We are happy to announce our ‪#‎aswuni‬ mentor, Giannis Zaoudis !

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Our #aswuni mentor Giannis Zaoudis exploring market research with the eyes of an engineer.Helping brands talk with consumers through Pollfish, a technology company which has access to over 200M smartphone users to whom it distributes surveys and questionnaires in order to get data and insights.








We are happy to announce our ‪#‎aswuni‬ mentor, Alex Alexakis !

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Our ‪#‎aswuni‬ mentor Alex currently works as a Product Manager at Workable with a team of data scientists and big data engineers building candidate sourcing technologies. In the past he held Product, UX and Growth roles in startups in the mobile gaming and advertising fields. His educational background lies at the intersection of business and technology with degrees from London School of Economics and Athens University of Economics and Business.








We are happy to announce our ‪#‎ASWUni‬ mentor, Jason Spanomanolis!

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We are happy to announce our ‪#‎aswuni‬ mentor, Jason Spanomanolis!
Jason is passionate about using data to discover opportunities for growth and optimization on every possible touch point of a company with their customers and potential audience. He is currently Product Owner at e-FOOD.gr!








Το Κέντρο Σπουδών Κουτσοδόντη στηρίζει την νεανική επιχειρηματικότητα!

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Το Κέντρο Σπουδών Κουτσοδόντη στηρίζει σταθερά την ελληνική νεανική επιχηρειματικότητα, αλλά και τους φοιτητικούς συλλόγους.

Ο Στόχος τους είναι η ανάδειξη καινοτόμων ιδεών και η προώθηση της εξέλιξης των φοιτητών στους νέους επιχειρηματίες και επιστήμονες της χώρας μας.

Ευχαριστούμε,  λοιπόν, το Κέντρο Σπουδών Κουτσοδόντη για την υποστήριξη της πρωτοβουλίας του Τhinkbiz και την ενίσχυση της προσπάθεια του για να πραγματοποιηθεί το Athens Startup Weekend University 2016.








Georgios Gatos loves startups and technology oriented companies!

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#‎aswuni‬ mentor Georgios Gatos 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 business elements and/or fundraising issues. He has consulted many ICT related companies in the past and is now part of one. Being part of incrediblue allows him to express himself and put into action all the advise that helped others in the past.








We are happy to announce our first ‪#‎ASWUni‬ mentor, Savvas Georgiou !

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We are happy to announce our first ‪#‎ASWUni‬ mentor! Savvas Georgiou received his degree in Computer Engineering from NTUA. He has worked in startup companies since 2009 starting from the incubator of Facebook Fund in Palo Alto. He was a member of the team that contributed to the success of HealthLeap. He was the CTO of Daily Secret, while earlier he was Director of Technology (CTO) in Liberis Publications. Savvas is currently head of Product & Growth at Welcome, a newly developed product from Dopios.








The opa Toy Team Wins First Place at Startup Weekend Athens (Ohio)

After a whole weekend of hard work, the five Startup Weekend Athens pitched their new ventures to a team of judges.

The first-place winner was the team for opa, cognitive toys for modern children, an art/design set of colorful wooden, magnetic shapes.

Team opa: Alex Kneier, Andrew Roffe, Ethan Schultz, Rachel Lau, and Brett Woodard
Team opa: Alex Kneier, Andrew Roffe, Ethan Schultz, Rachel Lau, and Brett Woodard
A photograph of a child playing with opa shown while Ethan was pitching.
A photograph of a child playing with opa shown while Ethan was pitching.

 

Second place went to Enchanted Home of Lost Books, a used book store offering children’s books to families in the Athens area.

The Enchanted Home of Lost Books team: Lisa Heinz, James Graham, Ariel Taylor, and Amber Duff.
The Enchanted Home of Lost Books team: Lisa Heinz, James Graham, Ariel Taylor, and Amber Duff.

 

The third-place winner was the team pitching EMG Max.

The EMG Max team: Zach Phillips-Gary, Andrew Greene, Karsten Cao
The EMG Max team: Zach Phillips-Gary, Andrew Greene, Karsten Cao

 

Among their comments, the judges said they thought that all five of the ideas pitched had the potential to become successful businesses.

