SEV Hellenic Federation of Enterprises and Endeavor Greece

bring together the global community of Greeks

who create and fund innovative ventures.

SEV & Endeavor Greece bring together the global community of innovative Greek entrepreneurs and investors.

Thank you for joining the Innovative Greeks community

The Initiative & launch Event

SEV and Endeavor joined forces to create a community of innovative Greeks that will benefit Greece’s economic prospects, create growth and jobs, and increase the resilience of the Greek economy.

The launch of the Innovative Greeks’ community with the two-day digital conference on March 2-3 was a great success. More than 14,000 unique visitors registered and attended the conference, while a further 15,000 have since viewed the proceedings. We thank you all and look forward to seeing you in our activities.

The event united successful entrepreneurs, global executives, experienced venture capitalists, members of the government, and industrial representatives from all over the world. They came together to share their experiences, views, and insights on how to strengthen the Greek innovation ecosystem, play to its strengths, and attract investments. Most of them agree on the following:

  • Greece has become an attractive destination for foreign investment.
  • The Greek ecosystem has matured and provides attractive employment opportunities for international and local talent.
  • Greece has the capacity to become a regional hub given its geographic proximity to major markets, its business-friendly government, the country’s human capital and the snowball effect of the latest big investments.
  • Entrepreneurs are starting to create businesses that are addressing big markets, look into international expansion early on and take fundraising seriously.
  • Greek diaspora is an invaluable pool of talent, role models and ideas which can crucially aid Greece’s efforts to scale up its innovation ecosystem for growth, jobs and prosperity.

The expert panels discussed different aspects of Greece’s innovation ecosystem, its strengths and weaknesses, and the key characteristics on which to base its future prospects. Each panel examined different strands of the innovation ecosystem, from serial entrepreneurs, top-level managers in international companies, investors, and policy makers. Of note, the Prime Minister Mr. Kyriakos Mitsotakis participated in a discussion along with SEV’s Chairman Mr. Dimitris Papalexopoulos and Endeavor Greece’s Chairwoman, Mrs. Costantza Sbokou-Constantakopoulou.

The Innovative Greeks’ conference marked the beginning of our common endeavor and we will continue striving to lead the effort to create new, Greek, success stories of innovation and high-tech entrepreneurship. The innovative Greeks Diaspora are an invaluable pool of talent, ideas and hard work can become a crucial ally in Greece’s efforts to scale up its innovation ecosystem for growth, jobs and prosperity. Our progress, future initiatives, and all pertinent information can be followed from this website which will soon be updated. Stay tuned and spread the word. We are breaking new ground for our common future.

Watch the full videos of our launch event

Agenda

Subject

Speakers

2 March

S

E

17:00 pm

17:10 pm

Introduction: SEV’s contribution to the establishment of the Innovative Greeks’ Community and the strategic partnership with Endeavor

2 March

S

E

17:10 pm

17:50 pm

Panel discussion: Founding, growing, and transforming businesses in innovation-based biopharma. How the industry rose to the covid-19 pandemic challenge.

2 March

S

E

17:50 pm

18:30 pm

Panel discussion: The global network of Greeks in innovation
How they have managed to succeed, and how the community can contribute to the faster development of the innovation ecosystem.

2 March

S

E

18:30 pm

19:10 pm

Panel discussion: Greeks managing exceptional companies
Investing in innovation? How big companies can innovate, how they can help the scaling-up throughout the innovation ecosystem and how they should interact with startups.

2 March

S

E

19:10 pm

19:55 pm

Discussion with the Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and SEV’s Chairman Dimitri Papalexopoulos

Discussion on the post-covid growth agenda and the pivotal role that innovation plays for economic growth.

Coordination: Costantza Sbokou-Constantakopoulou

3 March

S

E

17:00 pm

17:05 pm

Welcome & introduction

3 March

S

E

17:05 pm

17:15 pm

diaNEOsis Presentation: Innovation in Greece today

3 March

S

E

17:15 pm

17:35 pm

Fireside chat with the Minister of Digital Government Kyriakos Pierrakakis and Michael Kratsios, 4th Chief Technology Officer of the United States, The White House

3 March

S

E

17:35 pm

18:15 pm

Panel discussion: Foreign investors who have invested in Greek Companies
What is their experience, current situation, and future direction?

