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.
Konstantinos Astridis, Recycglobe
Leon Gavalas, bespot
Antonis Zervas, iBusiness
Nicholas Zinas, TEKMON
Vassilis Zissimopoulos, Costa Nostrum
Vasilis Ioannitis, Thruwind
Maria Kakouri, Soccer Hub
Leonidas Kanellopoulos, Simpleapps
Katerina Karakoli, OD Consultant
Stavros Karkanis, Hermes-V
Nikos Kastrinakis, Erratic Compass
Sotiris Kokkinos, FEAC
Dimitris Kontopidis, Humane
Constantine Komodromos, Vesselbot
Ioannis Konstantinidis, Weddin
Zacharias Manakos, 3ds
Ilias Bogordos, Keeano
Vee Bougani, Sustainable Food Movement
Zeta Nikolakopoulou, Spaceprk
Athina Polina Dova, Owiwi
Alexandros Papandreou, Charismatheia
Vivian Paraschou, Inomo
Alexia-Victoria Polysidi, Anacalypsis Therapeutics
Sofia Pomakidou, Medinevo
Thodoris Potiris, Airbots
Christos Raftogiannis, City Crop
Ioannis Ramfos, CSeaNav
Spyros Sideris, PWC
Nastazia Spyropoulou, Cocoon Modules
Stella Taka, Startbio
Stavros Toumpoulis, 2bullMeDiTherapy
Kyriakos Tontsidis, Experience Scanner
Giannis Troulis, TTMI Business Consulting
Athanasia Tsakiri, Hermes-V
Kyriakos Tsigkros, CampsAround
Georgios Tziros, Economist
Georgios Fotopoulos, HouseID
Maria Fragkaki, Digital Marketer & Content Creator
Antonis Chalkiopoulos, Tooristas
Maria Nefeli Chatziioannidou, Yperoxes Gynaikes
Vassilis Chryssos, Ex Machina
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Founder – General Director, Humane
Honorary President, Hellenic Cystic Fibrosis Association
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.
CEO and Co-founder, VesselBot
Fellow member of the Association of Charted Certified Accountants (FCCA)
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.
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.
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.
Co-founder – CEO, Sustainable Food Movement in Greece
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
CEO, Direct Solutions
Cofounder – CEO, Campsaround
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.
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.
Digital Marketer & Content Creator, mariafragkaki.com
Her career as a Professional Chess Player led her to the Science of Mathematics, which she studied at the University of Crete, but her passion for content changed her path. Starting as a Social Media Manager at a Personal Development Company in 2014 she discovered the Digital World mainly as a copywriter. After this experience, she created her own literature blog and worked as a Content Manager at a Creative Digital Marketing Agency. Right now she is a Freelance Digital Marketer & Content Creator, with 5+ years of working experience, 30+ satisfied companies, and more than 230 personal archives as a content writer. She helps Digital Marketing Agencies, startups, influencers, and businesses grow, and also she collaborates with co-working spaces as a Digital Marketing Instructor for newbies and employees’ training.
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.
Co-founder – COO, Ex Machina
Vassilis Chryssos is an entrepreneur with more than 20 years of team leading and project managing experience. He is the co-founder and COO of Ex Machina, an IoT startup doing predictive analytics for weather-sensitive resources. Running the operations for Ex Machina he helps provide high quality services to high-profile customers such as Athens International Airport, IBM Hellas, Attiki Gas Company, Olymbia Odos S.A. and others.
He is also co-founder of Sarantaporo.gr, a social enterprise which is building a Community Wireless Network in remote, isolated villages of central Greece. As a strategist, CCO and public speaker of Sarantaporo.gr he helped grow the international network of the organization and build a wide and respectful global reputation, which led to numerous collaborations worldwide.
He has a natural talent in planning and delivering training especially in the ICT sector. He is also a skilled listener with empathy towards his interlocutors, able to focus on the essence of each discussion. During 2017-18 he helped other startups as a mentor at The EGG incubator, Greece.