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First prize and crowds favorite idea during 2nd Startup Weekend Volos 2014


First prize and crowds favorite idea during 2nd Startup Weekend Volos 2014

iOrder is a new mobile application that will save you time from ordering Coffee or Snacks.

With the iOrder application
-you get rid of: coins, wallets, waiting in queues
-you gain: special offers from your favorite coffee shops

You simply:
1.sign in
2.make your order via your smartphone
3.pick it up on your way to work, school etc.

iOrder won the First prize and the favotite crowds idea in the second Startup Weekend 2014 in Volos.

Below you can find our facebook page:

Startup Weekend Volos By Innovation and Entrepreneurship Unit (IEU)


Innovation and Entrepreneurship Unit (IEU) 
The main objective of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Unit (IEU) is to develop the entrepreneurial and innovation skills of the University of Thessaly students and to provide support for them in undertaking entrepreneurial activities. To this end the I.E.U. implements activities such as: teaching entrepreneurship courses related to entrepreneurship and innovation, securing direct contact with the entrepreneurial community with the help of production and business site visits, the use of well-known entrepreneurs in lectures, seminars and mentoring schemes, as well as supporting student entrepreneurial activities through specialized guides and tools and individual counseling. A mixture of different educational tools is used: team working, speeches by invited – mainly young – entrepreneurs and work with experienced mentors, site visits to innovative businesses, support of student teams through specialized guides and tools and team coaching and hosting of events and competitions. During the program students are expected to organize themselves in teams (simulating a real start-up endeavor) and present their ideas and plans in writing as well as to defend them orally.


The following courses are offered to 12 departments of the University of Thessaly, including the Polytechnic School, the School of Agricultural Sciences, the School of Humanities and the Department of Biochemistry and Biotechnology, and are part of the Operational Programme for Education and Lifelong Learning in Greece.


1.  Introduction to Entrepreneurship  (Winter semester)

The objective of this course is for the students to familiarize themselves with the reality of modern enterprises (particularly the Small to medium-sized and Family Enterprises) and the modern tools of management and to acquire basic entrepreneurial knowledge and culture. It is stressed that entrepreneurship does not only concern the private sector, but also the public sector and non-profit organisations (museums, hospitals, sport organizations, local authorities etc). The understanding of enterprising activity contributes also to the improvement of effectiveness of those that later will become policy makers for the economy or will work in institutions that provide infrastructures or services to enterprises.

Content: the course, indicatively, will focus on questions that concern: What is an enterprise, foundation and organisation of an enterprise, obligations of the enterprise, financing and economic management, co-operatives and their problems, introduction to marketing, distribution, sales, pricing, product and service development, human resources management (hiring, training, wage).


During the course:

  • The students will visit 1-2 enterprises related to their object of study and their interests,

  • lectures from business owners and executives will take place,

  • teams of 4-7 students will be formed in order to develop business ideas, with the advisory guidance and support of members of the entrepreneurial community.


Method of Assessment: Group project

2. Development of business plans  (Spring Semester)


The objective of this course is to provide the students with basic knowledge on the development of successful and complete business plans.


Content: the course, indicatively, will focus on questions that concern:

Exploration of business opportunities, definition of the needs of users (market research), development of business plans, investment assessment and planning, financing of start-ups (venture capital, business angels etc), management of brand names and trademarks, development of business collaborations.


During the course:

  • The students will visit 1-2 enterprises related to their object of study and their interests,

  • lectures from business owners and executives will take place

  • teams of 4-7 students will be formed in order to develop business plans, with the advisory guidance and support of members of the entrepreneurial community

Method of Assessment: Group project

Other Actions

The Unit also organizes short intensive entrepreneurship schools, participates in the organization of Open Coffee, Startup Weekend and a plethora of similar events. Furthermore, we have managed to built a dynamic network in Greece with the participation of other Innovation and Entrepreneurship Units of Greek Universities, Accelerators (The Cube, Innovation farm, Stage one, IQbility), Co-working spaces (Found.ation), local authorities, and funds (Openfund, PJ Catalyst).

