HELP YOUNG PEOPLE
START THEIR OWN BUSINESS

Prince’s Trust International Enterprise Programme in Greece is offered to young people for free. This wouldn’t be possible without the valuable support of its volunteers.

You can join the Programme as a Mentor volunteer, guiding young people who have attended the four-day Explore Enterprise Course and want to take the next step in starting their own business.

Mentor-Mentee meetings take place once a month, on a date and location agreed with the Mentee. They last around one hour and you can discuss with the Mentee different issues related to their business idea development.

Mentoring is also beneficial to the Mentor, since this is a great opportunity to further develop your skills such as active listening, successful goal-setting, efficient problem-solving and interpersonal communication, while helping young people to achieve a positive outcome in their lives, using your current knowledge and experience.

PROGRAMME MENTORS

Constantine Komodromos, Vesselbot
Anargyros Koutroumpas, Cleopatra’s Sponges
Ioannis Konstantinidis, Weddin
Konstantinos Konstantinou, EVP
Elisavet Lavida, ELON MASKS
Vassiliki Lamprou, Vimachem
Christos Lytras, Hippocampus.io
Zacharias Manakos, 3ds
Evangelos Markopoulos, EMT Technologies
Cosmas Mastorakis, Lysis Group
George Mavrousis, Got it
Georgios Moultos, Stoferno.gr
George Baliouskas, KEMEL
Athanasios Bertes, Metropolitan College
Ilias Bogordos, Keeano
Vee Bougani, Sustainable Food Movement
Stavros Broustas, Broustas & Partners Law Office
Vassilis Mylonas, adjust.
Zeta Nikolakopoulou, Spaceprk
Katerina Panagopoulou, Virgin Mobile
Ioannis Papavassiliou, Unilog
Ioannis Papatheodorou, University of Warwick
Athina Polina Dova, Owiwi
Alexandros Papandreou, Charismatheia
Andreas-Vasileios Papistas, AMBROSIADIS ABEE
Vivian Paraschou, Inomo
Thomas Pertsinidis, indima.gr
Georgios Pilpilidis, Hopwave
Alexia-Victoria Polysidi, Anacalypsis Therapeutics
Sofia Pomakidou, Medinevo

PARIS ANDREOU

Online Entrepreneur, ParisAndreou.com

Paris has diverse professional experience: in the health and fitness industry since 2000, and in the online marketing space since 2008. He loves entrepreneurship that has a goal to improve people’s lives, in any way. Today he helps Entrepreneurs and Professionals to start and grow their business via the internet.

KONSTANTINOS ASTRIDIS

Founder – CEO, Recycglobe

Konstantinos Astridis was born in Athens in 1975. He studied graphic design in Greece and set design visual arts and multimedia at the Academy of Fine Arts and Media ACME in Milan. Since 1996 he has worked in advertising companies. In 2005 he founded the advertising company astrikon creative design lab. In 2015 he founded the recycglobe private company.

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EMMANOUIL AVGERINOS

Associate Professor, IE Business School

Co-Founder and COO, RevApp

Emmanouil Avgerinos is a tenured Associate Professor of Decision Sciences in the area of Operations and Technology at IE Business School of IE University in Madrid. He holds a Bachelor and MSc in Electrical and Computer Engineering from National Technical University of Athens, an MSc in Operations Research from Columbia University of New York and a PhD in Operations Management from University College London. His research interests include data analytics for healthcare and professional service operations, new product development and large scale optimization problems. His work has appeared in numerous top international journals of the Financial Time top 50 Journals list and conferences and has given talks in several international universities as well. Over the past years, he has taught different data analytics related courses at IE Business School at the Master, MBA and PhD level and has also taught related courses in other universities like London Business School, London School of Economics and Political Science, University College London and Trinity College Dublin. In RevApp he is responsible for the product development, which is a dynamic pricing tool for hotel rooms and vacation rentals, since he has extensive experience in data analysis and pricing optimization.

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GIANNIS VAMVAKAS

Digital Marketing Specialist

Giannis was born in Athens in 1978 and grew up in Milan, Italy, where he learned to speak Italian as a native. Track and field athlete with participation in the finals of the National Championship in 1998. He studied at EKPA in the Department of Physical Education and Sports Science and at the age of 25 he founded LIVESTRONG Health & Fitness Hall, one of the best Fitness Clubs in the Southern suburbs. Innovating in the customer service process, Giannis soon managed to advise other gyms, in cross sell methods, by improving customer service. He has been involved in technology and was the co-founder of Fitpush (app for fitness enthusiasts). In 2015 he was certified by the Research Center of the University of Piraeus and the Hellenic Society for Systemic Studies as a Certified Systemic Analyst & Project Management Professional in order for him to be able to consult with prestige and result more companies of any industry. In 2018 he obtained the Professional Diploma in Digital Marketing from Alba Graduate Business School and since then he has been helping Professionals and Businesses to achieve their goals sustainably.

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PAVLOS VLASOPOULOS

Co-Founder & CEO, PEX

Pavlos has a decade of experience in Port Operations where he has held leadership roles in operations, project, and people management. He’s had exposure to the startup environment as the general manager of a micro-mobility startup and is the co-founder and CEO of operations optimization startup PEX.

LEON GAVALAS

Managing Partner, bespot.

