Startup Weekend Athens Women

    Friday, September 27 - 29, 2019

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  5. Coaches and Mentors
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Startup Weekend Athens Women

Friday, September 27 - 29, 2019

Friday, September 27 - 29, 2019
Event starts at 6:30 pm

The Cube Athens
73 Aiolou Str
Monastiraki, Athens, Greece 10551

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Your idea in 54 hours

Do you have an idea you'd like to pursue or a problem you'd like to solve but don't know where to start or who to start with?   Techstars Startup Weekend is the place to look for a team, create a prototype of your idea, validate your business idea, and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, all in one weekend.   What do you need to bring?   Lots of energy! You'll pitch your own idea or listen to others, then vote on the most interesting ideas and form teams with diverse skill sets. You can come with friends, but you’ll get the full experience if you participate in separate teams. Remember, it’s all about the team.   Your idea should be something you have not previously worked on. The idea you pitch and the problem you set out to solve can span social, educational, financial, environmental, or other issues. Over the course of the weekend you'll be challenged to create a prototype of your MVP, or minimum viable product, that fits the needs of your target customer. You'll get feedback, iterate, and likely pivot your approach entirely! Important: You cannot have worked previously on your idea.   Techstars Startup Weekend is a full weekend long experience. Your ticket includes:  
  • 7 full (and delicious) meals over the course of the weekend
  • Benefits and discounts from our global partners
  • One-on-one time with amazing mentors
  • A new network of developers, designers, and entrepreneurs eager, like you, to change the world.
  • All the internet and coffee you can consume.
  Watch the video below to see what you can expect, and if you’re feeling inspired click on the “Buy Ticket” button now!   Still have questions, feel free to reach us at     
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Friday September 27th

6:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

7:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:20 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

9:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

10:00 pm
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. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Saturday September 28th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

6:30 pm

7:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday September 29th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

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

4:00 pm

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!


Anna Chlioura
CoFounder- Marketing manager at Elektronio Handcrafted Vehicles

Anna is the CoFounder & Marketing Manager of Elektronio, a clean tech mobility solutions startup company, founded in Thessaloniki in 2015, which makes breakthrough personal
transportation based on electric bicycles and her motto is #reimagineyourvehicle.
In Elektronio she is in the charge of the whole marketing and communication strategy of this revolutionary bicycle brand. 
Her academic background is communication & amp; journalism in Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, where she has also a master degree in new media of
In four years operating, she has been awarded 10 times for her entrepreneurial attempt by winning startup contests and being honoured by various institutions such as Philipp Morris Greece, Anatolia School of Business, Energy Globe Foundation, Nissan Greece,, Money Show Thessaloniki, Chivas Venture, Thessaloniki Innovation Zone. Her latest achievement was the Greek TopWoman Award for innovative entrepreneurship organised by & .
Except for her love for bicycles and fashion, she is Miss #soulatsa, passionate about exploring hidden urban corners & sharing Elektronio spirit in a wide variety of events such as creative workshops, conferences, TED events etc . Never stop learner, she took part in several young
entrepreneurship programs in order to enhance her business knowledge and loves exchanging ideas with other aspiring startup minds.

Phoebe Prosalika
People Operations Director at Beat.

Phoebe Prosalika is People Operations Director at Beat. She joined the company back in 2015 and is experiencing its hyper scale ever since. She spent one year with the Beat team in Peru, supporting company’s launches from the HR side and is now leading the People Ops team as it grows and expands to new markets. She has graduated from the Nutrition and Dietetics department of the Harokopio University in Athens. Being a professional athlete in fin-swimming and she was among the top 8 in the World Championship in Neiva, Colombia in 2008. She has been actively involved with different volunteering organisations both in Greece and abroad. A traveller at heart, counting adventures to more than 30 countries in five continents.

Katerina Soldatou
Project "Greece has Soul Aerial School: "Beyond Aerial"

Project: Greece has Soul
Aerial School: Beyond Aerial

Katerina Soldatou is an athlete and through aerial dance she explores the possibilities of body and mind. She is the creator of "Greece has Soul" that highlights Greece through extreme aerial dance. The idea symbolizes the evolution of the individual in difficult and adverse conditions as well as the great importance of character, art and environmental consciousness in our days. The idea is enriched with the emergence of historical monuments and places of great beauty with bridges so far having a leading role.

Event Judges

Michael Tsaoutos
General Manager of EPSA Soft Drinks

Michael Tsaoutos was born in 1965 and grew up in Volos. He lives in Athens with his wife and three daughters. He holds a degree in Electrical Engineering & Computer Engineering from National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) and was awarded a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Warwick Business School.

