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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Friday November 30th
Saturday December 1st
Sunday December 2nd
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.
Previously, she worked at the EU Funding Management and Technology-Transfer office of Imperial College London, where she specialized in STEM research funding and commercialization. She also worked for MHA MacIntyre Hudson in audit and financial accounting for institutional non-profit organizations in the UK.
Before moving to the UK, she studied and worked as consultant in Germany, Singapore, France and Greece with projects related to BPO, Digital Banking, Fintech, Insurance, Medtech and HR.
Katerina holds an MSc in Management and Strategy from EMLyon Business School and Ludwig-Maximilian-University and a BA in Economics from Panteion University.
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
Coaches and Mentors
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
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.
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.
Lancom Chief Commercial Officer
However, chemistry explains analytically the processes of life, so its reduction to “human compounds” leads to a wonderful way of thinking.
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.
Nikos does not like numbers. Numbers are just a result that is easy to come, if people can overcome the concept of “opposite” and move on to the concept of “together”.
In the last 4 years he is living the dream of his life, applying his whole experience, devoting all his energy and enjoying every minute of the day at Lancom as Chief Commercial Officer.
His experience is at your disposal, along with his passion for discussions and sharing ideas.
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.
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.
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.
He is currently the General Manager and CTO of SB Technologies, a Larissa-based Software Engineering organisation, working with multple internaltional organisations and startups.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Event Sponsors, and Partners
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