Leon Gavalas is a PhD candidate in Shopper Marketing with new technologies at ELTRUN – Athens University of Economics and Business. He has participated in various industrial national and European projects in the areas of information systems, market research, Internet of Things and gamification. He holds MBA International as an MSD Innovation & Entrepreneurship scholar and has background in e-Business and Information Systems. Leon is an active entrepreneur as a shareholder in companies in the advertising, IT and fashion industries. In 2017 he co-founded Bespot, the award-winning Location Intelligence & Rewarding service.

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APOSTOLIA  GKATZIOURA

Lawyer

Apostolia is an experienced lawyer and legal advisor to clients from various industries, with both local and global business activity. She specializes in new technologies, intellectual property, privacy and personal data protection, IT law, advertising and marketing law, media & social media law, as well as in e-business and start-ups. She also advises enterprises that seek their digital transformation, guided by innovation and the optimal use of technologies for the development of entrepreneurship. She is highly experienced and skilled in e-commerce and consumer protection, as well as in the design and operation of e-shops, e- platforms, web applications and web portals. Her services cover a wide range of a company’s needs and all kinds of contracts required during its day-to-day business operations.

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KLEOPATRA GKIXANA

Life and Business Coach

I am Kleopatra Gkixana, a young entrepreneur in the sector of Life and Business Coaching. I own a degree in International and European Economic Studies from Athens University of Economics and Business. For the last years, I used to work for various organizations as a project manager and youth trainer using non-formal education. I have participated in European Educational Projects related to entrepreneurship and personal development, which have come to be my passion. During the pandemic period, I decided to take advantage of my time, and enriched my education, acquiring certifications in coaching and psychology, and I started to build my own business on personal and professional development. My mission is to help people achieve their goals for their lives and their businesses.

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GEORGIOS DAMALOS

Project Manager, Coach, Mentor

George has been working in the business world in managerial financial positions for more than 18 years. He is certified as a Coach, Project Management Professional (PMP)® and possess substantial experience in predictive, agile and hybrid approaches. Over the last years has assisted many individuals and companies to develop their strengths and enhance a project mindset.

​His academic qualifications include among others, university, and postgraduate studies in the fields of Economics (B.A), Business Administration (IMBA), Shipping (M.A) and Mental Health/Psychology (BA & M.A).

He is an active member of PMP (Project Management Professional), ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants), EAC (European Association for Counseling), HCA (Hellenic Coaching Association member of  European Coaching and Mentoring Council, EMCC).

EVANGELIA DARATSANOU

Co-founder – Stratigon Finance PC

Evangelia has been working on EU projects since 1996 and has successfully planned, managed and exploited transnational projects at European level and worked on connected activities such as research, implementation and dissemination. She specialises in entrepreneurship, innovation, SME’s development, employment, and vocational training. She consults SME’s on the optimum exploitation of co-funded investments and modern business tools and products. She is a Co-founder of Stratigon Finance PC, Consulting firm. Founding member of the the Hellenic Evaluation Society. Co–author of the scientific paper “Online Research for the Impact of ICTs on Greek Women’s Employability and Entrepreneurship” IJAC ‒ Vol. 10, No. 1, 2017. Evangelia holds an MA in Marketing (De Montfort Business School, UK), and a “Ptychion” in Business Administration (AUEB, Greece). She is currently working towards a MA in Business Law.

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ANTONIS ZERVAS

Founder – CEO, iBusiness

Antonis Zervas is an entrepreneur and founder of iBusiness. He is a graduate of the Agricultural University of Athens, a certified Project Manager by PMI, who started his first business at the age of 25 as a representative of 2 multinational companies in Greece. As a contractor of public projects, he has implemented projects such as the reformation of the Constitution Square, Kotzia Square and Voukourestiou Street, and has collaborated with companies such as 3E, Egnatia Odos, Banks, Hotels such as Great Britain and Municipalities from all over Greece. He has been a speaker at the Agricultural University, at conferences and exhibitions.

As an entrepreneur at iBusiness startUp, he has been awarded with the first prize at the Mazzinov competition, and was a finalist at the MIT Enterprise Forum – Startup Competition. Some of the incubators that have trusted him are EGG, INNOVATHENS, RELOAD GREECE and the Incubator of EBEA.

He is a mentor at Greentech Challenge, iforU, the Athens Chamber of Commerce (Early Warning Program) and Prince’s Trust International.

NIKOLAOS ZINAS

CEO, TEKMON

Dr. Nikolaos Zinas is the CEO of TEKMON. He holds a PhD in Geoinformatics from UCL (University College London) (2010) and a Topographic Engineer from the University of Nottingham (2002) specializing in Space Geodesy and the Global Positioning System (GPS). His doctoral dissertation was on new positioning algorithms with geodetic accuracy (cm) using networks of permanent GPS stations for which he was awarded in 2009 by the US Institute of Navigation. He has worked on various research projects including a project by ESA (European Space Agency) to design an original navigation system on Mars.

VASSILIS ZISSIMOPOULOS

Founder – CEO, Costa Nostrum

Vassilis Zissimopoulos was born in Heraklion of Crete in 1976, where he is living and working as Mechanical Engineering, owner of the Technical Office “AELIA Sustainable Engineering” and CEO – Founder of the triple award winning startup company Costa Nostrum Ltd. He has two MSc degrees, “MSc Energy and Sustainable Development” and “MSc Environmental Conservation and Management” and next summer is finishing his third MSc, in “Sustainable Tourism Management”.

