Athens, 27 October, 2014
Athens, GR-October 21 2014: MIT Enterprise Forum Greece, chapter of MIT’s nonprofit global organization (www.mitef.org) dedicated to helping early-stage entrepreneurs succeed faster and smarter, organized and produced the first annual StartSmart conference at Eugenides Foundation with an objective to grow, refine, and nurture the Greek entrepreneurial ecosystem. Through curated, relevant, and experience-based programming, entrepreneurs were given the knowledge to help advance their ventures.
The conference was officially opened by the Vice President of MITEF Greece, Elias Moissis, who welcomed all participants and briefly reviewed the Greek chapter’s highlights since its inception. The scientific program included 5 presentations of distinguished speakers, inspiring case studies from successful technology entrepreneurs and investors, and panels of thought leaders and industry experts. StartSmart Greece attracted more than 200 participants who discussed global developments in technology, current challenges and dominant strategies for establishing, developing, promoting and fostering technology-based entrepreneurship in Greece. Furthermore, the conference provided 3 Greek start-ups (ProtATonce, econais and Respi) with a platform to showcase their promising new ventures. Moreover, through the StartSmart Expo, 13 emerging businesses (CareAcross, econais, eventora, Fasmatech, On-the-road vehicle support, isMOOD, mist.io, ProtATonce, Respi, Rocketgraph, Owiwi, Sensorflare, and Zoottle) attracted partners and networked extensively with investors, the entrepreneurial ecosystem and the technological community in general. In parallel, 4 interactive learning sessions examined challenging matters such as: a) Strategies for Building an Effective Board of Directors and Board of Advisors, b) Incorporating & Intellectual Property, c) Idea-To-Market Process and d) Global Technology Trends.
Speakers included Dr. Anmol Madan, co-founder and CEO, Ginger.io, Marina Hatsopoulos, CEO Windystreet και Angel Investor, Hind Hobeika, founder and CEO, Instabeat and previous winner of the MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab Business Plan Competition, Roozbeh Ghaffari, co-founder and Director of Advanced Technology, MC10, Inc., Hussein Kanji, founding partner, Hoxton Ventures, Alex Karys, CEO, Genesis Inc., Xenophon Paparrigopoulos, Partner, POTAMITISVEKRIS Law, Alexia Tzouni, Associate, POTAMITISVEKRIS Law and Antoinette Matthews, Executive Director MITEF.
Vassilis Papakonstantinou, President of MIT Enterprise Forum Greece, announced the first-ever startup competition, where local entrepreneurs will compete for prizes that will further their startup goals. The MIT Enterprise Forum (MITEF) Greece Startup Competition is a technology accelerating competition in which Greek startups will be given access to the practical knowledge, mentorship, and resources to take their venture to the next level. Competition winners are the best of the best in Greece, and will receive global recognition through the MIT Enterprise Forum Global, a global network devoted to enabling early-stage entrepreneurs to transform ideas into world-changing companies, as well as through MIT Technology Review, a media company wholly owned by MIT.
Nominations are open from November 17, 2014 until January 10, 2015, (11:59 p.m. Athens time). For more information, please advice: www.mitefcompetition.org/greece
MIT Enterprise Forum Greece is tremendous grateful for the support of its loyal sponsors, strategic partners and media sponsors. We would like to thank our Founding donor, Stavros Niarchos Foundation, for helping us make this event a success. Other sponsors include COSTA NAVARINO, John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation, Bodossaki Foundation and Eugenides Foundation. Current strategic partners include POTAMITISVEKRIS, ΕΥ and HayGroup. Athenaeum Intercontinental Hotel is our hospitality sponsor. MITEF Greece’s international communication sponsor is ΜΙΤ Technology Review. Local communication sponsors include BusinessNews.gr, DirectionBusinessNetwork, Kathimerini, StartUpper.gr, emea.gr and epixeiro.gr. Finally, the newly launched nonprofit Mindspace, NTUA Entrepreneurship Club participated as sponsor for the conference.