Startup Weekend Volos: Alexandros Keramidas as a Mentor

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With bachelors on Industrial Management & Technology and Computer Science , Alexandros Keramidas, started early on (the year 2001) his entrepreneurship career in the fields of industrial packaging and the textile industry, later expanding to the fields of SaaS engineering, Web and Mobile applications development.

His fields of experience concern the wider area of the above fields, so you can seek advice from him regarding software development, packaging, industrial production and business management.

 








Startup Weekend Volos: Ioanna Elabd as a Mentor

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Ioanna Elabd is the heart of Wabi & Sabi, Inc., a brand architecture and strategy consulting agency based in NYC. She is driven by her passion to help people turn their vision into market share and their potential into sustained profitable growth, splitting her time between NY and Greece.

A resourceful matchmaker and a planner by nature, she leverages a global network and her innate ability to reveal and unlock opportunity, to provide businesses the right tools, resources, and partners they need to succeed. Known for her hands-on approach, a holistic methodology, and novel solutions, she is a trendsetter with a knack for seeing and making connections others miss.

Ioanna started out as a Cornell University architecture graduate, but a twist of fate led her from building structures to building brands. Over the past 15+ years she has devised comprehensive marketing communications strategies and developed projects for clients ranging from individuals to fortune 500 companies. Her client list includes Noowit, Canela, Heliou, Filion, Ertuğrul Ateş, MotionX, Curtiss Wright, Ralph Lauren, NBC, the Travel Channel, SONY, IBM, MTV, VH1, Shiseido, Sara Lee, DOVE, Tag Heuer, Dolphin Capital Investors, and GEK – TERNA.

Her philosophy is simple ‘brands are people and people are brands’. Whether it’s a new and exciting startup, in need of launching and market penetration, an established SME looking to develop and expand, or even a municipality in need of reinventing itself, her projects tend to garner international press; such as The New York Times (Sunday Styles), Paper, WWD, NY Post (Page Six), Village Voice, Amsterdam News, India Times, E! Entertainment, Fashion TV, Rás2-Iceland, Search Engine Journal, LIFE, Epoch Times, Life & Style, Ozon magazine, Athens Voice, Kathimerini, Proto Thema to name a few.

Ioanna works only on projects and products she believes in, and is dedicated to promoting new talent every chance she gets. She insists that engagement and interactivity are key ―that optimism is vital― and that authenticity and collaboration are everything.

Experience it all firsthand at www.wabiandsabi.com.








Startup Weekend Volos: Fiware as a Platinum Sponsor!!!

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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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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.

 








Education Entrepreneurs Partners With Imagine K12

Entrepreneurship is a Journey

It’s a marathon, not a sprint. We’ve all heard this phrase used to set the context for those about to take their first leap into entrepreneurship, and I think most seasoned entrepreneurs would agree with the point it’s trying to make. The development and sustainment of a successful startup doesn’t just happen overnight; it takes months upon years of hard work, sacrifice, discipline, and execution to produce a venture that’s secured product market fit and established a solid foundation to ensure its livelihood for years to come. Due to the various obstacles entrepreneurs will have to overcome and the wide range of emotions they will experience trying to turn their vision into reality, some might argue that entrepreneurship is neither a marathon or a sprint – it’s moreso a marathon, a sprint, an Ironman Triathlon, Tough Mudder, and Tour de France all rolled into one, while carrying 50lbs on your shoulders.

No matter what you compare it to, the fact is, becoming a successful entrepreneur and building a successful startup is quite the arduous process. Success doesn’t just happen; large amounts of time and energy must be invested over extended period of times, and throughout various stages of the company’s development. Recognizing this, UP Global, created The Entrepreneurs Journey. Broken up into six stages, The Entrepreneurs Journey outlines the specific phases every entrepreneur goes through in pursuit of creating a prosperous venture. In order to ensure entrepreneurs’ needs are met at every stage, UP Global has created complementary programs for each one, including Startup Digest, Startup Weekend, Startup Next, Startup Week, and Entrepreneurs Across Borders.

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Education Entrepreneurship is Unique

Recognizing that entrepreneurs aiming to build education businesses face unique problems (e.g. developing products that align to both the needs of students and teachers, securing pilot opportunities in schools, navigating government policy around student data), UP Global developed Education Entrepreneurs. The goal of Education Entrepreneurs is to create a suite of programs and resources specifically to meet the needs of education entrepreneurs. Beginning with the popular “turn your idea into a startup in 54 hours” program called Startup Weekend Education, Education Entrepreneurs offerings have expanded to include Startup Digest Education, Bootcamps, and Summits. Whether interested in exploring different options to innovate in education, excited by the opportunity to build a prototype in a weekend, or ready to jump full steam ahead into the world of being an official edtech founder, Education Entrepreneurs is giving more people than ever the opportunity to utilize entrepreneurship and technology to solve problems in education.