Since 2007, he has been a member of the Standing Committee on the Environment of the Technical Chamber of Greece – Department of Eastern Crete and he is also member of Hellenic Solid Waste Management Association (HSWMA) and member of International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) from which he awarded at December 2012 the certification of International Waste Manager – Advanced Status.

Finally, he has participated, as a speaker, in several national and international scientific conferences focusing on Environment, Recycling, Sustainability and Sustainable Management of Beaches.

GIANNIS ZONTANOS

KEMEL

Economist, Business consultant, KEMEL member since 2007.

Ex. CEO of Hewlett-Packard ME&A, ex. General Manager A. G. Petzetakis SA., ex. General Manager Th. Athanasopoylos SA.

Exclusive rep. Converse All Star and Bang & Olufsen. A results and targets oriented manager, using a team approach.

VASILIS IOANNITIS

Founder – CEO, Thruwind

Graduate from the Global MBA at Johns Hopkins University in the USA. Experience in the Finance division of multinational shipping company MSC in the USA. CEO of Thruwind that is developing a new wind turbine. Professional interests: hardware technologies, innovation, Energy, Environment, Maritime.

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ELIAS JOHN

Photographer, Elias John Photography

He is a photographer and he graduated from the University of the People in the USA with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Master of Business Administration. Additional studies in photography and recording techniques, music and vocals. 10+ years of experience in photography, and his interests are music, photography, innovation, charity, hospitality.

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ANTONIS KAVIDAS

Senior Manager, MTS Globe

Antonios Kavidas is a senior manager with over 10-years of experience in the leisure, travel, and tourism industry. He was involved in many operations, sales, and marketing projects in Greece, Cyprus, and Malta.

He is graduated in Marketing and Public Relations from Teesside University and continued his studies with a Master’s degree in Accounting and Finance at West of London University.  

MARIA KAKOURI

Entepreneur

Maria Kakouri is an entrepreneur and co-founder of SoccerHub. She is a graduate of Athens University of and Economics and Business and she holds an MBA in Food & Agribusiness. Also, she is a freelancer Marketing Specialist and Researcher. She has mostly focused on the FMCG industry which has helped her develop and hone her knowledge of this particular market. She was a former brand marketing assistant at Nestle C.P.W. Hellas and she is a mentor at the Agricultural University Of Athens.

Quote: Everything starts with one step, or one brick, or one word or one day.
– Jeremy Gilley, actor, filmmaker and founder of NPO Peace One Day.

LEONIDAS KANELLOPOULOS

Co-founder – CEO, SimpleApps

Leonidas Kanellopoulos is co-founder and CEO at SimpleApps. He combines a strong software engineering background and a 10-year experience in web design with his love in mobile app development. During his undergraduate studies he co-founded Web Design Agency and while being a postgraduate student, he co-founded SimpleApps, a Mobile & Digital Marketing Agency, awarded in more than 13 youth entrepreneurship and innovation contests globally. SimpleApps creates an all-round experience for businesses, across different channels while designing pixel-perfect mobile apps and implement successful digital marketing campaigns across mobile, web and social media. In SimpleApps he is leading the strategy of the company, whereas he is the lead developer. He is a graduate of Computer Science Department and holds an MSc in Mobile Computing from University of Hertfordshire (UH), UK. He is also a co-organizer of Google Developers Group Athens, a member of Apache Foundation, mentor for startup contest and has been included in Fortune’s 40 under 40 in Greece.

Quote: Quit talking and start doing. Ideas are for discussions. Implementation changes the world.

GEORGIOS KARAKATSANIS

Co-Founder & CEO, EVOTROPIA

Georgios Karakatsanis is an Economist; graduate of the department of International and European Economics of Athens University of Economics and Business. He continued his post-graduate studies in National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), where in his M.Sc. Thesis he introduced significant innovations in the field of Ecological Finance Engineering. In the period 2007-2013 he worked in banking on issues of ecological investments, risk management and business continuity. Since May 2013, he is a Ph.D. Candidate in NTUA in the subject of Natural Capital Econometrics, with extensive research and teaching experience in natural resource economics. Between 2014 and 2016 he worked in Technische Universität München as a Guest Lecturer and Researcher on the innovative field of Natural Resource Economics for Engineers. In September 2019, he founded the company EVOTROPIA Ecological Finance Architectures that designs a digital stock-market for Industrial Symbiosis as well as a wide variety of financial and banking instruments for the Circular Economy.

KATERINA KARAKOLI

OD Consultant – Executive Coach

Katerina has 20-year experience in executive positions in Nike EHQ and Nike Hellas. Skilled in Operations, Sales, Management and E-commerce (Β2Β). She has bachelor in BA, MSc in HR and a Diploma in Executive Coaching and Organizational Development.

Currently active as an OD Consultant and Executive Coach focusing on increasing organization effectiveness and health through planned interventions in processes, using behavioral science knowledge. Also, she focuses on startups, supporting them to build their organization’s processes and enhance natural leadership.

SOTIRIS KOKKINOS

Co-founder – CEO, FEAC Engineering P.C.

