Techstars Global Online Startup Weekend COVID-19 GREECE

    Friday, April 24 - 26, 2020

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Techstars Global Online Startup Weekend COVID-19 GREECE

Friday, April 24 - 26, 2020

Friday, April 24 - 26, 2020
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Athens, Greece

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Your idea in 54 hours!

About Techstars Global Startup Weekend COVID-19 Edition: 

This series of online Techstars Startup Weekends are run at a country level, focused on developing solutions that directly tackle COVID-19-related challenges. They are 54-hour online events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs - you'll connect with amazing mentors, industry experts, founders, and partners who are ready to help you get started. 

Each country will bring together hundreds or even thousands of participants that will work on prototypes for three days. This event is not only about bringing together developers who can work on software-based solutions for the crisis. It’s an opportunity for everyone interested in the topic to inspire and be inspired and to work together on developing inclusive solutions. Here is the website for more details

Tickets to register your place for the event are completely free but you are able to make a donation, which will go to an organization selected by the organizing team, tackling the COVID-19 crisis. If you wish to make a donation, simply add any amount you wish to donate to the ‘Donation’ ticket option that will be available in the next few weeks.

The heart of entrepreneurship will beat all over Greece

Do you have an idea and don't know how to implement it?
Do you want to get involved in entrepreneurship but don't know how?
Are you one of those who believe that the recent crisis creates new opportunities?

Startup Weekend is here, and in collaboration with all the organizers of the Greek SWs, invites creative people to collaborate, remotely for the first time from all over the country, to find solutions related to COVID-19 that will triumph! Make the perfect start on April 24-26!

What is Startup Weekend?

Startup Weekend is one of the most popular youth entrepreneurship development institutions in the world today. Participants are invited to form teams and to develop and present comprehensive business plans within just 54 hours, under the guidance of mentors from the business, academic and investment sectors. This time, all this will happen from your home!For the first time, potential startuppers from all over Greece are joining forces to tackle problems arising from the state of the global pandemic, and are focusing on the business solutions of the next day.


Like all major events of this period worldwide, Startup Weekend GREECE REMOTE COVID-19 will be held entirely virtually and remotely for participants, mentors and judges, in a discord server and is expected to support thousands of attendees simultaneously!

How do I register? Is there any cost?

Anyone can register by April 24 here, and it is completely free! Upon Participation you can:
  1. have the opportunity to work on your idea,
  2. be consulted with mentors and market people
  3. work with other people who share common interests
  4. get your idea validated by experienced judges
  5. create your own startup!

What should I expect?

  1. Startup Weekend starts on Friday afternoon with a presentation of the concepts/ideas and formation of the teams!
  2. Continues on Saturday at an intensive pace with brainstorming, business canvas development and prototyping.
  3. and finally it concludes on Sunday night with the remote presentations to the judges who will evaluate the result based on the viability of the business plan and its innovation.
  4. Throughout the event, successful mentors from the business “realm” are at the side of the teams to guide participants and share valuable experiences and advice.
  5. Winners win services as prizes that will give them the opportunity to showcase their idea nationally and internationally.

You need more details?

The event's mentors and the agenda will be announced soon. More information can be found here and you can contact the organizers at  or at facebook event.


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Friday April 24th

6:00 pm
Virtual Networking
share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:00 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

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

7:40 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

8:30 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 you want

Saturday April 25th

9:30 am
Virtual Breakfast
Get on discord, start talking with other teams , make more friends

10:00 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

12:30 pm
Feel free to have your launch before you start working again

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

1:10 pm
Coach Meetings
coaches arrive , ask them questions

4:00 pm
Giannis Stratakis
Building a COVID-19 Dashboard using Google Data Studio

5:00 pm
Giannis Giannarakis
The GreeceVsVirus initiative and EUvsVirus

6:30 pm
short break if you want to have a drink or coffee

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

8:00 pm
Georgina and Tatiana Fakoukaki.
“From many ideas to one using Design Thinking”

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as you want

Sunday April 26th

9:30 am
Virtual Breakfast
visit our chatrooms and have a chat.

