Interview with Sophie Lamprou

What are the main characteristics of existing training and learning on social entrepreneurship?

Sophie Lamprou – Trainer - Mentor Impact Hub – Athens
Sophie Lamprou – Trainer – Mentor
Impact Hub – Athens

Training in social entrepreneurship consists of two elements: entrepreneurship + social. So the entrepreneurship pillar is a matter of soft & hard skills building (risk taking, empathy, framework into creativity, productivity, team management etc) and tools (how to do cashflow, how to make a marketing plan, etc). The social pillar has to be mosttly focused on awareness, insight & data on the topic one aims to work on (be it environment, climate change, etc) and the specifics of the category of the beneficiary (be it people with disabilities, learning difficulties etc).

What do you expect from training/learning?

Depends on the objective of the training, the audience and the methodology. Overall, after any training, the key performance indicators are how much did we cover the needs of the participants, how much will the be implementing the knowledge acquired, how much they would suggest to someone else to go through the same training, quality of trainer, space, content etc.

What are the barriers and gaps in training?

Gap: Generally, entrepreneurial training is done by executives whose vocabulary & practises are not aligned with one of a young entrepreneur, or the owner of a very small & small business and usually, these trainings cannot satisfy the entrepreneur, or the entrepreneurial team.

Barrier:  Entrepreneurs in Greece (young, small and very small, medium size businesses) do not consider as a priority to invest in knowledge & training, thus the resource available to cover the costs for a good trainer is limited. And when we talk about low cost training (meaning online) then, this culture is still quite immature in Greece.

What are your needs?

Regarding training, i have needs as an entrepreneur, rather than as trainer. As trainers, we try to keep up with any new methodologies & practises or profound the ones we know, plus we work closely with our community in order to understand where to focus our educational programmes and what are the most relevant tools.