Startup Weekend Volos

    Friday, November 30 - December 2, 2018

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Startup Weekend Volos

Friday, November 30 - December 2, 2018

Friday, November 30 - December 2, 2018
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Department of Planning and Regional Development
Volos, Greece

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it's never too late to follow your dreams

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:
  • 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.

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Friday November 30th

6:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

7:00 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

9:30 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 1st

9:15 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:50 am
The Daily Agenda
General Information about the day.

10:00 am
Angel & Devils
The feedback game by Apostolos Leousis

11:00 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

1:30 pm

1:50 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

2:15 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

6:00 pm
Tools for Startups
Short Presentation by Dr Achileas Barlas - Technology Transfer Consultant at PRAXI Network

6:30 pm
Legal Issues for Startuppers
An interactive workshop by Athanasios-Antonios "Thanos" Leontaris Lawyer-Legal Advisor

7:30 pm

8:15 pm
Preparation for tomorrow's final pitch in a relaxing and fun way. (optional)

9:30 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday December 2nd

10:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:30 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

12:45 pm
How do I get funding for my startup?
Our special guests Metavallon VC and Velocity Partners VC give us a brief introduction about them (Open to public)

1:45 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

5:30 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Theodoros Skamagos
Chairman & CEO, Metron Logistics S.A.

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. 

Katerina Kanteraki
Program and Operations Manager at Metavallon VC

As Operations Manager at Metavallon VC, Katerina is mastering the operations side of running an internationally minded VC in Greece and is passionate about unearthing or nurturing Greek tech startup DNA. Processing hundreds of startup applications in the past year, Katerina, has gained invaluable insights on the startup components that are correlated to early-stage fundraising success.

Coaches and Mentors

Sotiris Bantas
Founder & CEO, Centaur Analytics

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.

Michael Tsaoutos
General Manager of EPSA Soft Drinks

Michael Tsaoutos was born in 1965 and grew up in Volos. He lives in Athens with his wife and three daughters. He holds a degree in Electrical Engineering & Computer Engineering from National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) and was awarded a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Warwick Business School.

Since 2010 he is the General Manager of EPSA Soft Drinks. EPSA produces soft drinks since 1924 and its products are available all over Greece. Exports are building up and currently EPSA exports to 28 countries, including Australia, USA and many GCC countries. During the last few years EPSA introduced innovative products into the market, namely Organic Lemonade and Orangeade and the "EPSA light" series, where sugar is replaced by sweetener from the stevia plant. EPSA’s latest success is the Pink Lemonade.

Before EPSA, Michael had worked for more than two decades in Lambrakis Press. He started in 1988 as a Technology Editor for Apple products in RAM magazine. Later he became Editorial Editor for BHMARAM newspaper insert, for bit magazine and inLife magazine. He was a member of the team that started portal and organized all paid subscriptions of From 2003 until 2010 he became General Manager of (Lambrakis Press' e-commerce site). Until 2010 he also worked as a technology consultant for RAM and HiTECH magazines. When time permits, he still plays around with various Apple devices.

He was a member of the Greek national ski team, Greek national water ski team and represented Greece in Camel Trophy 2000 and Land Rover G4 Challenge. For the last few years he enjoys training for Ironman triathlon races.

Nikos Zachariadis
Lancom Chief Commercial Officer

In his professional career so far, for about 22 years, Nikos promotes and strengthens formal sales people to people who produce profitable work, with respect and commitment to their collaborators and customers. In the last 4 years he is living the dream of his life, applying his whole experience, devoting all his energy at Lancom as Chief Commercial Officer.

Bill Dimtsas
Chairman and CEO of 'Bill Dimtsas holding Companies'

Bill is a business experimenter, anti-conformist and passionate about the joy of progress.

Gained his business smarts from the world outside of a classroom, trusting intuition and a hands-on curriculum. Since 2008, Bill has been a natural businessman.

