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
it's never too late to follow your dreams
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.
Watch the video below to see what you can expect, and if you’re feeling inspired click on the “Buy Ticket” button now!
Tickets available: https://startup-weekend_volos.eventbrite.com
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No talk, all action!
Friday November 30th
Saturday December 1st
Sunday December 2nd
Coaches and Mentors
He is best known as the Founder and Curator of TEDxAthens, the most impactful platform for ideas, dialogue and talks in Greece. Prior to his role at Velocity.Partners, Dimitris co-founded Found.ation (a leading startup acceleration and innovation hub in the Balkans), TechTalent School (a coding school) and TechTalent Pool (a recruiting SaaS for developers).
From 2011 to 2013, Dimitris served as a Referrer for pre-seed investment firm HackFwd, leading its pipeline in Greece and Southeast Europe. DKG holds a Law degree from the University of Kent at Canterbury and an LLM (Master of Laws) in Computer and Communications Law from the Queen Mary University of London.
He is a 2X alumnus of U.S. Department of State "International Visitor Leadership Program", classes of 2013 and 2017, the latter under the prestigious "Gold Stars" program, and a member of the Global Shapers Community of the World Economic Forum.
Dimitris regularly speaks on the topics of entrepreneurship, technology, design thinking, digital storytelling and leadership.
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.
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 www.in.gr portal and organized all paid subscriptions of in.gr. From 2003 until 2010 he became General Manager of Shop21.gr (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.
Additionally, he has founded CareerPaths.gr, 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.
Recently, he co-founded the companies Helvia.io and Stek.io, 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.
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 5 years. He is also the founder of Entrepreneurship Feast Thessaly and other events in the region of Thessaly.
Event Sponsors, and Partners
The Startup Weekend Volos 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.
Food And Refreshment Sponsor
The DJ-Thomas Fotiadis
Techstars Startup Weekend Volos is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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The Master of Photography
User Experience Executive
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