Startup Weekend Kavala

    Friday, October 13 - 15, 2017

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  3. Judges
  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Kavala

Friday, October 13 - 15, 2017

Friday, October 13 - 15, 2017
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Maritime Museum of Kavala
Kassandrou 3
Kavala, Greece 65403

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The first International Startup Weekend in Eastern Macedonia & Thrace

Startup Weekend Kavala is a 54-hour event where participants pitch ideas for new startup ventures, form diverse teams around those ideas, & work to develop a functional prototype within a weekend. 

The event is going to take place at Kavala’s Cultural Center. The cultural center is a part of the municipal tobacco warehouse, an elegant neoclassical Ottoman building. The venue has a strategic place in Kapnergati Square, where is located in the heart of the city center. 

Startup Weekend Kavala is the first Startup Weekend event in the entire Eastern Macedonia & Thrace with an international character. The event is going to host a French qualified facilitator and well-experienced mentors-judges from abroad.
During the event, all the participants will learn how to make a real company, connect with talented people, experienced mentors from different industries, the organizing team, & launch a real startup after 54 exciting hours.  

Startup Weekend Kavala is the perfect environment to validate your idea, to gain new skills, & meet other local or international marketers, designers, developers, students & startup enthusiasts.  

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Friday October 13th

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 October 14th

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 October 15th

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!

Event Judges

Eva Piperevska
Marketing manager

Gemini | Traveler | Community person |  Dog Owner
Snapchat: itsnaloria.

She is a CMO of, Traveller, Freelance marketer, Dog owner. I help startups start running their businesses. Specialised in marketing for e-commerce businesses. Social Media Addict. Snapchatter. Co-founder of Startup Macedonia. Snapchat: itsnaloria. Ex-volleyball player.

Coaches and Mentors

Valentinos Tzekas
Founder of FightHoax

Valentine started his very own mobile app startup and developed it all by himself, at the age of 18. Magazines such as Forbes say that he has the 'mark of a true entrepreneur'! Proud awardee of the 25Under25 title of the Internet Society organization. After attending SXSW and the successful acquisition of his startup, Valentine is touring, spreading knowledge and motivation among the youth of Greece and the UK! As he says, it's a mission, not a job. At the age of 20, Valentine is trying to reduce the world's mass misinformation spread issue by creating the world's first AI-powered News Analysis algorithm.

Tasos Pagakis
Senior Marketer

Tasos helps “linchpin achievers” start and grow their businesses, mentors teams and students, while he advocates digital transformation everywhere. Had the honor and privilege of working for 12.000 calendar days as a global communications strategist. Launched more than 4.300 propositions for powerful voices in leadership and business, and more than 370 companies in Telecoms, Energy, Financial and FMCG. Led project teams of 850 people and managed more than half a billion budgets for some of the Fortune500 incl. Visa, Ford, Raytheon, Johnson & Johnson, P&G, Unilever, EMC, IBM, Sony. For the last seven years he served the global Marketing & Communication function of Ericsson.

Nikolaos Tsoniotis
Digital Product Manager

Nikolaos Tsoniotis has a Masters in Electronic Eng. and Electronic Communication Systems from The University of Hull. He has worked as a Telecommunications R&D Engineer for over a decade. He is a serial entrepreneur with Mobile Apps, SaaS, Social Good and Hardware startup efforts, and is currently focused on Product Management for early stage startups. Mr. Tsoniotis is also the SKG.Startupers community curator, tech advisor and mentor at AgriEnt accelerator and active startup mentor in ALLILONnet. Board Member of OpenMinds.

Jasna Trengoska
Managing Director at Girls in Tech Macedonia

Jasna is the Co-founder and President of Startup Zone, an organization that supports young startups and promotes tech and innovation. She is the Managing Director of Girls in Tech Macedonia, a chapter of a global organization focused on engaging and empowering women to pursue careers in STEM. She is a startup co-founder and enthusiast with background in Computer Science and specializing in Customer Success over the last few years. Her personal passion revolves around possible applications of blockchain tech to digital identities and civil society. She masters problem-solving, networking and dot-connecting.

Thanasis Papapostolou
Certificated Coach | Consultant

I’m a Certified Coach, Trainer and Business Consultant. Founder of AIP Consulting, a company that provides Training, Mystery Shopping and Customer Experience services and solutions across Cyprus and Greece for major multinational companies in Automotive, Beauty & Fashion and Electronics industries. Additionally, I have  founded, which offers access to top career coaching and job-search services and advice. Prior to that, I have served in sales management positions for various FMCG & Retail multinational companies for 15+ years. In SWKavala I wish to support the participants particularly with their customer measurement & learning process on the way of turning their ideas into products.

Inna Boyadzhieva
Lawyer | Trainer | Speaker

Inna Boyadzhieva is co-founder of BBU Foundation, owner of Backersway and Indiegogo academic program leader. She is co-organizer of SBC – Leaders.Influence.You meetups and member of Forbes Woman Society. Her talent is bridging the gap between talented entrepreneurs & people with money. Her goal is to work hand in hand with aspiring business owners to bring their dreams to fruition.

Leonidas Skerletopoulos

Certified as a coach and specialized in behavioural architecture, Leonidas helps business
connect with their clients and social businesses design interventions for social change. He
has been actively involved with the startup, business and social business ecosystems in
Greece as a consultant and trainer. He currently serves as Marketing and Communications
consultant at Evros Chamber of commerce, special advisor at Society of Social Psychiatry and
Mental Health, founder of the Mindspark, Co-founder of The Nest Hellenic Centre for Socent,
production associate at the Social Growth TV Show (ΕΡΤ), National Rep of the European
Social Marketing Association (ESMA), and Cο-ordinators member at the International Social
Marketing Association (iSMA).

Organizing Team

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

  • Antonis
  • Maria
  • Christos
  • Christodoulos
  • Sophie
  • Tina


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