SPEAKERS

Three Content Streams

INSPIRE

Inspiring keynotes

LEARN

Applied and practical sessions

CONNECT

Opportunities for one-to-one interaction and networking

PROGRAMME

9.15

Registration & Coffee

09.30

Welcome

(10 min)
Effie Kyrtata, CEO, Reload Greece

Building The Next Greek Unicorn 

(30 min)
Niko Bonatsos, Managing Director, General Catalyst
Chrysanthos Chrysanthou, Partner, Kindred Capital
Moderated by David Rowan, Founding UK Editor-in-Chief Wired Magazine

Behind Greece’s First Smart City: Meet the Man Driving the Change

(10 min)
Dimitris Papastergiou, Mayor of Trikala, Greece

Where Do Good Ideas Come From?

(30 min)
Ella Goldner, Co-Founder & General Manager, Zinc
Francisco Veloso, Dean of Imperial College Business School
Dimitris Papastergiou, Mayor of Trikala, Greece
Moderated by: Michael G. Jacobides, Sir Donald Gordon Chair Of Entrepreneurship & Innovation  & Associate Professor Of Strategy, London Business School

Inspire

Learn

Connect

11:10

Breaking New Ground & Building Resilience

(20 min)
Renee Elliott, Founder, Planet Organic & Co-Founder, Beluga Bean

Why Mentoring is a staple for success!

(60 min)
John Burke, Co-Founder & Commercial Director, Craft Gin Club
Simon Horton, Founder, Negotiation Mastery
Alex Petrogiannis, Marketing Director, Craft Gin Club
Grant Powell, CEO, Central Working
Moderated by: Christina Garidi, Head of Mentoring, Reload Greece

Rethinking the Greek “Exodus”

(30 min)

Manolis Pratsinakis, Onassis/ SEESOX Fellow, Dept. of Politics & Int. Relations, University of Oxford

Produce Like a Farmer, Sell Like an Entrepreneur 

(20 min)
Christos L. Stamatis, CEO, Stevia Hellas Coop & Founder, Mermix

Empowering Civic Entrepreneurs: Daring to Be Entrepreneurial in a Part of Society that Needs it Most

(30 min)
Mete Coban, Chief Executive, My Life My Say & Councillor for Stoke Newington
In conversation with Michael Cottakis, Director of the 1989 Generation Initiative, London School of Economics

The Latest Trends in Blockchain and AI

(20 min)
Dr. Yannis Kalfoglou, AI & Blockchain Advisory 

12.10

Coffee Break

Inspire

Learn

Connect

12.30

Regulation: Catching up with Technology

(30 min)
Manolis Manassakis, Head of Marketplace of Europe, Middle East & Africa, Uber
Caroline Stroud, Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Innovation in the Shipping Industry: Applications of Digitalization for Charters and Owners

(30 min)
Dimitris Tsapoulis, COO, The Signal Group
Graham Piasecki, Director of Account Managment, Veson Nautical
Moderated by: Stergios Zacharakis, Mgmt Ctte Member & Project Mgr, Greek Energy Forum (GEF)

Implementing Tax Measures that Incentivise Business Development

(30 min)
Juanita Gonzalez- Uribe, Asst. Professor in Finance, LSE
Andre Quintanilla, Co-Founder & COO, Gartenzwerg Technologies
Maria Shiao, Business Angel & Advisor

Tourism: When Innovation Takes the Lead

(45 min)
Dimitrios Buhalis, Head of Dpt Tourism and Hospitality & Director, Etourism Lab, Bournemouth University
Yiannis Goulios, Deputy Secretary General & Board Member, Greek National Tourism Organisation
Alexandros Vassilikos, President, Hellenic Chamber of Hotels
Moderated by: George Kyvernitis, Vice President of Kyvernitis Travel S.A.
Powered by Kyvernitis Travel

Social Innovation & Inclusion

(30 min)
Farnam Bigdoli, Tech Fugees
Yannis Sakaridis, Filmmaker
Moderated by: Elinda Labropoulou, Journalist/Broadcaster, Greece Regional Consultant