Mr. Sotiris Kokkinos, received his diploma (M.Sc.) in Electrical Engineering & Computer Technology from the University of Patras. Following the sector of Telecommunications & Information Technology he became specialized in computer networks and wireless data transmission. He holds the license to perform electrical installations of all disciplines & categories as well as studies, supervision of implementation and operation of all mechanical plants. He has proven working experience in the fields of automation, renewable energy sources and telemetry (computer networks and wireless data transmission) by leading the engineering team. Mr. Sotiris Kokkinos is in charge of managing FEAC Engineering P.C. (CEO – Chief Executive Officer) and is responsible for the business development of the company. As an electrical engineer, he conducts electromagnetic FEA as well.

DIMITRIS KONTOPIDIS

Founder – General Director, Humane
Honorary President, Hellenic Cystic Fibrosis Association

Dimitris Kontopidis is a graduate of Graphic Design and graduant of Architecture. He is the Honorary President of the Hellenic Association of Patients with Cystic Fibrosis renowned in patients’ advocacy. In 2016 he founded the award-winning “HUMANE” that combines design and care with innovation. His vision is to prove that people with disabilities can work, innovate and be entrepreneurs.

RAFAEL KONTOS

Co-Founder, Cleopatra’s Sponges

”Mr. Raphael Kontos has a degree in Industrial Management and Technology (University of Piraeus), a Diploma in Maritime Management (City Unity College), and a postgraduate degree in Finance (The American College of Greece / Deree). He is the co-founder of Cleopatra’s Sponges, a company that took its first steps in 2017 from the egg incubator. He has worked for technology companies in the UK as a sales and development executive as well. In addition, he held a position on the boards of directors of two startup companies abroad (Surple, AH Group) for the period 2018-2019.” 

CONSTANTINE KOMODROMOS

CEO and Co-founder, VesselBot
Fellow member of the Association of Charted Certified Accountants (FCCA)

Constantine is a Fellow member of the Association of Charted Certified Accountants (FCCA) and has more than 16 years of working experience in a number of multinational organizations including among other Shipping companies.

In his current role, as CEO and Co-founder of VesselBot he has been working with a large number of ship owners, charterers, and commodity traders across the globe to transport chartering brokerage into the 21st century. Furthermore, Constantine is a frequent guest keynote speaker and panelist at international trade conferences where he discusses innovative technologies and their application in the maritime industry.   

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ELISAVET LAVIDA

Co-Founder, ELON MASKS

Elisavet Lavida is an entrepreneur and the co-founder of ELON. She is a graduate of the University of Piraeus, Department of International and European Studies. She continued her studies at ALBA in the sector of Digital Marketing and she is also a certified Digital Marketer by DMI (Digital Marketing Institute).
She joined the entrepreneurial world in 2015, when she was awarded for her business idea of Book Community in the competition hosted by the Athens University of Economics and Business.
She worked for 2 years in the Marketing Department of one of the most successful Greek scale-ups, Lenses.io, and in 2019 she became the COO of the sustainable start-up Cleopatra’s Sponges. In 2020 she co-founded a mask factory, in order to contribute actively to the fight against the pandemic in Greece. The project is hosted in the egg incubator and in 2021 ELON was founded. ELON aims to introduce innovations regarding the distribution of masks, as well as their sustainable disposal and recycling.

CHRISTOS LYTRAS

Managing Partner, hippocampus.io

Since February 2016, Christos was Product & Service Lead @ Eurobank Innovation Center responsible for designing the Center’s services, internally within the Group and externally with the GR and EU startup ecosystem in areas such as Fintech, IoT & Big Data Analytics.

For 3 years Christos was Site Manager of the program “egg -” egg – enter • grow • go “a complete framework of business incubation, acceleration and cooperation, a CSR initiative of Eurobank.

As a mentor, in the Manchester MBA Gold mentoring program, (November 2013), in 100mentors (July 2015), in MIT EF Greece (January 2016), in NexusLab (February 2016) in ACG Pierce College Entrepreneurship Club SEN / JA Greece competition (September 2016), IDEA.cy, (April 2018), SolidarityNow (April 2019), EBRD Advisers / StarVenture (March 2020), TechStars Startup weekend (April 2020).

As a judge in National and International Innovation Competitions and Startups MIT EF Greece, MIT EF CEE and MIT Inclusive Innovation Challenge, Startup Weekend, Climate Kick, ID-GC, The South Summit, Ashoka Greece, IDEA.cy, Cyprus Seeds.cy, The Diamond Challenge – University of Delaware).

Christos holds a degree in Business Administration from the University of Piraeus (PAPEI) (1997) and an MBA from the Manchester Business School (2004).

 

ZACHARIAS MANAKOS

COO, 3ds

Zacharias Manakos is the COO of the successful Digital & E- Business agency: 3ds. With + 18 years of management and creation of successful teams, resulting U.S.P. ideas / products generation and launch which, until today, carry on their positive presence in local and international markets. Experienced marketer in different industries such as Retail, B2B and FMCG, in a wide range of products and services. Professional with great achievements in strategic, retail and category marketing, as long as in management teams and projects and also licensing. He holds 2 Bachelor titles in Business Administration and International Marketing and a Master of Arts title in Marketing, Advertisement and PR.

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EVANGELOS MARKOPOULOS

IT Consultant, EMT Technologies

Evangelos Markopoulos is a graduate economist and a member of the Economic Chamber of Greece. He holds a Master’s degree in Information Systems Management and Organizational Change (University of Lancaster, UK) and a Master’s Degree in Computer Security (University of Piraeus). in 2009 and as a computer manager of groups of companies (Pharmacon D.Politis AFE, HondosCenter SA) having played a key role in the implementation of security systems (software) and networks as well as the design of security policies according to the following prevailing frameworks and guidelines. Risk Information: ISO 27001/27002, NIST, OWASP Certified IRCA ISMS Auditor.
For the last 5 years he has been active in the field of retail (cosmetics) with the aim of finding innovative IT solutions that can be translated into business opportunities as well as solving complex critical business challenges that require excellence in innovative thinking. Has significant experience in payment environments and compliance based on the ‘Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard.

