Live Challenge Agenda
Disrupt Greece’s all-day live event on June 29 includes a series of discussion panels and one-to-one interviews with personalities from the business, institutional and investment sectors in Greece and abroad. Fintech, agribusiness, tourism, new finance tools for startups and small- and medium-sized enterprises, and true stories told by representatives of the Greek ecosystem of startup entrepreneurship are some of the topics to be discussed.
The list of keynote speakers includes Christos Tsolkas, Vice President Sales at Philip Morris International, Jeff Hoffman, investor and co-founder of, among others, booking.com and priceline.com, and the Greek investor of Snapchat, Niko Bonatsos, Managing Director of General Catalyst. At the same time, the finalist teams of the competition that scored the highest rating during the evaluation of their proposals will present their business ideas live, in front of a dynamic audience, competing for access to services worth EUR 100,000 in total.
New Financial Tools - Equifund
In the coming months, the Equifund superfund is expected to start financing innovative Greek companies. Created jointly with the European Investment Fund (EIF), the new investment platform has already committed more than EUR 320 million for this purpose, while the names of its 12 sub-fund managers will have been announced by September. These are purely private investment schemes, many of which come from the banking sector, which means that they have experience in both the selection of financing and the leveraging of capital. Through the two ‘windows’ of general entrepreneurship, businesses in various sectors (tourism, energy, agri-food, environment, supply chain) and in various stages of development will be funded, with special priority being given – through the innovation ‘window’ – to linking research activities and production.
Fintech disrupts the global banking market. The industry, which in 2016 alone managed to raise funds in excess of $36 billion, is emerging as one of the hottest sectors, with more and more financial institutions considering synergies with companies that are active there. According to PwC, the majority of global banks, insurance companies and investment managers intend to strengthen partnerships with Fintech over the next five years, expecting an average return of 20% on investment in innovation projects. A key factor, which urges banks and Fintech to join forces, is the fear of the former that revenue is at risk due to the activities of the latter. In particular, 88% of bankers consider Fintech a real threat, as opposed to 83% in 2016. In Greece, the Fintech sector has significant growth prospects and could increase its degree of market penetration.
The sector of agriculture is in transition, driven by the impact of technological progress in reducing production costs and improving the quality of agricultural products. At the same time, the young farmer who cultivates land is becoming a businessperson – farmer, while terms such as ‘agribusiness’ and ‘precision farming’ are used to describe this new production framework. Also, large companies as well as startups radically change the agenda of agriculture thanks to technology and new financing programs.
Tourism and digital tools
Technology is providing an additional boost to tourism, a sector of the Greek economy that has been performing strongly despite the eight-year economic crisis. Last year, more than 27.5 million tourists chose Greece to spend their holidays, while data on this year’s pre-bookings show that this will be another record-setting year. Digital tools enable all domestic tourism businesses to increase their profitability and, thus, their competitiveness, while government revenue stands to benefit as well. The prospects of tourism, its contribution to the Greek economy, and the new model of the ‘digital traveller’.
The businesspeople who appear in this year’s 40 under 40 list, compiled by Fortune magazine, contradict the statistics that show that just one out of 10 startups succeeds. Besides, many of these individuals have been pioneers of the domestic startup scene, daring to set up their own business in an environment that is almost hostile for entrepreneurship. With new ideas and a lot of talent, they aspire to ‘disrupt’ Greek business. They are self-made, innovative, extrovert, but also executives of large enterprises, and come from almost all sectors of the economy, such as technology, catering, tourism, agriculture, energy, etc. They stood out thanks to their vision, faith and perseverance, and all share a common characteristic: They are determined to succeed. Are you ready to be inspired?
Disrupt Greece | Indicative Agenda
10:00 – 10:30: Welcome – Registration
11:00 – 11:20: Greetings
- Michalis Stangos, Co-Founder, Industry Disruptors – Game Changers / CEO and Managing Director, MSCOMM
- Anastasia Paretzoglou, Brand Manager Fortune Greece
- Christos Harpantidis, Chairman & Managing Director of Papastratos S.A.
11:20 – 11:40: Greetings
- Panagiotis Korkolis, General Secretary of Public Investment ESPA
- Dr. Vasilis Apostolopoulos, President of Hellenic Entrepreneurs Association (EENE)
Session 1: Funding in action Panels
Intro: Tasos Zachos, Editor In Chief Fortune Greece
11:45 – 12:05: Growth, Early Stage Discussion
- Apostolos Apostolakis, Partner & Co-Founder Venture Friends
- Thanasis Kalekos, Managing Partner of Odyssey Venture Partners
- Ion Tsakonas, CEO, Piraeus Jeremie Tech Catalyst Fund
Moderator: Penny Koutra, Journalist
12:10 – 12:30: Acceleration/ Innovation Panel
- Dimitris Kalavros, Co-Founder Found.ation
- Haris Lampropoulos, ΜοΒ Athens Chamber of Commerce & Industry
- Spyros Arsenis, NBG Business Seeds Coordinator
- Alex Moukas, CEO and Co-founder at Velti.com
Moderator: Kostis Christodoulou, Journalist
12:35 – 12:55: Coffee Break
13:00 – 13:25: Spyros Theodoropoulos, CEO, Chipita Q&A: Growth and Brain Gain
Interview: Anastasia Paretzoglou, Brand Manager Fortune Greece
13:30 – 13:55 KeyNote Speech | Christos Tsolkas VP Sales Strategy PMI
Intro: Anastasia Paretzoglou, Brand Manager Fortune Greece
14:00 – 15:10 Session 2
Intro: Efi Palli, Editor Fortune Greece
14:00 – 14:20 FinTech Panel
- Stephanos Mytilineos, Deputy General Manager, Piraeus Bank Group
- Makis Antypas, CIO Viva Wallet, Co – Founder Viva Payments
- Thodoris Psilopoulos, Director of Product Management, Qualco
Moderator: Sofia Dimtsa, Journalist
14:25 – 14:45 Agri Business
- Giorgos Katsouranis, Managing Director, Center of Sustainable Entrepreneurship Excelixi S.A.
