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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
July 5, 2018
Cleo has over 17 years experience in corporate finance in Greece, whilst has previously also worked in finance and industry in the US. She was Vice President at Citigroup Athens, where she worked for over 7 years on international loan syndicated facilities for Intracom SA and Delta Group. She then joined HSBC, where she originated the debut HY bond issues for Frigoglass (2013, €250m), Intralot (2013, €325m) and Motor Oil Hellas (2014, €350m). For her work, she was included in HSBC’s Top 100 talent pool in 2014, a global distinction given to the bank’s highest performers. After 6 years at HSBC, she joined Pillarstone in September 2016, a platform designed to support banks with their non-performing exposures by investing in distressed corporates.
She is passionate about supporting the startup community and has been a mentor to various startup ventures through her involvement in Venturegarden. She is also a non-executive board member of RT Safe, a Greek start-up involved in medical technology for the treatment brain cancer patients.
Cleo is a graduate of Columbia University, having completed both Bachelors’ and Masters’ degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Financial Engineering.
Bank of Sydney
Dr Nicholas Pappas is a Sydney lawyer in private practice. He is Chairman of the Bank of Sydney. He also serves on the Bank’s Audit & Remuneration Committees. He is Chairman of South Sydney District Rugby League Football Club Limited (the ‘Rabbitohs’, Australia’s most famous rugby league club), and South Sydney Members Rugby League Club Limited. He also serves on the Boards of the Steve Waugh Foundation – Australia, Sydney’s Hellenic Club Limited and Melbourne’s Hellenic Museum.
Dr Pappas is Secretary of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocesan Council and a Trustee of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia Consolidated Trust. He was appointed to the General Division of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2013.
Managing Director and Co-Founder
Axius Partners Pty Limited
Mr Giovas is a Managing Director and Co-Founder of Axius Partners Pty Limited an Australian based capital advisory, fund raising and origination business. In addition he is on the board of Selector Funds Management Limited an Australian equities fund manager where he is also Co-Head of Distribution and CFO.
He has over 30 years’ experience in banking, finance and Investment management. Mr Giovas is an experienced senior leader with a history of successfully building teams and businesses.
Prior to establishing Axius Partners, Mr Giovas held leadership positions at ANZ Bank over a 24 year career. In his last role as Global Head of Property he was responsible for the bank’s real estate and construction finance business, a key component of the ANZ’s Institutional division.
He a Director and Treasurer of The Hellenic Initiative (Australia) and a former Director & Treasurer of The Hellenic Club of Sydney.
He holds a Masters of Commerce from the University of NSW (Accounting & Public Administration) and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Wollongong (Economics & Industrial Relations). He is a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australia.
Aristeus Financial Services Ltd
In 2016 Jeremy set up Aristeus, a fully regulated asset management firm in Cyprus and is the company’s CIO.
In 2001 Jeremy set up a family office managing the investments of a prominent European family. The office made investments across the asset class spectrum in developed and emerging markets. He acted as CIO until late 2015 and remains a board member.
Previously Jeremy was a founding partner and board member of Greece’s first investment bank, Alpha Finance from 1989 to 2001. Alpha Finance listed on the Athens Stock Exchange is April 1995 and was sold to Alpha Bank in 2001.
Prior to Alpha Finance he worked at Continental Illinois Bank in New York, Athens and Piraeus.
Jeremy graduated from Leeds University in 1976.
He sits on the boards or advisory committees of various companies, investment vehicles, educational bodies and NGOs.
Papapolitis & Papapolitis LLP Athens – London
Nicholas is a fourth generation attorney at leading law firm, Papapolitis & Papapolitis. A recognized expert in alternative investments across the capital structure, Nicholas splits his time between the London and Athens offices of the firm.
Nicholas’ expertise has been widely recognized by the international finance and legal directories and he is regularly invited to speak publicly on matters relating to alternative investments.
Nicholas is the Chairman of the Investment & Finance Committee of the American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce and a Member of its Board of Directors and has held board positions in leading corporations such as the Intralot Group and NBG Pangaea REIC.
He started his career as an attorney at the New York office of Skadden Arps, having obtained an LL.B (Hons) from University College of London (UCL) and an LL.M (Merit) from the University of London.
He is also a member of the New Leaders Steering Committee of The Hellenic Initiative.
Chief Operating Officer
Paul serves as a Principal and the Chief Operating Officer for Elutions Inc, the worldwide leader in Intelligent Enterprise Optimization. Through their software platform, Maestro, Elutions optimizes entire enterprises through the automated identification, implementation, and realization of operational savings. Paul has served as the company’s Chief Operating Officer since 2015 and has been with the business since 2011; he has a degree in Finance and Operation Management from Georgetown University (MSB’11).
