Seeing the community’s perspective: Story #2 Alex Papanagis

I love a creative challenge, and I am eager to see new ideas be fleshed out, which improve people’s lives, therefore I applied for startup weekend.

For me it is an opportunity to learn, stretch my thinking, refuel my motivation to create, be a part of a stimulating team

I am a graphic designer and hope to be able to add beauty, elegance, ease and pleasure to the use to whatever my team creates

Seeing the community’s perspective: Story #1 Panagiotis Xatziionaou

Startup Weekend is all about entrepreneurship. You come, you meet new people, and you form a team so that you can make a business idea happen in 54 hours. How cool is that? Imagine it like this. You get to see all the steps needed to create a real life venture on your own, without taking the risk of losing anything and at the same time you have the opportunity to make some very useful acquaintances or even get inspired to start working on an idea of yours. This event has multiple benefits for you. At the same time, you will get practical knowledge about business and how it works, the opportunity to let go of your fear of doing something like this, and also advice and guidance from people that have been in the business world for quite a long time. You may still be wondering, why would I ever spend my entire weekend inside a room working full time, while I could be hanging out with friends or going out and have fun? Well, let me ask you a question. Have you ever had an idea that you thought it was awesome, but did you not have the knowledge or tools needed to make it happen? Have you ever wanted to see how it is like inside a business and how all parts of it work together? Or maybe you wanted some inspiration so you can start a venture yourself. These are just some of the many things that Startup Weekend will offer you. So what are you waiting for? Join now one of the most inspiring events happening in Kavala. This is an opportunity worth taking.

4 reasons you should join Startup Weekend Kavala



You already know, Startup Weekend Kavala is coming to town on October 13th. Startup Weekend Kavala is the first event in Eastern Macedonia & Thrace.  Why should you join this event? We’ll explain the most important reasons along the way. 


Let’s get started!


 The first international event in Eastern Macedonia & Thrace


The event’s special language is English. Are you scared? You’re not. Why? First of all, you are reading an article in English right now. It seems that you’re familiar with English. Right?

 Why English? Startup Weekend started from the United States. Most of the events are in English even with locals. Startup Weekend Kavala is going to host a qualified French facilitator and the most valuable mentors from abroad.  Grab the chance to practice & improve your English in 54 hours. Startup Weekend Kavala gives you the opportunity to prepare yourself for a multi-cultural working environment. Learn how to collaborate in English and how to pitch your idea in front of potential foreign investors. Think global even, when you’re local!

If I’m not familiar with English? You should start reading English articles, listening to podcasts regarding entrepreneurship & startups and watching videos like TEDx Talks, Startup School on Youtube.


 Our French qualified facilitator

Bernabé Chumpitazi is the official facilitator of Startup Weekend Kavala. He is able to bring the right impact for a well-organized & successful event. Why Bernabe? Bernabe was the official facilitator of Startup Weekend Brno. (Final score as facilitator 8.7/10). A Good score right?  He had the unique way to motivate and help every participant. 

He could help each team regarding idea validation, customer approach & acquisition, business model canvas creation during Startup Weekend Kavala.  Bernabe beyond a qualified facilitator of Startup Weekend is also an angel investor for early-stage startups. Try to persuade him to invest in your startup after Startup Weekend Kavala.  Can you do it? Find out the answer during the event.


The most valuable mentors

 What is the most valuable feature of Startup Weekend? According to participants: “Mentors”. Mentors are well-experienced persons from different backgrounds like marketing, technical, entrepreneurs, and designers. Mentors share their knowledge and help other aspiring entrepreneurs during Startup Weekend. You’ll meet the most valuable mentors at Startup Weekend Kavala. We’re going to host mentors from different industries. Young aspiring entrepreneurs such as Valentine Tzekas, experienced Marketers such as Tasos Pagakis & Leonidas Skerletopoulos, business consultants, crowdfunding specialists & lawyers. They’ll help you turn your ideas into reality. Grab the chance and meet with all of them during Startup Weekend Kavala. Don’t lose this opportunity.


The most helpful prizes for starting your startup after the event

 We don’t organize Startup Weekend for improving our personal reputation. We’re trying to build the local startup-tech community. Our mission is to help potential young entrepreneurs start their own businesses. Startup Weekend is a great way to meet a bunch of talented people and find the right resources for starting your own startup.

We’ve already found the most helpful prizes for the winning teams and the best players of Startup Weekend Kavala. We cannot reveal it yet! Stay tuned!

Are you ready now?

Run and get your early bird ticket here.  

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Startup Weekend Kavala is coming to town!

The story behind Startup Weekend

Andrew Hyde started Startup Weekend in Colorado in 2007. He had a “crazy” idea to build a startup within 54 hours. This initiative attracted 70 aspiring entrepreneurs. The single event of Startup Weekend grew up radically. Nowadays more than 4.000 Startup Weekend events are taking place in 150 countries around the world.

150 countries, 193k alumni community members, 2.9k+ events.Apparently Startup Weekend is a worldwide startup phenomenon.

The story behind Startup Weekend Kavala

Everything started in Brno. Antonis as a co-organizer of Startup Weekend Brno lived one of the most international & memorable events. He wanted to spread this experience in Kavala through Startup Weekend Kavala. He is trying to empower young people to take the first step into the entrepreneurship world through notable initiatives & events, such as Millennial Makers, & Open Coffee Kavala.

Well, Startup Weekend is the best place for potential entrepreneurs, students, developers, designers, & marketing gurus.

Startup Weekend Kavala is the first international event in Eastern Macedonia & Thrace. The event is going to take place on 13th, 14th, & 15th October at Kavala’s Cultural Center. Participants are calling to pitch their ideas, find a team, make a prototype in 54 hours and feel the adrenaline in front of the judges on Sunday evening. Startup Weekend Kavala is going to host a qualified facilitator from France, well-experienced mentors & judges from abroad.

The organizing team of Startup Weekend Kavala has the same vision. Their target is to build a sustainable entrepreneurial-tech community in the whole Eastern Macedonia & Thrace.

The organizing team behind Startup Weekend Kavala

  • Antonis Spyridakis (Lead Organiser & Community Manager)
  • Maria Dinaki (Co-Organiser & Event Manager)
  • Sofia Christakidou (PR Coordinator & Sponsors Specialist)
  • Christodoulos Ypodmatopoulos (Sponsorship Manager)
  • Christos Sotirelis (Chatbot Ninja) Yeah, we are going to launch a chatbot! Stay tuned!
  • Tina Michaelidou (Instagram specialist)

Do you want to be a part of our organizing team? Don’t hesitate to contact us, on Messenger. We’re always connected!

What about tickets?

Early bird tickets are coming on 5th September. You could book your ticket on

Final Thoughts

Is it your next challenge to build a startup by the sea in 54 hours? Then, join Startup Weekend Kavala & feel the most exciting & memorable event in your entire life. It’s all about learning and networking with optimistic people like you! Grab the chance and join Startup Weekend Kavala. See you around folks, this October.

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Antonis is the Lead Organiser & Community Manager at Startup Weekend Kavala. He is the team leader & at the same time produces content, builds & engages with #swkavala community & attract mentors & judges.