C2E project closing conference


We have been monitoring the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation very carefully. Based on our most up to date assessment, and in consideration of general public health and safety, we decided to suspend the C2E conference until further notice. We are very sorry for any inconvenience caused and we will keep you updated.

Date: 27/03 10 am
Place: Cambridge House, 1 Addington Square
London SE5 0HF

THEME: “ Develop young carers’ practical, creative and entrepreneurial skills”

IARS  will launch the findings of the Erasmus+ “Care to entrepreneurship” project.  Coordinated by Professor Theo Gavrielides, C2e involves five countries (Greece,  Italy, Romania, Belgium and the UK).

Young carers across Europe, face common difficulties when accessing everyday education, training and employment. The project also showed that due to the circumstances they grow up with, the same young people develop a number of soft or interpersonal skills and competences which with the right nurturing could lead them to develop their own businesses. This entrepreneurial approach to employment is the focus of this new Erasmus+ funded payment Care2Entrepreneurship.

“The conference will be a place where young carers, charity professionals, and others can enjoy inspiring talks and engaging workshops from leading entrepreneurs and business leaders, as well as meet other like-minded individuals.





Welcome to the IARS Director


From carer to successful entrepreneur.
Aninspiring journey
Devika Wood, 
Founder of I am Arla and Vida

Devika Wood
Founder of I am Arla and Vida
An executive leader and accomplished entrepreneur with 7 years of hands-on innovation and digital transformation delivery experience,
including a successful start-up exit in 2019. An Imperial trained cancer research scientist and holding a Master’s in Public Health from Imperial
University. Experienced innovation and strategy consultant, having worked on the development of many award-winning start-ups and notably the unicorn, Babylon. An experienced entrepreneur-in-residence and innovation specialist with experience from start-up to VC.  
A passion to innovate and disrupt in the care industry, came from being a young carer for 12 years, which led to winning industry recognised
awards for Vida, and be featured on the Forbes 30 under 30 list in 2018, for healthcare and science.
Awarded "health tech pioneer" in Europe for 2018 and multiple accolades and awards ranging from Glamour magazine, cosmopolitan, the FT, Business Insider, and featured on the front cover of courier
magazine as a start- up to watch in 2018. Notably the most distinguished recognition was awarded in 2019 from United Nations #sheinnovates campaign, recognised for pushing boundaries to break stereotypes in STEM globally and most recently has been awarded the "Entrepreneur of the year" by King's College London.
In her most current role, Devika is the Head of Acceleration and Partnerships for Wayra UK and has a consultancy firm delivering strategy, pitch coaching and growth consultancy to start-ups and SMEs.







Workshop on business planning
Leonardo Castellanos, Saatchi &Saatchi Invest


Rita Seneca and Maria Cantiello, Anziani e non solo (Italy)
Pauline Baumann, Diesis (Belgium)
Theofilos Pouliopoulos & Alessia Sebillo
Ioana Caciula, Association Habilitas (Romania)


Antonis Foukaras, Cardet (Cyprus)
Maria Efthymiou, Symplexis  (Greece)
Romina Lopez, IARS (London UK)
Joshua Eden, RJ4ALL (London UK)
Natalia Szelachowska, Youth included 
(Czech Republic)


Live demo of the e-learning platform and
closing of the Conference

By attending the event you agree to being photographed or filmed and this may then be used for marketing and promotional purposes.
Refreshments will be provided at the end of this session.


We are Sculpt

IARS International Institute to operate as Sculpt

*Charity CEO available for interview – details in notes 

A UK-based youth charity today changes its operating name from the IARS International Institute to Sculpt. 

IARS is an international NGO that’s been working to empower young people to forge a fairer society for over 20 years. Their work is guided and evaluated by young people themselves.  

Over the last 20 years, IARS has delivered more than 70 successful projects that have addressed real problems that young people face, in areas such as: 

  • Gender discrimination 
  • Violence against women and girls 
  • Supporting young people to find work 
  • Creating green and sustainable business 
  • Promoting collaboration among young people across the world and much more. 

In 2021, with the world changing rapidly and opportunities for their work shifting, they decided to refresh their purpose and identity, and made the decision to rebrand as Sculpt. 

Claire Bonham, Chief Executive of Sculpt, said: 

‘We are delighted to launch our new brand that speaks to our aim to empower young people to shape their future.

‘We believe that many of today’s young people are facing unjust challenges – economically, environmentally and socially. A fair, sustainable society can only evolve if all young people have the opportunities, the confidence, the ambition and the skills to make their voices heard and propel change in their communities, irrespective of who they are or where they come from.  

‘Our rebrand, like our work, has been guided by research and by young people themselves. As an organisation we base our work on rigorously researched evidence and are led in our approach by our youth advisory board. Their voices and insight are critical to solving the right problems in meaningful ways.’  


Notes to editors:  

Dr. Claire Bonham, Chief Executive of The IARS International Institute is available for interview. Contact Claire directly on: director@iars.org.uk +44(0) 7833 224442  



Sculpt is a UK-based charity providing research, training and work-experience opportunities that empower young people to shape their own futures and those of their communities. 

We work directly with young people, employers and professionals who support young people. All our work is guided by young people themselves and based on carefully researched evidence. We: 

  • Facilitate forums for young people to make their needs and their voices heard. 
  • Publish a magazine by young people to express their perspectives and encourage debate around public policy issues. 
  • Conduct research to uncover young people’s real needs and what works to empower and support them. 
  • Deliver training to build young people’s confidence, skills, ambition, resilience and sense of responsibility, so they can shape their futures and change their communities for the better, as leaders, social entrepreneurs and active participants in civic life. 
  • Deliver training for professionals who work with young people, drawing on our research and expertise. 
  • Engage with employers to facilitate work experience and employment opportunities for young people to develop skills and access diverse jobs. 
  • Facilitate international exchange opportunities to encourage and enable young people to experience and appreciate other cultures, perspectives and ways of life. 

We tackle disempowerment from three angles: working directly with young people to build confidence and skills and their voice, working with professionals who support young people, and working with employers to break down barriers to opportunity.