3 March

S

E

18:15 pm

18:55 pm

Panel discussion: The dynamics of the start-up ecosystem and its scaling-up
What they lack, what problems and challenges they face, suggestions for success.

3 March

S

E

18:55 pm

19:35 pm

Panel discussion: The importance of Equifund VCs for the scaling-up of the national innovation ecosystem
Where they are today and what we want to achieve in the future.

3 March

S

E

19:35 pm

19:40 pm

Conclusion remarks

The Initiative & launch Event

SEV and Endeavor joined forces to create a community of innovative Greeks that will benefit Greece’s economic prospects, create growth and jobs, and increase the resilience of the Greek economy.

The launch of the Innovative Greeks’ community with the two-day digital conference on March 2-3 was a great success. More than 14,000 unique visitors registered and attended the conference, while a further 15,000 have since viewed the proceedings. We thank you all and look forward to seeing you in our activities.

The event united successful entrepreneurs, global executives, experienced venture capitalists, members of the government, and industrial representatives from all over the world. They came together to share their experiences, views, and insights on how to strengthen the Greek innovation ecosystem, play to its strengths, and attract investments. Most of them agree on the following:

  • Greece has become an attractive destination for foreign investment.
  • The Greek ecosystem has matured and provides attractive employment opportunities for international and local talent.
  • Greece has the capacity to become a regional hub given its geographic proximity to major markets, its business-friendly government, the country’s human capital and the snowball effect of the latest big investments.
  • Entrepreneurs are starting to create businesses that are addressing big markets, look into international expansion early on and take fundraising seriously.
  • Greek diaspora is an invaluable pool of talent, role models and ideas which can crucially aid Greece’s efforts to scale up its innovation ecosystem for growth, jobs and prosperity.

The expert panels discussed different aspects of Greece’s innovation ecosystem, its strengths and weaknesses, and the key characteristics on which to base its future prospects. Each panel examined different strands of the innovation ecosystem, from serial entrepreneurs, top-level managers in international companies, investors, and policy makers. Of note, the Prime Minister Mr. Kyriakos Mitsotakis participated in a discussion along with SEV’s Chairman Mr. Dimitris Papalexopoulos and Endeavor Greece’s Chairwoman, Mrs. Costantza Sbokou-Constantakopoulou.

The Innovative Greeks’ conference marked the beginning of our common endeavor and we will continue striving to lead the effort to create new, Greek, success stories of innovation and high-tech entrepreneurship. The innovative Greeks Diaspora are an invaluable pool of talent, ideas and hard work can become a crucial ally in Greece’s efforts to scale up its innovation ecosystem for growth, jobs and prosperity. Our progress, future initiatives, and all pertinent information can be followed from this website which will soon be updated. Stay tuned and spread the word. We are breaking new ground for our common future.

Watch the full videos of our launch event

The Initiative & launch Event

SEV and Endeavor joined forces to create a community of innovative Greeks that will benefit Greece’s economic prospects, create growth and jobs, and increase the resilience of the Greek economy.

The launch of the Innovative Greeks’ community with the two-day digital conference on March 2-3 was a great success. More than 14,000 unique visitors registered and attended the conference, while a further 15,000 have since viewed the proceedings. We thank you all and look forward to seeing you in our activities.

The event united successful entrepreneurs, global executives, experienced venture capitalists, members of the government, and industrial representatives from all over the world. They came together to share their experiences, views, and insights on how to strengthen the Greek innovation ecosystem, play to its strengths, and attract investments. Most of them agree on the following:

  • Greece has become an attractive destination for foreign investment.
  • The Greek ecosystem has matured and provides attractive employment opportunities for international and local talent.
  • Greece has the capacity to become a regional hub given its geographic proximity to major markets, its business-friendly government, the country’s human capital and the snowball effect of the latest big investments.
  • Entrepreneurs are starting to create businesses that are addressing big markets, look into international expansion early on and take fundraising seriously.
  • Greek diaspora is an invaluable pool of talent, role models and ideas which can crucially aid Greece’s efforts to scale up its innovation ecosystem for growth, jobs and prosperity.

The expert panels discussed different aspects of Greece’s innovation ecosystem, its strengths and weaknesses, and the key characteristics on which to base its future prospects. Each panel examined different strands of the innovation ecosystem, from serial entrepreneurs, top-level managers in international companies, investors, and policy makers. Of note, the Prime Minister Mr. Kyriakos Mitsotakis participated in a discussion along with SEV’s Chairman Mr. Dimitris Papalexopoulos and Endeavor Greece’s Chairwoman, Mrs. Costantza Sbokou-Constantakopoulou.

