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Innovative Greeks Launch Event

Digital Conference | 05:00 pm

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Innovative Greeks
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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.

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MEET THE SPEAKERS

Apostolos Apostolakis

Apostolos Apostolakis

co-Founder, Venture Friends

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Niko Bonatsos

Niko Bonatsos

Managing Director, General Catalyst

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Laura Bowden

Laurel Bowden

Partner, 83North

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Charitsis

Alexis Charitsis

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

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Alex Chatzieleftheriou

Alex Chatzieleftheriou

co-Founder & CEO, Blueground

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George Chatzigeorgiou

George Chatzigeorgiou

co-Founder & CEO, Skroutz.gr

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James Christopoulos

James Christopoulos

Managing Director, CVC Capital Partners

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Dean Dakolias

Dean Dakolias

co-Chief Investment Officer, Fortress Investment Group

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Christos Dimas

Christos Dimas

Deputy Minister of Development and Investment

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Aristos Doxiadis

Aristos Doxiadis

Partner, BigPi

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Scott Friend

Scott Friend

Partner, Bain Capital Ventures

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Nicholas Galakatos

Nicholas Galakatos

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

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Theodore Georgakopoulos

Theodore Georgakopoulos

Editorial Director, diaNEOsis

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Jim Gianopulos

Jim Gianopulos

Chairman/CEO, Paramount Pictures

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Nicky Goulimi

Nicky Goulimi

co-Founder & COO, Nova Credit

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Dimitris Kalavros-Gousiou

Dimitris Kalavros-Gousiou

co-Founder & General Partner, Velocity

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Panagiotis Karampinis

Panagiotis Karampinis

Managing Director, Endeavor Greece

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Konstantinos Kokkalis

Konstantinos Kokkalis

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

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Evan Kotsovinos

Evan Kotsovinos

Global Head of Infrastructure, American Express

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Nikitas Koutoupes

Nikitas Koutoupes

Managing Director, Insight Partners

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Michael Kratsios

Michael Kratsios

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

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Spyros Magiatis

Spyros Magiatis

Founder & CTO, Workable

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Ioannis Martinos

Ioannis Martinos

Founder & CEO, The Signal Group

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Kyriakos Mitsotakis

Kyriakos Mitsotakis

Prime Minister

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Papangelis Thanos

Thanos Papangelis

co-Founder & CEO, Epignosis

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Stelios Papadopoulos

Stelios Papadopoulos

Chairman of the Board, Biogen

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Dimitris Papalexopoulos

Dimitri Papalexopoulos

Chairman, SEV Hellenic Federation of Enterprises

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Myrto Papathanou

Myrto Papathanou

Partner, Metavallon

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Alex Patelis

Alex Patelis

Chief Economic Adviser to Greece's Prime Minister

Kyriakos Pierrakakis

Kyriakos Pierrakakis

Minister of Digital Governance

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Katerina Pramatari

Katerina Pramatari

Partner, Unifund

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Costantza Sbokou – Constantakopoulou

Costantza Sbokou – Constantakopoulou

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

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George Scangos

George Scangos

CEO, Vir Biotechnology

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

Victoria Stavridou-Coleman

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

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Andreas Stavropoulos

Andreas Stavropoulos

Partner, Threshold Ventures

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Marios Stavropoulos

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

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Niki Trigoni

Niki Trigoni

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

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Christos Tryfonas

Christos Tryfonas

Founder & Chief Architect, Aisera

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Yannis Tsakiris

Yannis Tsakiris

Deputy Minister, Ministry of Growth and Development

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George Tziralis

George Tziralis

Partner, Marathon Venture Capital

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Markos Veremis

Markos Veremis

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

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Chief Customer Officer, Celonis

Panayiotis Vitakis

Chief Customer Officer, Celonis

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George D. Yancopoulos

George D. Yancopoulos

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

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