Start Up Weekend Volos: Maria Calafatis As Facilitator


Maria was community curator at coLab@AIT and has since become community curator of 

She continues now with her new position as a curator manager at The Cube Athens and she is also running CodoDojo Athens, a free coding club aiming for young children ages 8 to 12.
Her latest project is Campus Bus a non-profit organisation focusing on promoting business skills and a “startup mentality”.
In 2014 Maria is Team Manager organizing and hosting SW Athens and the first Athens Startup Pirates at The Cube Athens.
Maria is also very much involved with the Startup Weekend Scene and has already facilitated Startup Weekend Vlasic and Startup Weekend Athens Youth .

Startup Weekend Volos: Faye Orfanou as a Mentor

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Faye Orfanou studied Law in Greece (Athens University), Germany (LLM in private law at Frankfurt University), London (LLM in banking and finance law at King’s College London).  She worked for 10 years (1997 -2007) as attorney-at-law in Athens Law Firms, for both international and Greek clientele in the areas of corporate law, contract law, banking and finance law, administrative law, tax law as well as in the areas of city planning and environmental regulation. For 2 years (2007- 2009) she worked as legal consultant for the Managing Authority for EU Funds of the Ministry for Public Works.

In 2009 she was appointed Special Secretary for EU Funds in the Greek Ministry of Education, a position she held for almost 3 years until July 2012. As Special Secretary for EU Funds she had the opportunity of policy design and policy implementation in the areas of education, lifelong learning and research. She designed or re-designed numerous innovative actions in the fields of education and lifelong learning.

Since 2012, making use of the knowledge, experience and networks she acquired as Special Secretary, she has developed an activity as technology transfer coordinator, mainly through Add2value pc (, a company she has co-founded, while also she has been working as legal consultant in selected projects.

At the same time in order to support people in entering and progressing into professional life she co-founded the non profit organisation “αέλια – working life lab”(

Throughout her professional career she has been an active volunteer in environmental NGOs (mainly WWF Greece) as well as in social ventures. Due to her activity in support of youth entrepreneurship during her Secretariat office term, she was selected and appointed as member of the Committee for Institutional Interventions of the Greek Federation of Hellenic Associations of Young Entrepreneurs (“ΟΕΣΥΝΕ” and she offers services as a mentor for the Athens University of Economics and Business and the Orange Grove of the Dutch Embassy.

She speaks fluent English, French, German, Spanish and Italian and has basic knowledge of Portuguese, Russian and Turkish.

Startup Weekend Volos: Makis Antypas as a Mentor

Co-founder and CIO of Viva Payments (, Makis is in charge of technology, operations and new services development at one of Europe’s most innovative mobile payments companies. He holds a BSc in Industrial Management from University of Piraeus and an MSc in Information Systems from the University of Sheffield.

A member of the TEDxAcademy organizing team since 2010, he took part in the organization of 5 successfull TEDx events in Athens and several parallel activities like the Rising Stars mentoring program, the Call to Innovation contest in collaboration with Singularity University, and the #dialogue4change TEDxSalons.

Talk to Makis about ideas in mobile payments, electronic money transactions, open data, technologies in home automation, the internet of things, music and contemporary architecture.

Startup Weekend Volos: Alexandros Melis as a Mentor

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Alexandros has a Bachelor on Mechanical Engineering from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and a Master in Arts in Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations from The University of Sheffield. He has an extensive working experience both in Event Marketing and Community Management. He is also a co-founder of Sponsor Boat and THHF festival.

For Second time Domotel Xenia Volos support our Startup Weekend Volos!

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Welcome to one of the best hotels in Volos! Domotel Xenia Hotel

The Leader hotel in Volos awarded as one of the best hotels in Volos. Domotel Xenia Volos hotel is located in Pelion, according to the Greek mythology was the summer residence of Gods and the Centaurs’ homeland. At the foot of Mt Pelion, in the cove of Pagasitikos GulfDomotel Xenia Volos hotel in Volos has created in the last years its own…myth providing hospitality services for a… divine accommodation.

With absolute respect to the cultural heritage of “Xenia” buildings that had been some of the most brilliant examples of Greek architecture in the 20th century, the hotel build in the 60’s is characteristic of the postwar modernism in Volos. It has been fully renovated , the services have been updated and the hotel has been transformed into a modern 5-star city and conventions resort for a relaxing Volos accommodation .

It is not by chance that since June 2006 when Domotel Xenia Volos started to operate gained immediately a leading position in its category in the broader area.




Startup Weekend Volos: Penny Tsaoutou as a Mentor

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Managing Director at EPSA S.A.penny tsaoutou

Penny graduated from Deere College in 1995 holding a Bachelor in Accounting and Finance. After completing her Masters degree in the same major at Lancaster University (UK), she works for Epsa S.A., a traditional Greek soft drinks industry, as a Financial Manager. Since 2004 she is the Managing Director of the company. Epsa S.A. is a family business and along with her father and brother continue to run the 90-year-old company, trying to combine tradition with innovation but first of all to keep quality standards high. The last four years new products were launched, like the Bio Lemonade and Orangeade, the first Greek Organic soft drinks, and the Light line, soft drinks with sweetener from the stevia plant. Both innovations gained many awards.

StartUp Weekend VOLOS for the First Time in Global Start Up Battle

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Startup Weekend Volos
November 21st, 2014

The First StartUp Weekend Volos that takes part in Global StartUp Battle is here!

For the first time the Challenge for the best entrepreneurial idea goes Global. You will have the chance to compete locally, then against your region and then the world.

Come and be a part of this amazing once-in-a-lifetime event, socialize, share ideas, form teams, and launch startups!!

You won’t be alone. Mentors will be there to help you and answer your questions every step of the way.

It will be 54 Hours of Pure Chaos that you will utterly love!

Don’t miss it! Stay tuned for the registrations’ opening !

SW Athens Youth Prizes

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Awards Categories For Startup Weekend Athens Youth.

We have some amazing prizes for the young innovators of tomorrow. Startup Weekend Athens Youth can not happen without the most outstanding awards for the best teams.

It’s time to announce the awards categories and the prizes which will be given to the best winning teams on Sunday evening.

Awards! Check them out here:

Best social impact: 

Best presenters: 

Best business potential: 

Best innovative idea:

For all members of the 4 winning teams The Cube  offers free passes for the Launch Week Accelerator.

Remember everyone is a winner, so join the global community of Startup Weekend..!

Startup Yourself!