The Annual Venture Fair is one of the major efforts by The Hellenic Initiative to bring investment to Greece in this critical economic period. Begun in 2015, the Venture Fair is a unique event in Greece, where discussion about investment is transformed into opportunity to make investment.
Vetted companies are prepared by THI consultants for an “American-style” pitch event that brings together investors from across Greece and the Diaspora. This year, we are focused on opening up the event to even more investors. THI recognizes that empowering entrepreneurs to succeed in Greece is vital to rebuilding the Greek economic base, stimulating job creation, and promoting positive social change.
Greece has the entrepreneurial talent; of this there is no doubt. They just need a fair chance to compete in the global marketplace, and THI is committed to helping them have that opportunity.
The work of The Hellenic Initiative is its commitment to economic development and the funding and mentoring of entrepreneurs, the belief in the human capital of Greece and the strong entrepreneurial spirit that exists here.Achilles V. Constantakopoulos, Chairman & CEO, TEMES S.A.
We live with uncertainty; we live with risk. That’s what we do. We’re not afraid of uncertainty. We’re going to go forward, we’re going to be successful, and we’re going to make our dreams happen.Kurt Heiar, Entrepreneurial Consultant, University of Iowa
Creating opportunities for Greek entrepreneurs in Greece has always been at the center of THI’s mission. The Venture Fair represents a pioneer gathering, organized for the very first time in Greece, of promising companies unveiling the Greek business acumen and the potential of investors from all over the world.George P. Stamas, Senior Partner, Kirkland & Ellis LLP
For Greece to ultimately recover from the catastrophic economic events of the last few years, it needs to harness the power of entrepreneurs like those we heard from here today.Ambassador Eleni Kounalakis, Former US Ambassador to Hungary
“It was the first time (in Greece) that you felt you were pitching to an audience that was interested in what you were saying. The investors were informed and they cared. THI’s VF was invaluable and we would happily participate again since there is nothing else like it in Greece.”Roxane Koutsolouka, Join Cargo
THI is a global, nonprofit, secular institution whose vision is to mobilize the Greek Diaspora and Philhellenes around the globe to invest in the future of Greece.
First and last, we are committed to Greece, and we are dedicating our time, resources and networks to secure a brighter future for the birthplace of Western Civilization. We believe in the Hellenic spirit and its ability to overcome every obstacle and adversity. As the heirs of Thermopylae and Marathon, Salamis and Messolonghi, we know that we can shape our own destiny. If we do it together.
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