- Constantinos Gougoulias, General Manager, Cooperative Organization THES GALA PIES
- Marios Leggas, President Cooperative Organization Pegasus «7 Grapes»
- Carla Tanas Co-Founder Future Agro Challenge
Moderator: Apostolos Maggiriadis
14:50 – 15:10 Tourism Panel
- Alexandros Aggelopoulos, Vice President, Aldemar Resorts
- Chara Georgiadou, Industry Manager trivago
- Froso Zaroulea, Public Relations Director, Celestyal Cruises
Moderator: Maria Akrivou, Senior Editor Fortune Greece
15:15 – 16:00 Lunch Break
16:00 – 16:25 Q&A session with Niko Bonatso Managing Director General Catalyst
Interview: Tasos Zachos, Editor in Chief Fortune Greece
16:35 – 17:25 Session 3
Intro: Teta Karampini, Senior Business Editor Fortune Greece
16:40 – 17:10 40 under 40 Panel
- Andreas Grammatis, Co – founder & CEO Douleutaras.gr
- Natali Levi, Co-Founder Nannuka
- Kostas Saridakis, Co-founder & Co-CEO e-table
- Alexandros Trimis, founder and CEO of Welcome
Moderation: Alexia Tsotsis, Editor Tech Crunch
17:15 – 18:00 Coffee Break/ Parallel Session:
“The Clumsies: The way that a bar can get evolved as a Global brand” by Nikos Bakoulis & Vasilis Kyritsis, co-owners The Clumsies Bar
18:00 – 18:30 KeyNote Speech Jeff Hoffman Partner & Co-Founder ColorJar, Booking.com, Priceline
Intro: Michalis Stangos, Co-Founder, Industry Disruptors – Game Changers / CEO and Managing Director, MSCOMM
18:30 – 20:30 Disrupt Greece Live Challenge
Jeff Hoffman is a successful entrepreneur, proven CEO, worldwide motivational speaker, published author, film producer, and...
Christos Tsolkas is the Vice President of Global Sales Strategy for Philip Morris International. Previously, he...
Christos Charpantidis is Chairman and Managing Director of Papastratos S.A., an affiliate of Philip Morris International,...
Niko Bonatsos is a managing director at General Catalyst, a venture capital firm with offices in...
Mr Spyros Theodoropoulos is the CEO of Chipita SA. In 1976, he started his career with a...
Anastasia Paretzoglou is the Brand Manager of the Greek edition of Fortune at Olive Media. She...
Michalis is a creative entrepreneur. He is the founder and co-founder of innovative and traditional companies...
Apostolos is a serial entrepreneur turned investor in the internet/technology sector. He cofounded along with 2...
Dr. Vasilis Apostolopoulos holds a BSc in Management from London School of Economics, a Master in...
Managing Partner Odyssey Venture Partners “A.K.,” as he is known in the Valley, has thirty years of...
Alex is the founder and CEO of Welcome, a travel product that offers the most friendly...
Natalie Levy is co-founder of Nannuka, an innovative online service created to help the modern family...
Harris Lambropoulos was born in 1962. He holds a PhD in Economics from London School of...
Dimitris Kalavros-Gousiou is a 29-year-old technology entrepreneur. He is best known as the Founder and Curator...
Frosso Zaroulea is currently the PR Manager of Celestyal Cruises and a member of the Cruise...
Chara Georgiadou is Industry Manager at trivago for Greece, Cyprus and Turkey. Having as a goal...
Carla is a visionary creator of concepts and experiences. She has lived in the United States,...
Alexandros Angelopoulos is Managing Director and Vice President of the Aldemar Group. He was born in...
Makis Antypas is the Chief Information Officer of Viva Wallet Group and co-founder of Viva Payments...
Ion Tsakonas is the C.E.O. of PJ Tech Catalyst Fund and the Head of Piraeus Private...
Andreas is the Founder & CEO at Douleutaras.gr, the Greek online platform which enables you to accomplish...
Thodoris Psilopoulos is responsible for leading Qualco’s flagship product evolution. He defines the vision, strategy as...
Dr. Spyros Arsenis is coordinator of the NBG Business Seeds program and the first coordinator of...
Stefanos Mytilineos is the Deputy General Manager responsible for Digital Business in Piraeus Bank. His remit...
Since February 2013, he has been assigned the management of the Center of Sustainable Entrepreneurship Excelixi...
Constantine Gougoulias, General Manager of the Cooperative THESgala.Together with Ath. Vakalis they founded the Cooperative ThESgala...