Accelerator program


At the time we also run one of the two parts of the accelerator program “Mazi stin Ekkinisi (Together at the Start/Launch)” with the Federation of Enterprises and Industries. The accelerator program aims to provide services and transfer knowledge to scientists – aspiring entrepreneurs to turn their business ideas into detailed and actionable business plans.




  • Encouraging scientists with entrepreneurship and the concept of risk,

  • Assessing the economic feasibility and technological excellence of a business idea, before the formal establishment of an enterprise,

  • Creating culture of entrepreneurship in scientific potential,

  • Networking and linking knowledge production to the production of profit and the commercial exploitation of innovation.

The Federation of Enterprises and Industries further aims at reviewing the relationship of research and academic institutions doing business in Greece, parameter priority for the development of a dynamic and competitive economy.


Startup Weekend Volos: Apostolos Papadoulis as a Judge



Dr Apostolos D. Papadoulis was born in 1957 in Volos and he is father of a daughter. His professional career starts in 1982 as Supervisor of the scientific divisions of the Association of Industries  in Thessaly and Central Greece

He is the President of the Executive Committee of the Association of Industries  in Thessaly and Central Greece since 2005 and General Manager of AEDEP Thessaly and Central Greece since 2003. His professional career started in 1982 as Supervisor of the scientific divisions of the Association of Industries  in Thessaly and Central Greece.

He holds a degree from the Department of Public Administration at Panteion University and in year 2000 was awarded a PhD Title from the Department of Regional Planning and Development at the University of Thessaly.

Since 2003 he is an Adjunct Lecturer at the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Thessaly, on the subjects of Business Finance’, Business Strategy and Technology’, ‘The Strategy of Administration’, and ‘Policies of Regional Development in Greece’.

He has participated in numerous Scientific Programs and Studies and through his incumbency in the AITCG and the UTH has collaborated with multiple Scientific and Development Authorities. However, despite his diverse activity, he remains committed to the support of the Businesses in the Regions of Thessaly and Sterea Ellada in order to assist their way to development.

Startup Weekend Volos: Demitrios Pournarakis as a Mentor


Demitrios is the head of product design and a co-founder of
nimbata (, an enterprise analytics company
specializing in call tracking and voice applications on the cloud.
He has previous 5 year working experience in the private sector
as an IT consultant at IBM, while currently being a Research
Associate at the Athens University of Economics and Business, ISTLab.
He holds a BSc in Business Administration from AUEB, an MSc in Information Systems
from City University London and an iMBA from AUEB and is currently in the 2nd year of
his PhD at AUEB, specializing on Brand Equity and Social Network Analysis.
Open to discussion on Web Design (HTML, CSS, Inkscape), Data Analysis (SQL, R),
Digital Marketing, Product Branding and Social Network Science.


Startup Weekend Volos: Michael Tsaoutos as a Judge

michael tsaoutos


General Manager at EPSA S.A.

Michael Tsaoutos was born in 1965 and grew up in Volos. He lives in Athens with his wife and three daughters. He holds a degree in Electrical Engineering & Computer Engineering from National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) and was awarded a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Warwick Business School.

Since 2010 he is the General Manager of EPSA Soft Drinks. EPSA produces soft drinks since 1924 and its products are available all over Greece. Exports are building up and currently EPSA exports to 15 countries, including Australia, China and USA. During the last few years EPSA introduced innovative products into the market, namely Organic Lemonade and Orangeade and the “EPSA light” series, where sugar is replaced by sweetener from the stevia plant. 

Before EPSA, Michael had worked for more than two decades in Lambrakis Press. He started in 1988 as a Technology Editor for Apple products in RAM magazine. Later he became Editorial Editor for BHMARAM newspaper insert, for bit magazine and inLife magazine. He was a member of the team that started portal and organized all paid subscriptions of From 2003 until 2010 he became General Manager of (Lambrakis Press’ e-commerce site). Until recently he worked as a technology consultant for RAM and HiTECH magazines. When time permits, he still plays around with various Apple devices.

