Techstars SW Volos

    Friday, November 24 - 26, 2017

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Techstars SW Volos

Friday, November 24 - 26, 2017

Friday, November 24 - 26, 2017
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Department of Planning and Regional Development
Volos, Thessaly 383 34

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Believe in your dreams and dream big

Το Startup Weekend έρχεται για πέμπτη φορά στην πόλη του Βόλου στις 24-25-26 Νοεμβρίου 2017. 

Η διοργάνωση του πέμπτου Startup Weekend Volos υποστηρίζεται και από τη Μονάδα Καινοτομίας και Επιχειρηματικότητας του Πανεπιστημίου Θεσσαλίας. Κατά την διάρκεια των τελευταίων 5 ετών έχουν συμμετάσχει πάνω από 400 άτομα από όλη την Ελλάδα.

Κατά τη διάρκεια του τριημέρου , οι συμμετέχοντες σχηματίζουν ομάδες και σχεδιάζουν πρωτότυπα επιχειρηματικά projects, τα οποία παρουσιάζουν στο κοινό και στους κριτές – επιχειρηματίες/επενδύτες. Οι καλύτερες ομάδες κερδίζουν διάφορα βραβεία και υποστήριξη για να συνεχίσουν με την ιδέα τους! 

Το Startup Weekend είναι ένας παγκόσμιος μη κερδοσκοπικός θεσμός, ο οποίος αποτελείται από νέους, και φιλόδοξους ανθρώπους, ανάμεσά τους και επιχειρηματίες.

Όλα τα μέλη της παγκόσμιας αυτής διοργάνωσης έχουν ως στόχο να εμπνεύσουν, να διδάξουν και να εμψυχώσουν άτομα που ενδιαφέρονται για την επιχειρηματικότητα, ώστε να μοιραστούν τις ιδέες τους, να δημιουργήσουν ομάδες και μέσα σε 54 ώρες να δημιουργήσουν μια start-up επιχείρηση.

Είμαστε υπερήφανοι που αποτελούμε μέρος αυτής της πρωτοποριακής διοργάνωσης, καθώς πρόκειται για ένα παγκόσμιο κίνημα που μετράει 3000+ εκδηλώσεις σε 110+ χώρες σε όλο τον κόσμο και στόχος μας είναι να εδραιώσουμε τον Βόλο και την περιοχή της Θεσσαλίας στην παγκόσμια αυτή επιχειρηματική κοινότητα.

Το κόστος συμμετοχής στην εκδήλωση ανέρχεται στα 10€ με 20€. 
Τα εισιτήρια περιλαμβάνουν το κόστος συμμετοχής στην εκδήλωση, τα γεύματα του 3ημέρου, πρωινό καφέ , γραφική ύλη για όλο το τριήμερο, αναψυκτικά, ποτά και πολλές άλλες εκπλήξεις και δώρα!

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Friday November 24th

6:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

7:00 pm
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 November 25th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Startup Weekend & Local Heroes
Speakers from the local community and older participants, share their failures and experience from their own startups.

10:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

1:00 pm

2:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

2:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

7:00 pm
Ask a Startup Lawyer | Workshop
Vasiliki Kiou discuss legal topics affecting entrepreneur new ventures.

8:00 pm

8:30 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 November 26th

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

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!


Sotiris Bantas

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.

Coaches and Mentors

Spiros Alvertis

Designing for new and traditional media for over 20 years, Spiros found a wide spectrum of self-expression in design thinking.

His interest in technology soon led him from visual communication & advertising to digital product design & entrepreneurship.  

In 2013 he co-founded Allcancode, envisioning anyone being creative with advanced technology.

The company has developed a platform that allows anyone to quickly build apps of any complexity by assembling components like Lego bricks. This endeavor was crowned with success in 2017 when the company won the Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award for their innovative idea and business model.

Spiros favorite “startup” moment is when Allcancode was selected to participate in the famous Y Combinator business acceleration program in Silicon Valley.

There, he worked intensively with inspiring mentors to refine and develop further their idea and learned how to “build something people want”.

Mara Tsoumari

CEO & Founder of SentiGeek Administrator of AgriEntrepreneurship group,

Director of AgriEnt/AgriEnt Accelerator PhD in pragmatics/semantics, NLP, corpus linguistics, translation; MA in Translation; University degree in English Language & Literature.

Mara runs SentiGeek, a text analytics/customer analytics company.

She also runs AgriEnt group and Accelerator, acknowledged by DG-Agri for its contribution in promoting startups and scale ups in the agri-food sector.
Mara is also a Research Fellow at the Language & Graphic Communication Lab, Department of Multimedia & Graphic Arts, Cyprus University of Technology. Among others, she has designed an annotation tool for parallel corpora, has been a translator/editor for many years, and worked at the Financial Times, London.
She taught translation courses in public & private university institutions.
She has experience in sales, marketing & communication.

Mara and her brother Yiannis are organic growers of herbs, pulses and flaxseed with their branded products currently entering the market.

