Entrepreneurship – Global Startup Week

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The first time I heard the word “Entrepreneur”, it was said by a fairly older gentleman, who frantically walked on the stage, waved his arms about and kept saying the word like it was a sort of mantra. We all laughed, my friends and I. Frankly, we never had the intention of paying attention that morning.We just found him to be someone we could point our fingers and laugh at. That was 12 years ago and I didn’t know it back then, but astoundingly, I find myself in a similar position the man on the stage was in. Figuratively, I find myself trying to convince a sceptical audience of the concept of a start up or an idea, and figuratively, the criticisms and questioning feels like the audience pointing a finger and laughing at me.

I suppose I can finally understand what the old man was on about. The feeling of bringing an idea to life is an exciting prospect. It’s a promise of a dream you can provide yourself with and an intangible sense of purpose that is finally, potentially, attainable. But beyond all the ‘fairy-tales’ and ‘lofty ideals’, start-ups aren’t a very novel concept obviously. The fruition of our imagination and our ideas is one of the fundamental characteristics of our species. The man who invented the wheel, the first farmer and the first carpenter could all be considered entrepreneurs. Being entrepreneurs is who we are. We are living in a wonderful time, full of challenges that need to be addressed and full of problems waiting for ingenious solutions. While the industrial revolution and the software bubble were the great start-up generators of our recent history, never in our collective memories as a society, have we faced the scale of challenges we face today, challenges that have the potential to affect every single person’s life. As potential entrepreneurs we are the answer to these challenges.

At the Global Start-up Week, we will provide entrepreneurs with every resource they need, expose them to ideas from across the world, have veterans put their ideas to the test and eventually select the team that may have the answer to questions we may not have even thought of yet.

As a potential entrepreneur, you will have everything you require to leave your mark on this world. All you need to do is use your imagination.

– Anirudh Valluri.

Startup Weekend Hyderabad (GlobalStartupBattle) will be held on 20th – 22nd of November, 2015 at T-Hub, Gachibowli. To participate, please register at www.swhyd.co.in








Startup Weekend Volos: Metavallon is coming with Prizes!

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Metavallon is a model social enterprise that empowers and accelerates startups at the very early stages. Through its three-stage program (Τhe LabThe Accelerator, and The Hub), Metavallon seeks to motivate talented individuals, expose them to experienced entrepreneurs, experts and investors, and provide them with the necessary resources to start their own high impact businesses. Its mission is to uplift the endeavors of active entrepreneurial spirits around the world and generate a powerful venturing movement in Greece and beyond.

Connect with Metavallon on the social media FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedinInstagramGoogle+ and/or check out thecompany blog for some nice stories.








Startup Weekend Volos: Yiannis Giokas as a Speaker!

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Yiannis is a serial entrepreneur with over 7 years’ experience in the High-Tech and Security Industries. Prior founding Crypteia Networks, he has been active in the fields of Telecommunications, Network Optimization and Security enabling Telecom Operators to optimize their networks, expand their added value services and enhance their customers’ experience. He holds a B.Sc. in Electronics Engineering and an M.B.A. from Athens University of Economics & Business.







Córdoba festeja la Semana Global del Emprendedor

El Ecosistema Emprendedor de Córdoba compuesto por más de 50 instituciones, celebra la Semana Global del Emprendedorismo con un mega evento en Ciudad de las Artes.

El próximo jueves 20 de noviembre, Córdoba (Argentina) celebra la Semana Global del Emprendedor (GEW por sus siglas en inglés) con actividades orientadas a incentivar y dar apoyo a futuros y actuales emprendedores. Más de 50 instituciones que componen el Ecosistema Emprendedor de Córdoba están trabajando desde hace 6 meses en una jornada en la que se podrá disfrutar diversas charlas y eventos destinados a emprendedores, empresarios, estudiantes, entre otros.

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El evento: GEW Córdoba

La jornada estará dividida entre dos públicos específicos: Por la mañana, de 9 a 13 hs, será para emprendedores en marcha, es decir quienes ya están emprendiendo. Y, por la tarde, estará dedicada a los emprendedores en formación, aquellos que se están preparando para emprender con éxito.

Durante todo el día se hablará sobre motivación y actitud emprendedora, innovación, creatividad, emprendedurismo colaborativo, crecimiento y expansión regional, visión y valores.

Además, los asistentes a la GEW Córdoba, podrán disfrutar de una Feria de Instituciones en donde se brindará información sobre las diversas herramientas de apoyo disponibles para emprendedores, también se realizarán actividades de vinculación y habrá un espacio dedicado a emprendedores del arte.

Las novedades del evento podrán seguirse en:

Si estás por Córdoba, es un evento que no te puedes perder 😉

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Startup Weekend Volos: Microsoft as a Platinum Sponsor

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SPECIAL PRIZES FROM MICROSOFT!

  1. Free Bizspark Software (www.bizspark.com). Software worth of  10,000 euro
  2. 150 euro free cloud resources (azure) a month and access to Microsoft’s global         startup community
  3. mentoring sessions and aquaintance with the startups that Microsoft incubates
  4. Evaluation for admission in Microsoft’s incubation programms that allows the team to be hosted in Microsoft’s incubator for 6 months and more…

 








Startup Weekend Volos: Frenzy Projects is coming with prizes

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 Frenzy Projects will provide to one of the 3 best teams business branding and support for a year!