He was a member of the Greek national ski team, Greek national water ski team and represented Greece in Camel Trophy 2000 and Land Rover G4 Challenge. For the last few years he enjoys running long distance races and participating in triathlon competitions.

Startup Weekend Volos: Harry Kalogirou as a Mentor


Harry Kalogirou studied Computer Science at the University of Piraeus and did his masters in Software Engineering at the University of Ioannina. He possesses a wide range of interests and experience, from web development and databases to operating system design and implementation to 3D accelerated graphics and high performance algorithms. Since 2010 he founded the company “nlogn” and has produced and published three successful and award winning video games, across 4 mobile platforms.

Startup Weekend Volos: Nikolaos Nanas as a Mentor

Nikolaos Nanas (@nancast) graduated in 1997 from the department of Civil Engineering of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece and after two years of research in Knowledge Management at the same university, he moved to the U.K. for his MSc in Intelligent Systems at Sussex University and his PhD in Artificial Intelligence at the Knowledge Media Institute (KMi). Since 2006 he is a researcher at the Institute for Research and Technology Thessaly (IRETETH) in Greece (academic blog). As part of his PhD, he developed a unique, biologically inspired profiling model and spent the rest of his academic career studying, experimenting with and building research prototypes based on this model.
In 2010, he decided to turn his academic work into a real world product and an accompanying business. Together with his ex student, Christos Spiliopoulos they started working on developing NOOWIT in September 2011. Nick’s  research on Adaptive Information Filtering, and Web Personalization, lies at the core of NOOWIT’s computational capabilities and design. Nick is responsible for NOOWIT’s product design, front-end development, project management and business strategy.


Semana Global de Emprendimiento – A tu alcance

Cada año durante una semana en noviembre (del 16 al 20 en 2014) se movilizan miles de personas en torno al emprendimiento a través de eventos y actividades que tienen como objetivo inspirar individuos y fortalecer una cultura emprendedora.

La Semana Global del Emprendimiento o GEW (por sus siglas en Inglés) es promovida por Kauffman Foundation y Unleash Ideas involucrando en más de 150 países, estudiantes, emprendedores, colaboradores, empresarios, mentores e inversionistas.

¿Qué busca la GEW?

Impulsar el Emprendimiento como una fuerza de desarrollo a través de actividades que inspiren, conecten e informen a todos los actores del ecosistema emprendedor.

¿Cómo puedo participar en la GEW?

UP Global realiza más de 250 programas en el marco de la GEW con su iniciativa Global Startup Battle, durante los fines de semana previo y posterior a esta semana. En Latino América se llevarán a cabo Startup Weekends en más de 30 ciudades.

Participants at the 2013 Startup Weekend Maker Edition
Participants at the 2013 Startup Weekend Maker Edition

Únete a tu ecosistema de emprendimiento a través de estos eventos en tu ciudad y crea oportunidades dentro de tu comunidad para impactar a la sociedad.

Si quieres saber más de la semana global de emprendimiento en tu país, ingresa en: Allí encontrarás información de los eventos en los que puedes participar.

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Photo Series: Offices Around The World

As entrepreneurs, we often take for granted our office-less lifestyle. Sometimes we decide to wake up and work from bed. Entrepreneurs generally don’t have a bureaucratic figure looming overhead telling us how it has to be done, when to start, where to eat lunch, and what time we can go home to see our families.

I’ve never considered how something as simple as a desk, an office, can reveal power, status, and control until I saw Jan Banning’s work, Bureaucratics.

Bureaucratics” is a comparative photographic study of culture, rituals and symbols of state civil administrations and its servants in eight countries on five continents. Selected on the basis of political, historical and cultural considerations – Bolivia, China, France, India, Liberia, Russia, the United States, and Yemen are all represented. 

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Banning’s visits were unannounced and his accompany writer, Will Tinnemans – through interviewing – kept the employees from tidying up or clearing the office. That way, Banning says the photos show what a local citizen would be confronted with when entering.

