Metavallon is a model social enterprise that empowers and accelerates startups at the very early stages. Through its three-stage program (Τhe Lab, The Accelerator, and The Hub), Metavallon seeks to motivate talented individuals, expose them to experienced entrepreneurs, experts and investors, and provide them with the necessary resources to start their own high impact businesses. Its mission is to uplift the endeavors of active entrepreneurial spirits around the world and generate a powerful venturing movement in Greece and beyond.
Clio has become a major presence in Vancouver’s tech scene and has grown from a small firm with three employees in 2007 to more than 130 strong with offices in Vancouver, Toronto, and Dublin, Ireland. As I walked into their office I was quickly greeted by one of their staff who kindly fixed me a cup of coffee and informed Christopher Yeh, Clio’s Talent Specialist. As I slipped my coffee and welcomed the sense of invigoration brought on by the caffeine, I began to notice the extensive renovations that were underway. Seeing the completed renovations gave visitors a sense of professionalism and growth but the friendliness of the staff and decor showed guests that Clio still has the heart of a scrappy startup. It was during this thought that Christopher and Derek Bolen, Clio’s communications coordinator, arrived.
I was surprised by the amount of attention I garnered, but realized perhaps this is one of the reasons why Clio has come so far: They treat everyone who comes their way with great importance and proudly Canadian hospitality. After the initial introductions, we quickly settled into a meeting room and began the interview.
1. What is Clio and what industry are you in?
We’re a SaaS company that provides the leading cloud-based product in the legal practice management space. We help lawyers be awesome at what they do with an accessible, user-friendly software solution that incorporates time tracking, billing, document management, client management, and calendaring.
2. How did Clio go from two friends working together to a successful startup with three offices (Vancouver, Toronto and Dublin)?
Jack and Rian met at elementary school in Edmonton and have been best of friends ever since. Rian moved to Vancouver for work and Jack stayed in Alberta, but they always knew they wanted to start a business together. They were already working full-time jobs and were doing contract work on the side to make money for ‘business’ trips to Las Vegas. At the time, back in 2007-08, they happened to pick up a contract job with the Law Society of BC and their conversations led to discussions on how unfeasible practice management software was in the legal space for small legal firms. These firms did not have the capital to purchase and set up the servers that were required to run what was then the standard practice management software: unwieldy on-premise software. The conversation led Jack and Rian to a lightbulb moment that gave them the motivation to build a cloud-based platform to address the pain points associated with incumbents. Taking inspiration from companies like Salesforce and 37Signals, they coded the first version of their cloud-based software in Ruby on Rails—and the rest, as they say, is history.
3. Success is about learning from those who have succeeded before you; what qualities should Startup Weekend participants who wish to build a Saas (particularly cloud-based software) learn from Clio?
When Clio launched, it was the first cloud-based legal practice management software to market. Being the first mover was an advantage for the company as it was able to do business with a large and underserved market. As time passed we saw other companies throw their hats into the ring which reminded us to not rest our laurels. In the SaaS market it’s not necessarily about who’s first, it’s about who’s best, so it’s critical to iterate and improve upon the product and consistently add new features clients tell us they want.
4. Vancouver has been named one of the best places to create a startup. Can you please tell us what resources Startup Weekend participants can capitalize on in order to maximize their growth and momentum?
We’re incredibly fortunate to live in a tech hub like Vancouver that was grown organically from grassroots innovation. Vancouverites aspiring to be startup founders are a fortunate lot as they have access to homegrown mentorship opportunities that a lot of people yearn for. There are many intelligent and successful leaders within the Greater Vancouver area who are extremely open, accessible, and willing share their experiences. Lastly, Vancouverites are becoming less inclined to leave the city, preferring to build their startup here. The city has some great accelerators and incubators as well as becoming known for its pool of great talent, and while VC attention was scarce before, they have started to keep a keen eye on Vancouver-built companies.
5. How can Startup Weekend participants maximize their social media presence and marketing efforts over the 54-hour event?
Startup Weekend hashtags have always drawn a lot of attention and action during and after the event. Hashtags gives participants the opportunity to reach out to individuals and community influencers to gain visibility on the web they wouldn’t usually have had the opportunity. It’s also crucial to remember for participants to engage in discussions rather than use social media as a tool for a one way marketing push.
6. What are some of Clio’s upcoming milestones and events that excite you?
We held Clio’s second annual user conference down in Chicago on September 22nd where we made a great number of new feature announcements. We believe these new features will catapult the company to the next level. Locally, we’re growing at an incredible rate. We’re in the midst of our office renovations and our aim is to be identified as the next major tech anchor within the startup community. We’re hoping to grow into that role through mentoring aspiring entrepreneurs and startups and helping them succeed.
Found.ation is top-notch, privately funded and operated technology hub located in Athens, Greece. Originally established in 2011 as one of the first co-working spaces in SE Europe, Found.ation’s mission is to develop and mature local aspiring startup companies and talent by creating nationwide acceleration programs and a market-oriented Startup Education program, alongside quality events and hackathons.
In the past 12 months alone, Found.ation hosted or accelerated 60 different startup companies in three acceleration batches, leading them to secure more than 2 million dollars in total funding by Greek and International Investors. During the same period, it hosted more than 100 Educ.ation offerings, events and hackathons.
FIWARE seeks to provide a truly open, public and royalty-free architecture and a set of open specifications that will allow developers, service providers, enterprises and other organizations to develop products that satisfy their needs while still being open and innovative.
FIWARE will dramatically increase Europe’s Information and Communications Technology competitiveness by introducing an innovative infrastructure that enables cost-effective creation and delivery of versatile digital services, high quality of service and security guarantees.
