STARTSMART GREECE 2016

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  • StartSmart is a one-day MIT Enterprise Forum conference that inspires, connects, coaches, and informs technology entrepreneurs to succeed faster and smarter. Through curated, relevant, and experience-based programming, entrepreneurs gain the knowledge that will help them take their venture to the next step. StartSmart offers versatile learning opportunities, crafted on the premise that successful entrepreneurship is a learned art, when supported with a practical and proven methodology.

    The third annual StartSmart Greece is organized and produced by MIT Enterprise Forum Greece at DEREE – The American College of Greece, with an objective to grow, refine, and nurture the Greek entrepreneurial ecosystem. This conference  invites stakeholders to engage on a local and regional level, while integrating world-class tools and techniques to foster research-to-market idea and startup growth, pushing them to the next step. Stakeholders include entrepreneurs, thought leaders, subject matter experts, investors, industry, academia and members of the MIT community, who are helping to tackle the world’s biggest challenges.

    Successful technology entrepreneurs have two things in common: they create great products or services, and they don’t let failure deter them. In fact, oftentimes, failure is the catalyst for future success. How do they do it, where does one begin, and what is the “secret sauce,” that defines a successful start-up?

    The 2015 StartSmart program in Greece was a highly successful event; attracting hundreds of attendees. This event gave us a better understanding of the challenges our fledging technology entrepreneurial community faces, and is committed to the purpose of transforming these obstacles into opportunities.

    StartSmart answers these tough questions through a variety of expert perspectives and participatory opportunities, including:

    • Case studies and lessons from the field
    • Interactive learning sessions (workshops)
    • Pitch platform presenting the 3 winners of MITEF Greece Startup Competition 2016
    • Startup Expo that showcases 10 teams of MITEF Greece Startup Competition 2016
    • Exclusive networking

     

    Morning Sessions:

    09:15-09:45 Registration

    10:00-10:30 In Relentless Pursuit
    Sonny Vu, President & CTO of Connected Devices, Fossil Group, Inc.

    10:30-11:00 Your Tech Doesn’t Matter As Much As You Think: The Importance of Business Model Innovation
    Yori Nelken, General Partner, OurCrowd First

    11:00-11:30 The Israeli Investment Ecosystem: Trends & Perspectives from a VC
    11:30-12:00 Coffee Break

    12:00-12:30 The Road from Inspiration to Commercialization
    Dr. Leslie Dewan,  Co-founder & CEO, Transatomic Power

    12:30-13:30 Panel discussion with morning speakers
    Moderated by Marina Hatsopoulos, Entrepreneur & Angel Investor

     

    Afternoon Sessions:
    13:30-14:45 Lunch Break & Startup Expo
    *Restaurant, Student Lounge, Deree

    15:00-16:15 Simultaneous Interactive Learning Sessions 

    Session 1: Toward a Sustainable Energy Future
    Dr. Leslie Dewan, Co-founder & CEO, Transatomic Power
    *Room: Center for the Arts Auditorium, Deree

    Session 2: Harnessing Exponential Technologies: Business Model Innovation & Design Workshop
    Yori Nelken, General Partner, OurCrowd First
    *Room: John S. Bailey Library – Upper Level, Deree

    Session 3: 10 Lessons Learned From Product to Startup
    Sonny Vu, President & CTO of Connected Devices, Fossil Group, Inc.
    *Room: 7th Level Auditorium, Deree

    16:15:16:30 Coffee Break & Startup Expo
    *Restaurant, Student Lounge, Deree

    16:30-17:15 Pitch Platform & Competition Announcement for 2017
    *Room: John S. Bailey Library – Upper Level, Deree

    Announcing the MITEF Greece Startup Competition 2017
    Vassilis Papakonstantinou, Chairman, MIT Enterprise Forum Greece

     MITEF Greece Startup Competition 2016 winners:
    Yodiwo, InSyBio Ltd., Sentio Solutions (Feel)

    17:15-18:30  Interactive Discussion: Learn from the Greek & Israeli VCs: The Ecosystem & the Pitch
    Aristos Doxiadis, Partner, Openfund and Eran Wagner, General Partner, Gemini Israel Ventures

    18:30-19:30 Closing / Networking & Startup Expo
    *Restaurant, Student Lounge, Deree

  • Dr. Leslie Dewan, Co-founder & CEO, Transatomic Power

    Yori Nelken, General Partner, OurCrowd First

    Sonny Vu, President & CTO of Connected Devices, Fossil Group, Inc.

