Startup Weekend Volos

    Friday, November 21 - 23, 2014

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  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Volos

Friday, November 21 - 23, 2014

Friday, November 21 - 23, 2014
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Department of Planning and Regional Development
Volos, Thessaly 383 34

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54 Hours of Pure Chaos!

Come share ideas, form teams, and launch startups
Startup Weekend is a global network of passionate leaders and entrepreneurs on a mission to inspire, educate, and empower individuals, teams and communities.


Friday November 21st

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

7:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, 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 22nd

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

6:30 pm

7:30 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 23rd

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

4:00 pm

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!


Yiannis Giokas

Yiannis is a serial entrepreneur with over 7 years' experience in the High-Tech and Security Industries. Prior founding Crypteia Networks, he has been active in the fields of Telecommunications, Network Optimization and Security enabling Telecom Operators to optimize their networks, expand their added value services and enhance their customers' experience. He holds a B.Sc. in Electronics Engineering and an M.B.A. from Athens University of Economics & Business

Event Judges

Maggie Athanassiadi

Highly self-motivated, creative, goal driven, and results oriented professional with extensive experience and a proven track record in all aspects of business development, consultancy, quality management, marketing, and project management. Strong team builder & motivator with strong analytical, interpersonal, communication and leadership skills.

Michael Tsaoutos

Michael 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 15 countries, including Australia, China and USA. 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. 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 (Lambrakis Press' e-commerce site). Until recently he 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 running long distance races and participating in triathlon competitions.

Apostolos Papadoulis

Dr Apostolos D. Papadoulis was born in 1957 in Volos and he is father of a daughter. His professional career starts in 1982 as Supervisor of the scientific divisions of the Association of Industries  in Thessaly and Central Greece He was the President of the Executive Committee of the Association of Industries  in Thessaly and Central Greece since 2005 until 2015 and General Manager of AEDEP Thessaly and Central Greece since 2003 until today. His professional career started in 1982 as Supervisor of the scientific divisions of the Association of Industries  in Thessaly and Central Greece. He holds a degree from the Department of Public Administration at Panteion University and in year 2000 was awarded a PhD Title from the Department of Regional Planning and Development at the University of Thessaly. Since 2003 he is an Adjunct Lecturer at the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Thessaly, on the subjects of ‘Business Finance’, ‘Business Strategy and Technology’, ‘The Strategy of Administration’, and ‘Policies of Regional Development in Greece’. He has participated in numerous Scientific Programs and Studies and through his incumbency in the AITCG and the UTH has collaborated with multiple Scientific and Development Authorities. However, despite his diverse activity, he remains committed to the support of the Businesses in the Regions of Thessaly and Sterea Ellada in order to assist their way to development.

Coaches and Mentors

Penny Tsaoutou
Managing Director at EPSA S.A.

Penny graduated from Deere College in 1995 holding a Bachelor in Accounting and Finance. After completing her Masters degree in the same major at Lancaster University (UK), she works for Epsa S.A., a traditional Greek soft drinks industry, as a Financial Manager. Since 2004 she is the Managing Director of the company. Epsa S.A. is a family business and along with her father and brother continue to run the 90-year-old company, trying to combine tradition with innovation but first of all to keep quality standards high. The last four years new products were launched, like the Bio Lemonade and Orangeade, the first Greek Organic soft drinks, and the Light line, soft drinks with sweetener from the stevia plant. Both innovations gained many awards.

Alexandros Melis
Marketing Director IEK ALFA - MC Thessaloniki

Alexandros has a Bachelor on Mechanical Engineering from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and a Master in Arts in Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations from The University of Sheffield. He has an extensive working experience both in Event Marketing and Community Management, having worked in various startups in the past.

Makis Antypas

Co-founder and CIO of Viva Payments (, Makis is in charge of technology, operations and new services development at one of Europe's most innovative mobile payments companies. He holds a BSc in Industrial Management from University of Piraeus and an MSc in Information Systems from the University of Sheffield.

A member of the TEDxAcademy organizing team since 2010, he took part in the organization of 5 successfull TEDx events in Athens and several parallel activities like the Rising Stars mentoring program, the Call to Innovation contest in collaboration with Singularity University, and the #dialogue4change TEDxSalons.

Talk to Makis about ideas in mobile payments, electronic money transactions, open data, technologies in home automation, the internet of things, music and contemporary architecture.