Since 2010 he is the General Manager of EPSA Soft Drinks. EPSA produces soft drinks since 1924 and its products are available all over Greece. Exports are building up and currently EPSA exports to 28 countries, including Australia, USA and many GCC countries. During the last few years EPSA introduced innovative products into the market, namely Organic Lemonade and Orangeade and the "EPSA light" series, where sugar is replaced by sweetener from the stevia plant. EPSA’s latest success is the Pink Lemonade.

Before EPSA, Michael had worked for more than two decades in Lambrakis Press. He started in 1988 as a Technology Editor for Apple products in RAM magazine. Later he became Editorial Editor for BHMARAM newspaper insert, for bit magazine and inLife magazine. He was a member of the team that started portal and organized all paid subscriptions of From 2003 until 2010 he became General Manager of (Lambrakis Press' e-commerce site). Until 2010 he also worked as a technology consultant for RAM and HiTECH magazines. When time permits, he still plays around with various Apple devices.

He was a member of the Greek national ski team, Greek national water ski team and represented Greece in Camel Trophy 2000 and Land Rover G4 Challenge. For the last few years he enjoys training for Ironman triathlon races.

Mary Tsiana
Founder and CEO of 3asyR

is Founder and CEO of 3asyR ( and responsible for the management, marketing, fundraising, and business strategies. Maria is an accounting graduate of the Eastern Macedonia and Trache Institute of Technology, in Kavala, Greece (2005) and holds a degree in Journalism and Communications from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. (2013) Her background includes seminars and workshops in applied accounting and controlling, social entrepreneurship, communications and new media and working experience in business accounting and in media.

With 3asyR we won 3 awards. 1st Startup Live Thessaloniki, Greece Competition, Best Web App idea award in 2014
2nd Mary and John Pappajohn competition from Anatolia College of Thessaloniki, Greece Best business plan award, 4.000 euros in 2015 and 3rd Start Tel Aviv Competition 2017, Best Social Business, Embassy of Israel, Athens.
Other achievements: among the 10 most promising Ed Tech companies in Europe, GESA competition, December 2017, London.
FInalists, Startup for news competition, GEN summit, Lisbon, June 2018.
EBU news report, How to make it Better, December 2018.

Katerina Santikou
Managing Director Managing Director at Workathlon

Katerina is a greek hospitality entrepreneur. She studied political science and history at
Georgetown University and has worked in numerous NGOs and think tanks in the US.
Since 2012 she has been involved in innovative projects aiming to advance the efficiency of hospitality
and specifically has focused in the recruiting and hiring process of personnel.
She has been
heading the business development for the hospitality group Santikos Collection for the past five
years and from 2017 she is leading the education and marketing efforts for the union of hoteliers of Skiathos.
In 2015 she founded the award winning hospitality recruiting platform, Workathlon.

Dimitris G.
GP @ http://Velocity.Partners Venture Capital • also: Found.ation & TechTalent • Founder & Curator @TEDxAthens. - 2x @StateIVLP. Quality tweeting since 16/4/08

Dimitris "DKG" Kalavros-Gousiou is a 30-year-old technology entrepreneur and investor. He serves as Co-Founder and General Partner at Velocity.Partners, a pre-seed and seed Venture Capital Fund active in Greece and SEE.He is best known as the Founder and Curator of TEDxAthens, the most impactful platform for ideas, dialogue and talks in Greece. Prior to his role at Velocity.Partners, Dimitris co-founded Found.ation (a leading startup acceleration and innovation hub in the Balkans), TechTalent School (a coding school) and TechTalent Pool (a recruiting SaaS for developers).From 2011 to 2013, Dimitris served as a Referrer for pre-seed investment firm HackFwd, leading its pipeline in Greece and Southeast Europe.DKG holds a Law degree from the University of Kent at Canterbury and an LLM (Master of Laws) in Computer and Communications Law from the Queen Mary University of London.He is a 2X alumnus of U.S. Department of State "International Visitor Leadership Program", classes of 2013 and 2017, the latter under the prestigious "Gold Stars" program, and a member of the Global Shapers Community of the World Economic Forum.Dimitris regularly speaks on the topics of entrepreneurship, technology, design thinking, digital storytelling and leadership. Email dimitris at thefoundation dot gr

Coaches and Mentors

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.

