Making Greece a Technology Hub by 2021

Eugenides Foundation 13.09.2013


Flexibility and appetite for risk, both important ingredients of entrepreneurship, are part of Greek mentality. In addition, Greece today possesses a highly educated workforce and a significant pool of individuals with strong background and skills in science and engineering seeking opportunities in the current difficult economic environment. Prospects and human capital are therefore in place for Greece to become a dynamic technology hub, creating new and innovative companies with products and services designed for the global innovation economy.

We believe that the current economic crisis creates a unique opportunity that shouldn’t be wasted.

MIT Enterprise Forum Greece is the latest chapter to join the MIT Enterprise Forum international network, the technology entrepreneurship arm of MIT Technology Review. Targeting the Greek technology startup ecosystem, MIT Enterprise Forum Greece aims to inspire young engineers and scientists and add significant value by leveraging local experience with the know-how, support network, best practices and the global network of MIT Enterprise Forum around the world.

Our inaugural event program is designed to present views and insights from experts in relevant fields. Through interviews and panel discussions we will address and answer crucial issues and concerns about the future of Greek technology entrepreneurship in the global market and how MIT Enterprise Forum Greece will contribute to making Greece a technology hub by 2021.


10:00 - 10:30
Registration and Welcome Coffee

10:30 - 10:45
Opening Remarks, Vassilis Papakonstantinou, Chairman, MIT Enterprise Forum Greece

10:45 - 11:00
Remarks from Officials

11:00 - 11:15
Introduction to the MIT Entrepreneurial Ecosystem, Antoinette Matthews, Executive Director MIT Enterprise Forum

11:15 - 12:00
Building the Vision: Jason Pontin interview with Paul English

12:00 - 12:30
Coffee break and Networking

12:30 - 13:15
Building the Vision: Jason Pontin interview with Paloma Cabello

13:15 - 14:30
Planning Ahead: panel moderated by Jason Pontin

14:30 - 15:30
Cocktail Lunch and Networking

Session Overview

Making Greece a Technology Hub by 2021: Building the Vision

Interviews by Jason Pontin, Chairman, MIT Enterprise Forum; Editor-in-Chief and Publisher, MIT Technology Review

- Paul English, CTO and Cofounder, Kayak.com
- Paloma Cabello, Founder and Trustee, MIT Enterprise Forum Spain

During each interview, Jason Pontin will discuss with Paul English and Paloma Cabello their vision for driving entrepreneurship, the ingredients of successful entrepreneurial communities, the role of entrepreneurs and investors in growing their community and what kind of innovation attracts investment.

Session Overview

Making Greece a Technology Hub by 2021: Planning Ahead

Panel moderated by Jason Pontin, Chairman, MIT Enterprise Forum; Editor-in-Chief and Publisher, MIT Technology Review

- Katerina Stroponiati, CEO and Cofounder, Weendy.com
- Aris Constantinides, Founder and Investment Director NBGi Ventures
- Alex Moukas, CEO and Cofounder, Velti.com
- Evangelos Papadopoulos, NTUA Council Member and Professor

During this panel, discussion will explore the opportunities and challenges for technology innovation in Greece and how MIT Enterprise Forum of Greece will provide a collaborative platform connecting ideas, people and resources.

Speakers Bios


Founding Donor

Niarchos Foundation

Non Profit Sponsors

  • Latsis Foundation
  • Bodossaki Foundation
  • Dolphin Capital Foundation
  • Eugenides Foundation


Costa Navarino

Hospitality Sponsor

Intercontinental Hotel

Strategic Partners

  • hebs
  • haygroup
  • ey
  • potamitisvekris
  • terragraphica

Communication Sponsor


Organized with the support of the U.S. Embassy in Athens, Greece



Venue Details

387 Syngrou Avenue – 175 64 P. Faliro
Tel.: +30 210 946 9600 , Fax: +30 210 941 7372

Visitors can get to the Foundation:

By car: Visitors coming by car should consult the following maps depending on their point of departure.

Parking: Please note that the venue doesn't offer public parking. Available parking facilities in the area are:
Agion Anargiron and Ichous Street: +306977312602, +302109858378
REA Parking, 24 Zissimopoulou Street: +302109495000, +306985155622
Ellinidos and Zissimopoulou Street: +302104007772, +302109402887

  • Athinon Avenue

  • Syntagma

  • Glyfada

    By public transport: the following buses serve the Foundation:
    Β2, 550, Ε2, Ε22 (Onaseio stop)
    Α2 (Iasonos stop)
    126 (Trapeza stop)

    *You can catch all these buses at the Syngrou-Fix subway station.

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