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START is a program of the Robert Bosch Stiftung, conducted in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut Thessaloniki, and the German Association of Sociocultural Centers, supported by the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation and the Bodossaki Foundation.

Program Partners

Robert Bosch Stiftung

The Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH is one of the major German foundations associated with a private company in Europe. With its charitable activities, it contributes to the development of viable solutions to social challenges. For this purpose, the Foundation implements its own projects, enters into alliances with partners, and supports third-party initiatives.

Goethe-Institut Thessaloniki

The Goethe-Institut Thessaloniki conveys a comprehensive image of Germany by providing information about cultural, social and political life in Germany. Since 1955 it promotes international cultural cooperation by organizing a broad variety of events. The Goethe-Institut Thessaloniki offers workshops and training seminars for teachers of German as a second language. Learning about German life and culture is an integral part of the language courses. It also provides an extensive examination program. The library serves as a resource for those interested in contemporary Germany and for those interested in teaching and studying German as a foreign language.

Bundesvereinigung Soziokultureller Zentren e.V. (German Association of Sociocultural Centers)

The Bundesvereinigung Soziokultureller Zentren e.V. connects in Germany around six hundred sociocultural or community art centers in fifteen federal states. Its most important tasks are the coordination and support of the centers along with their public relations and representation in the political sphere. The networks on the federal state and national level ensure consultation, exchange and support for centers and initiatives already in existence and in development. The Bundesvereinigung Soziokultureller Zentren e.V. is also active on a European level, e.g. as member of the “European Network of Cultural Centers” (ENCC).

Supported by

John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation

The John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation was established in 2005 with a mission of continuing the philanthropic legacy of the late Greek entrepreneur John S. Latsis and his dedication to societal development, with a particular focus on his homeland, Greece. The Foundation both designs and manages its own programmes and provides grants to nonprofit organisations, across a wide range of areas including education, arts & culture, science, health, social welfare and community development. An engaged philanthropy approach guides the Foundation's activities, whereby all work is done in close collaboration with civil society partners and key players within the relevant issue areas, in order to maximise social impact.

Bodossaki Foundation

The Bodossaki Foundation is one of the most respected privately owned public-benefit organisations in Greece. It was established in 1972 by Prodromos Bodossakis-Athanassiades, who decided to donate his entire fortune in order to promote the provision of health care, equality of opportunity, education, scientific progress and the protection of the environment. The Bodossaki Foundation has deep knowledge of the non-profit sector in Greece and has managed since its inception more than Euro 400 million that has been spent placing great emphasis on decreasing inequality of opportunity; on contributing to the education of young people; on improving medical and research infrastructure and on promoting environmental protection. The Foundation also supports the work of NGOs that treat socially vulnerable groups and has set the strengthening of civil society as one of its primary objectives.