Applications for the 2nd ReGeneration Academy for Food Innovation of the organization “New Agriculture New Generation” have been opened.
The program is supported through the founding donation of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (ISN)
and the sponsorship of Elbisco.
“New Agriculture New Generation” organizes for the second consecutive year in collaboration with ReGeneration (the largest training and employment program for young graduates in Greece), an innovative “academy” that provides young scientists up to 29 years old with the necessary support and network to secure a role in the food industry. The program is supported through the founding donation of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (ISN). The main sponsor of the academy this year is Elbisco.
The food and beverage industry in our country presents a growing demand for executives with specialized knowledge and skills. The aim of ReGeneration Academy for Food Innovation-Powered by New Agriculture New Generation & Elbisco is to train young scientists and provide them with work experience and networking opportunities with industry experts.
The program is executed online in 45 hours over eight weeks and is designed so that – after completing an intensive evaluation process – participants receive all the necessary knowledge to be able to secure professional roles in the food industry.
As CEO of “New Agriculture New Generation” Effie Lazaridou stated, ” The uncertain environment created by the pandemic even more strongly highlighted the crucial role of the agri-food industry and the food supply chain. Created are opportunities relating to food safety, the development and implementation of innovative processes and tools, and the digital transformation of the agrifood business. Today more than ever, the industry needs young, talented leaders ready to face challenges. Our goal is to empower high-achieving graduates, equipping them with practical knowledge and tools, connecting them to the business world, creating employment opportunities and developing competitiveness. We anticipate that this initiative will create multiple opportunities in the value chain of the agri-food sector.”
“We are very proud that for a second year, the ReGeneration Academy for Food Innovation will support young recent graduates in their first professional steps in the fields of innovation and food technology, and we are delighted to continue our successful partnership with “New Agriculture New Generation,” welcoming the support of Elbisco this year. In the midst of the special conditions created by the pandemic, today, it is more important than ever to join forces. Through strategic partnerships, we support innovation in traditional sectors of the Greek economy, in order to serve as a multiplier for the creation of added value and change, and at the same time equip young people with skills that contribute substantially to their entry into the labor market,” said ReGeneration Co-Founder Panagiotis Madamopoulos-Moraris.
“Part of the philosophy and goals of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) is to support young people in shaping their professional identity. With this as a starting point, and recognizing the contribution of the agri-food sector to the domestic economy, as well as the professional opportunities it offers to the new generation, we supported with a founding donation, the creation and implementation of the New Agriculture New Generation program, which the ReGeneration Academy for Food Innovation is part of. We firmly believe that innovation, combined with the dynamism and the mood for creation that young people bring, are the ideal ingredients for the effective development of the agri-food sector. In this context, we believe that the partnership between stakeholders in the private and non-profit space further highlights the importance of this program, and in turn, multiplies the benefits of the entire effort,” said Eva Polyzogopoulou, Deputy General Program Manager at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF).
The CEO of ELBISCO, Mr. Nikolaos Voudouris stated about the program: “The food sector has, and will play a key role in the productive reconstruction and extroversion of the Greek economy, a fact that was confirmed during the difficult period of the pandemic. ELBISCO, the company that produces some of the most emblematic and pioneering brands in the Greek market – Elite, Allatini, Kris Kris – has been strategically focusing for years on continuous product innovation aiming to create high-quality food based on scientific research, responding to the evolving needs of consumers in Greece and around the world. For such an endeavor, which is now an option for more and more companies in the industry, the role people with modern knowledge and skills take on, is crucial. Scientists will help the Greek food industry achieve its great potential, while they build a creative, successful careers. We, therefore, support the Academy with pride and the certainty that it will create significant value, both economically and socially. ”
The ReGeneration Academy for Food Innovation-Powered by New Agriculture New Generation & Elbisco invites young people up to 29 years old, graduates of higher education schools (geotechnical schools, chemistry, chemical engineering and other graduates related to the food industry), with 0 to 3 years of work experience and active participation in extracurricular activities, to apply and expand their opportunities in Greece.
The program has been designed in collaboration with renowned food industry experts and specialized scientists from Greek universities and Rutgers University in the USA. During the program, participants will delve into topics such as global food system and trends, quality and food safety management, new product development, supply chain management, and national and European food and marketing legislation, while receiving an additional 32 hours of training in soft skills.
Those interested can review participation terms and submit their applications by March 7, 2021 at www.regeneration.gr
For more information please contact:
Communication and Marketing Manager
New Agriculture New Generation
Tel: +30 2310 471 292
Mob: +30 6974 087 244
About New Agriculture New Generation
The organization “New Agriculture New Generation” aims to create employment and entrepreneurship opportunities for young people in the agri-food sector in Greece. It was founded on the initiative and donation of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (ISN) in the framework of the Restart and Youth Enhancement program.
The initiative began in 2018, led by Rutgers University (New Jersey State University), in collaboration with the Agricultural University of Athens and the American School of Agriculture. In October 2020, the initiative developed into a non-profit company based in Greece, expanding its activities and network of partners, while maintaining close cooperation with Rutgers University as a strategic and technical consultant.
About the Stavros Niarchos Foundation
The Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) ( www.SNF.org ) is one of the largest private charities in the world and donates to non-profit organizations in the fields of art and culture, education, health and sports, and social welfare. Since 1996, SNF has allocated a total of over $ 3.1 billion through 4,900 and more donations to nonprofit organizations in more than 130 countries worldwide. The SNF strengthens organizations and programs worldwide that are expected to bring tangible, long-term and positive results to society, and demonstrate effective governance and good management. The Foundation also supports programs that contribute to the cooperation of public and private sector bodies, as effective means of supporting the common good.
With a vision to democratize post-university education and career opportunities for young graduates in our country, ReGeneration is the largest employment and training program in Greece. An initiative of the Global Shapers Athens Hub and World Economic Forum, ReGeneration was created with the goal of contributing to youth employment, bridging the skills gap, and combating “brain drain.” The program addresses talented young graduates (up to 29 years old) in a range of specialties with 0 – 3 years of work experience, who strive to stand out as young professionals in Greece. ReGeneration offers participants 6 months (minimum) paid employment at multinational companies and SMEs in Greece, and 32 hours of training with a focus on personal and professional development, as well as mentoring opportunities with renowned market executives. In addition, ReGeneration Academy has offered some 150,000 hours of new skills training in the latest technologies and industries facing a lack of professional talent (ie. Digital Marketing, Data Science, AI, Coding, Supply Chain, Hospitality, AgriFood, Customer Experience). As part of the program, participants also complete 25 volunteer hours supporting select NGOs. To date, ReGeneration has placed over 1,850 young graduates in roles at some 700 participating companies, and has, through its various programs, offered 440,000 hours of training in soft and digital skills. ReGeneration is a non-profit program supported by: Coca-Cola, The Coca-Cola Foundation, The Hellenic Initiative and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation. Select partners offering necessary services, know-how and resources to the program include: Arctic Shores, ethelon, Job-Pairs, Mindshare, OTE Academy and RSM Greece.
For more information about ReGeneration, each program, and the conditions of participation, visit www.regeneration.gr.
Elbisco A.E. is the parent company of some of the most famous and successful brands in Greece, including Elite, Allatini, Kris Kris, Vosinaki, and Forma. For Elbisco SA. the pursuit of product innovation is at the heart of the business. The company, with a long history in the food industry, focuses on product research and development that offer enjoyment, prioritizing quality and safety.