Startup Pitches Part 1

RG Alumni Startups
  • First Served
  • Racecheck
  • Blakbear
  • Simply POS
  • Owiwi
Judges
    • Myrto Papathanou, Partner, Metavallon VC
    • Sotiris Papantonopoulos Mantopoulos, Partner, Uni.Fund
    • Grant Powell, CEO, Central Working
    • Marcos Veremis, Co-Founder & Executive Chairman of Upstream, Partner at BigPi Venture Capital
Moderated by Markos Kiosseoglou, Member of the Board of Trustees, Reload Greece

13.30

Lunch Break

14.30

Greece Beyond the Programmes: Investment & Entrepreneurial Prospects

(40 min)
George Chouliarakis, Alternate Minister of Finance, Greece
In discussion with George Houpis, Chairman of Board of Trustees of Reload Greece & Yiorgos Mylonadis, Adjunct Professor of Strategy & Entrepreenuship LBS

15.15

EquiFund Update: Quality Control

(60 min)
George Kametas, Head for Business Banking Segment, National Bank of Greece
Sotiris Papantonopoulos Mantopoulos, Partner, Uni.Fund
Myrto Papathanou, Partner, Metavallon VC
George Tziralis, Partner, Marathon
Marcos Veremis, Co-Founder & Executive Chairman of Upstream, Partner at BigPi Venture Capital
Moderated by: Ioannis Tsakiris, Head of Division, Mandate Mgmt, EIF

16.15

Coffee Break

Inspire

Learn

Connect

16.30

Startups That Are Built to Last

(30 min)
Emilios Markou, Co-Founder & Exec. Dir., Hellas Direct
Alexis Pantazis, Co-Founder & Exec. Dir., Hellas Direct
Moderated by: Victoria Seymour-Stathopoulou, Co-Founder, Paved

Young & Mighty: Building Communitites and Uplifting Culture

(30 min)
Leon Veremis, Indie-Pop Star, Leon of Athens
Marina Satti, Atrist
Avgoustinos Galiassos, Global Programme Manager, MC Vitie’s at Pladis
Moderated by Despina Ladi, Journalist & Screenwriter

Startup Pitches Part 2

(30 min)
RG Alumni Startups
  • Entomics
  • ExpeRoment
  • Pobuca
  • PushMe
  • Tekmon
Judges
    • Myrto Papathanou, Partner, Metavallon VC
    • Sotiris Papantonopoulos Mantopoulos, Partner, Uni.Fund
    • Grant Powell, CEO, Central Working
    • Marcos Veremis, Co-Founder & Executive Chairman of Upstream, Partner at BigPi Venture Capital
Moderated by Markos Kiosseoglou, Member of the Board of Trustees, Reload Greece

17.10

Institutions and GRecovery

James A Robinson, Professor, University of Chicago and Co-author of ‘Why Nations Fail’

An Institutional Bailout for Greece

Elias Papaioannou, Professor of Economics, London Business School
In discussion with Yannis Palaiologos, Features Reporter, Kathimerini
In partnership with Wheeler Institute for Business and Development, London Business School
(50 min)

18.00

Leading the Way Means Developing Leaders

(20 min)
Michael Tsamaz, Chairman & CEO, OTE Group

Closing Remarks

(10 min)
Effie Kyrtata, CEO, Reload Greece

18.30 - 20.00

Networking Reception

CULTURE HACKS

Culture Hacks is a curated exhibition which will feature the stories and the work of inspiring artists of Greek origin who are living and creating both in Greece and abroad. RG is presenting a selection of innovative creative minds who, despite the challenges of diaspora, create new art using materials and inspiration from Greece. We will be presenting artworks ranging from photography to jewellery design and introducing artists whose voice offers a fresh perspective on traditional forms inviting us to see the world under a new light.

Reload Greece is proud to partner with the acclaimed Thessaloniki International Short Film Festival. We welcome to our RG Connect18 conference a selection of films from upcoming filmmakers whose voices offer unique perspectives on contemporary Greece.

A Drowning Man

A Drowning Man

Director: Mahdi Fleifel

Country: Denmark, UK, Greece

Dur. 15min

Watch the trailer

Courtesy of the Thessaloniki International Short Film Festival

 

Heimlich

Heimlich

Director: Kostas Bakouris

Country: Greece

Dur. 19min

Watch the trailer

Courtesy of the Thessaloniki International Short Film Festival

 

Hiwa

Hiwa

Director: Jacqueline Lentzou

Country: Greece

Dur. 11min

Watch the trailer

Courtesy of the Thessaloniki International Short Film Festival

 

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