Francesca Aliverti hosts this Ecosystem Zoom In that lands in Greece – not your most obvious choice when selecting an innovative country but that is certainly taking off with its different iniciatives – TedXAthens, E.G.G (Eurobank) and Foud.ation are a few of the examples of iniciatives that are leading this movement, and we brought the founders – Dimitris Kalavros-Gousiou (Found.ation, Velicity Partners, TEDxAthens) and Roula Bachtalia (e.g.g. – Eurobank) themselves to tell us more about it. Furthermore, the episode features a macro economical approach and an investment overview are needed into understanding the right steps into accessing the country.
More on our guests:
In 2012, Dimitris co-founded Found.ation, Greece’s premier innovation and startup hub. In 2017, they created Velocity.Partners, a pre-seed and seed venture capital fund that invests in hyper-ambitious tech founders in Greece and abroad. A while back, in 2009, he also founded TEDxAthens, one of the world’s first TEDx events.
Roula Bachtalia is Programme Manager and Steering Committee member at the egg-enter•grow•go – a comprehensive business incubation and acceleration programme, initiated by Eurobank in cooperation with Corallia. Since 2013 egg is continuously helping the Greek startup community to improve competitiveness in a challenging global market, under three main pillars extroversion, financing & business networking and it has been playing a crucial role in shaping the Greek startup scene, boosting innovative entrepreneurship. It offers attractive opportunities for financing and commercial operations, with suitable infrastructure, mentoring and exporting activities through the egg Start-Up (incubator) and egg Scale-Up (accelerator) platforms.