Startup Weekend Volos

    Friday, April 8 - 10, 2016

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  2. Schedule
  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
  8. Blog
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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
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.
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

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 April 9th

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 April 10th

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!


Loukas Pilitsis

Loukas is a longtime experienced Venture Capital and Private Equity investor, both internationally and in Greece. Before the creation of Anchorstone Partners, where he is a founding Partner and its CEO, in 2009 when he returned to Greece after 21 years of international career in Japan, USA and London, he founded and headed the Venture Capital and Private Equity Group of Piraeus Bank Group, the largest Banking Group in Greece, which has extended presence in the South Eastern European region. 

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.    

Event Judges

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.

Fanis Koutouvelis

Fanis studied Computer Engineering at the University of Thessaly from where he dropped-out during his final year of attendance in order to start i-kiosk.Since then he has dedicated himself to this venture and aims to change the way that traditional retailers operate their stores and interact with the rest of the supply chain.Recently i-kiosk was transformed into Intale, a fast-growing company backed up by international investors with $3Million in funding.Along the course of his entrepreneurial journey, Fanis has won the 1st "i-bank Innovation & Technology" award in 2012, held by the National Bank of Greece, the 1st "E-nnovation" award in 2011, held by the Athens University of Economics and Business and “Best Innovation Award” during the Startup Forum 2013, held by SAP.Last but not least, Fanis is a member of the World Economic Forum through his involvement in the Global Shapers Community where he was a founding member of the ReGeneration program. This is an initiative that aims to fight brain-drain by creating new job opportunities for young people in top-tier companies in Greece.

Coaches and Mentors

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.

Vassilis Bourdakis

Vassilis was born in Athens and studied architecture at the National Technical University of Athens (1987). He completed his PhD at the University of Bath, UK (1994) in the subject of building evaluation and performance. He researched and taught at the Centre for Advanced Studies in Architecture (CASA) at the University of Bath until 1998. Since 1999, he is working at the University of Thessaly where he is a professor . He has written a large number of articles and research papers dealing with subjects of 3d modelling and applications in large scale digital city models, use of computers in Architectural design, virtual reality focusing in communication of ideas / designs, development of interactive virtual environments and their use as a visualisation tool for urban planning and policy making and lately is also working in the field of Intelligent Environments and their implications/application in real life studies. His research has been sited extensively; currently over 200 international citations. While in CASA, he was the prime investigator and developer of the first, worldwide, large scale digital architectural oriented model of the Georgian city of Bath as well as the London’s Map of the Future. Over the last decade in Greece he has participated in a series of research projects dealing with urban scale visualisations (Ag. Varvara Athens as part of the EU funded project Planning Inclusion of Clients through e-Training, Volos old town in cooperation with the Municipal Centre for Historical Research and Documentation, virtual museum applications and conceptual visualisations related to teaching at primary school level). He has participated in international architectural and art competitions and his work has been awarded prizes. He is also practicing architecture on small scale developments. He is a member of the Technical Chamber of Greece, Institute of the Greek Architects and member of the administrative council for Education and Research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe (eCAADe) Organisation.

Aristotelis Chatziioannou

Aristotelis received the Diploma degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Ph.D. degree in Metabolic Engineering and Biomedical Informatics from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) Greece, in 1996 and 2005, respectively. Since September 2005, he is member of Institute of Biology, Medicinal Chemistry & Biotechnology (IBMCB) at the National Hellenic Research Foundation (NHRF), where he currently serves as Research Associate Professor. He also holds the position of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at e-NIOS Applications Private Company,  a spin-off SME originating from NHRF working in the intelligent analysis of high throughput molecular data. His research interests include bioinformatics, knowledge mining, genomic analysis and metabolic engineering. 

Athina Chatzipetrou

Athina counts 25 years in the corporate space, with diverse experiences and successes in numerous assignments and in a number of sectors and environments, up to highest level of interactions with counter parties.15 years as Head of Finance in multinational companies leading Finance IT, Legal and Logistics teams as well as Project Management. She has strong operational know-how from different industries and Trade Sectors. She has a track record in Project Management – Business Processes ,ERP’s ,Business Restructuring , Change management and Policy Implementation projects – Advisor of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe to the Greek Government providing strategic advice to decision makers in the relevant Ministries for the implementation of a holistic reform program in cooperation with senior officers of the Commission (DGTrade). Ability to communicate clearly and generate buy-in from internal clients, senior management and the Board, and ability to operate effectively across departments and deep understanding of project management, business processes, risk assessment and compliance issues.

