RG Challenge18 

Your start-up, investment ready in 11 days

London, 26th June – 6th July

 

 

Reload Greece’s intense accelerator programme, RG Challenge18, will advance 15 start-ups to be ready to raise £50-£250k. Taking place in central London, participants will gain an insight into the UK investor ecosystem and learn how to best position their pitch to attract investors’ attention. On the 5th of July finalists will pitch to investor judges and an international audience at the prestigious Dragons’ Den event at CCT Venues Plus – Bank Street in Canary Wharf.

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 coaches will guide you through the content and delivery of your pitch. 

Access Investors

While the programme does not guarantee a successful raise, it does give you the chance to shine in the spotlight when presenting at our Dragons’ Den style event while getting some more personal 1:1 time with a selection of investors who have shown interest in your business. 

What we are looking for:

15
Teams
3
People per Team
11
Days

Your Stage

A start-up team with an MVP and preferably some initial traction, ready to make your next big step and want to raise £50k-£250k of initial investment.

Your Industry

High growth, potentially high tech and particularly interested in businesses in tourism, agriculture, shipping, finance, medicine or education.  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 (ex. launching in GR, prospect of shifting part of your manufacturing in GR, hiring people in GR).

Capacity & Fees

We will accept a maximum of fifteen teams, with a maximum of 3 participants per team. A £250 fee applies per team member and includes daily lunch and snacks. We are thrilled to announce that this year Reload Greece will provide participants with accommodation in London during the programme.

Key Milestones:

The Programme:

 

26/6

27/6

28/6

29/6

30/6

1/7

2/7

3/7

4/7

5/7

6/7

 

Focus

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

(Content)

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
 

Activities

Welcome Reception Evening talk: 

‘Unlocking your full potential’

Inspiring presentation: 

‘The journey so far & the road ahead’ 

Immersion in the UK start-up ecosystem group activity Identity & leadership group activities Inspiring presentation: ‘What got you here, won’t get you there’ Workshops on: investment readiness, legal and internationalising your model Evening talk at Deliveroo HQ and tour at their office Free Time to Prep Investor Pitch Evening Event Investor 1:1 meetings powered by the RG CIC
 

Location

 

Regent’s Park London  Central Working Victoria & South bank  Central Working Victoria

London 

Central Working Victoria

London 

Regent’s Park

London 

Central Working Victoria

London 

Central Working Victoria

London 

Central Working Victoria & Cannon Str.

London 

Central Working Victoria 

London 

Central

London 

Central 

London 

Join the RG Challenge18 Dragons’ Den Final Pitch Event 

 

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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

Anthemis Group, Early-Stage Investor

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 Kapetanakis

DUPL, Founder

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

Dimitra Falida

Citi, Relationship Manager

Dimitris Vassileiadis  

EXUS, Director – Product & Business Development

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

Anta Gkelou   

Sofinnova, Analyst

George Shoterioo  

OneSkylon, Strategy & Innovation Architecture Consultant

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

Margarita Skarkou  

Barclays UK Ventures, Business Development

Mary Sini 

Naledi Copenhagen, Co-Founder & Director

Alex Christodoulou   

Weengs, Co-Founder & CTO

Anne Koutsabeloulis  

Senior Business Change Advisor

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 

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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