We are happy to announce our new #aswuni judge, Andreas Vourkos!

Andreas Vourkos is one of the founders of Pollfish. A mobile enthusiast, seeking entrepreneurial commercialization of knowledge. Actively involved in the mobile apps world, interested in innovative products that can reach massive scale and improve the lives of millions. A mobile engineer, breaking things with Pollfish Android and iOS SDKs. Working closely with app publishers on how to define a better monetisation strategy.

We are happy to announce our new #aswuni coach, Yiorgos Nikoletakis!

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.

We are happy to announce our new #aswuni coach, Leonidas Kanellopoulos!

Leonidas Kanellopoulos, is co-founder and Senior Developer in SimpleApps, a tech startup that develops mobile apps awarded in several young entrepreneurship and innovation contests. In the company he oversees the business strategy, whereas he is the team’s lead developer.

We are happy to announce our new #aswuni judge, Betty Tsakarestou!

Betty initiated in 2011 #StartupLab a vertical lab in collaboration with startup community in Athens to help promote entrepreneurial and innovation culture and skills her undergraduate students. In this context, in 2012, inspired by Athens Startup Weekend, the idea to launch a Startup Weekend only for university students was born and launched. The following years she has co-initiated vertical SW on Education and the most recent one has been a SW on “Entrepreneurial Journalism”, while she has served as mentor and judge in SW events. She has gained academic experience as a lecturer and professor at Copenhagen Business School, at the University of Cyprus and at Warsaw School of Economics.

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