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

12:30 pm
break for food and get ready for submitting your final presentation.

1:30 pm
Presentation Video Submission Deadline
You need to have upload your video . Judges will invite 10 teams for the live presentation during the afternoon finals.

2:00 pm
Alexandros Kokolis
E-commerce during the COVID-19 era and the next day in digital marketing.

3:00 pm
Final Pitch Selection
Results for the final afternoon pitch contest are out.

3:30 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

9:00 pm
Go Home!


Giannis Stratakis
Digital Analytics & Optimization Team Leader at Aegean Airlines

Giannis joined the digital world back in 2012, after graduating from the University of Piraeus (Business Administration & Management) and attending a diploma in Digital Marketing from CIM. He started working in one of the early well-known startups (Daily Secret) at that time in Greece, gaining significant experience in online advertising. Since then he has established a solid digital analytics background, implementing data strategies and measurement solutions to improve online performance and digital products for eCommerce. After 4 years in Aegean Airlines, one of the biggest eCommerce in Greece, he is currently leading the Analytics, Optimization, and SEO department of the company.

Yiannis Yiannis Kotsis-Giannarakis

Yiannis Kotsis-Giannarakis is an entrepreneur, active in electronic publishing and digital content since 1985.
He was one of the founding members of the Greek leading internet portal where he acted as Managing Director for the first five years, from conception till its establishment as a major media factor.
Among others he was Director of the Greek edition of National Geographic books and videos, newspaper collumnist and editor of various electronic and paper publications. and reports on Innovatio, Entrepreneurship and STEM issues.

Born 1959 in Alexandria, he studied Biology in Athens, never finished his PhD in Bioinformatics, and spends some weekends hiking and mountain-top communicating with very low power in radiowaves.

He is currently General Manager at Hellenic Association of Mobile Application Companies (HAMAC - ΣΕΚΕΕ).

Stephanie Contomichalos
Founder of Nefeli Nine Retreats

This is twofold for me, and stems from two equally important things: Love for Greece: I grew up in the UK, lived briefly in France and in the US. As my grandparents got older and we started spending more time with them in Athens, I started discovering Greece more and it’s an outstanding place. Traveling around the mainland and falling in love with everything I saw! Greece has beautiful sea, mountains, rivers, it has huge amounts of culture, fantastic food, and great weather. People will undoubtedly feel inspired here.

Angie Verros
Global Talent Acquisition | Sourcing | Rainbow Unicorn Finder | Social Recruiting & Training | Speaker |

Angie is a passionate, strategic talent acquisition leader and global keynote speaker who is passionate about people and technology. She has an impeccable work ethic and proven success in sourcing, engaging, recruiting and hiring outstanding talent. With experience in high growth, entrepreneurial and startup environments, she excels at designing and implementing sourcing and recruiting programs to build social and brand awareness.  

In her 15+ year career in the recruiting space, Angie has worked with organizations to help improve their TA technology strategy. She works closely with technology companies to help TA leaders improve and implement tools and procedures for effective and efficient candidate sourcing and engagement.

Angie is a founding member of SourceCon Chicago, a member of SourceCon’s first Technology Advisory Committee, a board member of STAR Chicago and a participant of the Unleash Startup Zone. She is fully armed with the latest trends and innovations in tools and technology. And because she loves this space so much, she also produces an annual technical recruiting event in Seattle -- Talent42 and an annual DisruptHR Athens in Greece.

On a personal note, Angie enjoys traveling to Greece and spending time with her beautiful daughter and wonderful husband. You'll also catch her listening to Duran Duran tunes.

Alexandros Kokolis
Founder & Managing Director at SEM Wizard

Alexandros has 15 years of experience in advertising and the digital marketing industry. He has handled large international and national accounts, like Piraeus Bank, Cosmote, Papaki, Brink's etc. He is Founder & Managing Director of the award-winning and "Google Premier Partner" Performance-Based Advertising Agency, SEM Wizard. Their mission is to help businesses build a long-term Digital Marketing Strategy that will lead them to a profitable investment by offering tailor-made Online Marketing solutions and services. He is going to speak about e-commerce during the COVID-19 era and the next day in digital marketing.