Vicky Dallas

Owner of 9AM INTERNET MEDIA LABS, Promoter of Entrepreneurship via, Founder of Appocalypsis. Educational Background: BA (Hons) Interactive Multimedia Communications (UK), MSc in E-Commerce (Distinction) (UK) MBA @ ALBA (Greece). Skills and competencies: Integration of Technology, Marketing & Business

Georgia Kalyva
Development Department Manager

A passionate Senior Software Engineer responsible for the Software Development Department in Candi. Georgia is interested in all aspects of technology and currently pursuing projects in Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things and Azure. Her skills include Project Management, Event Management and has a vast experience in Public Speaking and Teams Mentoring in National Innovation Competitions and Hackathons. She loves an active lifestyle and her hobbies include sailing and dancing and she is always looking for a challenge personally and professionally. 

Paris Kasidiaris

Paris is co-founder of SourceLair, a company providing software developers and companies with tools, making their work lives happier.

Georgios Kasselakis
Georgios is a technology enthusiast and software developer

Before joining the dark side of venture capital, Georgios filled a number of positions in technology starting from computer repairs to coding, to software engineering up to designing software architecture. Still as a student, he applied his bachelor thesis into a startup pursuing data feed transformation and failed. At the same time, he organized a series of tech founder meetups, forming a common ground for the entrepreneurial and technology communities in Thessaloniki, in northern Greece.In 2009, he co-founded and became a partner in Openfund, one of the first early-stage technology funds in Greece, which has since made 29 investments.At Big Pi, he focuses on technology due diligence and business development of portfolio companies.He holds a BSc in Computer Science from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

Christos Lytras
Managing Partner at

Christos is a Managing Partner @ an innovation consultancy assisting in bridging the gap between Corporates & Startups.
Until June 2016, Christos was Product & Service Lead @ The Eurobank Innovation Center responsible for developing the Centre Service offering internally across the Eurobank Group and externally with the GR and EU startup ecosystem across verticals such as Fintech, IoT & Big Data Analytics. For 3 years Christos was the Site Manager of the "egg - enter•grow•go" programme, an integrated incubation, acceleration and co-working programme, a CSR Eurobank intiative, coaching & advising ~65 startups which have generated >2,5M€ sales in FY2015 and raised >3M€ debt & equity financing up to date

Melina Taprantzi
Founder of Wise Greece

Social Entrepreneur / Founder of “Wise Greece”

Her first degree may have been in Philosophy, but eventually it was the world of marketing and communication than won her over and for which she has worked for over 10 years, assisting many
brands to become established and known.
Always a volunteer, ready to offer help to various charities, she recognized the need for their existence as well as their difficulties to remain sustainable, in order to accomplish the relief of social problems.
Social entrepreneurship is exactly what fulfills her! It is incredibly important to work and offer simultaneously. To be able to maintain a degree of sustainability and offer a solution to an important
social problem at the same time… hence “Wise Greece” was born. A social enterprise that on the one hand promotes top quality Greek products and on the other uses the profits from sales in order to buy foods in bulk and donate them to soup kitchens, children, families and the elderly in need, hence essentially having 2 important missions; promoting all that makes us Greeks proud and at the same time offering to unprivileged people their most basic need, food.
Today Wise Greece works with over 100 small producers who offer over 1.000 products; exports to 8 countries, has donated over 30 tons of food to orphanages and charitable institutions, has received seven important awards for its work, among which is a prestigious award from the President of the Greek Republic “Models of Excellence”, as well as a Start Up award for sustainability and social contribution and the European Social Challenge Award 2018.
Melina often presents Wise Greece and its model of Social Entrepreneurship at international congresses and conferences aiming to inspire young people to create their own social enterprise. She has spoken at Forums that support female entrepreneurship, such as “The Next Women 100”, she is a key note speaker in international seminars on social entrepreneurship, an Ambassador of the “Think Young Entrepreneurship School”, a TEDX Speaker, an IVLP Alumni in the program of Social Responsibility and
Innovation funded by the USA Embassy, a co-builder of the international “World Human Forum”, a Young Emerging Leader 2018 by the European-Australian Forum, a YTILI Fellow 2019 by the German Marshal Fund and a mentor to start up social enterprises.

Maria Leontiou
Head of Innovation Center - Group Digital Banking

Engineer by degree, Financial Services expert by profession, innovation enthusiast by nature, Maria Leontiou heads Eurobank’ s Innovation Center, a core pillar of Group Digital Banking Division, which plays a key role into the Organization’s journey towards systematic innovation. Maria Leontiou holds a B.Eng. degree from the National Technical University of Athens and has 20 years of experience in the “Fin” part of FinTech. She joined Eurobank in 2002 and until 2015 she held several managerial positons in the OTC Derivatives & Collateral management operations field with a track record of business model restructuring, in-house systems implementation & regulatory projects. Before that Maria was a stock broker in the Athens Stock Exchange Market and a certified Derivatives' Market Maker. Being a strong believer in "ideas worth spreading" she was a member of TEDxAthens organising team for 6 years and she is now a Board Member of Ethelon, a nonprofit organization, promoting the concept of volunteerism in Greek society.