Vasiliki Kiou
Attorney at law

Vasiliki Kiou is a member of the Athens Bar Association and Foreign Legal Consultant in California. She completed her law degree at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and she holds a Master of Laws from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law with specialization in Science, Technology and Intellectual Property Law.

In 2015, Vasiliki has joined Dimitriou & Associates P.C. a law firm in San Francisco, California, and she advises and assists established businesses and start-ups on business formation, corporate governance, financing, contract drafting and intellectual property protection.

She is a member of the Hellenic Law Society of Northern California and advises Greek companies on procedural and documentation matters regarding product exports to the United States.

Moreover, she has completed additional studies in privacy protection and she is a Certified Privacy Professional and member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). Vasiliki works with young entrepreneurs and start-ups that are looking to expand to the U.S.

She is in tune with the latest trends in Silicon Valley by actively participating in events and forums and regularly blogging. She is an e-commerce enthusiast and has extensive experience working as an Of Counsel in multiple companies that are promoting Greek products in the U.S. market.

George Pilpilidis

George was born in Thessaloniki and studied in the department of Electrical Engineer in University of Thessaly, Volos, where he dropped school to work as a freelancer full stack developer for web and mobile applications for various clients. Started studying on startups after attending his first Startup Weekend in Volos in 2014 where he and his team actually failed to get a winning place but didn’t give up.

Following some proud startup fails he started with his partner and co-founder George Siatras and has successfully won several startup competitions, raising his first funds for his venture. Being an active jack of all trades in the tourism industry and with knowledge on tech, startups, team and project management he’d be glad to help you with anything you need.

Theodoros Skamagos

Originating from Nikaia, Piraeus, Theodoros got an Ichthyology degree and a Master in Business Administration from Paris School of Business, Pôle ESG (Marketing & International Business). His career started in Vita Maris, where he worked in the field of seafood processing, specialized in fish products processing. His professional development arose soon, through senior executive positions in the food industry, with a key position at NIREAS SA aquaculture industry, as a Director of Industrial Products.  Since 2000 he was employed exclusively at the Logistics sector as Logistics Manager in temperature controlled chain at Makro Cash & Carry and Carrefour-Marinopoulos. In 2006, along with Vagelis Repas, he funded Metron Logistics SA in which, up to date, he holds the position of Chairman & CEO. Since 2016 he is a member of the National Council of Competitiveness and Development of Supply Chain, under the Ministry of Economy and Development of Greece and a member of SEV’s (Hellenic Federation of Enterprises) Initiative Team for Logistics. 

Alexandros Keramidas

Holding BSc's on Industrial Management & Technology and Computer Science, Alex started early his entrepreneurial career in the fields of industrial packaging and the textile industry. He later expanded to software development on several platforms, like mobile, web and SaaS.   Aside from the above he is also working on Authentiq as head of the android product on an ambitious authentication service that changes the way we handle our identity through the use of our mobile phones. 

Discuss with him issues about software development, UX/UI, digital marketing, packaging, branding and industrial production.

Ioanna Elabd

Ioanna is the heart of Wabi & Sabi, Inc., a brand intelligence and innovation strategy consultancy dedicated to architecting meaningful dialogues and transformative human-centered experiences that resonate and inspire action at the speed of culture.    

Starting out as a Cornell University architecture graduate, her deep interest in the intersection of culture, design and human interaction, and their ability to exponentially affect and even shape each other, led her from designing structures to building experiences. Ioanna is known for her hands-on, sometimes unconventional methodologies, often making connections others miss. Her process is agile and adaptive, focused on managing complexity efficiently and understanding underlying values hidden behind needs. 

Her passion is helping businesses transform from for profit to for purpose while turning their vision into sustained profitable growth through social impact. She insists that engagement and interactivity are key, that optimism is vital, and that authenticity and collaboration are everything. 

For her, “brands are people and people are brands, so designing for them must be intuitive, of a kind, imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete.”   

Over the past 15+ years, she has been devising ideas, comprehensive cross-platform strategies and projects, for brands and organizations of all shapes and sizes. She splits her time between the US and Greece, working only on projects and products she believes in. Her clients range from individuals, startups, and SMEs to fortune 500 companies on both sides of the Atlantic, including: Ralph Lauren, NBC, the Travel Channel, SONY, IBM, MTV, VH1, Shiseido, Sara Lee, DOVE, Tag Heuer, Curtiss Wright, Dolphin Capital Investors, and GEK/TERNA among many others.   

In 2016, through a closed competition, the National Library of Greece awarded her the complex task of helping prepare for its historical transition to its new home at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center in Athens, designed by Renzo Piano. The SNFCC is the first public-private partnership of its kind in Greece, and the largest cultural/educational project ever undertaken in the country.   

She has been working closely with the NLG on multiple levels ever since, helping restructure the organization, re-imagine its role in society, and develop its new identity, services and outreach strategy. Her tools of choice are interdisciplinary participatory processes with an emphasis on systems thinking, interaction and service design.  

