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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.

Ioanna Giannakopoulou