    Eran Wagner, General Partner, Gemini Israel Ventures

    Aristos Doxiadis, Partner, Openfund

    Panel Moderated by Marina Hatsopoulos, Entrepreneur & Angel Investor

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  • Morning Sessions:

     

    The third annual StartSmart Greece conference was organized and produced by MIT Enterprise Forum Greece, with an objective to grow, refine, and nurture the Greek entrepreneurial ecosystem.

     

    Vassilis Papakonstantinou, Chairman, MIT Enterprise Forum Greece.

     

    In Relentless Pursuit” presented by Sonny Vu, President & CTO of Connected Devices, Fossil Group, Inc.

     

    Your Tech Doesn’t Matter As Much As You Think: The Importance of Business Model Innovation” presented by Yori Nelken, General Partner, OurCrowd First.

     

    The Israeli Investment Ecosystem: Trends & Perspectives from a VC” presented by Eran Wagner, General Partner, Gemini Israel Ventures.

     

    The Road from Inspiration to Commercialization” presented by Dr. Leslie Dewan, Co-founder & CEO at Transatomic Power.

     

    Panel discussion moderated by Marina Hatsopoulos, Entrepreneur & Angel Investor.

     

    Interactive Learning Sessions:

     

    Harnessing Exponential Technologies: Business Model Innovation & Design Workshop” presented by Yori Nelken, General Partner, OurCrowd First.

     

    10 Lessons Learned From Product to Startup” presented by Sonny Vu, President & CTO of Connected Devices, Fossil Group, Inc.

     

    The MIT Enterprise Forum (MITEF) Greece Startup Competition is a business skills accelerating competition in which Greek technology startups compete for prizes and international brand recognition. More info: http://bit.ly/2fxeBzk

     

    Alex Maniatopoulos, CEO of Yodiwo (winner of last year’s MITEF Greece Startup Competition 2016), Labros Digonis, Co-founder & CEO of InSyBio Ltd. (1st runner up) and George Eleftheriou, Co-founder & CEO of Sentio Solutions (Feel), pitched live during StartSmart Greece.

     

    Interactive Discussion: “Learn from the Greek & Israeli VCs: The Ecosystem & the Pitch” and workshop, co-led by Eran Wagner, General Partner of Gemini Israel Ventures and Aristos Doxiadis, Partner of OpenFund.

     

    Testimonials:

    Joyce Chen, Director of Communications at MIT Enterprise Forum Global, shares her thoughts about StartSmart Greece.

     

    Yori Nelken, General Partner at OurCrowd First, shares his thoughts about StartSmart Greece conference.

     

    Eran Wagner, General Partner at Gemini Israel Ventures, shares his thoughts about the organization of StartSmart Greece 2016.

     

    Sonny Vu, President & CTO of Connected Devices, Fossil Group, Inc., shares his thoughts about the conference.

  • You can now download any of the following presentations delivered by our inspiring speakers during StartSmart Greece 2016 conference.

    Morning Sessions:

    Your Tech Doesn’t Matter As Much As You Think: The Importance of Business Model Innovation – Yori Nelken, General Partner, OurCrowd First

    The Israeli Investment Ecosystem: Trends & Perspectives from a VC – Eran Wagner, General Partner, Gemini Israel Ventures

    The Road from Inspiration to Commercialization – Dr. Leslie Dewan,  Co-founder & CEO, Transatomic Power

    Please note: All presentations are provided with the permission of the presenters

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