Nikos Dimakis

Nikos is an entrepreneur, graduate of the Crete University in Applied Mathematics and holds two Masters in Applied Mathematics and  Digital Marketing, one MBA (Management Business Administration Management) and one MBIT (Business Innovation & Technology). He is the project manager of, which aspires to become a world class fully fledged incubator for very early stage startups developing any product or service conducive to sustainable development, as well as of Blue Growth, which aims to inspire and help young entrepreneurs realize innovative concepts related to marine and freshwater resources. Moreover, he has the responsibility to give the definition of the population to be surveyed including shipping companies and port organizations, collect the data, prepare the questionnaire(s), register the needs of maritime organizations, organize the field of work and summarize the data analysis.

Ioanna Elabd
Architect | Strategist

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 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.

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

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.

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.

Angeliki Papagiannopoulou

Angeliki is Head of Product in Offerial. Offerial is a company that increases hotels’ online direct bookings with personalization techniques. Angeliki holds two MSc degrees in Artificial Intelligence, one from the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium and one from the National and Technical University of Athens. Her main interests focus on Machine Learning, Personalization and Recommender Systems, Data and Text Mining, Natural Language Processing and Information Retrieval. Furthermore, she enjoys making sense out of analytics, defining and improving customer needs and delivering solutions to user experience and product design and fit. The above mentioned skills have been applied in working in various international projects. In specific, she has been dealing with RTD and commercial projects with research institutes, such as NCSR "Demokritos" and ILSP, with universities, such as the University of Leuven, the University of Antwerp and the University of Athens and companies, such as I-sieve, Grnet and Missum. In the consortia she has been involved with she has co-operated with large companies such as Google and Xerox. Moreover, she has been working on B2B online advertising projects as per sentiment analysis, business intelligence and analytics, social media analysis, buzz monitoring and insights driving for multinational companies such as Hyundai and Lenovo.

Nagia Stagkouraki

Nagia graduated from University of Piraeus, where she studied Computer Science. She also studied at the Carlos III University of Madrid as an Erasmus student. It was since her main studies, that she came to know about startups and participated in some of them. She is highly motivated, loves to learn and improve herself. She has been working in Microsoft Greece since March 2015, as a Start-up-Community Specialist. She leads the BizSpark program in Greece, which is a global program that helps startups reach the next level. The program offers three-year access to current, full-featured software development tools and Azure cloud services.  She is a member of Developer eXperience team in Microsoft Hellas, which provides technical and business guidance to developers of all ages from students to software companies. Nagia enjoys the interaction with startups and she works close to startups that are hosted on Microsoft Innovation Centre in Athens. Moreover, she develops and executes digital marketing plans focused on technical audiences and organizes events related to startups, developers and students

Konstantinos Tziortziotis

Konstantinos is currently the President & Managing Director (CEO) of VIOLANTA S.A since 2003, a company, among whose activities are production and distribution of Cookies, Biscuits and Snacks. Mr. Tziortziotis has also great management experience by being Founder and Managing director in “TZIORTZIOTIS K. - ADAMOS A. O.E “ , a company also related to the production and distribution of Biscuits and Sweets. He was also Founding partner and Technical Director in “K. TZIORTZIOTIS – G. FOLIAS O.E”, where the main activity of the company was the production of Antennas, PLL, Broadband, Linear Transmitters and Transponder Installations - Radio Signals. Mr. Tziortziotis has graduated from the Technical high school, Department of Economics & Administration and is a skilled Electronics Engineer and Automatic Control Systems Programmer.

Ioannis Valavanis

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.

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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Volos is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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  • Vasilis
  • Achilleas
  • Vasiliki
  • Spyros
  • Apostolos
  • Elena
  • Savvas
  • George
  • Chrisa
  • Vaggelis
  • Mary
  • Yeoryios


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, 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"

Stavros Messinis
Startup Weekend Facilitator

Stavros is a sought after Startup Weekend facilitator who enjoys the economic empowerment aspect of the events worldwide.
Founder of The Cube Athens, a startup cluster in Athens, he also works in the maker space by hosting events and mentoring young startups.

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