Xanthippi Lemontzoglou
Data Scientist & Scrum Master.

Startup ecosystem observer & former participant of startup weekend.
Production & Management Engineer transitioned to Data science, because it is both fun & useful. Enjoys writing articles & poems, studying data science, learning about Agile & UX, while trying to understand human nature.

Alexia Kotsi
Co-founder at FunkMartini

Alexia Kotsi
Studied Tourism Business & Marketing in both Greece & UK and started her career as a Live Events Producer in Lespot Productions, one of the most significant event production companies in Greece where she worked with leading technology, entertainment; BC2 brands such as COSMOTE, MTV, GOOGLE, MICROSOFT, NIKE, ABSOLUT, NOKIA.
In 2013 she thought about building her own company, a real-time online beauty booking tool and she managed to do so. She visualized, conceptualized & created Funkmartini brand, raised more than 1M€ from VCs &
angel investors, won several awards and has been recognized for women
entrepreneurial excellence, holding the “Women Entrepreneur” Award of Startup Awards 2018.
She has been listed “40 under 40” in Greek Fortunes Magazine for 2015, 2016 & 2018.

Evangelia Sotiropoulou
Founder of Oinosporos

Evangelia Sotiropoulou is the founder of Oinosporos, an award-winning company of beauty products from grape seed oil.Evangelia is an oenologist, educator and a PhD candidate in Chemistry department of National Kapodistrian University of Athens. She has worked in wineries throughout Greece in the production of wine and research with main research field the utilization of wine by-products.

Olga Azilazian
Digital Marketing & Comms Manager @Microsoft CEE HQ

Olga lives and works at Microsoft Central & Eastern Europe HQ as digital marketing and communications manager. Also, she is women empowerment enthusiast, as she co-created with Rosanna Mortoglou and Maria Arnaoutaki, 2 years before, the Greek organization, FPower, which aims to empower young women leadership and support female leaders of Greece with several activities working together with established organizations and multinational companies. She is an AUEB international MBA recent graduate and she holds a bachelor from Panteion University, the department of Media & Communications.  

John Gialamas
Operations Manager and SCRUM Master at SB Technologies

John has won (...but mostly lost) many innovation competitions and hackathons. With main studies in Computer Science, he has great experience in tutoring and mentoring, but then he realized his love about business development too, so he holds an MSc in Innovation and Entrepreneurship.Since then he has helped many early-stage startups (through marketing, growth hacking, and project management) to improve their investor readiness, and he has participated in many European projects as an instructor. Since 2018, he is constantly exercising his managerial abilities as an operations manager at SB Technologies and is currently focusing on Dr.Button project, an e-health app that just launched it’s beta version. He is a bookworm and he loves to play (post-apocalyptic) video games.

Martha Kontodaimon
Project Manager and Research Associate

Project Manager and Research Associate for the Konrad Adenauer Foundation since 2014 on topics of Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Economic Reforms, Policy Reforms, Educational Reforms and Digitalization. Ph.D. candidate, University of Freiburg, on topics of Constitutional Reforms and Game Theory.

Magda Katopi
Business Consultant

H2H Marketer • PR & Business Communications • Business Consultant , Certified Mentor & Job Developer • "Female Entrepreneurship" Project Manager at "PLOIGOS" Educational & Development Agency • Technical Advisor to the Regional Vice Governor, for Commerce, Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Region of Crete • EU-Technical Assistance to CIS countries & LIEN Consultant for Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs) Development • Member of Economic Chamber of Greece & its mentoring team in SE Crete • Mentor in orgs & ngo s running women, youth entrepreneurial & empowerment Programs • Co-curator TEDxDrapanosWomen • A volunteer member of “Gender Equality Committee” & “Council of Immigrants Integration” of the Municipality of Heraklion & Athens Coordination Center for Migrant and Refugee issues (ACCMR).

Event Sponsors, and Partners

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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Athens is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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Lucia Cardenas Melgarejo
Digital Marketing Manager / Community Leader

Digital Marketing Manager, skilled with +5 years of professional experience in acquisition strategies, management, SEM, Display, Retargeting, Analytics, Lead generation, Inbound Marketing, CRM/PRM strategies and Partnerships.

Lucia has been a community leader, organizer & facilitator for different kind of events. Extensive experience working in education projects and creating innovative strategies to help entrepreneurs on their journey and make magic happens. Always ready to jump on the next adventure, I think that if you can dream it, you can do it

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