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Oct 6

RG Connect18 Conference: Where Challenges Meet Solvers

October 6, 2018


RG Connect18 Conference – London 6/10/18
Connecting entrepreneurs, investors, academics and policy makers
400€ million EquiFund available to start-ups connected to Greece

RG Connect18, the fifth annual Reload Greece conference, will bring together a community of entrepreneurs, investors and policy makers to share inspirational ideas and help shape the future of entrepreneurship. With 40 international speakers across three content streams ‘Connect, Learn and Inspire’, RG Connect features inspiring keynotes, practical workshops, thought provoking panel discussions and valuable opportunities to network.

The one-day conference will explore what practical steps can be taken to harness the energy that has been injected into the Greek economy with the advent of the EquiFund, one of the European Investment Fund’s largest investments in Europe. Four of the funds appointed to deploy 400€ million into early stage start-ups with a connection to Greece, will be speaking and exhibiting at RG Connect18. George Chouliarakis, current Alternate Minister of Finance in Greece and Venture Capitalists from the UK, US and Greece will be speaking at the event.

RG Connect: ‘Where Challenges Meet Solvers‘ takes place at Prince Philip House, London on Saturday 6th October. Distinguished leaders and experts from around the world, including entrepreneurs, investors, academics and policy makers, will share learnings and discuss the most important developments. Key sessions include:


Leading the Way Means Developing Leaders: Michael Tsamaz, Chairman & CEO, OTE Group, one of the largest telecom companies in Europe, will share his personal experience of building a culture that develops leaders.

Breaking New Ground & Building Resilience: Renee Elliott, Founder, Planet Organic shares her inspiring experience of building resilience and starting a movement.

Startups That Are Built To Last: Emilios Markou & Alexis Pantazis, Co-Founders of Hellas Direct, discuss what characteristics start-ups need to have to stand the test of time and how to build a company that’s attractive to international investors.


Building The Next Greek Unicorn: Venture Capitalists Niko Bonatsos (Managing Director, General Catalyst) and Chrysanthos Chrysanthou (Partner, Kindred Capital) will share their insights from the start-up ecosystems in the US and UK and discuss how the Equifund opportunity can be maximized.

EquiFund Update: Quality Control: Partners from Uni Fund, Metavallon VC, Marathon VC and Big Pi Venture Capital Funds and the European Investment Fund’s Head of Division Mandate Management, will discuss the type of investment opportunities coming through and what types of companies they will be investing in.

Policy makers

Greece Beyond the Programmes: Investment & Entrepreneurial Prospects: George Chouliarakis, Alternate Minister of Finance, Greece and George Houpis, Board Member, Reload Greece

Behind Greece’s First Smart City: Meet the Man Driving the Change: Dimitris Papastergiou, Mayor of Trikala, Greece, shares how he has embraced innovation to build a leading smart city.


Where Do Good Ideas Come From: Ella Goldner, Co-Founder & General Manager, Zinc; Dimitris Papastergiou, Mayor of Trikala, Greece & Francisco Veloso, Dean at Imperial College Business School discuss where good entrepreneurial ideas come from and the role institutions play in supporting and nurturing start-ups.

Institutions and GRecovery: In partnership with the Wheeler Institute for Business and Development, London Business School, James A. Robinson, Professor of University of Chicago and co-author of ‘Why Nations Fail’will discuss how countries can achieve long-term economic growth.

Implementing Tax Measures that Incentivise Business Development: Juanita Gonzalez- Uribe, Asst. Professor in Finance, LSE, Andre Quintanilla, Co-Founder & COO, Gartenzwerg Technologies & Maria Shiao, Business Angel & Advisor discuss how effective tax systems play a major role in incentivizing entrepreneurs and investors to operate in a specific country.

Using Greece as a case study but approaching every challenge with an international perspective, RG Connect18 will explore what solutions can be applied to some of the most tough business challenges across key sectors. Leading experts from the Blockchain & Fintech, Tourism, Agriculture, Shipping & Energy sectors will share their learnings and an interactive mentoring session will discuss the benefits of mentoring before matching RG Mentors with potential mentees. Ten Reload Greece alumni start-ups based in the UK will be exhibiting and presenting their businesses and a ‘Cultural Hacks’ space will showcase how young innovators in Arts, Fashion and Design are conveying their ideas for solving the practical, theoretical and cultural challenges being faced by their industries, audiences and countries. To showcase how young filmmakers are challenging perceptions and making their voices heard, the Thessaloniki International Short Film Festival will present a co-curated programme of short films from their 2018 lineup, which center on the themes of RG Connect18.

Conno Christou, Co-Founder, Avocarrot said: “As a first-time entrepreneur, Reload Greece helped me in many ways throughout the journey. I’d strongly recommend RG Connect18 to all entrepreneurial minds, to get exposed to the latest trends and snapshots. With the newly-available big funds in Greece for new businesses, now is the best time to connect and create.“ Aimilios Chalamandaris, CEO, Innoetics Ltd, said: “I am excited to see the opportunities for Greek start-ups unfold worldwide and Reload Greece to help anyone harness the power of the expertise and tools it provides. Reload Greece is a cornerstone of the Greek start-up ecosystem’s growth and I am confident that with its support and the unique role the organisation commits itself to, new success stories will soon be written!”

RG Connect18 will connect international investors, representatives from the leading Greek Funds and aspiring entrepreneurs. Join RG Connect18 on Saturday the 6th of October to ‘Learn, Inspire, Connect’.

Hear more about RG Connect18 – https://www.reloadgreece.com/rgconference/
See the RG Connect18 video – https://youtu.be/A_PAuzJs08o
Book tickets – https://www.eventora.com/en/Events/rg-connect18-where-challenges-


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