garagErasmus Pitch @ Microsoft in Brussels
The Erasmus Generation Professional Network was presented to universities, companies and political leaders.
1 July 2014 - At a special meeting held in Brussels, the garagErasmus Foundation presented the first Erasmus Generation Professional Network to companies, universities and political figures in Brussels. The pitch was the first of a series of short events that will take garagErasmus to promote the innovative idea of bringing former Erasmus students and the professional world closer. The roadshow of garagErasmus started symbolically in the capital of Europe and will touch base in several cities of the continent to raise funds and awareness for this new initiative and further widen the
support of private and public companies, universities, and private foundations.
The event was hosted at the headquarters of Microsoft Europe and opened with the a supportive and encouraging messages by
Afke Schaart, Senior Director of EU Institutional Relations at Microsoft and by Vanessa Debiais Sainton, Head of Sector for Erasmus+ Higher Education at the European Commission's DG Education, who endorsed the project and explained how garagErasmus will, from 2015, automatically have the possibility to add the 250,000 Erasmus students per year to its network. The project was presented by Marco Mazzini, Vice President and co-founder of garagErasmus and by Nicola Filizola, Vice President EU Affairs of garagErasmus. Richard Hudson, CEO and Editor of Science|Business Publishing moderated the evening and facilitated the Q&A session before a cocktail reception.
garagErasmus is a Foundation to bring together 3 million graduates of the EU’s popular Erasmus programme in an online platform,
Check-in Europe. It is establishing the first professional network of the Erasmus Generation with two main goals: 1) foster the development of start up and entrepreneurship in Europe; 2) facilitate job placement by matching graduates with employers.