Newsletter 6.2

The Founder Institute in Athens

 founder instituteThe Founder Institute, the world’s largest startup accelerator with over 1,000 graduate companies, is announcing that it is exploring a new chapter launch in Athens.

If you are curious about what it is like to run a successful startup, then join us for Startup Founder 101, a free event that take place on February 12th at 10.30-13.00 at InfoCom Mobiles & Apps Conference at the Divani Caravel Hotel. Listen to what Founder Institute could do for you.

Based in Silicon Valley and with chapters across 55 cities and 34 countries, the Founder Institute has helped aspiring technology entrepreneurs launch over 1,017 companies, which have created over 10,000 new jobs.

As part of the launch event, we will offer a crash course with Mr. Yiannis Kanellopoulos, (LinkedIn:, on “IT Strategy for your Startup”. Real-life examples will be shared.

Mr. Michalis Stangos, one of the two directors of the program and co-founder of ID-GC, will present the Founder Institute program. LinkedIn:

The mentors of the program have also been invited to the event:

Adeo Ressi (Founder/CEO, Founder Institute) Alex Eleftheriadis (Chief Scientist/Co-Founder, Vidyo), Antonis Markopoulos (Deputy Managing Director, Asia Pacific Region, Intralot), Apostolos Apostolakis (Advisor and co-founder,, Christos Kaskavelis (Founder/COO, Velti, 2000-2013), Kostis Stavropoulos (Managing Director, iSquare S.A. – Apple Value Added Distributor for Greece & Cyprus), Marco Veremis (Founder/CEO, Upstream), Sotiris Sirmakezis (General Manager, Piraeus Bank), Tasos Flambouras (General Manager, Aventurine SA), Vassilis Nikolopoulos (CEO/Co-Founder, Intelen), Yiannis Kanellopoulos (Management Consultant for Sustainable Software, Software Improvement Group).

If you are interested in the Founder Institute apply by 02.03.2014 at

Founders Bootcamp

An accelerator program designed to expose Greek technology startups in the Turkish market provided by Industry Disruptors-Game Changers.

ID-GC started the first Greek-Turkish cooperation on Startup entrepreneurship through the development of “Disrupt Startup ScaleUp Founders Bootcamp”, an accelerator program, jointly held with with the tech accelerator in Istanbul Fit Startup Factory and the support of Özyeğin University, one of the best business universities in Turkey.

During the first stage of the Bootcamp, 10 teams were selected to attend a two-day intensive workshop in Athens, aimed to train startups on business model generation, customer development, lean startup, metrics and pitching to investors.

On the second stage, 3 startup finalists (, Sponsorboat & Poseadon) were selected from the 10 startups and are invited to Fit Startup Factory in Istanbul.  They will participate in the acceleration and mentorship program; while at the same gain access to market and capital through predetermined appointments.

Finally, one startup will be invited to Startup Turkey, which will be held in Antalya to present their business plan to a large number of Turkish and international investors. Stay tuned to find out who will that be!

“The speaker knows the problems the start-up entrepreneurs face”

“Very interesting, beneficial discussions”

–  City Breezer

“Interaction among different start-ups”


“VC tips & Turkish market insights”

 “Very well organized”

“Charismatic speaker sharing unique experiences”

“In depth, targeted course”

“Real-life examples provided by the speaker”

–  Bullying Management

“Great tips & Real-life examples”

–  Mana Greek Baby Food


ID-GC in Brussels

BrusselsID-GC along with 7 start-ups (Poseadon, Holic, Mageca, Glossopolis, Oinovation, TomoTECH and Respi) travelled to Brussels on an invitation of Ms. Sylvana Rapti, Greek MEP, to meet with European Commission Officials and Policy Officials. We met with Neelie Kroes, VP of the European Commission, and discussed about the future of the Greek startup ecosystem.

Mrs.Kroes discussed with the startups about the problems they face and stressed the need for a robust framework, which would make fundraising available and increase knowledge exchange.

Read more on N. Kroes’ blog.