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The Soho Loft Media Group with Victoria Global Support the EVPA Thematic Group Meeting on Employment in Lisbon, Portugal

April 26, 2015NEW YORKThe European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA) Thematic Group on Employment meeting was held on Monday, April 20 2015 at 8:00 AM – Tuesday, April 21 2015 at 4:00 PM (WEST).  The group discussed how Venture Philanthropy can change the country’s scenario on unemployment.

Lisbon, Portugal. Photo credit to

Lisbon, Portugal. Photo credit to

David Drake, Founder and Chairman of Victoria Global, The Soho Loft Media Group and LDJ Capital, said, “The  unemployment rate in Portugal as of February 2015 is 14.1 percent.  EVPA’ meeting is a very timely discussion, for its members and the Portuguese Social Investment Taskforce, on how to foster collaborative projects thereby  generating employment. Venture philanthropy, an element of crowdfunding,  has helped solid investee organizations that can make the societal impact needed today. We believe in social investment, something that EVPA brings to the table.”

The event was hosted by EVPA member IES Social Business School. The meeting’s focus was on unemployment, particularly of the  youths.   With 34.5 percent of under 25 years olds in Portugal unemployed, this is becoming a significant area of concern. EVPA members will discuss the current unemployment rate in Portugal, and how the various public and private sector policies impinge on this aspect.

The BMW Foundation, Acanthus, Adessium Foundation as well as the Omidyar Network supported this event.

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