Startup Weekend Thessaloniki

    Friday, December 7 - 9, 2018

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  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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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

7:30 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

8:00 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

8:30 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:00 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

9:30 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Business Model Canvas Presentation
Learn how to use the Business Model Canvas

10:45 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up a roadmap for the weekend

12:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

2:00 pm

3:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for 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

9:30 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Work time
Prepare for the final sprint

12:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

2:00 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

6:00 pm

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!


Alexandros Melis
Marketing Director

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 line and has also worked as a freelance social media manager.

Stavros Korokithakis
Inorganic life form

Stavros saw a computer for the first time when he was nine, and he that's when knew what he wanted to do for the rest of his life. First he wrote software for a decade or so, and then he started working with hardware and 3D printing, rounding out the maker skillset. He likes inventing things ironically, and combining two useful devices into one useless one. His hobbies include photography and drones, and anything that combines the two.

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.

Eric Parks
Partner at Velocity Partners VC

Eric Parks is a General Partner at Velocity Partners, an Athens based VC fund focusing on pre-seed and seed investments. Eric is a Geek. He got his first computer, a ZX Spectrum 48, at age 7 and believes that the whole tech scene went downhill after that. As a Half-American half-Greek Geek (see what we did there?)  he's joyfully embraced and unleashed his inner geekness upon both the tech startup and advertising industries over the last 14 years. Well-armed in studies in Criminology and Criminal Justice and a Law degree - because oops, wrong degrees - he's been equally involved with the startup community as well as the advertising industry. He's co-founded a couple of startups, is an advisor, investor and member of the board at a number of others, is active in the startup mentor scene and has headed the digital departments of Leo Burnett Athens, Omnicom as well as The Newtons Laboratory. He's -weirdly- won several awards and been Head of the Digital Awards Committee at the Greek Advertising Association's Hermes awards. Passions include Gamification (before it was a buzzword), the convergence of digital and physical, storytelling, the deeper philosophical underpinnings of the morality in digital endeavors and Pizza. Especially Pizza. Finally, he still doesn't know what he'll be when he grows up but is working on it.

George Zografos
co-founder & head of 360 and interactive at ADMINE

George is a never stopping creative tech dreamer. Founded ADMINE with two of his best friends at 2008 which is now the largest independent digital agency in Greece. He has consulted, and co-funded numerous startups and he is always hunting for the next big idea. Today he is the head of 360 and interactive dpt. at ADMINE where creates digital ideas that transform the way businesses and users come together.

George Bouzianas
co-Founder & CTO at Fieldscale

George received his M.Eng. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical and computer engineering from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. His passion is to solve complex engineering problems by utilizing and developing advanced numerical algorithms of computational physics. In 2015 along with Yiorgos Bontzios, they co-founded Fieldscale, a high tech startup in the field of simulation software. Currently he serves as CTO where he is responsible for the development of Fieldscale's core techonlogy, integration of it into the final offering and for setting the product roadmap. His research interests include methods of computational electromagnetics, modeling of high frequency effects in advanced materials like graphene, integral equations, high performance computing techniques, fast multipole method, hierarchical semi-separable matrices. Usually you will find him studying about product-market fit, management, leadership. In his free time he likes to exercise.

Yorgos Mousmoulas
Partner at Matavallon VC

He was previously Investment Director at Attica Ventures, a €30m Series A fund set up with investment from the TA.NE.O. fund-of-funds and Attica Bank, where he covered the IT, Telecom, Microelectronics, Automation & Robotics, eCommerce, Logistics, and Medical technology sectors. At Metavallon Yorgos oversees 4 investments mostly in Data Analytics & ML (Intelistyle, Perc.Robotics, Tendertec, Trucksters).

Coaches and Mentors

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.

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
Founder, Ideas Forward

Dimitrios is helping software companies build the right products for the right markets. He has 13 years of experience in research and new product development and has started two companies: Ideas Forward - a software product innovation consultancy, and Goodvidio - a VC-backed tech startup which failed to cross the chasm that separates early market adoption from mainstream market success. He is currently a startup coach at OKThess, head of R&D at Apifon, a technical expert for the European Commission and advisor and investor in Loceye. 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.

Lucy Xu
Founder & Marketer, The Port

Lucy is the Founder of The Port, an advisory and consulting firm helping Greek and American businesses build branding, craft messaging, and drive growth. Lucy has a degree in business from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and moved from New York City to Athens in 2016 to help adapt best practices from America for the burgeoning Greek tech market.

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.

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.

Anni Panagiotopoulou
Connecting Technology, Strategy and People

Anni has international experience in management and sales consulting, specializing in services (incl. SaaS), supply chain and process optimization. Her strong points are B2B business development and project & team management in multicultural and multifunctional expert environments. Last year she founded a tech start up, co-created a local community on blockchain and runs a networking group for Greek professionals. She lives in the Netherlands, holds a Dipl.-Ing. Mechanical Engineering and an MSc. Supply Chain Management, is an agile & scrum professional, holds a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and a certificate in Fintech by Oxford University.

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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.
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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.

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 Manager

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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