Project Partners


Leading partner - WP5 Leader


Our lead of project Eris Foundation came to life in 2013, with the specific aim to support vulnerable people with social, psychological and health care services. Their work with migrants has been focused on supporting people suffering from any kind of discrimination.

Located in Milan, Italy, Fondazione Eris is a Lead Partner and Technical Coordinator

for EUStartGees

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M&E Manager


Chapter #2 is an organisation that provides community and facilities for the inclusion and emotional support of migrants towards economic independence. In the past year, they have designed and executed an incubation programme, where they mentor migrants to start their own business.
Their operations are located in Bages, Barcelona, Spain, and as another project partner will provide the evaluation for the support of migrants in Spain.

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WP3 leader


IVC is a consulting firm created in 1970 with the goal of helping international companies in their implementation to the Spanish Market. Over the years, IVC has focused on topics like multiculturalism and diversity, and developed an accelerator to support new companies and invested in other initiatives.
Their operations are located in Madrid, Spain, and as another project partner will be able to share and shape the mentoring programme for EUStartGees.

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Communication Manager -  WP4 Leader


X23 – The Innovation Bakery™, founded in Italy and registered at MIUR (Italian Ministry of Research at n. #60954DHH), is committed to Research, radical sustainable innovation, operating as an independent multidisciplinary, self-sustaining center and coordinating large partnerships and programmes in Europe and beyond.

Funded as Xóôlab (Ferrara - Italy, 1999) as a polyhedral laboratory of scientists in physics, applied math, engineering and ars-technica performers devoted to experimentalism and radical Research (see also X|S (Rome - Italy, 2006). Then we mixed with ”The Twenty-Three” (Milan and Rome, Italy), a group of revolutionary strategists, analysts, radical economics modelists committed to disrupt industrial processes in EU.


Fair development, social empowerment, fundamental ethics constitute our core values. As a result, X23 is catalysing multidisciplinary pioneering projects, applying its own methodology, and committing a bland of high skills in R&D, economy, project design and PCM — transformational process serving the citizens.

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WP1 leader

ÖSB Consulting is a consulting firm founded in the 1990s, working in translating actual and future challenges of the labour market into solutions for people and businesses in Austria. As of today, they have counselled nearly 600 people with a migrant background.


Their operations are located in 12 cities in Austria, but mainly in Vienna and as a project partner will be supporting different assessments and engagement of EUStartGees.

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WP2 leader


Phoenix Ra owns the Startup Refugees Initiative, a non-profit voluntary network founded in 2015, supporting asylum seekers and refugees throughout employment and entrepreneurship. Their network consists of more than 500 members, including government officials, other nonprofits and companies.


Located in Northern Finland, Phoenix Ra covers up to 11 cities and is one of the Project Partners and supporting the development of the training programme for EUStartGees.​

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Pietro Farneti 

Fondazione Eris

Pietro Maria Farneti, from Milan, 1963.
I have graduated as a professional actor at the Scuola del Piccolo Teatro in Milan.
For years i was working as an educator at the centers for drug addicts, then i have switched to the management in the health field. First i was working at the general staff of the Lombardy Region then changed it for the private entities, since the nineties i have joined the volunteering, founded by A.s.p.r.u Risvegli at the social promotion association field.
The volunteering then lasted till 2000s, to which i have devoted myself dealing permanently with the management of social and health services in the field of pathological addictions and recovery of disadvantaged people through transformation by the association Risvegli in Fondazione Eris Onlus.
I am an active member of the private accredited agencies, i have played and still play a leading role in the dialogue with the regional health service.

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Giuseppe Laquidara

X23 The Innovation Bakery™

Ph.D. in Physics of Complex Systems, Acoustic Waves specialist. Twenty-five+ years background experience in coordination and management of large international teams, complex projects, leading exponential growths on condition that experimental, sustainable, social, AND ethical factors are prominent. Expertise in synergetic funding process for highly innovative assets.


Josep Oriol López Plana

Chapter #2

I'm an environmental scientist specialised in stakeholder engagement. I have directed experience in research and for five years he led biodiversity management and stakeholder engagement at the oil and gas industry. For the last three years, i have been promoting migrants' inclusion through open innovation at CHAPTER#2.

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Bernardo Martinez


More than 20 years of experience as Business Development & Project Manager, Consultant and Entrepreneur. I have worked in several industries: Energy, Telco, Entertainment and Start Up Ecosystem. I have set up and built businesses from scratch or new business units. MBA and M.Sc. in Telecommunications with an important international experience.

High capacity to initiate a business, great solving skills, very analytical. Capable of leading winning teams and results oriented. I adapt very quickly to changing environments and I can work quite well under stress. Persistent and self-demanding.

I am passionate of entrepreneurship and getting involved with entrepreneurs and their projects.  I believe the world is a unit and high contributions might come from anyplace in the world.

Regarding the trainers, I am working with Chapter 2 on that.


Andrea Tauber

ÖSB Consulting

I started managing international projects in 2001 and have worked in Development Cooperation for 14 years. Since 2017 I am Head of Project Development & Knowledge Management as well as Head of International Projects within the ÖSB Group.
Focussing now on labour market topics allows me to continue providing support to vulnerable groups of society and others in need of assistance.


Kati Lappeteläinen

Startup Refugees

I am a goal-oriented professional in management and a great team player (with team leading experience), who gets excited of challenges. Working in the Middle East and Central Asia has taught me flexibility, cooperation with diverse people, networking and intercultural sensitivity – and it surely has grown tolerance for uncertainties and pressure. I enjoy helping people to grow to their full potential, learning, and acting outside of my comfort zone