Group Executive Advisor
For over 25 years Peter Abraam has held executive leadership roles across a variety of international business sectors. He was recently appointed Group Executive Advisor of Findex, Australia and New Zealand’s leading provider of integrated financial advisory and accounting services.
Prior to his return to Melbourne, Peter was based in Abu Dhabi for 10 years as Executive Director of the Royal Group. Peter led the strategic development of many of the Group’s global business, property, technology and private equity investments and served on the Board of a number its international conglomerate companies.
Prior to leaving Melbourne, from 1999, Peter was the CEO of the highly acclaimed Victorian Major Events Company. From 1995, he managed the Event Planning & Operations portfolios for the award winning Melbourne FORMULA 1™ Grand Prix and MotoGP, and was a strategic adviser to the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.
Peter was previously a Director of the Bank of Sydney and a Trustee of Cranleigh School Abu Dhabi. He is a Leadership Victoria fellow and also a recipient of the Hellenic Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (HACCI) Award for Professional Excellence. Peter is a Board Member of The Hellenic Initiative (Australia) and Chairman of it’s Crisis Relief Sub-Committee. He was honoured to be appointed ‘Team Attache’ for Cyprus (during the 2006 Commonwealth Games).
Peter has built successful companies in the web services, finance and real estate. He is the Founder and President ofErgo Holdings, a privately-held group of companies in the finance, tech and real estate sectors. Currently Peter is the CEO of their venture arm Ergo Capital and startup accelerator Ergo Accel which focus on investments in tech and high-growth sectors. In addition to his work at Ergo Capital, Peter is the Founder of the Eureka Building, a 3-acre tech hub meant to foster innovation and entrepreneurs with locations in California and Canada. As well, he is an Honorary Professor in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Wales and President of Ergo Properties.
Further to his work at Ergo is a recipient of the Greek 40 Under 40 award, the Power 30 Under 30 award, Charter Member of the Canadian C100 and Founder of Accelerate Greece. Peter was an Edmonson Fellow at the University of Southern California, received his BA from Occidental College and his MBA from the University of Oxford, Said Business School.
B2B Wave is an innovative B2B ecommerce ordering & catalog solution for wholesale distributors & manufacturers.
B2B Wave aims to transform traditional wholesale distribution businesses from doing their day-to-day work using conventional communication methods like the phone, PDF files, spreadsheet file exchanges, and email. To that end, it offers an advanced solution that allows its users to communicate effectively with their customers through their online B2B portal.
Our user-friendly software allows any wholesale distribution company to take its business online in less than a week. Eliminating communication and custom solution costs, any wholesale distribution business can sign up, create its private URL, upload its products, and invite its customers to start placing their orders online.
Even more, our software takes into account wholesale and distribution economics as well as the particularities of B2B business relationships. As such, companies can segment their customers and offer different prices & discounts, payment options, and product categories to each segment.
B2B Wave’s functionalities have also been extended to interact directly with popular accounting software suites like QuickBooks and Xero. Our more tech-savvy customers can benefit from our powerful API that can integrate with their custom enterprise software.
Finally, in terms of growth, we have managed to expand our customer basis: from just a few customers, we now offer our product and services to a diverse clientele from all around the globe (Europe, US, Canada, Australia & New Zealand). Our customers are small and medium-sized wholesale distribution businesses and are active in sectors such as medical supplies, clothing, decoration supplies, electronics, toys, pet products, and food & beverage supplies.
Our vision is for B2B Wave to become the default B2B ecommerce solution for wholesale distribution SMEs by reducing friction and communication regarding the ordering process and by further automating the B2B sales & ordering pipeline.
Kalepso aspires to build a world where all confidential data remain as they should be – private.
Founded by a team of Harvard, Barclays and Cambridge alumni, Kalepso has created the first end-to-end Encrypted Cloud Database System.
KalepsoDB helps enterprises protect their data against any database attack, migrate MySQL databases to the cloud and comply with GDPR.
And all of this without sacrificing functionality: KalepsoDB integrates with existing applications, without any changes- with Tableau and MySQL being the first integrations.
This proprietary post-quantum tech was invented at Harvard, and combines for the first time dynamic re-encryption and differential privacy.
Kalepso is the winner of the 2017 Canada Fintech Forum Startup Contest and the Cybersecurity Cooperathon Award by Desjardins.