At the age of 27, he launched his first business venture, by starting ‘By Nature’, that operated in the field of plant based cosmetics. In 2015 he chooses to leave the cosmetics field aside and move towards a new field. Through this activity, he accumulated knowledge and expertise on international trade, growth and expansion, sales and exports, market introduction, as well as franchise chain management.

Bill also owns a handful of dead startups on his “trophy room”.From August 2015 until May 2018 he was proudly fully dedicated himself to Intrideo, leading the concept from day one. In less than two years, since investment was received from Canadian investors to fund the Greek start up, Bill have accepted an offer to sell his shares back to the company. His first successful startup exit was a fact.

Bill is chairman and CEO of 'Bill Dimtsas holding Companies' and an investor in an ever-growing portfolio of businesses.
He lives in Greece with wife Ourania, daughter Ioanna and son Bill.

Outside of the office, Bill spends time with his family and enjoys travelling, collecting beer bottles, and reading a good book. Hates driving and loves sugar.

Danae Varangis
Founder and CEO of DV Closet

Combining a love of style and fashion, with extensive behind-the-scenes experience in both shows and media, Danae Varangis is the founder and COO of DV Closet.

Established in November 2015 as the result of Danae’s vision and a successful Kickstarter campaign, DV Closet is an app that brings fashion styling into the virtual space. 

The app offers personalised styling and shopping advice, as well as news and opinions on fashion all delivered by its in-house network of stylists.

With a passion for styling and fashion going back to early childhood, Danae moved to the UK from Greece to attend University of the Arts London where she obtained a Bachelor’s degree in media and cultural studies.

This opened up a world of possibilities to the young entrepreneur as she worked for fashion house London Ethnic, The Synergy Events, and media giant Condé Nast International, ultimately organising four London Fashion Week Shows.

Taking her solid industry experience and combining it with a drive to deliver affordable, personalised styling in the digital world, Danae created DV Closet.

She now leads a team of dedicated virtual stylists and personal shoppers who help users of the app create signature looks and bespoke styles based on their likes and budget.

And the future is equally bright as Danae readies DV Closet to launch its unique clothing range — eight versatile pieces to complement any style and any wardrobe.

Thanasis Papapostolou
Certified Coach | Trainer | CX Consultant

Thanasis is the 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, he has founded, a platform that offers access to top career coaching and job-search services and advice. Prior to that, he has served in sales management positions for various FMCG & Retail multinational companies for 15+ years. 

In SWVolos he wishes to support the participants particularly with their customer measurement & learning process on the way of turning their ideas into products.

Dimitris Balaouras
CTO & GM, SB Technologies

Dimi has studied Electrical Electronics and Computer Engineering at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. His has many years of experience as a Software Architect and Tech Lead, working for startups and large enterprises.

 He is currently the General Manager and CTO of SB Technologies, a Larissa-based Software Engineering organisation, working with multple internaltional organisations and startups.

Athanasios-Antonios Leontaris
Lawyer-Legal Advisor

Athanasios-Antonios "Thanos" Leontaris is an attorney and holder of an MBA and LLM in International Law candidate based in Thessaloniki where he runs his own legal practice. 

He is also an instructor for the University of Nicosia and Globaltraining in the field of Digital Currency Regulation and an external legal consultant for the legal consortium “Blockchain Legal Advisory International” based in Cyprus. 

Thanos has participated in the World Intellectual Property Organization Academy training on Intellectual Property and has been certified as a Data Protection Officer.

His area of focus is legal consulting for startups, data protection, intellectual property and blockchain legal issues.

Ioanna Elabd
Architect | Strategist

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 with a beginner’s mind ―restless and forever curious― she wanted to investigate the interplay of disciplines and how they inform each other. Her deep interest in the intersection of education, culture, design and human interaction, along with their ability to exponentially affect and even shape each other, led her from designing structures, to movie-sets, to building experiences.

