RG Challenge18 

26th June – 6th July

Global call for applications open now!



Reload Greece’s eleven day accelerator programme (RG Challenge18) will advance 15 start-ups to be ready to raise £50-£250k. Taking place in London from the 26th of June to the 6th of July, 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.

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Why join?


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:

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 want to raise £50-£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

A business that is solving a problem in Greece; a business that is connected to Greece and is having a socioeconomic impact on the country.

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 . 

Key Milestones:

The Programme:















Teams Arrive Business Model Generation and Customer-Market Validation Revenue Streams and cost structures Business Model Optimisation Identity & Leadership Pitch Perfect Training


Deep Dives & Clinics Pitch Perfect Training


Break Pitch Practice & Dragon’s Den Event Investor 1:1 meetings powered by the CIC

























Programme Director

Mike Sotirakos

Launch 1000, Founder & CEO

Mike is an award winning serial entrepreneur, investor and engineer by training. He 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 (bio-medical, engineering, automotive). 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.

Indicative RG Mentors who have supported RG Challenge programmes:

Rachel Woods

Crossroads Facilitator & Education consultant


John Kekatos

IBM, Managing Consultant 

Lyda Modiano

wide strategy ltd., Founder – Director

Thomas Papanikolaou

Neos Chronos, Founder & Director 

Dimitra Tzigianni

CSR Consultant
& Finance Auditor

Aris Xenofondos

Santander Innoventures, Fintech Investor

Aggelos Baxevanis

Smith & Nephew, VP Global Mkt

George Constantopoulos

SBR Consulting, Director


Ioanna Stagia

Strategy, Insights & Analytics Global Executive

Vasiliki Petrou

Unilever, Executive Vice President Prestige

Rita Edah   

Crossroads Life coach

Dimitris Tsouroplis

Libra Group

Yiorgos Mylonadis

London Business School, Adjunct Professor of Strategy & Entrepreneurship

Christina Garidi

Eudaimonia Coaching, Founder

Dimitris Grispos

Green Cola, CFO & Strategic Partnerships

Catherine Katsarou

Relish, Marketing Communications Manager

George Kapetanakis

DUPL, Founder

Alex Korda

Affinion International, VP International Marketing

George Aivazoglou

Ezbob, Chief Marketing & Digital Officer

Sotiris Basiakos

PwC, Capital Projects & Infrastructure Manager

Makis Saridis

Oracle, Solution & Innovation Director

Demetrios Zoppos

Klevio, Executive Chairman

Akis Papageorgiou

IBM, AI/Cognitive Computing Consultant

Ivan Sakellariou

Autostop Leather Limited,   Managing Director

Takis Malavetas

Convibo, Co-founder & CEO

George Shoterioo 

UBS, Associate Director

Dimitris Velmachos


George Kaperonis

Tesco, Head of Analytics & Optimisation

Emmanuel Vranakis

Keystone Law, Technology & IP Lawyer

Jules Constantinou

Life health, Regional Manager for UK & Ireland

Apostolos Thasitis
Dimitris Georgiopoulos  


Beatrix Schmidt

The Sleep Deep Method Founder & creator and EiMPM Ltd Founder 

Dimitris Kourepis

Digital Works Group

Nicolas Huber

Portfolio Manager 

Lilly Saranti

Apple, Manager

Dimos Lazos  

Nestle, Managing Director of Food & Dairy UK & Ireland

George Constantopoulos  

SBR Consulting, Partner & Director

Marc Van Den Berg
Panos Seretis

Credit Suisse, Director

Greg Collett

Credit Suisse, Senior Director

Louis Loizou
Vassilis Karavas  
Viki Fotopoulou  

Barclays, Vice President & Credit Risk Manager

Margarita Skarkou  
George Deves
Georgios Markakis 

Venero Capital

Nicholas Konstantinides

Venero Capital

Jackie Nelson   

Crossroads Coach & Facilitator

Tony Nelson  

Crossroads Business consultant & Mentor

Alistair Cumming  

Crossroads HR consultant

Chris Spray  

Crossroads NLP Trainer 

Linda Hills 

Fountains Coaching 

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