Lingy Au
Community builder, connector and long time Startup Weekend facilitator

Lingy is a community builder, connector, and long time Startup Weekend facilitator from New Zealand. He now lives in Germany exploring the European market for business opportunities. He is passionate about traveling to new places, connecting with people and their cultures, and unleashing the power of entrepreneurs on a global scale

Tatiana and Georgina Fakoukaki
Creators and Leaders of MIND.T an innovative startup

Tatiana and Georgina Fakoukaki are twin sisters born and raised in Athens Greece. At the age of 14 they moved to California where they attended a design thinking-based high school called design tech high school. They are now pursuing their gap year in Puerto Rico spreading design thinking and innovation mindsets around the island. They are also the creators and leaders of MIND.T an innovative startup that has successfully completed a design thinking challenge in collaboration with The Cube Athens and more

Olga Labutina
Certified Transformation & Success Coach, Trainer

Olga Labutina is a certified transformation and success mindset coach and trainer, helping new entrepreneurs transform their lives by building their dream without fear of failure, and overwhelm and frustration of starting from scratch. 

Olga has 15 years of marketing and communications experience managing projects and teams in Fortune 500 companies and startups, she holds an MBA from SDA Bocconi business school and is a serial entrepreneur herself.

But most importantly, Olga is a wife, a mum of 2 boys and one pup and has always had a way around people, creating clarity, motivation, and results for everyone in her life. And she was brave and happy enough to accept that gift and set herself on a journey to change people’s lives.Choose to succeed and get in touch!

Frederico Roberto
Executive Creative Director at Interweave Agency

Frederico Roberto believes in the power of ideas and how they can still change the world.

He’s been working in creative advertising and communications for the past 20 years and has worked in both Portugal and the UK for different global markets like EMEA, LATAM and APAC. Samsung, HP, Fox International Channels, Nestlé, Bentley Motors, Xbox, Colgate, Virgin Active, Bentley Motors, Unilever and BP are some of the clients he has worked for. Until recently he was the Global Creative Director at the U-Studios, OLIVER Agency inhouse agency at Unilever, working for all of its 300+ brands.He’s now the Executive Creative Director at Interweave Agency in London & Athens.

Frederico has won more than 40 international awards including Cannes Lions, the South American El Ojo, Lovie Awards and the UK’s DADIs and BIMAs Awards and has been judging several prestige international festivals such as Cannes Lions, Dubai Lynx, D&AD and New York Festivals.

Maria Fragkaki
Freelance Digital Marketer & Content Creator | Social Media Instructor | Startup Consultor

Her experience in chess as an elite sport led her to the University of Crete at the Mathematics Department, but her passion for content changed her path.

Starting as a Social Media Manager at a Personal Development Company in 2014, Maria 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, Maria works as a Freelance Digital Marketer & Content Creator, with 5+ years of working experience, 38+ satisfied companies, and more than 270 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, business owners, and employees. Maria’s mission is to spread tech awareness and help people scroll to actually build and not just scroll.

Patrick Bosteels
Chief Connector & Enabler Stage-Co

Patrick Bosteels was a serial entrepreneur with failures and successes. Co-founded Stage-Co & CodeDojo Turkey.

He refers to himself as a cineast and photographer. He worked long enough on a farm to understand how difficult it is. Creative and always positive. Innovation to him doesn’t mean a sh*t if it doesn’t solve a problem in a sustainable way. 

He loves organizing and bringing people together. 

Event Judges

Simon Bensasson
Founder of OK!Thess

Simon, born 1945 in Thessaloniki, has an architecture degree from Aristotle and computer science from the University of London. He has worked as an architect in Zambia and Spain. He worked in the UK initially as a business consultant where he founded two companies in the IT field. In 1990 Simon entered the European Commission in Brussels, being responsible for research on future and emerging technologies in IT and telecommunications.