#SWAthensOH

 








Teams Practice and Polish Their Pitches at Startup Weekend Athens (Ohio)

Sunday afternoon, as the pitch competition drew near, the five Startup Weekend Athens teams hustled to get their pitches into shape.

The teams tweaked and finalized and practiced their 5-minute pitches for the Sunday afternoon finale. Business and technology expert judges were ready to rate the teams’ pitches and business prospects. Prizes for the top three pitches included business books, marketing assistance, and technical services to help the winning teams further develop their businesses.

Team Tieboost changed its focus during the weekend, developing the concept for a web service to provide a voice and visibility for unknown talent.
Team Tieboost changed its focus during the weekend, developing the concept for a web service to provide a voice and visibility for unknown talent.

 

The Flagger team prepared to pitch an app for socially responsible investing.
The Flagger team prepared to pitch an app for socially responsible investing.

 

This team got ready to pitch EMG Max, a fitness app to help people get the most out of their workouts, while allowing rest and recovery of the muscle groups they had worked.
This team got ready to pitch EMG Max, a fitness app to help people get the most out of their workouts, while allowing rest and recovery of the muscle groups they had worked.

 

Here the team pitching Enchanted Home of Lost Books received coaching from Michele Migliuolo Venture Executive in Residence, TechGROWTH Ohio.
Here the team pitching Enchanted Home of Lost Books received coaching from Michele Migliuolo, Venture Executive in Residence, TechGROWTH Ohio.

 

The opa toy team added the final touches to their pitch presentation.
The opa toy team added the final touches to their pitch presentation.

 

#SWAthensOH








Το Athens Startup Weekend University επιστρέφει για τρίτη χρονιά!

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Το Athens Startup Weekend University επιστρέφει για τρίτη χρονιά!

 

Μετά την επιτυχία των προηγούμενων διοργανώσεων, το Athens Startup Weekend University επιστρέφει για τρίτη χρονιά στην Αθήνα!
Στις 8, 9 και 10 Απριλίου στο Impact HUB Athens, φοιτητές από όλα τα ελληνικά Πανεπιστήμια βάζουν σε εφαρμογή τις καινοτόμες ιδέες τους.

Το Athens Startup Weekend University αποτελεί μέρος του θεσμού του Startup Weekend, ενός παγκοσμίου μη κερδοσκοπικού οργανισμού που προωθεί την επιχειρηματικότητα των νέων και ενθαρρύνει την πραγματοποίηση καινοτόμων ιδεών. Πρόκειται για τη μεγαλύτερη κοινότητα νέων επιχειρηματιών, που έχει οργανώσει περισσότερες από 2900 συναντήσεις σε 150 χώρες τα τελευταία χρόνια.

Κατά τη διάρκεια των συναντήσεων, οι οποίες διαρκούν 54 ώρες, οι συμμετέχοντες σχηματίζουν ομάδες και σχεδιάζουν πρωτότυπα επιχειρηματικά projects, τα οποία παρουσιάζουν στο κοινό καθώς και σε μία κριτική επιτροπή με μέλη που προέρχονται από το χώρο των επιχειρήσεων, του marketing και της πληροφορικής.

Πώς λειτουργεί το event
Δικαίωμα συμμετοχής έχουν φοιτητές και πρόσφατοι απόφοιτοι οι οποίοι καλούνται να σχηματίσουν ομάδες με στόχο να συνεργαστούν και να αναπτύξουν το δικό τους επιχειρηματικό πλάνο μέσα σε τρεις ημέρες

Πρώτη ημέρα
Όλα τα Startup Weekend παγκοσμίως οργανώνονται πάνω στο το ίδιο βασικό μοντέλο: οποιοσδήποτε από τους συμμετέχοντες έχει μια ιδέα έχει στην διάθεσή του 1 λεπτό για να την παρουσιάσει στο κοινό. Στη συνέχεια, οι συμμετέχοντες καλούνται να ψηφίσουν τις καλύτερες ιδέες, γύρω από τις οποίες διαμορφώνονται και οι τελικές ομάδες που θα συμμετέχουν στο διαγωνισμό.