Services

Web Design
Branding
Packaging
Advertising
Marketing
Photography
Interior Design
Mobile Applications








Startup Weekend Volos: The Association of Industries in Thessaly and in Central Greece (AITCG)

 

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The Association of Industries in Thessaly and in Central Greece (AITCG) is a Legal non-profit Entity operating under Private Law and covering the Regions of Thessaly and Central Greece.

 

AITCG was established in 1966 in Volos, and within the limits of its responsibility includes the geographic regions of Thessaly and of Central Greece.

 

Its members may be industrial and handicraft firms in many sectors such as food and beverages, mineral material, wood and furniture, basic metals, textile, chemicals, machinery, renewable energy systems etc., and enterprises providing legal, financial and consultancy services to SMEs, that operate under private-economic criteria.

 

 








Startup Weekend Volos: Alexandros Keramidas as a Mentor

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With bachelors on Industrial Management & Technology and Computer Science , Alexandros Keramidas, started early on (the year 2001) his entrepreneurship career in the fields of industrial packaging and the textile industry, later expanding to the fields of SaaS engineering, Web and Mobile applications development.

His fields of experience concern the wider area of the above fields, so you can seek advice from him regarding software development, packaging, industrial production and business management.

 








Startup Weekend Volos: Ioanna Elabd as a Mentor

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Ioanna Elabd is the heart of Wabi & Sabi, Inc., a brand architecture and strategy consulting agency based in NYC. She is driven by her passion to help people turn their vision into market share and their potential into sustained profitable growth, splitting her time between NY and Greece.

A resourceful matchmaker and a planner by nature, she leverages a global network and her innate ability to reveal and unlock opportunity, to provide businesses the right tools, resources, and partners they need to succeed. Known for her hands-on approach, a holistic methodology, and novel solutions, she is a trendsetter with a knack for seeing and making connections others miss.

Ioanna started out as a Cornell University architecture graduate, but a twist of fate led her from building structures to building brands. Over the past 15+ years she has devised comprehensive marketing communications strategies and developed projects for clients ranging from individuals to fortune 500 companies. Her client list includes Noowit, Canela, Heliou, Filion, Ertuğrul Ateş, MotionX, Curtiss Wright, Ralph Lauren, NBC, the Travel Channel, SONY, IBM, MTV, VH1, Shiseido, Sara Lee, DOVE, Tag Heuer, Dolphin Capital Investors, and GEK – TERNA.

Her philosophy is simple ‘brands are people and people are brands’. Whether it’s a new and exciting startup, in need of launching and market penetration, an established SME looking to develop and expand, or even a municipality in need of reinventing itself, her projects tend to garner international press; such as The New York Times (Sunday Styles), Paper, WWD, NY Post (Page Six), Village Voice, Amsterdam News, India Times, E! Entertainment, Fashion TV, Rás2-Iceland, Search Engine Journal, LIFE, Epoch Times, Life & Style, Ozon magazine, Athens Voice, Kathimerini, Proto Thema to name a few.

Ioanna works only on projects and products she believes in, and is dedicated to promoting new talent every chance she gets. She insists that engagement and interactivity are key ―that optimism is vital― and that authenticity and collaboration are everything.

Experience it all firsthand at www.wabiandsabi.com.








Startup Weekend Volos: Fiware as a Platinum Sponsor!!!

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FIWARE seeks to provide a truly open, public and royalty-free architecture and a set of open specifications that will allow developers, service providers, enterprises and other organizations to develop products that satisfy their needs while still being open and innovative.

FIWARE will dramatically increase Europe’s Information and Communications Technology competitiveness by introducing an innovative infrastructure that enables cost-effective creation and delivery of versatile digital services, high quality of service and security guarantees.

The platform aims to reduce obstacles and foster innovation and entrepreneurship in a variety of ways:

·       Offering a set of open APIs that allow developers to avoid getting tied to any specific vendor, therefore protecting application developer’s investment.

·       Providing a powerful foundation for the Future Internet, cultivating a sustainable ecosystem for:

o   Service providers: delivering new applications and solutions meeting the requirements of established and emerging areas of use.
o   End users and consumers actively participating in content and service consumption and creation.

FIWARE will respond to the demands of end customers as well as enterprises and organizations:

a)     End customers want to gain access and easily consume applications that can effectively assist them in daily life situations. Some of the underlying problems involved in satisfying this are the management of ever-growing data and information (e.g. from sensor-enabled environments) and the seamless access anywhere, anytime and from any device. They also require improved means for real-time communication and collaboration within their social networks, families and neighborhoods while being mobile, without risking any security or privacy requirements. Overall, these capabilities could transform communities, homes and cities into safer and better places to live and leverage the Internet as an additional utility for Society.

b)     Enterprises and organizations on the other hand, wish to get closer to their customers in order to deliver an even more compelling user experience and better service. For this reason, they would like to exploit contextual user data which may lead to a more personalized interaction experience and service offering, creating stronger participation of users in all phases of product and service lifecycles. In order to develop and operate these services, new methods, technologies and tools are needed to speed up the time to market, establish value added services and simplify access to relevant resources and capabilities, e.g., from the Internet of Things. Additional requirements on business services include reduced complexity of ICT provisioning, scaling, global availability and meeting security requirements from customers and legal authorities. An appropriate Future Internet platform would greatly contribute to meeting these demands from business customers.

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