GEORGE BALIOUSKAS

KEMEL

Management consultant, extensive experience in enabling and leading digital strategy and transformation in Technology, Travel, and Internet businesses. Ex CCO Airtickets SA, regional Director SE Europe Sabre Travel Network, Commercial Manager Greece & Cyprus Amadeus IT Group.

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THANOS BERTES

Performance Driven Digital Marketing Strategist | MSc Lecturer

With more than 10 years of experience in Digital Marketing, Thanos Bertes is mainly specialized in Performance Marketing and Digital Strategy.

During this period, he has assisted many companies and especially e-shops in fulfilling their digital transformation and achieving a robust and lucrative online presence, mainly through Google & Facebook Ads as well as SEO.

Since 2018 he has branched out into teaching post-graduate College students at Athens Metropolitan College in cooperation with University of East London, while also training companies and entrepreneurs on improving their digital marketing skills and achieving their goals.

ILIAS BOGORDOS

Founder – CEO, Keeano

After years of Research in Applied physics and a significant experience as a software engineer,
Ilias combined his passion in designing apps with his love for the sea and founded his first startup, specialized in coastal and maritime tourism.

Keeano changes the way users explore, plan to navigate and experience coastal points of interest, either travelling by recreational boat or by car. All that through a mobile app providing innovative services to travelers around the world.

His team spirit along with his communicational and leadership skills, resulted in a group of dreamers, ready to spread the vision of Keeano. Ilias also holds an MBA and he is a proud EO accelerator.

 

VEE BOUGANI

Co-founder – CEO, Sustainable Food Movement in Greece

Founder, Foodity

CEO/co-founder of Sustainable Food Movement in Greece & Founder of Foodity. Vee is a social entrepreneur and a Sustainable Culinary Business Consultant since 2013. She studied Cultural & Creative Industries at King’s College London and she has worked in the Cultural Industry for more than 10 years seeking funding and sponsorship for various art organizations in Greece and in the UK.

She’s being trained and worked as a chef since her early 20s and since 2012 she has worked as a culinary arts consultant and a freelance Food & Travel Editor for various platforms such as Time Out Group, Lonely Planet, Forbes Travel Guide, CN Traveler, the Londonist & the Thrillist. Her greatest passion has always been food and she focused career wise on sustainability in the culinary and hospitality industry. She’s lived in London for more than 10 years and she’s worked in charge of various culinary projects in Europe, the States and the Middle East. She’s currently living in Athens, and the last 4 years her mission is to tackle food waste and promote sustainability in the Greek Culinary Arts Industry.

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STAVROS BROUSTAS

Lawyer, Broustas Law Firm and Associates

Stavros Broustas is a lawyer (Broustas Law Firm and Associates – www.broustas.gr), specializing in the Law of New Technologies, Commercial and Civil Law and with extensive experience as a legal adviser to private companies. The past years he has also been practicing the art of entrepreneurship by participating in a variety of business entities (ICT, Tourism, etc.). He is a father of two and when he is not at work he will be playing basketball, tennis or hiking.

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VASSILIS MYLONAS

Growth Architect, Behavioral Economist & Performance Advertising Expert, vmylonas.com

An Economic and Regional Development professional, Growth Master (Growth Hacking, Viral Marketing Certified Expert), with a master’s degree in Economics. Specialised in Behavioral Economics & Game Theory, and Growth & Sustainability by Tilburg University. In his 10+ years of experience, he has worked with professionals from all over the world and companies in almost every sector imaginable from both the marketing and economic standpoints, leading them towards better results. Lastly, he is also a lecturer for online advertising, intro to behavioral economics and hands-on performance related classes. Vasileios is enthusiastic talking about new projects, since startups are his favorite. Let’s share ideas!

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IOANNIS PAPVASSILIOU

Logistics Manager, Unilog

Ioannis Papavassiliou was born in Athens in 1972. He studied as a Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineer at the University of Wales and has a master’s degree in Manufacturing and Mechanical Systems Engineering from Warwick University, UK. At the beginning of his career worked as a business consultant and today is the Logistics Manager at Unilog. He has great experience in logistics operations management and especially in the health sector, as well as in the fields of project management, customer service, costing, submission of technical and financial proposals, budgeting, productivity and development of IT solutions for operations support.

ALEXANDROS PAPANDREOU

Educational Director, Charismatheia

Educational Consultant at an International School (IB)

Alexandros Papandreou is the founder of the non-profit organization “Charismatheia” and a differentiated instruction counsellor at an international school (IB). As of 2012, he has set up and managed the first programs which apply differentiated instruction aimed at gifted children in Greece. Alexandros has received a distinction at the Educational Awards twice, as well as at the Ashoka Impact program for his initiative regarding the creation of an organization which has such an impact on education, and was an official invitee at the first Global Change Leaders at Lyon. He is the founder of the Learning Out of the Box Company. For this initiative he received a distinction at the EGG entrepreneurship competition, hosted by Eurobank and Corallia, which has hosted the company for the last 3 years. He has also been awarded by the Hellenic Initiative, has received first prize at the Business Angel Awards, and first prize at the innovation competition organized by the Innovation Unit of the Economics University of Athens and he was a finalist at the MIT Entrepreneurs Forum. He also mentors numerous start-up companies and is a mentor for the educational programs of Eurobank.