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. 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 12 & Georgie 10, 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"

Maria Vytinidou
Fashion Designer/ CEO Athens Fashion Club

Maria Vytinidou, Chemist-Designer-Fashion Entrepreneur, distinguished by VOGUE ITALIA for her entrepreneurship, started her career as a Marketing executive at a multinational company and continued as a Fashion Designer by creating Innovative Wearable Technology and Ready-to-wear Luxury Collections with the label ‘Μaria Vytinidou Luxury Design Brand’. Being a graduate of Central St Martin's College of Arts & Design and  London College of Fashion she had also the skills to become the founder of AthensFashionclub,a leading school in Fashion & Business, and the 1rst Athens Fashion Business Incubator ‘The Fashion Gate’.

She presented with success for the first time the Wearable Technology collections at the international conference “Nanotexnology 2013” by incorporating high technology materials in the garments, such as leds, flexible solars, el-wires and optical fibers.

In 2013 she established her company as one of the best 20 High Fashion Technology companies in the world after participating at the business accelerator Contest Startupbootcamp High Tech XL in Eindhoven of Holland, while 2 years later in 2015 the international exhibition Fair ‘Premiere Vision’ announced her as one of the most Innovative Fashion Designers in Wearable Technology.

She is an official member of  the Orange Grove Accelerator of the Dutch Embassy in Greece and also jury of the New Designers Award at AXDW.
The designer created ‘The Fashion Gate’ Fashion Incubator in 2016 by providing business growth,consulting and mentoring to emerging designers and fashion startups, which ended with success for the first year for 13 Fashion brands that participated at Styl Kabo International Trade Fair. She has given plenty of talks, presentations and pitches for Fashion & Business  in events such as  Mad Awards, AXDW, Panorama Epixeirimatikotitas, Digital Fashion forum, Athens Science Festival, Innovathens, , Fashioning the Law, 4Casting, Bossible, Startup Weekend etc.Also she has presented her collections many times at AXDW, TV Channels such as Ant1, SKAI, STAR and published press, magazines and newspapers.

In October 2017, she was the Project Leader of the longest fashion show in AXDW by presenting 112 garmants, made by the students of her Fashion School.After the fashion show,VOGUE ITALIA presented at the official website 5 creations by the students with special comments for the contribution of the school to young designers.

Demitrios Pournarakis

My name is Demitrios Pournarakis and I am an Information Technology Scientist.
I currently work with nimbata and consult companies in solving marketing problems through data driven approaches.

I am an academic with a strong business background.
I hold a PhD in Digital Marketing and am also active in research as a member of the ISTLab at Athens University of Economic and Business (AUEB), focusing on research problems that have to do with: Digital Marketing, Big Data Analytics and Social Network Analysis.

My previous academic experience involves an MBA from AUEB, an MSc in Information Systems from City University London and a BSc in Information Systems Management from AUEB.I have worked for 10 years in the IT industry , gaining experience in design, development, configuration and management of large IT projects.

As an IT Consultant at IBM I participated in the launch of large scale projects and have gained significant experience in presenting offerings to C-level executives.
On the web, I enjoy surfing and occasionaly posting on Twitter.

I am a father, an owner of a beautiful dog and I am passionate about long walks, books, philosophy, art and golf.

Dimitris Balaouras

Dimitris is a versatile Software Architect with more than 15 years of professional experience in developing large Software Engineering projects, focusing on SaaS Applications and Distributed Services.

Recently, he co-founded the companies and, which focus on Conversational UIs and Software Deployment Automations, respectively.

His expertise includes Software Design, Business Analysis, Project Management, Team Leadership, Information Security, Data modelling, Web Development, Mobile Development and DevOps.

Spiros Alvertis
Co-founder at Allcancode

Designing for new and traditional media for over 20 years, Spiros found a wide spectrum of self-expression in design thinking. His interest in technology soon led him from visual communication & advertising to digital product design & entrepreneurship.

 In 2013 he co-founded Allcancode, envisioning anyone being creative with advanced technology. The company has recently developed a platform which streamlines how custom software are being made.

This endeavor was crowned with success in 2017 with the Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award . Spiros favorite “startup” moment is when Allcancode was selected to participate in the famous Y Combinator business acceleration program in Silicon Valley. There, he worked intensively with inspiring mentors to refine and develop further their idea and learned how to “build something people want”.

 His current obsession is how customer experience can be personalized across channels & touchpoints using the Lean Startup Methodology and Allcancode’s app making platform.

 Discuss with him about the importance of UI/UX, how to use effectively the Business Model Canvas and why the Platform Business Model can disrupt an entire industry.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Techstars SW Volos 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 Volos is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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  • Chrisa
  • Apostolos
  • Achilleas


Maria-Christina Tsitsopoulos
Regional Manager of Techstars Startup Programs

A Greek who was born and raised in London, with a degree in Spanish & Italian and a passion for people, cultures, and entrepreneurship. Currently the Regional Manager in for the Western & Southern European communities of the Techstars Startup Programmes and wants to help as many people as possible to fulfil their entrepreneurial dreams. 

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Learning Services Executive

Anna Mitsiou
Focus Champion

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Food & Beverage Executive

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Ethical Hacker

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Creator of opportunities

Ioanna Tsotra
Art Official Intelligence

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Master of Disaster

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The Moment Capturer

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The Creator of Vision

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