Startup Weekend Volos
Friday, April 8 - 10, 2016
Friday, April 8 - 10, 2016
Event starts at 6:30 pm
Department of Planning and Regional Development
54 Hours of Pure Chaos!
Startup Weekend is a global network of passionate leaders and entrepreneurs on a mission to inspire, educate, and empower individuals, teams and communities.All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and embark on a three-day frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekend culminates with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback!
Friday April 8th
Saturday April 9th
Sunday April 10th
Previously, he was with State Street, a major US financial services corporation, since 1995. He held senior positions in investment banking, corporate venture capital and private equity, strategy development and risk management in Boston, US and London, UK. His most recent role with State Street was the Pan European Chief Administrative Officer, European Executive Board. In that role, he was responsible for PanEuropean strategy development, M&A and Private Equity supervision, and co-management of the European corporate functions.
Before he joined State Street, Loukas gained extensive operational experience through his 15-year tenure in various industry sectors. His international investment track record extends from incubation stage deals in the US and Greece, to large international equity transactions of USD 5 billion. Through both his 15-year operational and 20-year investment professional tenures, he has a longtime senior management experience and has invested, or participated through originating, structuring and syndicating, in over 80 deals internationally.
Loukas holds a Law degree from Athens University Law School, an LLM in international financial services law from Boston University Law School and an MSF from Boston College. He is also a graduate of the Executive Development program from the Wharton School of University of Pennsylvania, USA and a frequent speaker in investment related events. Loukas is also a member of the BoD of SEN-Junior Achievement Greece organization and member of the Committee of Innovation, Education and Entrepreneurship at the Greek-American Chamber of Commerce, both promoting the new entrepreneurship and innovation in Greece.
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.
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.
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.
Discuss with him issues about software development, UX/UI, digital marketing, packaging, branding and industrial production.
Ioannis holds a Diploma (2003) and a Ph.D (2009) from the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at NTUA and a MSc in Bioinformatics (University of Athens, 2006). His research includes the development of novel artificial intelligence and data mining techniques and their applications in biology. He has worked with the IBMCB/NHRF as post-doctoral research fellow and served as Adjunct Lecturer at the University in Greece. He is now with e-NIOS Applications Private Company working on biological data mining and knowledge discovery from complex data, and serving the role of Chief Marketing Officer.
Event Sponsors, and Partners
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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, Moldova and more.
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 14 & George 12, 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"
Founder of The Cube Athens, a startup cluster in Athens, he also works in the maker space by hosting events and mentoring young startups.