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Combining charity with a service which meets the needs of ICT companies and market demand for IT skills will help REvive Greece become both sustainable and scalable, says managing director Theodore Dimakarakos.

EESC Info: Could you tell us what receiving this prize means for you and your organisation?

REvive Greece: Receiving this prize was both a great honour and recognition of the fact that our work has a direct impact on people who need specific support to enter the labour market. We expect the extensive coverage this recognition has brought to be a stepping stone, not only for attracting the attention of potential beneficiaries, but also for helping us create partnerships with other organisations across Europe who share the same vision. At the same time, it has already brought our initiative onto the radar of the private sector, which could have a significant role in our work.

What advice would you give to other organisations in terms of achieving results in similar activities and programmes?

We strongly believe that any organisation that aims to have a social impact must try to identify a solution which is beneficial for all stakeholders. Although charity is a fundamental element of solidarity in any society, once you manage to combine it with a solution which meets a need of the key players who can help you achieve your goal, it becomes both sustainable and scalable. In particular, organisations which aim to develop the digital skills of their beneficiaries have to work closely with the private sector (i.e., ICT companies) since there is a deficit and strong demand for these skills, making it a win-win.

How will you use this funding to provide further help in the community?

Our aim now is to scale up our operations and increase the number of students, which is not an easy task. We need more space for the physical school and additional equipment. Most of all, we need the right people to help us set up the systems and procedures which are needed when an organisation expands. This funding will cover some of these costs, but the recognition itself will help us even more, since it gives us the credentials to work with the private sector, creating a chain reaction.