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ANDREAS-VASILEIOS PAPISTAS

Business Development Executive

Andreas is a Business Development Executive with Academic Knowledge, Professional Experience and many Achievements in the Fields of Sales, Marketing, Management, Digital & Finance. He Combines These Fields Effectively Creating Unique Value Proposals. He holds an MBA with Marketing Specialization from the University of Macedonia from which he graduated with Honors. Holds a Fertile Professional Course in Various Fields with Continuous Evolution in Greek Companies but also in a Multinational Environment. He Has Designed a Brand (h-Pharmacy) from scratch, Brand Identity, Strategic & Operational Philosophy, Marketing Plan, Business Model.

He is Very Interested in Working on Difficult and Complex Projects and Collaborating with People or Companies with an Ambitious Vision and Very High Goals. He loves Academic Knowledge, Continuous Evolution in all Fields, People who Smile and Think Positively “Out of The Box”!

Favorite Quote: “Because the People who are Crazy Enough to Think they can Change the World are the Ones Who Do” Steve Jobs, (1955-2011)

Favorite Heroes: Steve Jobs, Peter Drucker, Philip Kotler, Mick Jagger, Alexander the Great, Aristotle.

SOFIA POMAKIDOU

Founder – CEO, Medinevo

Sofia Pomakidou is a researcher in Biomechanics Science, with long experience in experiments, mathematical data analysis and mathematical modeling. Her research in Biomechanics led her to found the innovative Medinevo company in 2019, which provides advanced, personalized biomedical solutions, enhanced by the principles of modern engineering. She has worked in private companies as a Data Analyst, in European projects as a Simulator-Modeler and as a tutor both privately and at the University for P.D.E, Mathematical Analysis and Engineering.

THODORIS POTIRIS

Chief Robotics Engineer, Airbots

Electronics engineer, scientist, researcher, entrepreneur and start-up founder, innovator and occasionaly inventor, Theodoros Potiris has a long-standing passion for autonomous robotics technology. His involvment in the field, began in 1992 at an amateur level, in 1996 at the academic level, and since 2005 on a professional level, in the areas of terrestrial, underwater and aerial autonomous vehicles. Having aquired knowledge of some of the internal aspects of entrepreneurship, legal systems and cybernetic structures he is not sentimental, but has nevertheless preserved his enthusiasm. Intellectualy befriending departed entities and nanotekt, he counterbalances crystaline technology immersion with love for pure nature. Naturalised resident of cyberspace since 1984, nurtured by Neuromancer, indigenous of Cyberia and Locus Solus escapee, he walks the path along the digital technology to which he has devoted his life.

IOANNIS RAMFOS

Managing Director, CSeaNav

Executive Director with 25 years of business and technology management experience. He has successfully managed large-scale projects in both the public and private sectors. He is an Electrical Engineer (NTUA) and holds an M.Sc. in Computer Science (Fellowship, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor).
In 1978, he won the first national prize in the competition of the Hellenic Mathematical Society.
He is married with two children.

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GEORGE SKRETAS

Founder & CEO, ResQ Biotech

Georgios Skretas graduated from the School of Chemical Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens (Greece) in 1998 and received his PhD in Chemical and Biological Engineering from Princeton University (USA) in 2006. He then moved on to the University of Texas at Austin (USA) to carry out post-doctoral research under the guidance of Prof. George Georgiou. In 2010, he received a Marie Curie International Reintegration Fellowship to return back to Greece and the National Hellenic Research Foundation. Since then, Dr. Skretas has been Principal Investigator at the Institute of Chemical Biology, where he currently holds the rank of Research Associate Professor. He has recently been awarded with a Consolidator Grant by the European Research Council (ERC) to develop engineered bacteria that will function as a discovery platform for new drugs against diseases caused by protein misfolding and aggregation. Dr. Skretas is also Founder and Chief Executive Officer of ResQ Biotech, an early-stage drug discovery company established in 2019 at the Patras Science Park.

NASTAZIA SPYROPOULOU

Founder & CEO, Cocoon Modules

Nastazia Spyropoulou is an architect. She received a Diploma in Architecture and RIBA Part III from the University of Westminster, UK. From 2005 to 2014, she collaborated with award-winning architectural practices in both London and Athens, developing her skills in design and construction and deepening her knowledge in project management, practice marketing and contract law. In 2016 she established Cocoon Modules PC, disrupting conventional construction by up-cycling shipping containers and transforming them into modular housing.

MICHAEL STRILIGAS

Founder & Managing Director, VERTLINER

Commercial and Strategy professional with over 10 years of managerial experience in IT, Retail and Manufacturing combined, based in Switzerland. Solid experience of sales, and commercial operations in 25 markets at EMEA/APAC regions, with the entrepreneurial spirit required to establish and operate a business in rapidly changing and ambiguous environments. Substantial experience in designing, implementing, leading a broad range of corporate growth and operational initiatives. Enthusiastic Entrepreneur with the ability to develop strategies for the successful completion of projects in cross-functional teams. Effective communicator, combining strong leadership and project management skills to deliver results in high-pressured, target-based multi-cultural environments.

