Nikolas was born in London and raised in Greece. A BSc graduate from Tufts University and an MBA graduate from Babson College (USA), in 2006 returned to Athens and took over the family’s well established footwear business. In 2010, he founded myshoe.gr, the leading online shoe retailer in Greece. In 2011, together with Designer Christina Martini he founded Ancient Greek Sandals, a shoe brand with international presence in more than 56 countries and 350 points of sale.
Alexis is an entrepreneurship educator, researcher and practitioner with an expertise in business modelling. At the ALBA Hub for Entrepreneurship and Development he helps celebrate and support entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship. At the same time he teaches at ALBA’s MSc in Entrepreneurship. He has co-created VentureGarden, a project supporting entrepreneurs throughout Greece. In the past he managed the Stelios Haji-Ioannou Award for Young Entrepreneurs in Greece and advised the Hellenic Entrepreneurship Association for the selection of the Kouros Awards recipients.
Spyros Arsenis coordinates NBG Business Seeds program since 2010 and he was also the initial coordinator of the act4Greece Crowdfunding platform.
Born and raised in the island of Crete, Yiorgos & his team created 100mentors (www.100mentors.com), the EdTech company that empowers 21,000 students in 17 countries and 120 partner schools to connect with 2,500 industry role models – mentors from 300+ companies & organisations and 500+ universities, from a NASA aeronautics engineer to an agricultural entrepreneur in a nearby village – that the students would not be able to meet otherwise. Thousands of connections & testimonials after, the team has set a 3-year mission to reach 1 million students who via 100mentors will make their conscious once-in-a-lifetime career & academic decisions. With 100mentors Yiorgos won the London Business School Founder Award, the Deloitte Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Prize in London, two Startup Weekend competitions and further cash prizes & distinctions. Before Education & Entrepreneurship he worked in Mergers & Acquisitions for energy and infrastructure projects in the US, Spain, UK and in Finance and Logistics positions in the US, China and Greece. Yiorgos studied in AUEB, Ohio State University and Columbia University, where he held research and fellowship positions at the Blinken European Institute. Yiorgos is the recipient of scholarships and fellowships from 10 institutions, like the Propondis Foundation, the State Scholarships Foundation and the Fulbright Foundation.
Leonidas Kanellopoulos, is co-founder and Senior Developer in SimpleApps, a tech startup that develops mobile apps awarded in several young entrepreneurship and innovation contests. In the company he oversees the business strategy, whereas he is the team’s lead developer.
Papastratos is a company which, through all these years of its operation, has clearly shown how supportive it is towards innovation and sustainability. Giving young people the chance to explore their talents and interests by supporting great initiatives, is one of the main goals of the company. So, we would like to thank Papastratos for being one of the main sponsors of Athens Startup Weekend University 2017!
Koutsodontis Preparation Center, specialized in GMAT-GRE-SAT-IELTS & TOEFL programs, is constantly supporting Greek entrepreneurship.
Their goal is to promote innovative ideas and to help students grow into young entrepreneurs and scientists. So, we would like to thank Koutsodontis for their support towards Athens Startup Weekend University 2017!
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Ioanna is an engineer, entrepreneur and public speaker since 2008. For her social initiatives against corruption in Greece ( in the tax evasion system as well as the local level governments) she has been recognised by many international organisations like One Young World, Clinton Global Initiative (CGIU) and Social Impact Awards among others. She has been a president of Rotaract Anatolia, president of the student engineer department and currently is a member of Global Shapers of the World Economic Forum. Worked as a political activist for 2 years in Serbia and Bosnia & Herzegovina, have worked in the European Parliament, the ministry of Education in Greece and currently runs her 3rd company, Simple, Rocks that is focused on helping people have sustainable businesses and find the right clients in the minimum cost. She truly believes that employment (as well as self employment) is the most empowering gift she can give to today’s youth!