The Innovative Greeks’ conference marked the beginning of our common endeavor and we will continue striving to lead the effort to create new, Greek, success stories of innovation and high-tech entrepreneurship. The innovative Greeks Diaspora are an invaluable pool of talent, ideas and hard work can become a crucial ally in Greece’s efforts to scale up its innovation ecosystem for growth, jobs and prosperity. Our progress, future initiatives, and all pertinent information can be followed from this website which will soon be updated. Stay tuned and spread the word. We are breaking new ground for our common future.

Agenda

2 March

S 17:00 pm

E 17:10 pm

Introduction: SEV’s contribution to the establishment of the Innovative Greeks’ Community and the strategic partnership with Endeavor

Speakers

2 March

S 17:10 pm

E 17:50 pm

Panel discussion: Founding, growing, and transforming businesses in innovation-based biopharma How the industry rose to the covid-19 pandemic challenge.

Speakers

2 March

S 17:50 pm

E 18:30 pm

Panel discussion: The global network of Greeks in innovation
How they have managed to succeed, and how the community can contribute to the faster development of the innovation ecosystem.

Speakers

2 March

S 18:30 pm

E 19:10 pm

Panel discussion: Greeks managing exceptional companies
Investing in innovation? How big companies can innovate, how they can help the scaling-up throughout the innovation ecosystem and how they should interact with startups

Speakers

2 March

S 19:10 pm

E 19:55 pm

Discussion with the Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and SEV’s Chairman Dimitri Papalexopoulos

Discussion on the post-covid growth agenda and the pivotal role that innovation plays for economic growth.

Coordination: Costantza Sbokou-Constantakopoulou

Speakers

3 March

S 17:00 pm

E 17:05 pm

Welcome & introduction

Speakers

3 March

S 17:05 pm

E 17:15 pm

diaNEOsis Presentation: Innovation in Greece today

Speakers

3 March

S 17:15 pm

E 17:35 pm

Fireside chat with the Minister of Digital Government Kyriakos Pierrakakis and Michael Kratsios, 4th Chief Technology Officer of the United States, The White House

Speakers

3 March

S 17:35 pm

E 18:15 pm

Panel discussion: Foreign investors who have invested in Greek Companies What is their experience, current situation, and future direction.

Speakers

3 March

S 18:15 pm

E 18:55 pm

Panel discussion: The dynamics of the start-up ecosystem and its scaling-up
What they lack, what problems and challenges they face, suggestions for success.

Speakers

3 March

S 18:55 pm

E 19:35 pm

Panel discussion: The importance of Equifund VCs for the scaling-up of the national innovation ecosystem
Where they are today and what we want to achieve in the future.

Speakers

3 March

S 19:35 pm

E 19:40 pm

Conclusion remarks

Speakers

The Initiative & launch Event

SEV and Endeavor joined forces to create a community of innovative Greeks that will benefit Greece’s economic prospects, create growth and jobs, and increase the resilience of the Greek economy.

The launch of the Innovative Greeks’ community with the two-day digital conference on March 2-3 was a great success. More than 14,000 unique visitors registered and attended the conference, while a further 15,000 have since viewed the proceedings. We thank you all and look forward to seeing you in our activities.

The event united successful entrepreneurs, global executives, experienced venture capitalists, members of the government, and industrial representatives from all over the world. They came together to share their experiences, views, and insights on how to strengthen the Greek innovation ecosystem, play to its strengths, and attract investments. Most of them agree on the following:

  • Greece has become an attractive destination for foreign investment.
  • The Greek ecosystem has matured and provides attractive employment opportunities for international and local talent.
  • Greece has the capacity to become a regional hub given its geographic proximity to major markets, its business-friendly government, the country’s human capital and the snowball effect of the latest big investments.
  • Entrepreneurs are starting to create businesses that are addressing big markets, look into international expansion early on and take fundraising seriously.
  • Greek diaspora is an invaluable pool of talent, role models and ideas which can crucially aid Greece’s efforts to scale up its innovation ecosystem for growth, jobs and prosperity.

