Center For Agri-food Entrepreneurship in Messinia
The “Captain Vassilis and Carmen Constantakopoulos” Foundation, in collaboration with the American Farm School, and with the support of the Municipality of Kalamata, the Technological Educational Institute of Peloponnese, and the Vocational Training Center of the Peloponnese and the Ionian Islands, designed the Center for Agri-Food Entrepreneurship in Messinia.

The aim of the Center

The aim of the Center is to create a business environment that provides opportunities for funding, skill development, and entrepreneurship education for people who seek to develop sustainable entrepreneurship through the proper management of natural resources, striving for a balanced development of the area’s agricultural economy.

The Center’s goals

The Center’s main goals are to teach the “art of entrepreneurship,” to support outreach and to develop collaborations with businesses in the agri-food sector, through actions pertaining to:

1. The development of experiential seminars on agri-food topics.
2. The development of entrepreneurial thinking and consulting services.
3. The start of entrepreneurial activities, and observation of their progress.
4. The creation of a pool of similar collaborative entrepreneurial activities.
5. The grouping and interconnection for the outreach of producers and products in collaboration with other relevant sectors.

For the realization of its aim and goals, the new Entrepreneurship Center will offer experiential educational programs for the development of entrepreneurship education, the promotion of business ideas, and the development of skills related to production. The training process will include the mentoring scheme, and will also be supplemented by educational visits to related businesses, networking actions, participation in relevant exhibitions, etc. The Center will employ specialized scientists (instructors, advisory staff), such as chemists, food technologists, chemical engineers, agronomists, and industrial designers, and will also collaborate with highly specialized experts in the industry.


All seminars will be experiential, meaning that the trainees will participate actively, which will help them to gain a deeper understanding of the knowledge offered. The ratio of theory to practice in the seminars will be 30%-70% respectively, and they will last between 6 and 30 hours.
The consulting services will be determined on the basis of the individuals’ needs, and the business idea being developed. The consultation period usually lasts between 6 months and 1 year, with the active presence of the mentors, and includes the development of a sustainable business plan regarding the foundation and operation of the business.

The seminars selected for the first period of operation are the following:

• Cultivation/Utilization of Medicinal & Aromatic Plants
• Processing/Standardization of Olives & Olive Oil
• E-commerce
• Agricultural Business Management
• Food Standardization, Processing & Preservation

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