 

Partnering With Imagine K12

In the past year alone, Education Entrepreneurs has expanded from 12 to 74 events, 9 to 59 cities, 3 to 24 countries, and 2 to 6 continents. This means nearly 7,000 people around the world have joined our community and are engaging in the innovation process. As we help increasingly more people enter education entrepreneurship, we want to make sure they have access to the best resources, mentorship, and funding opportunities throughout their journey. Earlier this year, we partnered with edSurge, the leading source of news and resources on education technology. This partnership has provided our community with access to important and timely content, valuable resources, and unique opportunities.

Today, we’re excited to announce that we are partnering with Imagine K12, the leading edtech accelerator. This partnership will give our education entrepreneurs better access to crucial mentorship and funding opportunities to scale their ventures and ensure the solutions they develop actually reach the learners they were designed to help.

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Since 2011, Imagine K12 has cultivated hundreds of edtech entrepreneurs and companies by providing them with funding, mentorship, connections, and incredible guest speakers, like Mitch Kapor, founder of Kapor Capital, Eric Ries, founder of The Lean Startup, and Paul Graham, founder of YCombinator. Here’s some data highlighting Imagine K12 results to-date:

  • Launched more than 70 companies

  • Imagine K12 companies have raised more than $120 million

  • More than 10 million students and more than 1 million teachers are using Imagine K12 products

  • Award-winning companies:

    • Remind, 2014 Educators Top Messaging App

    • Code HS, 2013 NBC Innovation Challenge

    • Hapara, 2013 NYC Schools Gap App Challenge

    • Raise Labs, 2013 GSV/ASU Education Innovation Summit

    • LearnSprout, 2013 MBA Impact Investing Network

    • Bloomboard, 2012 SXSW LAUNCHedu K-12

    • NoRedInk, 2012 NBC Innovation Challenge

    • ClassDojo, 2011 NBC Innovation Challenge

Over the past three years, several Startup Weekend Education and Startup Weekend alumni have been admitted into the Imagine K12 cohorts, including the founders of Class Dojo, NoRedInk, Blendspace, Plickers, Learning Jar, and Tioki. With a goal of connecting even more Startup Weekend Education alumni to valuable funding and mentorship opportunities, our new partnership with Imagine K12 will give all first place winners of Startup Weekend Education events a guaranteed interview with Imagine K12’s investment team, if they choose to apply. All teams participating in Startup Weekend Education events as part of the Education, Empowered Track during Global Startup Battle this weekend and next (November 14th-23rd) are eligible for this opportunity, and local Facilitators and Organizers will be equipped to answer participant questions.

As Education Entrepreneurs grows over the years, it is our goal to support education entrepreneurs at every single stage of their journey, and we’re excited that our partnership with Imagine K12 will help us achieve that.

More About Imagine K12

Imagine K12 is a startup accelerator for companies that are creating innovative technology solutions to enrich and transform K-12 education. Starting a company is hard, and the education market presents unique challenges. Imagine K12 has a singular goal: improving your company’s chances of success. They do this through a combination of strategic advice and mentorship; supportive networks of investors, educators, and entrepreneurs; and a small amount of initial funding (about $100,000). Over the past three years, Imagine K12 has helped to launch 70 companies, which have collectively raised over $120 million in funding and reached millions of classrooms around the country. Read why Imagine K12 is excited to partner with Education Entrepreneurs.








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.

 








Sam Woodard: math teacher turned startup founder at SWEDUsea 2013

Winner of Startup Weekend Education 2013

It was pretty late on a Friday evening of November 2013. Sam Woodard, a math teacher at the Cleveland High School in Seattle, was watching the Startup Weekend Education pitches from his seat in the University of Washington Paccar Hall Auditorium.  He did not know anyone at all and was initially planning on joining a team and seeing what the event was like for his first Startup Weekend. But as he heard more and more 60 minute pitches he felt that he could present his own idea. A nudge from another teacher seated next to him was enough to get Sam to stand up and wait in line for his time to share his idea: MyWorksheets, an iPad app to capture worksheets and make it possible for students to fill them in digitally.

Sam recruited a multi disciplinary team of developers, designers and business people and they built the app that ended up winning the first prize of Startup Weekend Seattle EDU 2013. Using the prizes that they won, the team ended up pushing the project further with a video for the Global Startup Battle and the winning pitch for the Northwest battle pitch competition in December.

mathchatIn another serendipitous event, Software Engineer Kostub Deshmukh, Sam’s current co-founder and CTO, discovered the MyWorksheets video on the Global Startup Battle website and decided to join forces with him. Based on the feedback they got during customer validation sessions, they decided to pivot and work on MathChat instead. MathChat is an iOS app that makes it easy for students to help each other to solve math problems over chat. Sam and his co-founder are now going through the Imagine K12 incubator in San Francisco and getting more and more users for their app!

Why should you go to Startup Weekend EDU? In Sam’s own words “You don’t know what’s going to happen but this may be the event that sparks an idea that ends up being your startup!”

It’s your turn. Sign up for Startup Weekend Education Seattle.

Not in Seattle? Find a Startup Weekend Education near you!








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.