly mechanisms that increase their sustainability performance. Despite the fact that Sintali has already entered more than 80 countries, it aims to expand even further to leave its footprint on global green building development.

Find the latest interview here.


Coffeeco was founded in 2022. The startup focuses on transforming the espresso supply chain from linear to circular. To do so, they collect coffee waste and use it to maximize resources that yield infinite financial returns. As a result, the team reduces waste disposal costs for firms and simultaneously promotes sustainable product development. Noticeably enough, two cups of coffee are consumed on a daily average per capita. This translates into waste amounting to 50 grams and 93.5 grams of CO2 emissions daily.




Coffeeco uses biomass to create sustainable raw materials for the cosmetics and food industries. To be exact, they have developed a unique upcycle ecosystem through which they conduct large coffee ground orders, then transform the beans into sustainable ingredients and sell them to their client base. Their business model contains three areas of innovation. First, they have established a protected technology for ingredient production. Second, the exclusive contracts signed with suppliers allow them to control the supply and competition. Lastly, exclusive partnerships give them the chance to upcycle 100% of collected waste without any volume limits. In its effort to create a long-lasting environmental impact, Coffeeco aims to achieve a 50% increase per year in total tons of waste upcycled.

Find the latest interview here.

Phee was founded in 2015. It relies on wasted seagrass in the Mediterranean coastline and creates eco-friendly products that are competitive in the market. By conducting rigorous R&D, they have brought dead leaves back to life and have been the first company globally able to utilize them as a primary raw material. In parallel, the team closely cooperates with industry leaders, consumers, and relevant authorities to promote sustainable materials with the hope that they will soon dominate the market.






Over the years, the team has been engaging with the upcycling of unexploited natural resources and has created innovative biocomposites that are a more sustainable and healthier solution in an effort to limit conventional material presence. The startup has recorded a considerable number of sales from iPhone, iPad, and Samsung cases, as well as its Oceania racket and sunglasses all made from wasted seagrass. In the near future, Phee aims to expand commercial use borders for innovative and well-established product categories based on their unique raw material.

Find the latest interview here.


The potential in the green startup market is enormous! According to projections, the green technology and sustainability market size will be valued at $62 billion by 2030 from just $16.5 billion where it currently stands, and a share will certainly be allocated to green startups. Furthermore, statistics suggest that sustainable startups record a 120% increase in revenues for their first year, an 82% increase in revenues for their second year, and a 60% increase in revenues for their third year. Moreover, market research highlights that the green startup building material industry has a current valuation of $238 billion and by 2027 it is expected to reach $425.4 billion. Greek startups have a huge opportunity ahead of them, sky's the limit!

Startup Greece, dedicated to strengthening the Greek startup ecosystem, fostering global connectivity, and boosting the growth of green and sustainable startups in Greece, proudly presents BIFROST.

BIFROST is a visionary project meticulously designed to inform, educate, unite, and empower 50 Greek startups, through an immersive 6-week online pre-acceleration program, with a profound emphasis on sustainability and green development. BIFROST serves as the bridge connecting the vibrant Greek and Norwegian startup ecosystems, forging powerful connections.

This visionary project is co-financing from Innovation Norway, with International Development Norway SA serving as a valued partner organization.



References

1. https://www.cbinsights.com/company/dataphoria

2. https://www.dataphoria.gr/

3. https://registry.elevategreece.gov.gr/company/ev-loader/

4. https://shop.evloader.com/en/about/

5. https://www.sintali.com/

6. https://www.eu-startups.com/directory/coffe-eco/

7. https://coffe-eco.gr/about-us-new/

8. https://phee.gr/product/phee-racket/

9.https://www.canarymedia.com/articles/climatetech-finance/chart-whats-the-state-of-climatetech-startup-funding-in 2023#:~:text=Just%20over%20%2413%20billion%20was,the%20first%20half%20of%202022.