STELLA TAKA

Founder & CEO, StArtBio

Stella Taka, MSc, PhD is Founder & CEO of «StArtBio P.C.», an innovative company in the field of molecular diagnosis targeting to the development of new methods of allergy diagnosis. She is also research fellow at the Allergy Department, 2nd Pediatric Clinic in National and Kapodistrian University of Athens Medical school (NKUA). During last years, her main research activities are focused on the interaction between Human rhinovirus and the innate immune system. She has been implicated in as main researcher in different European programs: NANOMYC, MIDAS, PREDICTA, iFaam, CURE. She has 25 peer reviewed papers (h-index 8) and over 174 citations.

 

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ANTONIS TERZOPOULOS

Human Resources Management Consultant Personal & Executive Coach

Antonis Terzopoulos was born and lives in Athens. He holds a Ph.D. in Strategic Leadership and a Certificate in Coaching – AC Accredited from the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens (EKPA).

He has many years of experience in Human Resources Management and Communication and is a member of the Hellenic Human Resources Management Association (ΣΔΑΔΕ).

He has a Lecturer Certification in ΛΑΕΚ programs and has more than 12,000 teaching hours as an in-company training instructor in seminars on Management, Customer Service and Personal Development.

His articles on Human Resources and Leadership have been published in reputable journals and websites.

He is an amateur marathon runner and enjoys mountain running, mountain biking and hiking in nature.

 

STAVROS TOUMPOULIS

Founder – CEO, 2bullMeDiTherapy

Stavros Toumpoulis was born in Patras in 1978. He studied at the Dental School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and since 2005 he works as a dental surgeon while maintaining his own Dental clinic. From his student years he has been involved in many scientific papers and presentations at medical scientific meetings. In 2016 he founded 2bull MeDiTherapy, a biotech company that aims to develop innovative diagnostic tests and medicines.

KYRIAKOS TONTSIDIS

Founder – CEO, ExperienceScanner

Kyriakos Tontsidis has over 7 years working experience in managerial positions as shareholder. His educational backround include MBA and MSc Big Data Analysis. His specialize as analytics translator and competitive advantages researcher, software project manager and strategic planning. He is the founder of experienceScanner, the 1st AI meta-search engine platform which analyzes big data from many popular online travel agencies providing personalized recommendations to its users for travel things to do & destinations worldwide. From July of 2019 headquarters of the experienceScanner is at the EGG accelerator.

 

GIANNIS TROULIS

Founder – CEO, TTMI Business Consulting

He is the CEO of the specialized consulting firm TTMI Consulting Ltd., supporting Τechnology Τransfer, Ιnnovation and Μarketing of technologies in private and public sector organizations. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce with a major in Finance & a minor in International Business from Concordia University, Canada and an MBA from the Open University of Cyprus.

He has 16 years of experience in Canada as founder, owner and general manager of foodstuff international trade/packaging/distribution companies. Following his return in Greece (2000) he works for twenty years as a consultant for the private and public sector and in the Black Sea countries as a consultant in World Bank development projects. He actively participates in the startup ecosystem.

He is presently General Secretary of the Canadian-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce and has served for a three-year term, as Greece’s business representative, at the Business Chamber of the Enterprise Policy Group, a policy consulting body of the Direction General (DG) Enterprise & Industry of the European Commission. Since 2016, he teaches Technology Transfer at the Interinstitutional Program of Postgraduate Studies in Bioentrepreneurship (University of Thessaly and the National Hellenic Research Foundation).

ATHANASIA TSAKIRI

CEO, Direct Solutions

Athanasia is specialized in growing and helping ideas from the business plan all the way to the placement in market. She is running the financial department of “Direct Solutions Private Company”, analyzing the market trends and designing the bussiness model. Direct Solutions Private Company develops innovative IT applications (integrated software platforms) in smart mobility, fleet management, car sharing.
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EFTYCHIOS TSAOUSIDIS

Financial Management, Red Tree CFO Solutions

After 15 years in senior roles in financial strategy, analysis, and control for industrial (New Kind, Nikas) and technology companies (Forthnet-Nova) in Southeast Europe, Eftychis co-founded in 2013 Red Tree CFO Solutions– a financial advisory boutique for start-ups with international activity. Through this role, he mentors technology start-uppers to set up their endeavor and grow it globally, and he has participated in many successful projects.

Eftychis has a degree in Accounting & Finance from the University of Macedonia, an MBA from Manchester Business School and a certificate in Psychotherapy and Counselling from Regent’s University of London. He loves traveling around the world looking for “refreshing business opportunities.

