RG Challenge19 

Your start-up, investment ready in 11 days

London, 25th June – 5th July 2019



Reload Greece’s intense accelerator programme, RG Challenge, advances 15 start-ups to be ready to raise around £250k. Taking place in central London, participants gain an insight into the UK ecosystem and learn how to best position their pitch to attract investment. At the final Dragons’ Den pitch event, teams pitch to a panel of investor judges to win awards and prizes.

Why join RG Challenge?


First Round Investment Ready

We know the first round can be the most difficult one. We are no strangers to hard work, together we will refine your business model, financials and we won’t stop until you are ready.

Personal Development

What is stopping you from succeeding? How do you overcome your fears? Our life coach experts will work with you, on you (the most important part) and help you build your confidence.

Pitch Perfect

Show the world what you’ve got. Our talented mentors will help you to create a compelling pitch deck and our expert coaches will teach you to deliver a perfect pitch.

Access Investors

During the programme, each start-up will meet and interact with potential investors specifically interested in their business. At the final Dragons Den pitch event, start-ups pitch to a panel of investors to win awards and prizes.

What we are looking for:

People per Team

Your Stage

A start-up team with an MVP and preferably some initial traction, ready to make your next big step and wanting to raise around £250k of initial investment.

Your Industry

High growth, potentially high tech and particularly interested in businesses in tourism, agriculture, shipping, finance, medicine, education and aerospace.  An AI, Big Data, Virtual Reality edge would be a plus.

Connection to Greece

Defined broadly: a business model that can be connected in someway to Greece making a socioeconomic impact to the country (i.e. launching in Greece, prospect of shifting part of your manufacturing to Greece, hiring people in Greece).


Thanks to the invaluable support of the RG Challenge partners who subsidise the programme, the cost of participating is just £250.00 per team member (maximum 3 participants per team).

Programme & Accommodation

Reload Greece provide all participants with an 11 day programme of intense mentoring, masterclasses, speaker sessions and pitch training. All participants receive free accommodation in London and daily lunch, snacks and refreshments.

Giving Back

Reload Greece is a UK registered educational charity. To maximise the foundation’s impact, start-ups are expected to give back to Reload Greece, including through a success fee of 3% of funds raised from investors introduced by Reload Greece’s activities and programmes. Full T&Cs will be shared with all successful applicants. 


Key Milestones:

The Programme:















Teams Arrive Business Model Generation and Customer-Market Validation Revenue Streams and Cost Structures Business Model Optimisation Identity & Leadership Training  Investment Deck Preparation


The Golden Rules of Raising Investment   

Confidence Training 

Free Time to Prep Pitch Practice & Pitch Event Investor 1:1 meetings powered by the RG CIC


Welcome Reception Evening talk: 

‘Unlocking your full potential’

Inspiring presentation: 


Immersion in the UK start-up ecosystem group activity Identity & leadership group activities Inspiring presentation: TBC Workshops on: investment readiness, legal and internationalising your model UK startup immersion activity Free Time to Prep Investor Pitch Evening Event Investor 1:1 meetings powered by the RG CIC



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Fast track your start-up and become investment ready!


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Programme Director

Mike Sotirakos

Launch 1000, Founder & CEO

Mike is a serial entrepreneur, impact investor and engineer by training. After 11 years in academia he branched out into business and has launched a number of companies within a wide range of industries. He is the CEO of Launch1000 Limited and one of its founder members. Mike has extensive experience in converting ideas to ventures and serves at the Board of a number of technology and consultancy companies (Non- Executive Director and Non-Executive Chairman) and is a mentor and investor in a number of start-ups. He advises at board level large blue-chip multinational corporates on intrapreneurship. In his early career, Mike served in the corporate world as an engineer and business development manager.  He passionately believes that the global economy is ready for a paradigm shift. He is working with a number of start-ups and investors to build a global network of ventures based on the principles of Radical Generosity and #benefitability that will create wealth and at the same time will have a profound and positive impact. He is interested to help and invest in ventures that bring hope and maximise opportunity at a big scale. He has been voted into the Maserati100 list by the Centre of Entrepreneurs: a definitive list of Britain’s most successful business leaders actively supporting the next generation of entrepreneurs alongside Sir Richard Branson and many others.He is married and a proud dad of two amazing daughters. In his free time he loves the adrenaline rush injected by windsurfing and Crossfit. 