She is known for her hands-on, sometimes unconventional methodologies and her innate ability to unlock opportunity through divergent thinking and synthetic doing ―often by making connections others miss. She believes that design and communication are powerful, exciting, and important and that part of creating, is rejecting the ordinary, the tried, and the safe. Her process is agile, adaptive, and focused on managing complexity efficiently, by asking the right whys and understanding the underlying values hidden behind human needs. Her goal is to build and foster lasting emotional connections that empower at every touch point.Driven by her passion to help businesses and organizations transform from for profit to for “Massive Transformative Purpose” and turn their vision into sustained profitable growth, systemic social innovation and impact ―she splits her time between the US and Greece working only on projects she believes in.

For her, ‘brands are people and people are brands, so designing for them must be intuitive, of a kind, imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete’. She insists that lifelong learning, engagement and interactivity are key ―optimism is vital and authenticity and collaboration are everything. Over the past 15+ years she has been devising ideas, comprehensive cross-platform strategies and programs, for brands and organizations of all shapes and sizes.Her clients range from individuals, startups and SMEs, to municipalities and fortune 500 companies in need of reinventing themselves on both sides of the Atlantic. In 2016 her company was selected to take on the complex task of helping the National Library of Greece prepare for its historical transition to its new home at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, in Athens. She has been working closely with the NLG ever since on multiple levels, to restructure the organization, re-imagine its role in society, and develop its new identity, services, programming and outreach strategy. Her tools of choice ―interdisciplinary participatory processes with an emphasis on systems thinking, interaction and service design.

Yeoryios Stamboulis
Assistant Professor

Dr. Yeoryios Stamboulis was born in Athens, Greece. He received his B.Eng. degree in Production and Management Engineering from the Technical University of Crete, Hania.

He went on to receive his MSc in Management of Technology and his D.Phil in Science and Technology from the University of Sussex, Brighton, UK, Policy.
Since October 1998 he has been with the University of Thessaly, Volos,
Greece teaching at the Departments of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, of Planning and Regional Development and at the Department of Economics.

His research interests include economics of technological and institutional change, management, strategy and policy for entrepreneurship, innovation and technology, organisation and strategic management, cooperatives management, strategy, organization and management, economics of energy and the transition to sustainable sociotechnical systems, critical management theory, critical realism and systems thinking.

Yeoryios Stamboulis is a member of EAEPE (European Association of Evolutionary Political Economy), the System Dynamics Society, ΕΕΕΕ (the Greek Society for Operations Research) and ΤΕΕ (the Technical Chamber of Greece).

Apostolos Leousis
Community Marketer-Networker & Early Startup Stage Advisor-Scout

Apostolos Leousis is a Challenger, Curious about New Ideas, Networking & Discovering Unique people. 

He specializes on business networking, event management, scouting unique individuals and early stage startups, while winning various awards in entrepreneurial competitions with different startup ideas. 

With a degree in Media and Marketing from Leicester University and three Masters degrees, one in Business Administration from the University of Birmingham, the other in European and Regional Development from the University of Thessaly and the third one due to be acquired in 2018 in European Entrepreneurship from the University of Milan (under the supervision of Stanford University). 

He also holds one of the first certifications in entrepreneurship given in Europe from MIT and Cambridge. He has worked for major corporations such as Coca Cola and was part of one of the first accelerators, "Ekkinisi Lab", in Greece where he was responsible to coach various teams and a total amount of 40 startup ideas in the area of Thessaly. 

From 2013 until recently he has receive various awards in entrepreneurial competitions in Greece and abroad with different startup ideas (saleboxie, noodio fm, fashionboxie, evil genius etc). 

Apostolos is a leader of the local startup community and organizer of the first Fashion Startup Weekend Athens in April 2018 as well as Startup Weekend Volos in the last 6 years. He is also the founder of Entrepreneurship Feast Thessaly and other events in the region of Thessaly.

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