He dealt with the promotion of "digital cities" and international cooperation in research and technological development. Later, as the senior officer responsible for international relations of the EU in the same sectors, contributed to the preparation of the EU negotiations and agreements with countries such as China, Russia, the US, Brazil and others.

He came back home to Thessaloniki where he taught European politics at ACT. In 2014 he was elected member of the Thessaloniki City Council with special responsibility for innovation. In the latter capacity he has been the founder of OK!Thess an effort to catalyse an innovation ecosystem in the city as well as a pre-incubator for promising startups.

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.

Julio Monzon
President of Monetizemore

Julio is the President of Monetizemore. 

An ad tech company in its 10th year with over 150+ remote employees from all over the world. 

Having grown his Canadian tech company to seven - figures remotely, he has a unique perspective on startups and often mentors at accelerators all over the world, including each summer in Athens, Greece. 

Athina Polina Dova
Chief Operations Officer and Co-Founder of Owiwi

Athina Polina Dova is the Chief Operations Officer and Co-Founder of Owiwi.
She has graduated from Law School and holds an MSc in International Business & Management. Combining legal background, people skills and business acumen she maintains control of diverse business operations and secures the functionality of business to drive extensive and sustainable growth.

She is very active in women entrepreneurship empowerment initiatives and mentoring programs, she has been featured in Greek and International Press, included three times in Fortune 40 under 40 List, she has been nominated for Greek International Woman Award and Female Startup Founder of the Year while this year was chosen as National Female Role Model 2019 at the Global Startup Awards.

She is also elected in the Board of Directors at GiCluster of Corallia, the first creative industries' cluster established Greece regarding the Gaming and Creative Technologies and Applications Industry.

Olesea Fortuna
President of GEN Moldova

Olesea Fortuna is a qualified leader with an extensive experience in executive management of various community building and leadership projects and private enterprises, entrepreneurship ecosystem and development programs, large events, acceleration programs, with business and institutional development training and consulting experience of over 14 years. She has a leading role in the education of startups in Moldova, being the President of GEN Moldova (Global Entrepreneurship Network).

She has been involved as a speaker, mentor, group coach, experimental trainer in projects focused on business development at both international and national levels. Her interests revolve around assisting entrepreneurs in creating, launching, developing national and international businesses and particularly in creative industries and sustainable business models. Among projects deployed in the country she has participated in the design of the first rural entrepreneurship cup (a rural business competition deployed and acceleration program with Estonian partners and with several rural incubators), designed the first fashion acceleration program in collaboration with Fashion Technology Accelerator from Milan and a French fashion consulting agency, deployed and consulted one of the first ecological CSAs groups in Moldova (Community Supported Agriculture) With regard to women entrepreneurship: Olesea has initiated projects for young women starting with 2010 "Life and Business Skills for Girls", started women programs such as GEN WOW Program - a peer to peer women entrepreneurship development program (2014),GEN Creative Women , invited as a national country expert in an EU-funded project "Women Entrepreneurship – A Job Creation Engine for South Eastern Europe" and others.

She was nominated and accepted the role of WED World Ambassador for Moldova for 2015 and 2016.

Coaches and Mentors

Giorgos Nikoletakis
CEO at 100mentors

Ο Γιώργος με την ομάδα του δημιούργησαν τους 100mentors ( και το Tipping Point in Education ( Αποδέκτες του London Business School Founder Award και το Deloitte Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Prize στο Λονδίνο, καθώς και άλλων βραβείων εκπαίδευσης και επιχειρηματικότητας, οι 100mentors έχουν κερδίσει την εμπιστοσύνη 120 international schools από τη Μάλτα, το Λάος μέχρι τη Ναμίμπια, τo Μεξικό και 21,000 μαθητών και φοιτητών σε 44 χώρες.  

 Πριν το 100mentors o Γιώργος εργάστηκε στις Εξαγορές & Συγχωνεύσεις για ενεργειακές μελέτες στις ΗΠΑ, Ισπανία, Μεγάλη Βρετανία, καθώς και σε θέσεις finance και logistics στις ΗΠΑ, την Ελλάδα και την Κίνα.  