The platform aims to reduce obstacles and foster innovation and entrepreneurship in a variety of ways:
· Offering a set of open APIs that allow developers to avoid getting tied to any specific vendor, therefore protecting application developer’s investment.
· Providing a powerful foundation for the Future Internet, cultivating a sustainable ecosystem for:
o Service providers: delivering new applications and solutions meeting the requirements of established and emerging areas of use.
o End users and consumers actively participating in content and service consumption and creation.
FIWARE will respond to the demands of end customers as well as enterprises and organizations:
a) End customers want to gain access and easily consume applications that can effectively assist them in daily life situations. Some of the underlying problems involved in satisfying this are the management of ever-growing data and information (e.g. from sensor-enabled environments) and the seamless access anywhere, anytime and from any device. They also require improved means for real-time communication and collaboration within their social networks, families and neighborhoods while being mobile, without risking any security or privacy requirements. Overall, these capabilities could transform communities, homes and cities into safer and better places to live and leverage the Internet as an additional utility for Society.
b) Enterprises and organizations on the other hand, wish to get closer to their customers in order to deliver an even more compelling user experience and better service. For this reason, they would like to exploit contextual user data which may lead to a more personalized interaction experience and service offering, creating stronger participation of users in all phases of product and service lifecycles. In order to develop and operate these services, new methods, technologies and tools are needed to speed up the time to market, establish value added services and simplify access to relevant resources and capabilities, e.g., from the Internet of Things. Additional requirements on business services include reduced complexity of ICT provisioning, scaling, global availability and meeting security requirements from customers and legal authorities. An appropriate Future Internet platform would greatly contribute to meeting these demands from business customers.
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First prize and crowds favorite idea during 2nd Startup Weekend Volos 2014
iOrder is a new mobile application that will save you time from ordering Coffee or Snacks.
With the iOrder application
-you get rid of: coins, wallets, waiting in queues
-you gain: special offers from your favorite coffee shops
2.make your order via your smartphone
3.pick it up on your way to work, school etc.
iOrder won the First prize and the favotite crowds idea in the second Startup Weekend 2014 in Volos.
Below you can find our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/iOrder/668431556553858?ref=bookmarks
A Chemical Engineer graduated from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 1981 and received his Ph.D. in Management and Administration, in 1988, from the University of Bradford in the UK.
He worked as Production Manager, Technical Advisor, Sales Manager in Industrial and Distribution Enterprises and Consultant Companies. He was member of the board of Directors and Technical Advisor of a Textile company.
Visitor Associate Professor of the Industrial Management Division at the Engineering School of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and University of Thessaly in Greece. Key member of the development team of Thessaloniki Technology Park and Director of its Vocational Training Center. Founder of Thessaly Technology Park. Served as Chairman of Eureka National Project Coordinators during the Greek Eureka Presidency.
He has been participating in many EU Capitalization Projects and numerous Research Programmes / Projects and Studies as Scientific Responsible. Those Projects were executed and implemented in Greece, in Europe and elsewhere and were related to his main scientific and research interest such as innovation, technology management, regional development, development strategies, information management networks, reliability, maintenance, industrial health and safety.
Currently Assistant Professor at the University of West Macedonia, Head of the development of the Regional Innovation Observatory and the Virtual Technopolis of Western Macedonia. Coordinator of Regional Innovation Pole of Western Macedonia. Former Member of the board of directors of Alexandria Innovation Zone of Thessaloniki.
Dr Apostolos D. Papadoulis was born in 1957 in Volos and he is father of a daughter. His professional career starts in 1982 as Supervisor of the scientific divisions of the Association of Industries in Thessaly and Central Greece
He is the President of the Executive Committee of the Association of Industries in Thessaly and Central Greece since 2005 and General Manager of AEDEP Thessaly and Central Greece since 2003. His professional career started in 1982 as Supervisor of the scientific divisions of the Association of Industries in Thessaly and Central Greece.
He holds a degree from the Department of Public Administration at Panteion University and in year 2000 was awarded a PhD Title from the Department of Regional Planning and Development at the University of Thessaly.
Since 2003 he is an Adjunct Lecturer at the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Thessaly, on the subjects of ‘Business Finance’, ‘Business Strategy and Technology’, ‘The Strategy of Administration’, and ‘Policies of Regional Development in Greece’.
He has participated in numerous Scientific Programs and Studies and through his incumbency in the AITCG and the UTH has collaborated with multiple Scientific and Development Authorities. However, despite his diverse activity, he remains committed to the support of the Businesses in the Regions of Thessaly and Sterea Ellada in order to assist their way to development.
Kristian is a Danish qualified Attorney-at-Law (advokat) specialised in M&A, Private Equity, Venture Capital and general corporate law. Kristian will be a huge asset to Startup Weekend Copenhagen participants as he is very active in the VC community often representing either VC funds or companies in VC investments.
In 2013, Kristian was one of the initiators in establishing the Investment Network under the Danish Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (DVCA) and he serves as chairman of the Investment Network.
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Sotiris Bantas is the founder and CEO of Centaur Technologies a developer of disruptive hardware and apps for the emerging Industrial Internet of Things. In 2000 he cofounded Helic, an EDA software company specializing in RF & high-speed IC design solutions, and served as the company’s CTO until 2014. His responsibilities have included leading R&D and product development and spearheading IP creation. He has also been involved in marketing solutions to the company’s clientele comprising leading American, Korean, Chinese and Japanese technology companies. Helic raised Venture Capital investments from Silicon Valley strategics and angels and from Fujitsu of Japan.
Sotiris Bantas holds a Ph.D. in Microelectronics and Diploma in Electrical Engineering, both received from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). He holds 2 US patents and has several pending.