Startup Greece initiative promotes the entrepreneurial spirit in greek regions and greek diaspora. The organisation runs events focusing on entrepreneurship, developing an idea, startups and innovation aiming to support the growth of Greece.
With more than 100 speakers, 70 supporters, 60 volunteers and more than 100 startups already supported by Startup Greece they aimed for something bigger to help bring every Greek tech founder around the globe close together. The true challenge was how they could unify early-stage tech startup founders with key stakeholders from the global tech startup ecosystem to bring in the spotlight new ideas and connect the Greek diaspora in all 5 continents.
Going virtually seemed the only solution. But where could they find a one-stop shop to combine talks, online group sessions, 1-on-1 sessions, educational content and a forum-like community to open it up to the world? This is where Founderhood came into the picture. Together with the Founderhood team, Startup Greece organized a 8-week online virtual program exclusively for Greek founders globally. Through the program the participants were able to meet top Greek founders, investors and experts to connect with, exchange feedback and explore new business opportunities while at the same time startups could get access to educational material, resources and perks provided by the program’s partners.
After a month full of brainstorming, the planning for the program started and on the 2nd of March Greek Startup Universe launched with more than 35 partners, 14 companies offering free or discounted access to their tools and services, business development opportunities for 299 teams in 14 countries, 46 experts sharing insights and market knowledge in 5 different categories and some of the most well known Greek founders and investors answering the participants questions in 8 live Q&A group sessions. With more than 430 founders from 28 different countries and 24% of them being female founders, mission was accomplished. Teams from different maturity levels, from idea stage to Series A startups engaged with one another, shared their experiences, got access to valuable resources, insights and network in less than 2 months with the 32 finalist teams being introduced to Greek Angel Investors from the global scene. The most impressive thing? Through just one virtual program, Startup Greece managed to increase their supported teams portfolio almost 300%.
Can’t put into words how thankful I am to you for bringing Greek tech founders from all corners of the earth closer together. For the past weeks, I have left each talk feeling a bit closer to home and I am excited about staying in touch with the connections I have made through the program!
Greek Startup Universe is connecting startup founders with experienced professionals in a unique way. Thanks a lot from your effort guys from the team of Artivistic.
78% of the participants found the program extremely beneficial
90% of the founders agreed that the program helped them get answers and resolve the pain points they were facing