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RG Connect19: Greece Open for Business

By July 23, 2019 No Comments

We are delighted to announce that this year’s RG Connect conference will discuss the future of startups, investments, policy and innovation under the theme ‘Greece Open for Business’. On Saturday the 5th of October, Reload Greece’s 6th annual Conference, RG Connect19, will bring together an international community of entrepreneurs, investors, academics, policy makers and other key stakeholders, to give you inside access and perspective during keynote sessions, panel discussions, interactive workshops and networking events. The one day event will be held at Allen & Overy LLP, Liverpool Street, London in collaboration with London Business School, London School of Economics and the South East European Studies (SEESOX) programme of Oxford University. 

With leading international speakers, inspiring startup case studies, and invaluable networking opportunities, RG Connect19 is the place to be for the entrepreneurial community in London. Last year we re-branded our annual thought leadership conference into RG Connect, launching three concurrent work streams, ‘CONNECT, LEARN and INSPIRE’, featuring inspiring keynotes, practical workshops, and opportunities for interaction and networking, under the theme ‘Where Challenges Meet Solvers’. One year later, and upon the launch of EquiFund, a €300m+ investment initiative created by the Hellenic Republic in cooperation with the European Investment Fund, RG Connect19 will examine how the Greek entrepreneurial landscape has evolved, what lessons have been learned and best practices to enable the country to become a hub for the region’s entrepreneurial scene. 

RG Connect19 will discuss how to effectively mobilise the international diaspora and support young Greek entrepreneurs and businesses to positively impact Greece in the context of this year’s theme: Greece Open for Business. The conference will bring together global thinkers, international professionals, policymakers, academics, financial institutions, journalists and other key stakeholders, featuring inspiring case studies from Greece, other EU countries, the Middle East and the U.S, showcasing best practices and bringing inspiration. Discussions will include innovation in fundraising and impact investment, and will explore how current trends, such as AI, Robotics and Cloud technology, will make a difference to how we work. Discover how to build effective policies and tax, how circular economy projects can lead to achieving the 2030 sustainability goals, how electrification of transport and entrepreneurship show the way to zero emissions, how 5G disrupts our everyday life focussing on the communications industry, and how Greece can build strong collaborations with neighbouring countries. We invite you to join the debate on disrupting industries, scaling businesses and giving back!

RG Connect19 Speakers

RG Connect19 will feature 40 international speakers and 10 inspiring RG alumni startups. We are currently finalising this year’s line up of speakers, so far, this year’s confirmed speakers include: 

Dr. Nikolaos Mavridis, Founder and Director of the Interactive Robots and Media Lab (IRML), two-time TEDx Speaker and former Assistant Professor at the United Arab Emirates University, NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU Poly. Dr Mavridis is currently a mentor for the MIT Enterprise Forum and the Dubai-based incubator FasterCapital.

Maria Kolitsida, Founder and CEO of, a conversational analysis AI enterprise solution, and former Adjunct Professor at the Hult International Business Schools.

Dr. Andrew Scott, Professor of Economics at London Business School, Fellow of All Souls, Oxford University and the Centre for Economic Policy Research, and co-author of The 100-Year Life. Mr Scott has been an advisor to HM Treasury, Bank of England, the House of Commons, a Non-Executive Director at the Financial Services Authority and Economic Advisor to the Prime Minister of Mauritius.

Ioannis Konstantinidis, Group Chief Strategy, Transformation & Wholesale Officer at the Hellenic Telecommunications Organisation OTE. An experienced top-level executive, Mr Konstantinidis has a proven track record in telecommunications, particularly in Strategic Planning and Transformation.

Dr. Constantinos Goulas, Postdoctoral Researcher at the Delft University of Technology and the Rotterdam Additive Manufacturing Lab, RAMLAB. Mr Goulas is an expert in the area of large-scale 3D printing of steel, having co-produced the first 3D-printed ship’s propeller, the WAAMpeller, which has been given a place in the 2019 Guinness Book of Records.

Soula Parassidis, Renowned opera singer, who has performed at the Oper Leipzig, the Orchestre National de Capitole de Toulouse, Opéra-Théatre de Metz Métropole, the Berlin Philharmonie and the Vancouver Operaand is the Co-founder of the Living Opera Project.

Niki Siropoulou, Director of SingularityU Greece Summit in Athens, Founder of TEDxAcademy and Global Executive Director of P&G Alumni Network.

Fotis Fotiadis, Co-founder and CTO of Entomics, an innovative RG alumni startup, tackling food waste through insect biomass conversion.

RG Connect19 Developing Programme

Keynotes, workshops and networking sessions will be structured around three concurrent work streams, ‘CONNECT, LEARN and INSPIRE’, featuring the a broad range of topics, including:

INSPIRE – Civic society empowered by technology, Promoting Greece as a destination that matters, Current trends and the future of work, Participation in workforce and Culture hacks: beyond barriers.

LEARN – Innovation in fundraising, Impact Investments – Giving Back, Disruption the communication industry and commercialisation of 5G, Scaling in retail business, Circular economy & sustainability – achieving zero waste 

CONNECT – Regional Accelerators: learning from each other, Investing in Greek SMEs, How funds source deals? and The day after the first million.

Join RG Connect19, the most prominent networking event, to join the debate and become an active member of the expat community. Keep watching our social media channels to hear about the other leading speakers joining RG Connect19, and for more information and to book discounted early bird tickets, click here.