Webcast: Journey from Greece to an International Exit
The video recording of the event can be found here. Thursday, September 10, 2020
The video recording of the event can be found here.
Thursday, September 10, 2020
9:00 – 9:45 am (San Francisco)
12:00 – 12:45 pm (Boston/New York)
19:00 – 19:45 (Athens/Nicosia)
- Aimilios Chalamandaris, Innoetics
- Conno Christou, Avocarrot
- Cosma Pabouctsidis, Roboteq
- George Sidiropoulos, Think Silicon
- Moderator: Myrto Papathanou, Metavallon
From the early successes of Greek startups like Athena Semiconductors (acquired by Broadcom) and BugSense (acquired by Splunk) to the latest $360M acquisition of InstaShop by Delivery Hero last week, the Greek startup community is realizing the viability of its businesses to reach strong exits in the international markets. Exits don’t happen overnight, however, and the journey is one of highs and lows. Join us as we hear from a group of Greek entrepreneurs who have navigated the inevitable challenges and thrills of growing a startup in order to ultimately sell their businesses.
Hellenic Innovation Network, with the support of the Greek Consulate of Boston and MIT Enterprise Forum Greece hosts events twice per year to educate the Greek diaspora about Greek startup activity, and to offer Greek entrepreneurs an opportunity to pitch and network in the US. While our events are typically held in Boston, due to Covid-19 we are instead hosting a webcast series in order to keep our community connected until our next in-person event.
|George Sidiropoulos, Think Silicon
George Sidiropoulos is a technical innovator and co-founder of Think Silicon. He started his engineering career at Atmel as an ASIC designer, involved in many SoC designs that reached the wifi and the VoIP markets. He continued as an ASIC designer at Think Silicon developing ultra-low power GPUs before moving to the business side. As the CEO of Think Silicon, he was responsible for corporate strategy, business development, funding, sales and IPR. Think Silicon was acquired by Applied Materials and George is fighting to maintain his startup mentality in order to grow the business and the team aggressively.
|Conno Christou, Avocarrot
Conno Christou studied Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Imperial College London. After his studies in 2013, he co-founded Avocarrot along with 3 other college friends in London, and the following year they expanded to San Francisco. Among other awards, Avocarrot was voted as one of the 8 most promising startups worldwide (excl USA) by Google for Entrepreneurs, and was awarded as ‘The Next Big Thing’ at ad:tech – the biggest advertising technology event in the world. Avocarrot raised $3 million from investors in the US, UK and Greece. In 2016 they joined Endeavor global network, and later in the year, the company was acquired by Glispa Global Group for a reported $20 million. Conno served as the Vice President of Innovation in the mother company for 4 years.
|Aimilios Chalamandaris, Innoetics
Aimilios Chalamandaris was a co-founder and CEO of Innoetics. He holds a BA and a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the NTUA, as well as a master’s degree in Telecommunications and Digital Signal Processing from the Imperial College of London. He is one of the founding members of the team which developed one of the world’s leading synthetic speech technologies. He has led to the establishment of Innoetics as one of the most important companies of synthetic speech internationally, culminating in its acquisition by Samsung Electronics in 2017. Today Aimilios is the Head of R&D at Samsung Electronics Greece, and he is a big supporter of the Greek startup and entrepreneurship ecosystem. Since 2020 he is honored to be also serving as a member of the National Council for Research and Innovation, the supreme advisory body for the formulation and implementation of the national policy for Research, Technology and Innovation in Greece.
|Moderator: Myrto Papathanou, Metavallon
Myrto Papathanou is a Founding Partner at Metavallon VC, a $35M venture capital fund investing in early stage technology companies stemming from Greece. She has 15 years of experience in the fields of finance and entrepreneurship and has been involved in technology companies as a founder, mentor, investor and board member. Before co-founding Metavallon VC, she served as Group CFO and Head of Corporate Development at EFA Ventures. Since 2019 she is part of the Advisory Board of WomenOnTop promoting women’s inclusion and representation in business. In 2016 she was recognized as ‘Leader of the Year’ by Linkage Greece in appreciation of her extraordinary leadership and contribution to the progress of business and society. In 2019 she became a Kauffman Fellow, the first from Greece. In 2020 she was included in Fortune Greece’s 40 under 40 list. Myrto is an economist from City University, with an MSc in Finance from Imperial College and an MBA from INSEAD.
|Cosma Pabouctsidis, Roboteq
Cosma Pabouctsidis was born in Switzerland in 1959 to Greek parents who migrated from Serres. He did all his studies in Geneva and got his Electronics Engineering Diploma in 1978. At age 23, Cosma moved to the US, where he stayed 21 years before returning to Switzerland in 2004. In the US, Cosma worked in two large semiconductor corporations and did two successful startups. Roboteq is the second company he founded. It started it in 2002 as a side project while he was employed at a large electronics chip maker, and ultimately became a serious venture and his full-time job around 2010. Roboteq, which makes motion control, navigation sensors and power management solutions for mobile robots, was acquired by Japan’s Nidec Corporation in 2019.
(Thursday) 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm EDT(GMT-11:00)