- Date: 8-10 June 2012
- Place: ALBA Graduate Business School at the American College of Greece
- Participants: 60
- Mentors: 9
- Guest Speakers: 2 (Alexandros Costopoulos, Isabelle Moser)
- Judges: 3
- Idea pitches: 6
- Final pitches: 5
- End presentations: 15
Startup Live Athens set a different scene right in the center of Athens, during the first summer heat wave, at ALBA Graduate Business School at the American College of Greece. It already started on June 7, with a pitch training for the aspiring entrepreneurs. During the pitch training important points that should be part of the presentation but also business building were stressed out. Startup Live Athens #2 was also the first time in Greece that an event included pitching, mentoring and hands-on business building with the special focus on cultural and social entrepreneurship.
Friday, June 8
Startup Live Athens opened in the early afternoon with a relaxed presentation about Startup Live and StartΕurope and continued with a discussion about entrepreneurship as an opportunity and experience sharing from our judges Sophia Dassyra/ Loft2work and Theofilos Vasileiadis/ GroupIMI. After the initial pitching session of 6 business opportunities mentor Constantine Nikitiadis/Cambo Industries gave his tips and tricks on selling and presentation skills and was followed by Alexandra Choli/Metavallon and Andrew Colokythas/BigTime who shared insights on the importance of a high-performing team around an idea.
Saturday, June 9
Early morning the team set up the coffee bar and Isabelle Moser/Randstad Hellas took the stage with a speech about motivation and community and business building began. Early afternoon, Aliki Tsirliagkou/Atrion Gallery and Stathis Koutsogeorgos/ Radiojar provided the teams their view on how to use mentors and advice. The first structured mentoring session took place in the form of speed dating in order to give all teams the opportunity to speak with every mentor and to collect constructive feedback.
Sunday, June 10
Final day. Our mentors worked with the teams based on their specific needs and worked on their deliverables for the final pitch in the evening. During the day mentors Alexis Komselis/ALBA and George Georgakopoulos/CAMP shared their thoughts on their entrepreneurial paths. Early afternoon, Alexandros Costopoulos/Repower Greece joined us in order to stress out the importance of a solid communication strategy. Before the final pitches, judge Tasos Pagkakis/ Ericsson gave an inspirational speech with a practical approach about social entrepreneurship and how important collaboration in our digital age is. A discussion between mentors Gabriela Albescu Gandel/ The Hub, mentor Mareva Gabowksi/ Endeavor Greece, Tasos Pagakis and our Konstantina Zoehrer/START up Live Athens organizing team & Loft2work around social entrepreneurship and its importance as the crucial point of collaboration set the right atmosphere for the final pitches and closing session.
The three winning teams are:
We Protect the Forrest
Women on Top
The awards given were tickets for the Pioneers Festival, participation in educational & training programs (Metavallon, Kariera.gr), recruitment services (kariera.gr) and membership in a coworking space and social economy network (Loft2work).
For Startup Live Athens images have a look at the video below