 Aκόμα πιο πριν, ίδρυσε το NHSA (το μεγαλύτερο Ελληνικό ακαδημαϊκό οργανισμό της Αμερικής με 4.000 μέλη σε 70 chapters σε ΗΠΑ και Καναδά) και είναι υπότροφος του Fulbright Foundation, του ΙΚΥ και άλλων 10 ιδρυμάτων/οργανισμών. Σπούδασε στο Columbia University και στο OSU, αφού αποφοίτησε από την ΑΣΟΕΕ και το 3ο Λύκειο Ηρακλείου Κρήτης.

Sotiris Bantas
Founder & CEO, Centaur Analytics

Raised in the rawhide trade, an ancient profession tied closely to Greece’s rural economy, it was generally expected Sotiris would follow suit like the generations before him. But his love for numbers and circuits led him to pursue engineering and a career in semiconductors, growing his design automation software startup to multi-million dollar accounts in Silicon Valley and Japan.

Returning to his roots, Centaur allows him to create innovative technology that makes food production safer and ultimately more democratic – proof that creative solutions can help crack tough humanitarian problems.

Sotiris has a degree in Electrical Engineering and a Ph.D. in semiconductor design. He holds four US patents and has several pending.

Vasilis Georgitzikis
Director, LESS Engines

I'm a Computer Engineer turned entrepreneur. I started organizing and managing things at the University, organizing the 2011 FOSSCOM conference, starting P-Space, the first hackerspace in Greece, and then starting codebender, an online programming environment for IoT and one of the early Greek startups in 2012.

Dimitris Koutsioulis
CEO at EnzyQuest

Dr Dimitris Koutsioulis is a cofounder and CEO at Enzyquest, a venture backed biotech company, active in enzyme discovery and manufacturing. He he has engineered over 20 enzyme products that are currently in the market. He has studied Biology at the University of Crete and holds an MSc degree on Molecular Biology and Biomedicine and a PhD in Protein Engineering

Despina Exadaktylou
Founding Member & Director of programs Product-Led Growth Hub

Product-Led Growth consultant, onboarding strategist and Founding Member of Product-Led Growth Hub, world's 1st PLG academy. Despina helps SaaS organizations implement and scale their business strategies. With nearly 10 years of experience in the SaaS industry, her mission is to revolutionize how organizations reach their desired growth levels by leveraging Product-Led Growth, user onboarding, and products' superpowers.

Stilianos Arhondakis
CEO at BioCoS

Stelios Arhondakis holds a PhD in Human Genetics from the Université Paris Diderot-Paris VII (France), with très honorable avec felicitations du jury. He has +15 years of experience in research and innovation. At the end of 2016 founded BioCoS. An emerging B2B Biotech company delivering innovation in the Agritech and Health sectors.

Natalia Kritsali
Social Entrepreneur & Chair of the Board at Bloode

Natalia has been working as a Service and Experience Designer merging strategy and experience design, helping clients to deliver value and achieve service & experience transformation. She has worked with companies like Nike, Ikea, and Eurosport as well as delivered impact-driven work for non-profits.
Natalia graduated for the RCA with an MA in Service Design. During her bachelor studies, back in 2014, she co-founded, an awarded non-profit organization in Greece, that enables people to donate blood through a digital service.

Nick Papanotas
CEO at

Nikolas is the founder and CEO of Geekbot. Starting his career in 2000 he has founded and managed several startups. The past years he is volunteering as a mentor to local startup incubator programs and participates in international panels on future of work and remote working.

Amalia Agathou
Fashion/Tech, Strategy and Innovation Consultant, SW mentor & organiser

Amalia Agathou has more than 12 years of experience in the European startup ecosystem and the creative industries as an entrepreneur and innovation consultant.

A firm believer in innovation fuelled by cross-border and and cross-industry collaboration, Amalia has designed and worked on numerous international projects that merge various industries with the world of startups, like EDF Energy's Pulse Awards, Global Fashion Battle and CFE's Fashiontech accelerator.