 

Δεύτερη ημέρα
Οι ομάδες αυτές, γιά όλο το Σάββατο και μέχρι την Κυριακή το απόγευμα, δουλεύουν πάνω στο project τους υλοποιώντας την ιδέα τους. Εκτός από ένα βασικό business plan και στρατηγική marketing καλούνται να αναπτύξουν και ένα αρχικό working demo του προϊόντος τους. Κατά την διάρκεια του event, έμπειροι mentors συζητoύν με τις ομάδες και τις βοηθούν να διαμορφώσουν το προϊόν και την στρατηγική τους.

Τρίτη ημέρα
Την Κυριακή το απόγευμα οι ομάδες καλούνται να κάνουν μια παρουσίαση του project τους μπροστά σε μία κριτική επιτροπή που θα αξιολογήσουν το αποτέλεσμα με βάση τη βιωσιμότητα του επιχειρηματικού τους πλάνου, την πρωτοτυπία και το αποτέλεσμα που παρουσιάσαν. Αφού ανακοινωθούν οι νικητές, το Startup Weekend κλείνει με ένα μεγάλο party!

Το Athens Startup Weekend University πραγματοποιείται με τη χορηγία του e-FOOD, και την υποστήριξη μελών του ThinkBiz, του μεγαλύτερου Φοιτητικού Συλλόγου Επιχειρηματικότητας στην Ελλάδα.

 

Εισιτήρια

Τα εισιτήρια για το Athens Startup Weekend University 2016 διατίθενται σε περιορισμένο αριθμό με έκπτωση early bird εδώ!

 

Για περισσότερες πληροφορίες
Εισιτήρια: bit.ly/aswunitickets

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Facebook: bit.ly/aswunifbpr
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Email: athensuni@startupweekend.org








Five Teams at Startup Weekend Athens Research and Plan Their Products and Businesses

In a very long day on Saturday, the five Startup Weekend teams gathered data about their enterprises by talking to people in town, making online inquiries and surveys, and watching children play with their prototype. Based on the data, they refined their concepts or pivoted — changed their product or company ideas — to align better with perceived markets. #SWAthensOH

At Startup Weekend Athens (Ohio) Ariel Taylor (left) Amber Duff, and James Graham tell about Enchanted Home for Lost Books, a retail store that would sell gently used children’s books. It would also make donations to local charities supporting children and donate books to children in need in other countries. The team, which also includes Lisa Heinz and Laughter Wang, visited the Athens Farmers Market and the Athens Public Library on Saturday to talk with potential customers.
At Startup Weekend Athens (Ohio) Ariel Taylor (left) Amber Duff, and James Graham tell about Enchanted Home for Lost Books, a retail store that would sell gently used children’s books. It would also make donations to local charities supporting children and donate books to children in need in other countries. The team, which also includes Lisa Heinz and Laughter Wang, visited the Athens Farmers Market and the Athens Public Library on Saturday to talk with potential customers.
Michelle Wilson (left), Harrison Mbemba, and Gil Moore discuss Team SRI, a socially responsible investing venture.
Michelle Wilson (left), Harrison Mbemba, and Gil Moore discuss Team SRI, a socially responsible investing venture.
Ryan Stillion and Kayleigh Marks also are on Team SRI.
Ryan Stillion and Kayleigh Marks also are on Team SRI.
At the Athens Public Library, Ethan Schultz (top right), Brett Woodard, and Alex Kremer watch children playing with the magnetic shapes. Their venture? Opa: Hands-on Cognitive Toys for the Modern Child.
At the Athens Public Library, Ethan Schultz (top right), Brett Woodard, and Alex Kremer watch children playing with the magnetic shapes. Their venture? Opa: Hands-on Cognitive Toys for the Modern Child. The team also includes Andrew Roffe and Rachel Lau.
One creation made by children at the library.
One creation made by children at the library.
EMG Max, a personal fitness app, is the innovation proposed by Zach Phillips-Gary (right), Andrew Greene, and Karsten Cao. Here they confer on Saturday night with Startup Weekend facilitator Daniel Johnsen (left).
EMG Max, a personal fitness app, is the innovation proposed by Zach Phillips-Gary (right), Andrew Greene, and Karsten Cao. Here they confer on Saturday night with Startup Weekend facilitator Daniel Johnsen (left).

The Note Boost team, Even Simmons, Paul Holliday, and Trevor Wall was not available for photos. See them on Sunday.