Athens Startup Weekend University 2017

    Friday, March 31 - April 2, 2017

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  2. Schedule
  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
  8. Blog
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Athens Startup Weekend University 2017

Friday, March 31 - April 2, 2017

Friday, March 31 - April 2, 2017
Event starts at 5:00 pm

Impact HUB Athens
Karaiskaki 28
Athens, Attica 10554

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Experience Greece's most impactful entrepreneurial event focused at University students. 54 hours to build a startup.

Athens Startup Weekend University is a 54-hour event exclusively for University students, where participants pitch ideas for new startup companies, form teams around those ideas, and work to develop a working prototype in only two days.

Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, Startup Weekends culminate in Sunday night demos and presentations. During the event, participants have the chance to effectively turn their ideas into reality  by  collaborating with like-minded individuals outside of their daily networks. All teams are connected with mentors and experts from the local entrepreneurship community in order to aid them in the process of building a sustainable company. The weekend is centered around action, innovation, and education.

Whether you are looking for feedback on an idea, a co-founder, specific skill sets, or a team to help you execute, Athens Startup Weekend University is the perfect environment to test your idea and take the first steps towards launching your own startup.

Attending the event? We've got you covered! Read the Startup Weekend Crew and learn everything you need to know about Startup Weekend!


Friday March 31st

5:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:00 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

8:30 pm
Voting & Dinner
Attendees vote for the top ideas

10:00 pm
Form teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

Saturday April 1st

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Begin Work
Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend.

10:00 am
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

1:30 pm

2:00 pm
Coaches help teams. They are here to help.

8:30 pm

11:55 pm
Finished for the day.

Sunday April 2nd

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Call for help
This is self motivated, so don't be shy!

1:30 pm

3:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm
Wrap-Up & Dinner

9:00 pm


Thodoris Sotiriou
Co-founder at Parky

Thodoris cannot stand the fact that parking can be such a frustrating experience. That's why he co-founded Parky, a peer-to-peer marketplace for parking, and currently leads the Product team. Educationally speaking he studied computer science and business administration at the Athens University of Economics and Bussines & Deree College. In the past he worked in the Coca-Cola Company.

Event Judges

Stefanos Katsimpas
Associate at VentureFriends

Stefanos Katsimpas (28) has marketing background and communication skills. He has a 2-time startup experience and helped several startup companies in their early stage with marketing and product design.

Betty Tsakarestou
Assistant Professor and Head of Advertising and Public Relations Lab at Panteion University

Betty initiated in 2011 #StartupLab a vertical lab in collaboration with startup community in Athens to help promote entrepreneurial and innovation culture and skills her undergraduate students. In this context, in 2012, inspired by Athens Startup Weekend, the idea to launch a Startup Weekend only for university students was born and launched. The following years she has co-initiated vertical SW on Education and the most recent one has been a SW on “Entrepreneurial Journalism”, while she has served as mentor and judge in SW events. She has gained academic experience as a lecturer and professor at Copenhagen Business School, at the University of Cyprus and at Warsaw School of Economics.

Andreas Vourkos
Co-Founder & COO at Pollfish

Andreas Vourkos is one of the founders of Pollfish. A mobile enthusiast, seeking entrepreneurial commercialization of knowledge. Actively involved in the mobile apps world, interested in innovative products that can reach massive scale and improve the lives of millions. A mobile engineer, breaking things with Pollfish Android and iOS SDKs. Working closely with app publishers on how to define a better monetisation strategy.

Coaches and Mentors

Georgios Gatos
Sales Development Manager at Workable

Georgios loves startups and technology oriented companies. He has consulted many ICT related companies in the past and from 2012 to 2016 he joined one of the best startups and has put into action all the advice that helped others in the past. He began his career in the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Florida. Over the years, he worked as a consultant for small and medium size innovative companies and later worked as an investment officer and advisor to Venture Capital firms. At Workable, he is building a sales development team that actively contributes to the company's fast-pace growth.

Nagia-Panagiota Stagkouraki
Startup Community Manager-Audience Marketing at Microsoft Hellas

Nagia has been working in Microsoft Greece since 2015, as a Start-up-Community Manager. She leads the BizSpark program in Greece, which is a global program that helps startups reach the next level. She is a member of Developer eXperience team in Microsoft Hellas, Cyprus and Malta, which provides technical and business guidance to developers of all ages. Nagia works close to startups that are hosted on Microsoft Innovation Centre in Athens. Moreover, she develops and executes digital marketing plans and organizes events related to startups, developers and students.

Dimitris Terzopoulos
IT Expert at Google

Dimitris is 24 years old and has graduated from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens. In 2014, he joined Google where he currently works as an IT Expert. While attending high school, Dimitris developed an online voting system,, which has evolved into a powerful voting platform which ensures ballot secrecy and integrity. In addition, Dimitris has been distinguished in various international IT competitions and has been a first alternate member of the National Informatics Team, in which then participated as a trainer.

