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.
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 www.in.gr portal and organized all paid subscriptions of in.gr. From 2003 until 2010 he became General Manager ofShop21.gr (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.
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, 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.
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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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"
This is Stavros' first trip to Canada so we welcome his insight into the ocean sector and the opportunities that participants will explore.