The 7th Annual Hellenic Initiative Business Fair (THI), one of the largest startup events in Greece, bringing together entrepreneurs, investors and innovators from the US, UK, Australia, of Canada and Greece, was held on June 6 in the packed ballroom of the Grande Bretagne Hotel in Athens. The startup pitch competition provides crucial exposure to major investors and funds, and the winning team receives $25,000.
Founded in 2012, THI is a global non-profit organization that brings together diaspora Greeks and Philhellenes to invest in Greece today through programs focused on economic development and combating the crisis. Since its inception, THI has invested approximately $20 million in Greece.
THI officials as well as Venture Fair judges and competitors gather for a commemorative photo. (Photo by Constantin S. Sirigos)
The Venture Fair also featured a panel discussion on Greece’s economic progress and prospects, moderated by Eleni Varvitsiotis, Athens correspondent for the Financial Times. The panel included U.S. Ambassador to Greece George Tsunis Andrew Liveris, THI Board Chairman Andrew Liveris, THI Executive Committee Member John Koudounis, and THI Board Members Jeremy Downward and Nikos Stathopoulos, who welcomed the guests. The closing speech was given by THI Chairman of the Board, George Stamas, who also announced the winning company, Clio Muse, and highlighted how difficult the choice was because “all 10 companies are winners », words echoed by Daphné Tsevreni, co-founder of Clio Muse, who congratulated her fellow entrepreneurs.
The other competing companies were: Advantis, Dataviva, Evo – For Human Performance, Finclude, Hosthub, Finloup, Vimachem, Vimodji and Wecook.
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