RG Challenge18 Educators: 

Marc Van Den Berg 

Skillsgym, Founder

Thomas Papanikolaou

Neos Chronos, Founder & Director 

Lyda Modiano

Wide Strategy ltd.,Founder & Director 

Steven Maddocks

MSB Executive, Presentation Trainer & Voice Consultant

Mathilda Nathan

Deliveroo, Head of Global Supply Strategy

Anthony Danon

Speedinvest, Principal

Phillipa Sturt 

Joelson, Managing Partner

RG Challenge18 Speakers: 

Christina Garidi

Eudaimonia Coaching, Founder

Erik Abrahamsson 

Digital Fineprint, CEO * Best General Start-Up in the UK*

Devika Wood

Vida, Founder * Forbes 30 Under 30*

Sam Myers 

Balderton Capital, Principal

Steve Vranakis 

Google Creative Lab, Executive Creative Director

RG Challenge18 Mentors: 

Elise Korolev

Digital Works Group, Partner – Strategy & Leadership 

Dimitris Spiliopoulos 

O2 Telefonica UK, IoT Sales Enablement Manager 

George Shoterioo  

OneSkylon, Strategy & Innovation Architecture Consultant

Aggelos Baxevanis

Smith & Nephew, VP Mktg Communication & Mktg Excellence

Vassilis Karavas  

UPIQ Advisors, Managing Partner

Christos Makiyama  

Silicon Planet Corp, President & Co-Founder

Kristian Papadakis

Shared Applications, CEO & Founder


Lilly Saranti

Smart CV, Founder & Director

Alex Christodoulou   

Weengs, Co-Founder & CTO

Anta Gkelou   

Sofinnova, Analyst

John Leventis 

GS Plus, Head of Business Development 

Lia Barbopoulou 

BP, Global Category Manager

Sonia Chimona   

BT Group, Senior Marketing Strategist

Sheila Sheridan   

Idea-Pod, Global Marketing & Digital Strategist

Anthony Koustelos   

Business Development & Sales

John Kekatos   

IBM UK, Managing Consultant

Anne Koutsabeloulis  

Senior Business Change Advisor

Mary Sini 

Naledi Copenhagen, Co-Founder & Director

Nikos Terizakis   

HeleCloud, UK Consulting Practice Manager

Ivan Sakellariou   

Autostop Leather Limited, Managing Director

Akis Papageorgiou   

IBM, Senior AI Cognitive Computing Consultant

Panos Karouzos  

OVO Energy, Managing Director

RG Challenge18 Leadership Coaches: 

Jackie Nelson   

Crossroads, Coach & Facilitator

Tony Nelson  

Crossroads, Business Consultant & Mentor

Rachel Woods

Crossroads, Facilitator & Education Consultant


Rita Edah   

Crossroads, Life Coach

Alistair Cumming  

Crossroads, HR Consultant

Chris Spray  

Crossroads, NLP Trainer 

Susie Flashman Jarvis

Crossroads, Executive Coach

The RG Challenge programme has been inspiring... it has been mind blowing! We became better entrepreneurs and we had the opportunity to take our business further. We met some amazing teams. We really profited from exchanging ideas and having great mentors!

Katerina Santikou, Workathlon

The RG Challenge was an amazing workshop in pitching! It was an amazing opportunity for us to collect what we had so far, structure it in a very nice way and then have our final 5-slide deck that we give to investors.

George Kaligeros & Dan Keene, Pushme

Our experience from RG Challenge was unique! What the team has done in London is beyond imagination. A few days with 50 hours of Business Modelling. Great mentors, a lot of new friends and one basic motto: Dream Big!

Athina Polina Dova & Ilias Vartholomaios, Owiwi

We came to understand, not only what we were missing but also we were very much helped into overcoming our shortfalls. The most prevalent sentiment that we received from RG Challenge was empowerment!!

Dimitris Giannakis, Synaphea

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