Techstars Startup Weekend Thessaloniki March 2020

    Friday, March 20 - 22, 2020

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  2. Schedule
  3. Coaches and Mentors
  4. Sponsors
  5. Organizing Team
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Techstars Startup Weekend Thessaloniki March 2020

Friday, March 20 - 22, 2020

Friday, March 20 - 22, 2020
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Komotinis 2
Entrance: Kidonion & Maria Kallas
Thessaloniki, Greece 54655

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Do you have a startup idea but don't know where to start or who to start with? Techstars Startup Weekend Thessaloniki 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!

Hmm, what's the gameplan?
  • You'll pitch your own idea or listen to others,
  • Then vote on the most interesting ideas and form teams,
  • Then start working.
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 March 20th

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 March 21st

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 March 22nd

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!

Coaches and Mentors

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.

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.

Gerasimos Tsiamalos
Designer / Co-founder at CSSIgniter

Gerasimos Tsiamalos is just another Web designer. In 2007 he discovered and embraced the almighty WordPress and 7 years ago he co-founded, an online marketplace for Premium WordPress Themes which has served more than 98,000 customers around the world. 

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.

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.

Giannis Psaroudakis
Director of Product Management at Optimizely

Product leader with 12+ years track record in consumer & enterprise software products. Passionate about entepreneurship, solving complex problems with lasting impact and working alongside highly-motivated teams. Currently, Director of Product in Optimizely's Data & Analytics group. Previously at Microsoft and France Telecom. Holds Msc degrees in Software Engineering and Tech Management. 

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Techstars Startup Weekend Thessaloniki March 2020 team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
Learn how to become a sponsor here.

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Organizing Team

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

  • Dimitri
  • Christodoulos
  • Alexandros


Candice Capelle
Co founder & CEO @l'Ascenseur Corpo

L'Ascenseur Corpo booste le potentiel innovation des individus et des entreprises. 

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.

Niki Sorogas
Marketing Manager

Niki holds a Computer/Electrical Engineering diploma and an MSc in Materials Physics and Technology from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She has worked in the public sector, start-ups, tech/music industry, as a freelancer and at research facilities. Advancing towards STEAM empowerment and entrepreneurship she also loves communications, marketing and business development strategies. Coming from a multiculti background (Sydney, Aus) she strongly supports a variety of mentoring activities and volunteering for causes. Up to date, Niki is a Physics Ph.D candidate, Marketing Communications Manager for Mindspace NPO in Thessaloniki and maker of award-winning hub

George Chatzis
Sponsors Manager / Ticket Master

George is an alumni of Mandoulides Schools, where he attended for 6 six years holding a full scholarship and graduating with honors. Currently, he is working towards a Diploma in Electrical and Computer Engineering (AUTh). Over the last few years, he developed an interest for entrepreneurship and startups. This is why he attended the Thessaloniki Entrepreneurship School in 2018 and the Microsoft Student Partners “Let's have a Hackathon!” event, where his team won first place. He has been part of a team trying to modernize Greek universities, via the use of an online assistant for both students and visitors, and has also been member in a project aiming to educate children how to recycle while playing a form of arcade games. In October 2019 he started the Thessaloniki Chapter of Mindspace, an organization trying to make students Entrepreneurial.

Konstantinos Gkovedaros
Project Manager

This person is kinda cool. Kinda.

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