The 10 Greek teams that participated at the MITEF Greece Startup Competition 2016 visited the MIT campus to be exposed to MIT’s diverse entrepreneurial culture, embodied by its technology, engineering, and innovation programs and participated at MIT Bootcamp.
Participants spent some time in the classroom attending lectures and participating in workshops, as well as attend site visits to startup incubators and accelerators in the area. They connected with successful technology entrepreneurs, peers, companies in similar industry verticals, and took home practical insights from the field of experts in entrepreneurship.
The intensive summer workshop, produced by MIT Technology Review and the MIT Enterprise Forum, provides participants with an opportunity to receive hands-on exposure to methodologies, techniques, and proven strategies that will help them to take their business to the next level.
Technology startup founders from Poland and Greece visited Boston June 11–19. The group attended a week-long boot camp at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where they participated in workshops that honed their business skills, learned about what it means to do business in the U.S., visited labs and startups, connected with local entrepreneurs, and pitched to potential investors.
The 15 participating startups represented diverse technologies – from biomedicine to the Internet of things, from scuba gear to wheelchairs, from materials to online marketplaces and enterprise software. Learn more about the startups at http://bootcamp.mitef.org/.
The visiting entrepreneurs were participants in the MIT Enterprise Forum Startup Competition in Poland and Greece. Many hope to establish a presence in Boston.
“This was a game-changing experience for all participants, and helped them move the needle closer to success,” says Vassilis Papakonstantinou, chairman of MIT Enterprise Forum Greece, who sent 10 entrepreneurs. “After going through an intense three-month acceleration program, these startups are ready to come to Cambridge to hone their knowledge, expand their horizons, and build strong relationships with the local technology and investment community in the U.S.”
“The five teams attending from Poland represented creative, deep technology projects from diverse fields such as biomedicine, nanotechnology, and biomimetics. These startups are part of a growing tide of companies who are helping transition Poland to a more knowledge-driven economy,” says Pawel Bochniarz, chairman of MIT Enterprise Forum Poland.
“By attending the MITEF Bootcamp we had the opportunity to verify our strategy, catch up with significant technological advances in their birthplace and above all, feel a member of the biggest family in the world.”
Labros Digonis, CEO, InSyBio Ltd, 1st runner up
“It was a great opportunity to attend the MITEF Bootcamp and benefit from the workshops and tours. We also have the opportunity to make some connections with investors and other companies and extend our network. The organizers did a great job with all logistic aspects and were very caring about maximizing our experience.”
Savvas Argyropoulos, CEO, StreamOwl
“The Bootcamp brought us together, we learned a lot from each other and we now continue in Greece communication, sometimes business sometimes social. Also having the opportunity to meet our mentors in person was great. I even introduced my mentors (post competition) to other start up companies, and as far as I know there is communication. The whole experience was above my expectations, and I am not only referring to the bootcamp but to the whole MITEF project from day 1.”
Thodoris Edipidis, Business Development, Contadd
“The experience of attending the MITEF Bootcamp in Boston could change your whole mindset. It was more than I could expect as an overall experience.”
Athanasia Panagiotopoulou, Co-founder, CMO VesselBot