Faye Orfanou

Faye ORFANOU studied Law in Greece (Athens University), Germany (LLM in private law at Frankfurt University), London (LLM in banking and finance law at King’s College London).  She worked for 10 years (1997 -2007) as attorney-at-law in Athens Law Firms, for both international and Greek clientele in the areas of corporate law, contract law, banking and finance law, administrative law, tax law as well as in the areas of city planning and environmental regulation. Since 2012, making use of the knowledge, experience and networks she acquired as Special Secretary, she has developed an activity as technology transfer coordinator, mainly through Add2value pc (, a company she has co-founded, while also she has been working as legal consultant in selected projects. At the same time in order to support people in entering and progressing into professional life she co-founded the non profit organisation “αέλια – working life lab”( Throughout her professional career she has been an active volunteer in environmental NGOs (mainly WWF Greece) as well as in social ventures. 

Nikolaos Nanas
Co-founder of Noowit, and Noodio

Dr Nikolaos Nanas studied Civil Engineering at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, before moving to the UK for his MSc in Intelligent Systems and his PhD in Artificial Intelligence. He has been working as a researcher at the Institute of Research and Technology of Thessaly (I.RE.TE.TH) since 2006. In 2010 he decided to apply his research on Adaptive Information Filtering to the real world. The development of Noowit’s Personalized News Aggregator started in September 2011 and the first public beta version was released on the first of July 2013. Noowit has attracted international interest and has been characterized by many as a competitor to Flipboard. However, it failed to attract a critical mass of users. As a result Noowit has recently pivoted towards Media Made Smart with a new platform for publishing intelligent/personalized newspapers and magazines on the web. Noowit combines AI with innovative design and cutting edge technology to successfully transfer print media online for the first time.

Harry Kalogirou

Harry studied Computer Science at the University of Piraeus and did his masters in Software Engineering at the University of Ioannina. He possesses a wide range of interests and experience, from web development and databases to operating system design and implementation to 3D accelerated graphics and high performance algorithms. Since 2010 he founded the company "nlogn" and has produced and published three successful and award winning video games, across 4 mobile platforms. Since then he helped establish, develop the mobile strategy, and fund several startups, including and

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.

Yiannis Bakouros

A Chemical Engineer graduated from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 1981 and received his Ph.D. in Management and Administration, in 1988, from the University of Bradford in the UK.
He worked as Production Manager, Technical Advisor, Sales Manager in Industrial and Distribution Enterprises and Consultant Companies. He was member of the board of Directors and Technical Advisor of a Textile company.
Visitor Associate Professor of the Industrial Management Division at the Engineering School of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and University of Thessaly in Greece. Key member of the development team of Thessaloniki Technology Park and Director of its Vocational Training Center. Founder of Thessaly Technology Park. Served as Chairman of Eureka National Project Coordinators during the Greek Eureka Presidency. He has been participating in many EU Capitalization Projects and numerous Research Programmes / Projects and Studies as Scientific Responsible. Those Projects were executed and implemented in Greece, in Europe and elsewhere and were related to his main scientific and research interest such as innovation, technology management, regional development, development strategies, information management networks, reliability, maintenance, industrial health and safety.
Currently Assistant Professor at the University of West Macedonia, Head of the development of the Regional Innovation Observatory and the Virtual Technopolis of Western Macedonia. Coordinator of Regional Innovation Pole of Western Macedonia. Former Member of the board of directors of Alexandria Innovation Zone of Thessaloniki.

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.  

Odysseas Voulgaris

Odysseas Voulgaris studied Computer Science at the University of Liverpool, where he also did his Masters Degree in Network Security from 2003 until 2008 in the Department of Computing and Mathematical Sciences. Odysseas is the I.T Manager of S.A and specializes in B2B IT Support(Networking,Servers,Workstations).He possesses a wide pool of knowledge, ranging from Programming Languages(Java,SQL,PHP, etc.) to Databases and Logistics.Seek his guidance in subjects concerning your web applications, websites and databases.

Thomas Gram
CTO @ Mobile Identity

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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Volos is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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  • Vasiliki
  • Achilleas
  • Yeoryios
  • Apostolos
  • Akis
  • Elena
  • Spyros
  • Sotiria
  • Petros
  • Anastasios


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"

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