“The photography has a conceptual, typological approach reminding of August Sander’s ‘Menschen des 20 Jahrhunderts’ (‘People of the Twentieth Century’). Each subject is posed behind his or her desk. The photos all have a square format (fitting the subject), are shot from the same height (that of the client), with the desk – its front or side photographed parallel to the horizontal edges of the frame – serving as a bulwark protecting the representative of rule and regulation against the individual citizen, the warm-blooded exception. They are full of telling details that sometimes reveal the way the state proclaims its power or the bureaucrat’s rank and function, sometimes of a more private character and are accompanied by information such as name, age, function and salary. Though there is a high degree of humor and absurdity in these photos, they also show compassion with the inhabitants of the state’s paper labyrinth.”

Below features 16 (out of the 70) photographs taken for this series.


(PHOTO ABOVE) Bolivia, bureaucracy, Potosi, 2005. Bolivia-13/2005 [Bet.,REV (b. 1958)]. Rodolfo Villca Flores (b. 1958) is chief supervisor of market and sanitary services of the municipality of Betanzos, Cornelio Saavedra province. Previously he worked as a bricklayer, electrician, plumber and handyman. Monthly salary: 1,150 bolivianos (euro 128, US$ 143).


India, bureaucracy, Bihar, 2003. India-29/2003 [The., HDP (b. 1947)]. Harsh Deo Prasad (b. 1947) is panchayat chief (village head) in the village of Tehta, Makhdumpur block, Jahanabad district, State of Bihar. He informs local farmers about the use of fertilizers, irrigation and other ways to achieve efficiency in agriculture. Monthly salary: 9,100 rupees ( euro 181, US$ 199).


Bolivia, bureaucracy (police), 2005. Josué Galarza Mendez (1969) is police constable in Betanzos, Potosi department. The police post has 5 men, among other things responsable for safety on the main road from Potosi to Sucre. And they try to solve thefts and burglaries. The bureau has one motorbike. The typewriter is Mendez’s private property. In emergencies, he uses his own mobile phone. Policemen have only truncheons for weapon. Whoever has a gun, has paid that himself. His monthly salary: 977 bolivianos ( euro 109, US$ 122).


France, bureaucracy, Auvergne, 2006. France-16/2006 [Cle., RV (b.1957)]. Roger Vacher (b. 1957) is a narcotics agent with the national police force in Clermont-Ferrand, Puy-de-Dome department, Auvergne region. Monthly salary: euro 2,200 (US$ 2,893).


Liberia, bureaucracy, 2006. Liberia-04/2006 [Mon., AD (b. 1940)]. Major Adolph Dalaney (b. 1940) works in the Reconstruction Room of the Traffic Police at the Liberia National Police Headquarters in the capital Monrovia. Monthly salary: barely 1,000 Liberian dollars (US$ 18, euro 17). Traffic accident victims at times are willing to pay a little extra if Dalaney”s department quickly draws up a favorable report to present to a judge.


Liberia, bureaucracy, 2006. Liberia-19/2006 [Nye., WW (b.1963)]. Warford Weadatu Sr. (b. 1963), a former farmer and mail carrier, now is county commissioner (administrator) for Nyenawliken district, River Gee County. He has no budget and is not expecting any money soon from the poverty-stricken authorities in Monrovia. Monthly salary: 1,110 Liberian dollars (US$ 20, euro 19), but he hadn’t received any salary for the previous year.


Russia, bureaucracy, Siberia, province Tomsk, 2004. Russia-19/2004 [Tom., MNB (b. 1962)]. Marina Nikolayevna Berezina (b. 1962), a former singer and choir director, is now the secretary to the head of the financial department of Tomsk province”s Facility Services. She does not want to reveal her monthly salary.


Yemen, bureaucracy, 2006. Yemen-28/2006 [Shi., MHA (b. 1962)]. Mohammed Hamid Azein (b. 1962) collects the monthly water bills in the district of Shibam, Al-Mahwit Governorate. Monthly salary: 21,600 rial (US$ 121, euro 83), but he had not received a salary for five months.