An Information & Communication Systems Engineering and Fine Arts graduate, Amalia has co-founded, worked for Conde Nast, London College of Fashion, The Next Web, Studio XO and more. Most recently she helped set up and led as Head of Innovation, Havas UK innovation hub, Havas X, that looks 18 months ahead of the curve at emerging trends across media, tech, culture and data science.

 Agathou is an active mentor and advisor at several entrepreneurial communities and accelerator programs like London Fashion Fund, Blooming Founders, NEF and Techstars.

Vasiliki Kiou
Attorney at Law / Business, Start-ups, Intellectual Property

Vasiliki Kiou is a member of the Athens Bar Association and Foreign Legal Specialist in California. She holds an LL.B. degree from Law School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and an LL.M. in Science, Technology & Intellectual Property Law from University of California, Hastings College of the Law.
Since 2015, Vasiliki has been an Associate at Ergon Law Group, a law firm in San Francisco, California advising and assisting established U.S. and European businesses and start-ups on business formation, corporate governance, financing, contracts and intellectual property. 

She is a member of the Hellenic Law Society of Northern California and advises Greek companies on procedural and documentation matters about product exporting to the United States.
Vasiliki works closely with entrepreneurs and start-ups looking to expand to the U.S. In tune with the latest trends in Silicon Valley, Vasiliki actively participates in events and regularly blogs about business and IP.

Georgios Kontoleon
Co-founder Impact Hub Zürich, Co-founder Panter AG & Co-founder Denteo AG

Business Development, Digital Innovation and Management, Coworking Management, Gastro Setup & Management

Lean Startup, Customer Development, Software Development, J2EE, Open Source, Software Engineering, Ruby on Rails (RoR), SCRUM Agile Development, Mobile Applications, Business Web Applications, Java Script, HTML5, CSS3, Regualtions on Lawful Interception, ETSI TC LI, Lawful Interception Infrastrucutres, Packet Switched Interception, Circuit Switched Interception, System Engineering, Emerging Technologies, Technology Strategy Consulting, Telecommunication Networks

Specialties: Agile Project Management

Serafeim Moustakidis
Co-founder / CTO in AiDEAS OU

Dr Serafeim Moustakidis has wide experience in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and data processing with more than 12 years of research experience in various AI fields. His research focuses in developing novel algorithms for solving important existing and/or emerging problems. He is the founder and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of AIDEAS OU (

Thanos Papavasiliou
Product Designer

Thanos is a Self-taught digital designer with over 12 years of experience. Specialising in e-commerce, Marketplaces and SaaS Products, he has worked with startups and global corporations like Christie’s, Leaseplan, Upstream, incrediblue, CSSIgniter, Hearst Magazines & Manchester City.

Bill Dimtsas
PO Spotoo

Bill is a business experimenter, anti-conformist and passionate about the joy of progress. From August 2015 until May 2018 he was proudly fully dedicated himself to Intrideo, leading the concept from day one. Bill also owns a handful of dead startups on his “trophy room”. Bill is active in many projects (Spotoo app, Artistic) either as a co-founder or as an advisor and an investor in an ever-growing portfolio of businesses.

Petros Amiridis
Founder at HeavyMelon

Working as a software writer (i.e. programmer) since 1998. Worked at GitHub for 9 years both as a front line technical support engineer, a manager of remote teams, and a director. Quit GitHub to build my own calmup, HeavyMelon. We build Supportress, a customer support tool for humans.

John Pagonis
UX Researcher & coach

Dr. John Pagonis is a UX researcher and software production coach who helps teams produce useful software. John's specialty lies with UX research, Scrum coaching, requirements elicitation, requirements management, product discovery and the integration of UX design into agile software production.

Fofi Mimi-Saltiel
Founder of coho – the coworking home

Fofi Mimi-Saltiel (Ph.D. Ruhr University of Bochum and Industrial Engineer, University of Hagen Germany, Mechanical Engineering, Aristoteles University of Thessaloniki) has a 15-year experience in TQM training, consulting and auditing in various German and Greek companies. She was visiting lecturer, Department of Industrial Engineering, Democritus University of Thrace and Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Thessaly. In 2013 she founded coho – the coworking home.