KYRIAKOS TSIGKROS

Cofounder – CEO, Campsaround

Kyriakos Tsigkros is Co-Founder and CEO of Campsaround. He has studied Project Management and Marketing & Communication. His work experience is mainly in Marketing Automation, B2B Business Development, Account Management, Customer Experience, and he has worked more than 4 years for a start up. As an early and competent member of the original team when the staff was still limited to three people, he proved his worth by evolving to an essential part of its ongoing progress, while the team grew 10x. This has given him the required expertise on how it’s possible for a startup to stand out and evolve in a crowd through well-executed planning. During 2017, he made a pro bono series of speeches with iDialogue about Marketing Automation in different cities of Greece in order to train local entrepreneurs in Digital Transformation and he participated in Thessaloniki International Fair 2018, as a speaker, in the context of Rethink Digital. Since 2019, he is working Full-time in Campsaround. Not just because it’s his start up but also because he wants to help tourism flourish in Greece and introduce the traditional, unique and… alternative way of vacation in all tourists , greeks or not.
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MICHAEL TZAMALIS

Small Enterprises’ Institute Hellenic Confederation of Professionals, Craftsmen and Merchants

I am currently working as vocational education & training coordinator of Small Enterprises’ Institute Hellenic Confederation of Professionals, Craftsmen and Merchants (IME GSEVEE) since 2012 and my experience concerns issues of coordination, implementation and management of vocational education and training programs, for adult professionals of technical professions and for the human resource of small businesses. In addition, I participate as a manager or researcher in European projects in which IME GSEVEE participates as a partner such as ERASMUS +, HORISON, MED, LLL. I have also worked as an administrative assistant and staff of lifelong learning projects at the General Secretariat for Lifelong Learning and the Youth and Lifelong Learning Foundation (I.NE.DI.VI.M). The above organizations are acting as public executive authorities for Lifelong Learning in Greece and are supervised by the Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs. Previously I have worked in the private sector as an administrative in small and medium-sized enterprises related with commerce where I gained experience in sales, import-export issues, invoicing and budgeting. I own a bachelor degree in Political Sciences and Public Administration from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and hold a Postgraduate Master degree in Lifelong Learning from the Institute of Education of the University of London.

 

GEORGE TZIROS

Economist

George Tziros (M.A., Econ.) has worked at the Center of Planning and Economic Research, as a free lancer in financial journalism, and as a Professor of Economics at Pierce – The American College of Greece. He has an extensive experience in applying programs of Youth Entrepreneurship with Junior Achievement Greece and the Diamond Challenge Competition for High School Entrepreneurs. In 2018, he received a distinction from Junior Achievement Europe. He is now a Mentor for Teacher Education Program at the Athens University of Economics and Business. He has also a lot of experience in family business.

GEORGIOS FOTOPOULOS

Cofounder – CEO, HouseID

Georgios has a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from Aalborg University of Denmark, and many years of experience in innovation – product development. He has already developed a product for the United Nations World Food Programme and he is the CEO of HouseID. He has extensive international experience (Denmark, Germany, Italy, and Greece) and loves to create innovative products or services.

 

MARIA FRAGKAKI

Founder @Lemonpie, Digital Marketing Instructor

Maria Fragkaki is the founder of Lemonpie, a Social Media Agency, collaborating with more than 15 freelancers from all the Digital Spectrum and from all around the world. The companies she is working with are currently in London, Moscow, Amsterdam, Brussels, and all over Greece. Besides SM Marketing, Maria teaches Digital Marketing to businesses, organizations, and individuals. She also was an official training team member of the 3-month OAED/Google Initiative “Grow with Google/Digital Marketing Training” for 4,000 unemployed people. With more than 6 years of working experience, 40+ satisfied companies, 6+ successful projects, 120+ hours of teaching, and 380+ students, 23+ mentees, Maria continues on her mission to highlight the importance of Social Media, by showing people how to scroll to actually build something and not just scroll to waste time and energy. At the same time she wishes to introduce a revolutionary Business Model without hierarchy and employment relationships.

MARIA NEFELI CHATZIIOANNIDOU

Entrepreneur, Yperoxes Gynaikes

Maria-Nefeli Chatziioannidou is an entrepreneur. She graduated from Bocconi University, with a Bachelor Degree in International Economics, Finance, and Management and has a Master’s Degree in Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship. She founded her first social enterprise “Code it Like a Girl” in 2013, a project aiming to solve the problem of gender inequality in STEM fields. Maria-Nefeli collaborates and provides consultant services on social innovation and entrepreneurship, to several organizations and start-ups in Greece. She has participated in many conferences with proposals for the refugee crisis and was selected to participate in “WOMEN INNOVATORS in SOCIAL ENTERPRISES” (WISE) Program in which she has been awarded as One of the Five Top Women Innovators of the Program. She is also the owner of an enterprise that operates in AUTH, and acts as a fresh respond to the existing Greek university cafeterias, with a vision to create a place that respects the university students and staff, by providing a modern environment and a quality break for everyone. In January 2019, Maria-Nefeli created her second social venture, an online platform called “Yperoxes Gynaikes” (Great Women), aiming to empower women by creating an online community in which women interact with each other.

 

ALEXANDROS HADJISTEFANOU

Business Consultant, KEMEL

Alexandros Hadjistefanou, former Business Development Manager at Siemens Switzerland Ltd, Building Technologies Group and former Regional Head of Siemens Building Technologies Siemens A.E. is now working as a business consultant and is a full-time member of KEMEL since April 2015. He has been supporting startup businesses in fields such as the creation of sales and business plans, market studies, accountable sales systematic, optimized, fully-integrated enterprise processes, project, and contract management, etc.

 

MARIA CHRISTOFILIS

Lawyer

Maria Christofilis is a Lawyer specializing in Capital Market Law and Banking Law. She is a Member of the Athens Bar Association & Accredited Mediator from the Ministry of Justice with further training in Greece and America.

She holds two postgraduate degrees from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), in Finance and in International Relations. She has previous experience in investment banking in London and Athens, in the legal sector in Greece and Cyprus, and has served as a legal advisor to the Greek Parliament.