Natech, with strong presence in the areas of financial services and large-scale enterprises, designs – develops and supports integrated IT solutions, aiming at the international market (Banks, Financial Institutions, Microfinance companies, Large enterprises etc.). Belonging to the global top 30 ΄΄banking system vendors΄΄ (Forrester, 2018), offers customer-centric products based on simplicity, flexibility and technological innovation (Natech was awarded for its Innovative Solutions – Papastratos Scale up Awards 2017).
Combining the 30-year experience of first-generation management with business and development teams’ fresh ideas, Natech covers almost every banking and corporate need, by offering solutions built from scratch:
Financial sector Solutions
During last year, the company achieved to increase corporate numbers by 100%, expanded its presence in Africa/Turkey/Iran/Albania/Cyprus, as well as enriched its clientele with new international prestigious customers (Ziraat Bankasi, Saderat Bank, Credit Agricole, Tora Wallet – OPAP Group).
Natech, collaborates with leading technology groups (Microsoft, Dell, Cisco, etc.) and other companies, to strengthen corporate and products’ comparative advantage e.g. by encapsulating new delivery models. The company, has recently started utilizing the SaaS (Software as a Service) & BaaS (Banking as a Service) delivery models under some products, with promising results. Through these models, it significantly reduces servicing costs with standard delivery services, resulting in highly time and cost efficient solutions.
Natech, offers and will be able to offer a much broader set of products and services to a wider market in a more flexible mode, allowing the company to achieve its mission to… become a global Banking Services partner for financial and non-financial institutions.
Since the 19th century, my family has been milling grains. For five generations, love and dedication to our lands and crops is inherited from one generation to another. Inspired by the Ancient Greeks wisdom, creativity and holistic life approach, I studied their sophisticated diet which was based on wholesome grains. Working closely with a community of farmers, we grow the same grains in the land of our ancestors. Our grains are stone-mill-grounded, using the tools of my great grandfather.
Olyra encapsulates the wisdom of ancient Greek’s diet in an all-natural, on-the-go breakfast snack! An ideal blend of whole grain spelt, oat, barley and lupine combined with fruits, herbs and spices offering sustained energy, 6g of protein and 5g of fibers! Olyra contains only pure, organic, Non GMO, ingredients.
Our team has been working for more than five years to develop these wholesome snacks in co-operation with the University of Thessaloniki in Greece (Archeobotanical department) as well as a community of farmers. Our first product line was launched last November and offers three alternatives: Cinnamon & Tahini for Olympic Runners, Fig & Anise for Athenian Philosophers and Hazelnuts & Carob for Spartan Warriors. Today, Olyra breakfast biscuits can be found in more than 500 stores in North East and Mid-West states as well as Amazon.com.
Taste Olyra and start your day as a Greek Legend! A great mix and match with your coffee, tea, juice, yoghurt and fruits. If it’s good enough for the ancient Greeks, it has to be good for us!
Parkinson’s Disease (PD) is affecting close to 12 million people worldwide. The severity of the disease and the impact on a patient’s life highly depend on the optimal timing and dosing of the prescribed therapy, which affects the symptoms, the quality of life, the disease progression and the life longevity of the patient. Continuously monitoring a wide range of physiological signals could address the need for more frequent patient-doctor interactions based on accurate data and a structured patient profile, in order to improve the efficacy of the treatment, maintaining a normal health profile. Existing healthcare professional-support solutions are either subjective or focus on a subset of PD symptoms and do not provide an overall and objective assessment or monitoring of the disease. They all fail to deliver adequate long-term recording, qualitative and quantitative assessment, system reliability, sensitivity and specificity.
PD MONITOR offers a ground-breaking solution for monitoring and treatment modification of PD patients. Drug effect is monitored in real time and patient profile is built with continuous data, hence the medication side effects can be managed much faster, adjusting to the profile of each patient. The system seamlessly integrates input from 5 wearable micro-sensors, which are constantly monitoring several motor signals of the patients, a mobile application enabling patients/caregivers to record medication, nutrition and non-motor status information to complement the motor symptom assessment, and a physician tool, which graphically presents to the healthcare professional all patient related information and symptom quantification, making the evaluation of the patient status and disease progression possible. So far, PD Neurotechnology Ltd. has secured financing for the first 2 years of operation, developed prototypes, designed, tested and validated the system software, received ISO 9001:2015, ISO 27001, and ISO 13485 certifications, commenced with the Medical Trials Stage in Germany, Italy and Greece, and aims to acquire Medical Device Class IIa CE Marking by the end of H2 2018. Currently the company is at the 2nd stage of financing.