Russia, bureaucracy, Siberia, province Tomsk, 2004. Nina Petrovna Kovalchuk (1950), local tax inspector in Trubashevo, Pobeda district, Tomsk province. Studied at an Agricultural Institute in Kazakhstan and worked there as a teacher of biology. In 1993 she came to Siberia. She is on this job since 2001. Nina Kovalchuk is married, has 3 children and 2 grandchildren. Salary: “About 4000 rubles (US$ 143, 108 euro) a month. In a village you have to have animals and a garden to survive.”


Yemen, bureaucracy, 2006. Yemen-35/2006 [AIM., AAN (b. 1982)]. Alham Abdulwaze Nuzeli (b. 1982) works at the regional office of the Ministry of Tithing and Alms in the city of Al-Mahwit, Al-Mahwit governorate. Monthly salary: 12,000 rial (US$ 67, euro 46).Behind her a portrait of president Saleh of Yemen.


USA, bureaucracy, Texas, 2007. USA-11/2007 [Ozo., SF (b. 1961)]. Shane Fenton (b. 1961) is sheriff of Crockett County (about 3000 inhabitants), Texas, and based in Ozona, the county seat. Monthly salary: US$ 3,166 (euro 2,356).


China, bureaucracy, Shandong, 2005. China-06/2007 [Jin., QSF (b. 1964)]. Qu Shao Feng (b. 1964) is chief general of Jining Public Security Bureau Division of Aliens and Exit-Entry Administration in Jining City, Shandong province. Monthly salary: 3,100 renminbi (US$ 384, 286 euro). WIbWXz9

India, bureaucracy, Bihar, 2003. India-15/2003 (Pat., SP (b. 1947)]. Suresh Prasad (b. 1947) is assistant clerk of the “Bihar House” department in The Old Secretariat, Patna, State of Bihar. Monthly salary: 9,000 rupees ($ 197, euro 179). Suresh Prasad (b. 1947) is assistent-klerk op het departement “Bihar House” in The Old Secretariat, Patna, State of Bihar. Maandsalaris: 9,000 rupees (euro 179, US$ 197).


India, bureaucracy, Bihar, 2003. India-17/2003 [Pat., SP (b. 1962)]. Sushma Prasad (b. 1962) is an assistant clerk at the Cabinet Secretary of the State of Bihar (population 83 million) in The Old Secretariat in the state capital, Patna. She was hired “on compassionate grounds” because of the death of her husband, who until 1997 worked in the same department. Monthly salary: 5,000 rupees ($ 110, euro 100).


France, bureaucracy, Auvergne, 2006. France-05/2006 [Cle., MW (b. 1949)/ LK (b. 1989)]. Maurice Winterstein (b. 1949) works in Clermont-Ferrand for the Commission for the Advancement of Equal Opportunity and Citizenship at the combined administrative offices of the Auvergne region and the Puy-de-Dome department. He also is in charge of the portfolio of religious affairs, Islam in particular. Monthly salary: euro 1,550 (US$ 2,038). The young lady next to him is Linda Khettabi (b. 1989), an intern pursuing training as a secretary.


USA, bureaucracy, Texas, 2007. Roger Williams, Secretary of State, Austin, highest appointed civil servants in the State of Texas. He was a professional baseballplayer for Fort Worth University and later, took over his father”s car business. Gross monthly salary: US$ 10.000 (euro 7258).


Jan Banning (1954) is a Dutch artist/photographer, based in Utrecht, the Netherlands.


Banning’s work always has a social focus. The social political environment is put at the fore and it often concerns subjects that have been neglected within the arts and are difficult to portray: state power, consequences of war, justice and injustice. Sometimes the work is the result of a sociological or anthropological classifying approach, such as ‘Bureaucratics, a comparative study of the world of government officials.

Other times he focuses more on the psychological aspects; on the divergent influence that major social events have on individuals (‘Comfort Women’, ‘Traces of War’, ‘Down and Out in the South).

Read more from his bio.