- Date: 4.-6. November 2011
- Place: Hellenic American Union, Athens/Greece
- Participants: 110
- Mentors: 23
- Judges: 7
- Idea pitches: 29
- End presentations: 15
- Nationalities: 5
Startup Live Athens – First attempt
The journey: 4 months, 35 organizations and companies. 23 mentors and one team of 10 young entrepreneurial minds working for one vision called Startup Live Athens #1.
First days of November and while the Greek government is changing and media talk about the Greek crisis, somewhere in Athens, we witnessed a different view on what is happening during a crisis – We saw people working together, putting ideas into action and to draw a different picture than the one in the media.
We started with our pitch training ion Friday morning, in relaxed atmosphere at a coworking space in Athens. 29 pitchers were about to take the stage. On Saturday morning the number went down to 14. Teams merged in order to support stronger concept and to push them forward.
Saturday morning started with some gaming in order to get in the right mood and to keep the focus while the sun was shining over the Acropolis, which we were seeing from the Hellenic American Union.
Important ingredients to keep people focused and content are food, coffee, sweets…some beer and most important people to work with and to share the passion.
Sunday was focused on the pitches themselves. Before presenting to the audience mentors Tasos Pagakis, Head of Communication Ericsson Hellas and Katerina Kanelidou, Founder of Creative Empowerment, inspired our aspiring entrepreneurs with short talks.
The result: Over 100 people gathering for 54 hours working on 14 ideas put into action and presented as final pitches.
Winning teams and awards
- Missum (John Pagonis)
Award: Communication strategy by The Newtons
Award: Business Coaching by Creative Empowerment
- Yello Cities
Award: Digital Communication- social media consultancy services by We are Social Media
The message: Make it happen!
Entrepreneurship is about teams making ideas happen. It is a journey of learning, creating, improving and growing. What we tend to forget is that businesses are created by people with a vision. This is how it starts.