Startup Weekend Volos: Google Developer Group (GDG) will be here!!!

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Google Developer Group (GDG) Playground aims at creating a vibrant and productive Google-focused community. We want to bring together passion 4 Innovation, to share latest developments, to ignite creativity and productivity so to create new products and services or update already existing ones, based on Google technology and tools, but not only ;-).

At GDG Playground we believe that people and sharing matter, we believe that environment reflects community’s value.

Let’s come and play with Google!

Disclaimer: GDG Playground is an independent group; our activities and the opinions expressed on this +Page should in no way be linked to Google, the corporation.

 








First prize and crowds favorite idea during 2nd Startup Weekend Volos 2014

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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

You simply:
1.sign in
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








Startup Weekend Volos By Innovation and Entrepreneurship Unit (IEU)

 

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Unit (IEU) 
The main objective of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Unit (IEU) is to develop the entrepreneurial and innovation skills of the University of Thessaly students and to provide support for them in undertaking entrepreneurial activities. To this end the I.E.U. implements activities such as: teaching entrepreneurship courses related to entrepreneurship and innovation, securing direct contact with the entrepreneurial community with the help of production and business site visits, the use of well-known entrepreneurs in lectures, seminars and mentoring schemes, as well as supporting student entrepreneurial activities through specialized guides and tools and individual counseling. A mixture of different educational tools is used: team working, speeches by invited – mainly young – entrepreneurs and work with experienced mentors, site visits to innovative businesses, support of student teams through specialized guides and tools and team coaching and hosting of events and competitions. During the program students are expected to organize themselves in teams (simulating a real start-up endeavor) and present their ideas and plans in writing as well as to defend them orally.

Courses

The following courses are offered to 12 departments of the University of Thessaly, including the Polytechnic School, the School of Agricultural Sciences, the School of Humanities and the Department of Biochemistry and Biotechnology, and are part of the Operational Programme for Education and Lifelong Learning in Greece.

 

1.  Introduction to Entrepreneurship  (Winter semester)

The objective of this course is for the students to familiarize themselves with the reality of modern enterprises (particularly the Small to medium-sized and Family Enterprises) and the modern tools of management and to acquire basic entrepreneurial knowledge and culture. It is stressed that entrepreneurship does not only concern the private sector, but also the public sector and non-profit organisations (museums, hospitals, sport organizations, local authorities etc). The understanding of enterprising activity contributes also to the improvement of effectiveness of those that later will become policy makers for the economy or will work in institutions that provide infrastructures or services to enterprises.

Content: the course, indicatively, will focus on questions that concern: What is an enterprise, foundation and organisation of an enterprise, obligations of the enterprise, financing and economic management, co-operatives and their problems, introduction to marketing, distribution, sales, pricing, product and service development, human resources management (hiring, training, wage).

 

During the course:

  • The students will visit 1-2 enterprises related to their object of study and their interests,

  • lectures from business owners and executives will take place,

  • teams of 4-7 students will be formed in order to develop business ideas, with the advisory guidance and support of members of the entrepreneurial community.

 

Method of Assessment: Group project

2. Development of business plans  (Spring Semester)

 

The objective of this course is to provide the students with basic knowledge on the development of successful and complete business plans.

 

Content: the course, indicatively, will focus on questions that concern:

Exploration of business opportunities, definition of the needs of users (market research), development of business plans, investment assessment and planning, financing of start-ups (venture capital, business angels etc), management of brand names and trademarks, development of business collaborations.

 

During the course:

  • The students will visit 1-2 enterprises related to their object of study and their interests,

  • lectures from business owners and executives will take place

  • teams of 4-7 students will be formed in order to develop business plans, with the advisory guidance and support of members of the entrepreneurial community

Method of Assessment: Group project

Other Actions

The Unit also organizes short intensive entrepreneurship schools, participates in the organization of Open Coffee, Startup Weekend and a plethora of similar events. Furthermore, we have managed to built a dynamic network in Greece with the participation of other Innovation and Entrepreneurship Units of Greek Universities, Accelerators (The Cube, Innovation farm, Stage one, IQbility), Co-working spaces (Found.ation), local authorities, and funds (Openfund, PJ Catalyst).

Accelerator program

 

At the time we also run one of the two parts of the accelerator program “Mazi stin Ekkinisi (Together at the Start/Launch)” with the Federation of Enterprises and Industries. The accelerator program aims to provide services and transfer knowledge to scientists – aspiring entrepreneurs to turn their business ideas into detailed and actionable business plans.