10.https://www.statista.com/statistics/1319996/green-technology-and-sustainability-market-size-worldwide/

11. https://medium.com/hackernoon/startup-growth-rate-5f0afe7d242d

12.https://startupsavant.com/fast-growing-industries-for-green-entrepreneurs


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Collision – one of the world's biggest tech events, according to BNN Bloomberg – has confirmed today that it will host the 2024 event in Toronto. The event will bring together thousands of next-generation entrepreneurs, investors, and journalists from around the world.

This year, Collision is expected to contribute CA$49 million to Toronto's economy, according to projections from Destination Toronto. Collision added CA$27 million to the city’s economy in 2019 and CA$43 million in 2022, resulting in a total economic impact of CA$188 million over three years.

In addition to the direct economic benefits, Collision provides an opportunity to showcase Canadian and Torontonian tech talent and companies to a global audience, while also positioning Toronto as a thriving and inclusive tech ecosystem in the long term. Google, Netflix, Reddit, Pinterest, Cloudflare and Snowflake have opened offices and engineering hubs in the region over the last four years, according to Toronto Global.

"We are delighted to be returning to Toronto in 2024. Despite the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic and economic uncertainties in the tech industry, Collision has continued to flourish in this city. We are grateful for the support from Destination Toronto and the City of Toronto as we aim to make Collision even more globally impactful and to shine a spotlight on the remarkable Canadian and Toronto tech ecosystem on our global stage," said Paddy Cosgrave, founder and CEO at Collision.

Collision 2023 will take place next week in Toronto, from June 26-29. It is projected to bring thousands of attendees – including major tech figures, such as godfather of AI Geoffrey Hinton, Conviction founder Sara Guo, AWS CEO Adam Selipsky and YouTube superstar Marques Brownlee – from more than 140 countries to the city.

More than 230 global partners – including Siemens, Volkswagen, AT&T, RBC, Google, AWS, Stripe and Salesforce – and thousands of startups will travel to Toronto next week from countries such as Nigeria, the Republic of Korea, Uruguay, Japan, Italy, Ghana and Pakistan, all taking to the event floor over three days.

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Collision will also run programs and initiatives across the event that encourage a broad participation from communities in Canada, including thousands of students, members of Indigenous communities, and members of underrepresented groups in tech.

“I am so pleased that we will again welcome the Collision Conference to Toronto in 2024. This event puts our city on the global stage, showcasing our thriving technology community to industry leaders and major investors. It also significantly boosts our local economy: the 2022 conference generated $43 million in direct spending and $68 million in economic impact. I'm certain that this year's conference, running from June 26 to 29, will be even more impactful for Toronto and the surrounding region" said Councillor Shelley Carroll (Don Valley North), Chair of the Economic and Community Development Committee

“Collision puts the spotlight on Toronto as the fastest-growing tech centre in North America. The city cultivates a distinctive mix of culture, education, diversity and talent for technology and innovation sectors to thrive. Hosting major events and conferences in Toronto, like Collision, delivers significant economic impact to our local economy and contributes to its vibrancy and appeal to residents and visitors. We look forward to welcoming start-ups, investors, governments, organizations and visitors from around the world to Toronto," said Scott Beck, President & CEO, Destination Toronto

Canadian startups have experienced healthy VC activity despite the economic headwinds. According to PitchBook, for the first half of 2023, Canadian and Toronto startups surpassed 2019 and 2020 funding levels, beating pre-pandemic levels, with the value of deals in Toronto reaching US$1.3 billion. 2023 is up 120% compared to the first half of 2019 and 2020 (US$0.6 billion each year). Similarly, for Canadian startups, the deal value has increased by 40% from 2019 (563 deals at US$2.3 billion in Q1 and Q2) to 2023 (347 deals at US$3.2 billion).

About Collision

Financial Times says Collision is “a technology conference that applies an all-encompassing definition of tech”. Global News calls it the “Tech Olympics”; The Globe and Mail “one of North America’s biggest startup conferences”. Collision brings the next generation of global leaders reshaping the world to Toronto with thousands of attendees anticipated the Enercare Centre from June 20-23, 2022.


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Buzzing tech gathering in the middle of it all Reflect is an ideal meeting spot for the doers of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, all living within the island’s mere 3-hour radius.

Enjoying the island vibes.Building bridges.Supercharging ideas.
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