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Cathy Giles

iEER Coordinator

Cathy currently holds the position of Boost iEER Coordinator. iEER is an Interreg Europe funded flagship project gathering together 10 regions around Europe. Initiated by a majority of European Entrepreneurial regions, iEER aims to define smart paths and solutions for partners to boost and orchestrate regional entrepreneurship ecosystems supporting young entrepreneurs.

The project pays special attention to the support European Structural funds and regional authorities can offer to the making of a conducive entrepreneurship ecosystem for young entrepreneurs.Through exchange of best practices and peer learning in 2016–2018, iEER is to develop effective measures and regional policies to improve the regional entrepreneurship ecosystems through quadruple helix cooperation among the HEIs, the private, the public and end users in the partner regions.

Cathy has many years of experience in education and entrepreneurship having run her own business and being a past Going for Growth participant.  Cathy’s work in this role includes devising the interregional project methodology to capture a true picture of the entrepreneurial ecosystems in the ten partner regions through field research, best practice learning and peer to peer assessments in order to create action plans for each regions and contribute to young entrepreneurship tools and resources and policy recommendations. She also helps design and facilitate the regional learning camps and peer evaluations visits throughout Europe. Cathy holds a Bsc (HONS) in Education and Training and a Masters (HONS) in Art and Design Education.

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