In Pobuca we are creating the next half a billion company that will transform boring CRM software to virtual assistants. We are CRM experts, with the Pobuca suite of 3 cloud products, and we offer turn-key solutions to brands and retailers with software, consulting and integration services.
With Pobuca Suite, you can Connect with your company contacts faster, achieve bigger Sales towards your B2B customers and engage with your consumers’ Loyalty. Moreover Pobuca Suite integrates with Microsoft Dynamics and is used as a platform for generic CRM needs.
Let’s see 3 customer business cases: Pobuca Connect is used by SoftBank to easily share contacts on any device between its 70,000 employees, Pobuca Sales allows Pepsi sales reps to take orders while on the field, and Pobuca Loyalty is used by Schneider Electric in 4 countries to manage their loyalty program.
Now we are working to convert the Pobuca Suite software into PobucaBot, an AI virtual assistant that connects you with your contacts, B2B customers and consumers.
PobucaBot will include our CRM expertise in different AI skills and will unify our software under one virtual assistant. We aim at differentiating our business from competitors and being the first to embrace AI in our products.
Quantimetrica is a company based in London with a footprint in San Francisco, Austin, US and Athens, Greece.
The company specialises in voice recognition software and hardware enabling voice control of a variety of devices such as toys, wearables, cameras, home or of office automation products, shipping surveillance, cyber- security and hands-free operation of security alarms or other equipment (e.g. emergency requests for help by immobilised crew). All at low cost and without requiring an Internet connection!
Via our own proprietary small footprint software, Quantimetrica’s solutions enable voice control of any device in any language, with or without an internet connection (latter in mission critical cases). The company also offers miniature (12x processing power of Arduino UNO at 30% the size) and cost effective hardware that utilises Quantimetrica’s in-house developed software.
Our technology/services include:
Quantimetrica’s solutions focus on:
More about our solutions and applications in domains from home and office automation and transport to hospitality and cybersecurity can be found by visiting www.quantimetrica.com
Sentio Solutions (“Insurance Shaper of the Year” by EXECinsurtech) develops Artificial Emotional Intelligence Feel to change the way we manage Mental Health.
The new Augmented Mental Health Program serves businesses, including insurance companies, self-insurers, and healthcare aiming to disrupt and improve the Mental Health industry by offering 24/7 continuous objective monitoring of the wearer’s mental state, as well as real-time coaching & advice to provide support in the moment.
With the Augmented Mental Health Program Sentio aims to solve 3 core current problems related to Mental Health Management:
Sentio envisions the new era of Augmented Mental Health, in which emotion recognition technologies will be used to monitor and provide real-time support to people suffering from clinical and subclinical mental health issues. Similar to how a cardiologist uses a blood pressure monitor or how a diabetic uses a glucose monitor, the psychotherapist will use devices like Feel to augment the effectiveness of therapy.
Think Silicon S.A. is a privately held Semiconductor Intellectual Property (SIP) technology company based and founded in 2007 in Patras (Greece), with a development center in Athens (Greece), WW sales & marketing office in Toronto (Canada) and sales offices in San Jose (CA, North America), Cologne (Germany, EMEA region), Taipei (Taiwan), Tokyo (Japan).
Think Silicon is developing and licensing the most power efficient graphics technology (GPUs) in the world. NEMA® is the only graphics solution for smart IoT devices providing smart-phone like user experience, while extending battery life, keeping the cost low and shortening the time-to-market.
The above is achievable due to the NEMA®’s patent protected technology which provides ultra-low power consumption and low cost by decreasing silicon area and memory requirements while shortening the development time by using the NEMA® Software Development Kit (SDK).
Based on our core technology and patent portfolio the latest enhancement of our IP Portfolio is an Artificial Intelligence inference accelerator for machine learning vision applications for IoT/Edge end nodes.
Think Silicon’s Products technology is a perfect fit for silicon-area limited chips and finds its place in consumer and industrial products where battery life and system cost are crucial. The (end-) products are smart IoT devices with displays and/or camera-lenses, such as wearables (smartwatches, fitness bands), AI-cameras, home appliances (refrigerators, washing machines, phones), home automation/control, POS, healthcare and any display-controlled systems.
Think Silicon’s customer base includes multibillion technology companies, designing and fabricating chips, like Microchip Corporation, Dialog Semiconductor, Sequans Communications, Lattice Semiconductor and Faraday Corporation.
Currently Think Silicon has an open A-Series investment round of 4M.
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