Yiorgos Nikoletakis
Business Development Manager & Co-founder at 100mentors

Yiorgos & his team created 100mentors, the EdTech company that empowers students to connect with industry role models that the students would not be able to meet otherwise. With 100mentors Yiorgos won the London Business School Founder Award, the Deloitte Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Prize, two Startup Weekend competitions and further cash prizes & distinctions. Yiorgos studied in AUEB, Ohio State University and Columbia University, where he held research and fellowship positions. Yiorgos is the recipient of scholarships and fellowships from 10 institutions.

Magy Kontou
Co-founder & Head of Operations, SimpleApps

Magy Kontou is the Co-founder & Head of Operations at, an award-winning
mobile and digital marketing agency, partnered with the most recognized brands in Greece.
The company’s services have been distinguished in more than 9 innovation and young
entrepreneurship contests globally. During her postgraduate studies she co-founded
SimpleApps. Combining her love for UI/UX design and her passion for mobile technologies,
today she oversees all the creative output of the company across different digital channels.
She is also part of the Tech Talent team and co-organizer at GDG Athens (Google
Developers Group Athens) and WTM Greece by Google (Women TechMakers Greece)
communities. She is a graduate of Computer Science Department and holds an MSc in
Mobile Computing from University of Hertfordshire (UH), UK.

Leonidas Kanellopoulos
Co-Founder & CEO at SimpleApps

Leonidas Kanellopoulos, is co-founder and Senior Developer in SimpleApps, a tech startup that develops mobile apps awarded in several young entrepreneurship and innovation contests. In the company he oversees the business strategy, whereas he is the team’s lead developer.

Ioanna Fotopoulou
Co-Founder at Simple Rocks

Ioanna is an engineer, entrepreneur and public speaker. For her social initiatives against corruption in Greece she has been recognised by many international organisations. She has been a president of Rotaract Anatolia, president of the student engineer department and currently is a member of Global Shapers of the World Economic Forum. Worked as a political activist for 2 years, have worked in the European Parliament, the ministry of Education in Greece and currently runs her 3rd company, Simple, Rocks that is focused on helping people have sustainable businesses and find the right clients in the minimum cost. 

Kostas Xiradakis
Co-Founder at Tiz

Κostas co-created Tiz + 2 more startups and has over 3 years of full-time tech startups experience in digital marketing, product and business development roles. He provides marketing and growth consulting services for B2C companies, like, and holds a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Piraeus. Bonus facts: his first startup, Uninotes, was formed and awarded in Athens Startup Weekend University 2013 and he is known to take bribes in the form of Greek barbecue.

Spyros Arsenis
PhD Coordinator of NBG Business Seeds program

Spyros Arsenis coordinates NBG Business Seeds program since 2010 and he was also the initial coordinator of the act4Greece Crowdfunding platform.

Alexis Komselis
Director, Alba hub for Entrepreneurship and Development (AHEAD)

Alexis co-founded and leads AHEAD, the entrepreneurship center at Alba Graduate Business School. AHEAD supports entrepreneurs from different backgrounds and industries through training and capacity building. He also teaches at Alba's MSc in Entrepreneurship, bridging the classroom with the entrepreneurial reality. Alexis has experience in training, coaching and mentoring entrepreneurs, primarily in the areas of value proposition, business modelling, and governance.

Christos Prapidis
Digital Marketing Manager at Nannuka

A 12-year track record in the fields of Marketing and Commercial Communication, mainly focused on Digital Marketing activities. Throughout his career years, Christos has formulated a strong background in Advertising, Marketing, Digital Performance, Brand Management, Online Sales and identifying trends & opportunities on the market.

Nikolas Minoglou
Founder at

Nikolas was born in London and raised in Greece. A BSc graduate from Tufts University and an MBA graduate from Babson College (USA), in 2006 returned to Athens and took over the family’s well established footwear business. In 2010, he founded, the leading online shoe retailer in Greece. In 2011, together with Designer Christina Martini he founded Ancient Greek Sandals, a shoe brand with international presence in more than 56 countries and 350 points of sale.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Athens Startup Weekend University 2017 team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Athens is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Artemios
  • Maria
  • Elena
  • Efthimis
  • Aphroditi
  • Thomas
  • Ioulia - Zoi
  • Fotini
  • Ioanna - Maria
  • Konstantina
  • Giorgos
  • Georgia
  • Vicky
  • Ioanna


David Andersen

David is a Startup Weekend Veteran. He started organising Startup Weekends back in 2012. Shortly after, he travelled around europe to participate in Startup Weekends and has been a Global Facilitator at the organisation since 2013. David owns a tech & design company called “Bagvendt” together with two friends. They help clients with building prototypes in order to take an idea to the final product. What you will experience this weekend is basically what they do on a daily basis in their company.

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