Startup Weekend Volos

    Friday, November 30 - December 2, 2018

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

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 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

9:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:15 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
Canva Workshop
Introduction to the business canva as a tool for teams to work.

10:20 am
Pitch Workshop
How to pitch 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!

6:30 pm
TBC Workshop

7:30 pm

8:30 pm
Get Ready to Pitch
Pitch competition to VC. Preparation for tomorrow's final pitch

10:00 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

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

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

Achilleas Petropoulos
Partner at Velocity.Partners Venture Capital

Achilleas has more than 15 years of experience in digital marketing under several different roles, from creating and leading OgilvyOne’s data analytics and digital media department to serving as the first COO of Thinkdigital, one of the leading digital marketing groups in central, SE Europe and MENA. 
As a consultant he has been assisting international clients to enter the Greek market and advising local ones to expand their businesses in the SE European region

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. 

Coaches and Mentors

Dimitris Kalavros-Gousiou
Co-Founder and General Partner at Velocity.Partners

Dimitris "DKG" Kalavros-Gousiou is a 30-year-old technology entrepreneur and investor. He serves as Co-Founder and General Partner at Velocity.Partners, a pre-seed and seed Venture Capital Fund active in Greece and SEE.

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.

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.

Yeoryios Stamboulis

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

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.

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

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

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.


Global Sponsorship

Food And Refreshment Sponsor

Community Sponsor

Communication Sponsor

The DJ-Thomas Fotiadis

Organizing Team

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

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Event Staff

Antonis Bakopoulos
The Master of Photography

The Master of Photography

Vasiliki Soula
Sponsorship Executive

Sponsorship Executive

Sotiris Nestoridis
Management Executive

Management Executive

Aggelikh Chasakou
User Experience Executive

User Experience Executive

Aimilia Vaitsi
User Experience Executive

User Experience Executive

Kostas Alexiou
Sponsorship Executive

Sponsorship Executive

Giannis Kotoglou
Management Executive

Management Executive

Angelos Alexiou
Sponsorship Executive

Sponsorship Executive

Vasileios Salepis
Management Executive

Management Executive

Odysseas Katopodis
Sponsorship Executive

Sponsorship Executive

Vasiliki Davri
Memories Capturer

Memories Capturer

Christos Galanis
Management Executive

Management Executive

Alkinoos Chaintoutis
Management Executive

Management Executive

Ifigenia Papantonatou
The Graphic Designer

Graphic Designer

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