Startup Weekend Thessaloniki

    Friday, December 7 - 9, 2018

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  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
  8. Blog
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Startup Weekend Thessaloniki

Friday, December 7 - 9, 2018

Friday, December 7 - 9, 2018
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Komotinis 2
Entrance: Kidonion & Maria Kallas
Thessaloniki, Central Macedonia 54655

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Build products

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!

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Friday December 7th

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 December 8th

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 December 9th

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!


Alexandros Melis
Marketing Director IEK ALFA - MC Thessaloniki

Alexandros has a Bachelor on Mechanical Engineering from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and a Master in Arts in Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations from The University of Sheffield. He has an extensive working experience both in Event Marketing and Community Management, having worked in various startups in the past.

Iro Kalemi
Entrepreneur / Owner of &

Iro graduated from Cass Business School London with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Certificate in Management of Luxury Companies from Bocconi University. Iro’s background is focused in the area of digital media with experience in e-commerce and performance marketing. Her career has taken her from London to Hong Kong to Washington D.C., spanning both in-house and agency experience. She has been running her own lifestyle blog,, and handmade clothing and has also worked as a freelance social media manager.

Event Judges

Simon Bensasson
Head 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 is the Coordinator of OK!Thess an effort to catalyse an innovation ecosystem in the city as well as a pre-incubator for promising startups.

Coaches and Mentors

Nick Papanotas
CEO at

Nick is a serial founder that specializes on web development with open source technologies (php, mysql, memcache, etc.), search engine optimization, social media and marketing.

Georgia Tsiamanta
Golden Gate Pro Founder & Education Manager

Georgia has a background in Mathematics and Computer Science. She is the Founder and Education Manager of the coding academy Golden Gate Pro, and she is in charge of the educational programs aiming for the developers' up-skilling. She has a extensive experience working for SaaS startups as a Customer Success Manager and now as a Customer Support Consultant.

Dimitrios Kourtesis
Co-founder, Goodvidio & Ideas Forward

Dimitrios is a computer scientist and entrepreneur working at the intersection of applied research and product strategy. He has worked as an academic researcher and independent consultant in industrial R&D projects for over 10 years and has started two companies. He is co-founder of Goodvidio, a venture-backed marketing technology startup helping brands and retailers to improve customer experience with curated user-generated video. He is also co-founder of Ideas Forward, a technology consultancy helping software companies become stronger competitors in their market through R&D and new product development. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Sheffield.

Lisa Vlachopoulou
Founder and CEO of

Lisa sets the vision for digital language education and holds one of the key positions in the international online market. Besides that, she is a certified digital marketer and the general marketing director of, owning also a Bachelor degree in German Language and Literature. Utilizing and properly applying her extensive experience in the field of online education, made it possible to successfully run an international language learning company that constantly expands, with MyLingoKids and MyLingoBusiness being soon in the on-line market.

Ioannis Feneris
User Experience Designer

Ioannis is a User Experience Designer, loving to being challenged by design problems. He is participating in several projects and products, many of which you are currently using. For him, UX is culture: Placing the user in the center of every stage of the creation and the evolution of a product, from an idea's conception to the next MVP or released version.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

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

  • Kostas
  • Maria
  • Dimitri

Event Staff

Christodoulos Ypodimatopoulos
Sponsors Assistant

Experienced Human Resources Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the military industry. Strong administrative professional skilled in Marketing Management, Team Building, Marketing Event Planning, Management, and Startups.

Vasiliki Soultani
Sponsors Manager

Vasiliki is currently a Marketing "Turtle" at Arist.u.r.t.le. She has a 3-year old experience at TEDxUniversityofMacedonia as a Curator and Experience Manager and she is an active translator at TED's Open Translation Project. Besides that, she studies at University of Macedonia, specializing on Special Education.

John Tikas
Operations Assistant

Studies medicine at Aristotle University, while working as a part-time research fellow in bioinformatics at the Hellenic Foundation for Cancer Research. Also develops his own fintech startup in quantitative trading.

Alexandros Spyropoulos
Art Director

Co Founder of Octappush, a Mobile Game Discovery App. Full Stack Developer, pursuing a Bachelors of Science (BSc) in Applied Informatics in Economics at the Univesity of Macedonia.

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