Special thanks to Papastratos!

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!

Special thanks to Koutsodontis Preparation Center!

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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We are happy to announce our new #aswuni coach, Ioanna Fotopoulou!

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! 

We are happy to announce our new #aswuni coach, Kostas Xiradakis!

Κostas co-created Tiz + 2 more startups and has over 3 years of full-time tech startups experience in digital marketing, product and business development roles. He provides marketing and growth consulting services for B2C companies, like e-food.gr, and holds a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Piraeus. Bonus facts: his first startup, Uninotes, was formed and awarded in Athens Startup Weekend University 2013 and he is known to take bribes in the form of Greek barbecue.

We are happy to announce our new #aswuni coach, Magy Kontou!

Magy Kontou, is the co-Founder and UI/UX Designer in SimpleApps, a tech startup that develops mobile apps awarded in several young entrepreneurship and innovation contests. In the company she oversees all the creative output across different digital channels. 

Startup Weekend is back in town

Startup Weekend Thessaloniki is back in town and ready to empower your next creative entrepreneurial idea. We are happy to announce that ‘Get Your Hands Dirty’ is taking place from the 12th to the 14th of May at OK!Thess. This is a great opportunity to get your hands into new creations, working closely with experienced professionals, mix & match with like-minded people, network, learn and have fun during a highly creative weekend.

Startup Weekends are 54-hour events where developers, designers, marketers, product managers and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build products, and launch startups! The weekend is all about learning how an amazing idea could be transformed into a lean & sustainable organization; learning is achieved via the hands-on approach.  

Our first coaches are on board and now its Bus time! A small bus departs from Athens downtown early Friday the 12th May! Wanna ride it? Tell us where to pick you upWant more info? Send us your inquiries at thessaloniki@startupweekend.org

Startup Weekend Thessaloniki, Organizing Team



We are happy to announce our #aswuni judge, Stefanos Katsimpas!

Stefanos Katsimpas (28) has marketing background and communication skills. He has a 2-time startup experience and helped several startup companies in their early stage with marketing and product design.

We are happy to announce our new #aswuni coach, Nagia-Panagiota Stagkouraki!

Nagia has been working in Microsoft Greece since March 2015, as a Start-up-Community Manager. She leads the BizSpark program in Greece, which is a global program that helps startups reach the next level. The program offers one-year access to current, full-featured software development tools and Azure cloud services.  She is a member of Developer eXperience team in Microsoft Hellas, Cyprus and Malta, 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.

We are happy to announce our new #aswuni coach, Dimitris Terzopoulos!

Dimitris Terzopoulos is 24 years old and has graduated from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens. In 2014, he joined Google where he currently works as an IT Expert.
While attending high school, Dimitris developed an online voting system, e-kloges.gr. Initially, e-kloges.gr was designed to conduct high school student elections. Nowadays, e-kloges.gr has evolved into a powerful voting platform which ensures ballot secrecy and integrity. Its goal is to encourage and maximize citizen participation in elections. E-kloges is trusted by the Greek Ministry of Education, the largest public and private schools of Greece, as well as a variety organizations.
In addition, Dimitris has been distinguished in various international IT competitions and has been a first alternate member of the National Informatics Team, in which then participated as a trainer.

We are happy to announce our #aswuni coach, Georgios Gatos!

Georgios loves startups and technology oriented companies. He is an expert in narrowing the gap between a concept idea and its targeted market, by working on strategy, operations and business development.  He has consulted many ICT related companies in the past and from 2012 to 2016 I took a “hands on” position by joining one of the best startups in order to expand my horizons and has put into action all the advice that helped others in the past. He began his career in the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Florida. Over the years, he worked as a consultant for small and medium size innovative companies responsible for business planning and fundraising and later worked as an investment officer and advisor to Venture Capital firms. At Workable, he is building a sales development team that actively contributes to the company’s fast-pace growth.