 

Actions:

 

  • Encouraging scientists with entrepreneurship and the concept of risk,

  • Assessing the economic feasibility and technological excellence of a business idea, before the formal establishment of an enterprise,

  • Creating culture of entrepreneurship in scientific potential,

  • Networking and linking knowledge production to the production of profit and the commercial exploitation of innovation.

The Federation of Enterprises and Industries further aims at reviewing the relationship of research and academic institutions doing business in Greece, parameter priority for the development of a dynamic and competitive economy.

 








Startup Weekend Volos: Yiannis Bakouros as a Mentor

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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.

 








Startup Weekend Volos: Apostolos Papadoulis as a Judge

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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.








Startup Weekend Volos: Sotiris Bantas as a Mentor

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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.

 








Startup Weekend Volos: ErgoQ will be here!!!

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Judging criteria

Universal Startup Weekend’s judging criteria is broken up into three sections. Teams are judged according to the following criteria (weighed equally):

  • Business Model Validation – Who are their key partners? Is there a customer acquisition / rollout strategy? Did the team identify customers (demographic, location etc)? Did the team get out and talk to customers? What is the value proposition to customers? What is the cost and revenue breakdown?
  • Product Execution – Have they established a “Minimal Viable Product” for the weekend (software, hardware, etc.)? Note: an MVP is the minimum set of features to be able to start collecting data. Were they able to demo something functional?
  • User Experience Design – Does it have a professional look and feel? Does it deliver a compelling and captivating user experience? Is it memorable? What key insights were gathered over the weekend to go in this creative direction?

While there are no specific requirements in terms of what teams should have accomplished by Sunday, it’s in your best interest to plan your execution around what you’ll be judged for on Sunday: Customer Validation, Business Model and Execution. As far as presenting goes, some of the most common presentations include any combination of the following (in no particular order):

  • Wireframes or fully developed website
  • Mobile App (from mock-ups to skeletons to fully functional)
  • Slide decks (Powerpoint, Keynote, Prezi, etc.)
  • Videos (i.e. product demonstrations, etc.)
  • Live product demos

See you soon!








Startup Weekend Volos: Demitrios Pournarakis as a Mentor

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Demitrios is the head of product design and a co-founder of
nimbata (www.nimbata.com), an enterprise analytics company
specializing in call tracking and voice applications on the cloud.
He has previous 5 year working experience in the private sector
as an IT consultant at IBM, while currently being a Research
Associate at the Athens University of Economics and Business, ISTLab.
He holds a BSc in Business Administration from AUEB, an MSc in Information Systems
from City University London and an iMBA from AUEB and is currently in the 2nd year of
his PhD at AUEB, specializing on Brand Equity and Social Network Analysis.
Open to discussion on Web Design (HTML, CSS, Inkscape), Data Analysis (SQL, R),
Digital Marketing, Product Branding and Social Network Science.

 








Startup Weekend Volos: Michael Tsaoutos as a Judge

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General Manager at EPSA S.A.

Michael Tsaoutos was born in 1965 and grew up in Volos. He lives in Athens with his wife and three daughters. He holds a degree in Electrical Engineering & Computer Engineering from National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) and was awarded a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Warwick Business School.

Since 2010 he is the General Manager of EPSA Soft Drinks. EPSA produces soft drinks since 1924 and its products are available all over Greece. Exports are building up and currently EPSA exports to 15 countries, including Australia, China and USA. During the last few years EPSA introduced innovative products into the market, namely Organic Lemonade and Orangeade and the “EPSA light” series, where sugar is replaced by sweetener from the stevia plant. 

Before EPSA, Michael had worked for more than two decades in Lambrakis Press. He started in 1988 as a Technology Editor for Apple products in RAM magazine. Later he became Editorial Editor for BHMARAM newspaper insert, for bit magazine and inLife magazine. He was a member of the team that started www.in.gr portal and organized all paid subscriptions of in.gr. From 2003 until 2010 he became General Manager of Shop21.gr (Lambrakis Press’ e-commerce site). Until recently he worked as a technology consultant for RAM and HiTECH magazines. When time permits, he still plays around with various Apple devices.

He was a member of the Greek national ski team, Greek national water ski team and represented Greece in Camel Trophy 2000 and Land Rover G4 Challenge. For the last few years he enjoys running long distance races and participating in triathlon competitions.