Constantinos Nikolaidis
Senior Analyst at Velocity.Partners VC

I graduated with a bachelors degree in law and a masters in Banking & Finance law, and have previously worked as a Tax Consultant for PwC, and as an Associate at Index Ventures backed startup SeedLegals. I am currently working as a Senior Analyst for Greek based VC firm Velocity.Partners, and I have extensively researched the legal & regulatory aspects of cryptocurrencies.

Sotiris Sotiropoulous
Senior UX Researcher & Designer

Sotiris is a Senior UX researcher & designer who helps teams inform product, service and business decisions, by gathering valuable evidence. He has worked across multiple industries, conducting user research, designing solutions, training researchers and carrying out workshops. Synthesizing user journey mapping with KPI optimisation in an agile environment, helps him improve products in a continuous and iterative way.

Nikos Zachariadis
Lancom Chief Commercial Officer

Nikos is basically a chemist. He studied chemistry, but he soon discovered that chemical compounds are less interesting than human relationships.However, chemistry explains analytically the processes of life, so its reduction to “human compounds” leads to a wonderful way of thinking.In his professional career so far, for about 22 years, Nikos promotes and strengthens formal sales people to people who produce profitable work, with respect and commitment to their collaborators and customers.Nikos does not like numbers. Numbers are just a result that is easy to come, if people can overcome the concept of “opposite” and move on to the concept of “together”.

In the last 6 years he is living the dream of his life, applying his whole experience, devoting all his energy and enjoying every minute of the day at Lancom as Chief Commercial Officer.

His experience is at your disposal, along with his passion for discussions and sharing ideas.

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Organizing Team

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

  • Stavros
  • Maria
  • Apostolos
  • Dimitris
  • Giannis
  • Christos
  • Stefanos Kornilios
    Mitsis Poiitidis
  • Maria
  • Kostas
  • Alexandra


Maria Calafatis
Co - Founder Cube

Co - Founder at The Cube Athens, Athens’ largest co-working community, which hosts some of Greece’s best experts in technology.
The Cube is also home to most of Athens’ technology events, hackathons, innovation sessions and training events.
Maria has been involved with Startup Weekend since 2009, having facilitated over 20 events around the world in cities such as Torino, Athens, Volos, Larissa, Thessaloniki, Patra, Vlasic, Copenhagen, Limerick, Moldova and more.
Her first business was founded at a Startup Weekend.
Maria was invited to join as a fellow to the RSA community in 2016 which provides a platform for the world's leading thinkers, sharing their ideas online, while their Action and Research Centre searches for new and innovative ways to solve society’s greatest challenges.
She loves challenges and connecting with people with the same mindset as her own and turning nothing into something huge & impactful.
A mother to two young boys Panos 14 & George 12, loves to travel and staying fit & active, and loves trying out extreme sports.
Maria's Moto: "It's suppose to be Hard. If it wasn't hard everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it Great"

Stavros Messinis
Startup Weekend Facilitator

Stavros is a sought after Startup Weekend facilitator who enjoys the economic empowerment aspect of the events worldwide.
Founder of The Cube Athens, a startup cluster in Athens, he also works in the maker space by hosting events and mentoring young startups.

Maria-Christina Tsitsopoulos
Community Builder

Community builder wanting to help and inspire as many people as possible to fulfil their entrepreneurial dreams. Greek by origin (and at heart) but born and raised in London, currently living in Spain and with a passion for people, cultures, languages, healthy living (mental and physical), neuroscience and entrepreneurship. Lover of watermelon, deep chats about life and inspirational quotes.

Event Staff

Eleana Glava
Art Director

Eleana has graduated from Lawrence Technological University in Michigan with a BSc in Architecture, MSc in Architecture and Certificate in Sustainable Architecture. During the past five years she is running her hotel in Halkidiki, Greece.

Konstantinos Gkovedaros
Project Manager

This person is kinda cool. Kinda.

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