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I'm calling for anyone interested in a means of generating a sustainable
and substantial revenue for the new Foundation to attend a meeting at
the end of January probably in Germany. This will be a preparatory
meeting for submitting a Transfer of Innovation application to the EU
for 300,000 Euro to support training and business development of
LibreOffice certification. National Agencies in the EU will pay expenses
up to 1000 Euros for attending the meeting. (Google for national agency
Leonardo Da Vinci Transfer of Innovation in your country language)
Ideally we would have a partner from each EU member state. We already
have partners in Romania, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Germany, Spain but
others are welcome from these and other countries. Grants have to be
applied for 8 weeks before any meeting which is why I'm proposing late

At this meeting we can decide the basic strategy and I will train all
delegates as assessor trainers and how to use the technology to collect
evidence and award certification. I will have accredited the
certification through the UK regulators by this time (it's in progress
but bureaucracy takes time :-) ) which also references it to the
European Qualifications Framework which is the highest priority this
year for the EU Lifelong Learning Programme. 

The impact depends on your support! This is how ECDL/ICDL started and
they did 9 million certificates last year in 43 countries. This is
easily enough to sustain the Foundation independently but we need it to
scale and for that we need to extend to as many countries as possible as
quickly as possible. If you ever dreamed of setting up your own business
based on FOSS this could be the opportunity you have been waiting for.
We can also provide help and support with market strategy. We have
already been successful in getting 2 grants for INGOTs and certificating
learners with Special Needs so we know what to do.

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