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RG Connect18 – connecting entrepreneurs, investors and policy makers

By September 20, 2018 No Comments

RG Connect18, the fifth annual Reload Greece conference, which takes place at Prince Philip House, London on Saturday 6th October, will bring together a community of entrepreneurs, investors and policy makers. With 40 international speakers across three content streams ‘Connect, Learn and Inspire’, RG Connect features inspiring keynotes, practical workshops, thought provoking panel discussions and valuable opportunities to network. Distinguished leaders and experts from around the world, will share learnings and discuss the most important developments. In today’s blog, we explore the key sessions led by entrepreneurs, investors, academics and policy makers.


Leading the Way Means Developing Leaders: Michael Tsamaz, Chairman & CEO, OTE Group, one of the largest telecom companies in Europe, will share his personal experience of building a culture that develops leaders.

Breaking New Ground & Building Resilience: Renee Eliot, Founder, Planet Organic & Co-Founder, Beluga Bean shares her experience of building resilience and starting a movement.

Startups That Are Built To Last: Emilios Markou & Alexis Pantazis, Co-Founders of Hellas Direct, discuss what characteristics start-ups need to have to stand the test of time and how to build a company that’s attractive to international investors.


Building The Next Greek Unicorn: Venture Capitalists Niko Bonatsos (Managing Director, General Catalyst) and Chrysanthos Chrysanthou (Partner, Kindred Capital) will share their insights from the start-up ecosystems in the US and UK and discuss how the Equifund opportunity can be maximized.

EquiFund Update: Quality Control: Partners from Uni.Fund, Metavallon VC, Marathon VC and BigPi Venture Capital Funds and the European Investment Fund’s Head of Division Mandate Management, will discuss the type of investment opportunities coming through and what types of companies they will be investing in.


Where Do Good Ideas Come From: Ella Goldner, Co-Founder & General Manager, Zinc; Dimitris Papastergiou, Mayor of Trikala, Greece & Francisco Veloso, Dean at Imperial College Business School discuss where good entrepreneurial ideas come from and the role institutions play in supporting and nurturing start-ups.

Why Nations Fail & What It Takes For Them To Succeed: James A. Robinson, Professor of University of Chicago and co-author of ‘Why Nations Fail’, shares his insights on how countries can achieve long-term economic growth.

Implementing Tax Measures that Incentivise Business Development: Juanita Gonzalez- Uribe, Asst. Professor in Finance, LSE, Andre Quintanilla, Co-Founder & COO, Gartenzwerg Technologies & Maria Shiao, Business Angel & Advisor discuss how effective tax systems play a major role in incentivizing entrepreneurs and investors to operate in a specific country.

Policy makers

Greece Beyond the Programmes: Investment & Entrepreneurial Prospects: George Chouliarakis, Alternate Minister of Finance, Greece and George Houpis, Board Member, Reload Greece

Behind Greece’s First Smart City: Meet the Man Driving the Change: Dimitris Papastergiou, Mayor of Trikala, Greece, shares how he has embraced innovation to build a leading smart city.

Using Greece as a case study but approaching every challenge with an international perspective, RG Connect18 will explore what solutions can be applied to some of the most tough business challenges across key sectors.

Leading experts from the Blockchain & Fintech, Tourism, Agriculture, Shipping & Energy sectors will share their learnings and an interactive mentoring session will discuss the benefits of mentoring before matching RG Mentors with potential mentees. Ten Reload Greece alumni start-ups will be exhibiting and presenting their businesses and a ‘Cultural Hacks’ space will showcase how young innovators in Arts, Fashion and Design are conveying their ideas for solving the practical, theoretical and cultural challenges being faced by their industries, audiences and countries. To showcase how young filmmakers are challenging perceptions and making their voices heard, the Thessaloniki International Short Film Festival will present a co-curated programme of short films from their 2018 lineup, which center on the themes of RG Connect18.

Conno Christou, Co-Founder of Avocarrot said: “As a first-time entrepreneur, Reload Greece helped me in many ways throughout the journey. I’d strongly recommend RG Connect18 to all entrepreneurial minds, to get exposed to the latest trends and snapshots. With the newly-available big funds in Greece for new businesses, now is the best time to connect and create.“

Aimilios Chalamandaris, CEO, Innoetics Ltd, said:I am excited to see the opportunities for Greek start-ups unfold worldwide and Reload Greece to help anyone harness the power of the expertise and tools it provides. Reload Greece is a cornerstone of the Greek start-up ecosystem’s growth and I am confident that with its support and the unique role the organisation commits itself to, new success stories will soon be written!”

RG Connect18 will connect international investors, representatives from the leading Greek Funds and aspiring entrepreneurs. Don’t miss your chance to be there – find out more about the agenda and distinguished speakers on the RG Connect18 webpage and reserve your ticket here today.

 We look forward to seeing you there!