The expert panels discussed different aspects of Greece’s innovation ecosystem, its strengths and weaknesses, and the key characteristics on which to base its future prospects. Each panel examined different strands of the innovation ecosystem, from serial entrepreneurs, top-level managers in international companies, investors, and policy makers. Of note, the Prime Minister Mr. Kyriakos Mitsotakis participated in a discussion along with SEV’s Chairman Mr. Dimitris Papalexopoulos and Endeavor Greece’s Chairwoman, Mrs. Costantza Sbokou-Constantakopoulou.

The Innovative Greeks’ conference marked the beginning of our common endeavor and we will continue striving to lead the effort to create new, Greek, success stories of innovation and high-tech entrepreneurship. The innovative Greeks Diaspora are an invaluable pool of talent, ideas and hard work can become a crucial ally in Greece’s efforts to scale up its innovation ecosystem for growth, jobs and prosperity. Our progress, future initiatives, and all pertinent information can be followed from this website which will soon be updated. Stay tuned and spread the word. We are breaking new ground for our common future.

Watch the full videos of our launch event

Day 1, March 2nd
Day 2, March 3rd

Meet the Speakers

Apostolos Apostolakis

co-Founder, Venture Friends

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Niko Bonatsos

Managing Director, General Catalyst

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Laurel Bowden

Partner, 83North

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Alexis Charitsis

MP, Shadow Minister of Development & Investment for SYRIZA,
former Alternate Minister of Economy

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Alex Chatzieleftheriou

co-Founder & CEO, Blueground

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George Chatzigeorgiou

co-Founder & CEO, Skroutz.gr

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James Christopoulos

Managing Director, CVC Capital Partners

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Dean Dakolias

co-Chief Investment Officer, Fortress Investment Group

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Christos Dimas

Deputy Minister of Development and Investment

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Aristos Doxiadis

Partner, BigPi

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Scott Friend

Partner, Bain Capital Ventures

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Nicholas Galakatos

Global Head of Life Sciences, Blackstone (co-Founder and Managing Director of Clarus, acquired by Blackstone)

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Theodore Georgakopoulos

Editorial Director, diaNEOsis

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Jim Gianopulos

Chairman/CEO, Paramount Pictures

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Nicky Goulimi

co-Founder & COO, Nova Credit

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Dimitris Kalavros-Gousiou

co-Founder & General Partner, Velocity

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Panagiotis Karampinis

Managing Director, Endeavor Greece

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Konstantinos Kokkalis

Chairman, Intrasoft International (co-Chair SEV Innovation Committee)

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Evan Kotsovinos

Global Head of Infrastructure, American Express

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Nikitas Koutoupes

Managing Director, Insight Partners

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Michael Kratsios

4th Chief Technology Officer of the United States, The White House

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Spyros Magiatis

Founder & CTO, Workable

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Ioannis Martinos

Founder & CEO, The Signal Group

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Kyriakos Mitsotakis

Prime Minister

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Stelios Papadopoulos

Chairman of the Board, Biogen

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Dimitri Papalexopoulos

Chairman, SEV Hellenic Federation of Enterprises

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Thanos Papangelis

co-Founder & CEO, Epignosis

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Myrto Papathanou

Partner, Metavallon

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Alex Patelis

Chief Economic Adviser to Greece’s Prime Minister

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Kyriakos Pierrakakis

Minister of Digital Governance

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Katerina Pramatari

Partner, Unifund

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Costantza Sbokou – Constantakopoulou

co-Owner & CEO, Phāea Resorts / Senior Architect, TEMES SA / Chairwoman, Endeavor Greece

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George Scangos

CEO Vir Biotechnology

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Victoria Stavridou-Coleman

22nd Director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)

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Andreas Stavropoulos

Partner, Threshold Ventures

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Marios Stavropoulos

co-Founder & CEO, Softomotive (acquired by Microsoft)

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Niki Trigoni

Professor at University of Oxford, co-Founder & CTO, Navenio

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Christos Tryfonas

Founder & Chief Architect, Aisera

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Yannis Tsakiris

Deputy Minister, Ministry of Growth and Development

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George Tziralis

Partner, Marathon Venture Capital

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Markos Veremis

Chairman, Upstream, Partner BigPi Ventures (Co-Chair SEV Innovation Committee)

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George D. Yancopoulos

co-Founder, President and Chief Scientific Officer, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals

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Panayiotis Vitakis

Chief Customer Officer, Celonis

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