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EYEC2014Press Release

  1. 1. YES for Europe European Confederation of Young Entrepreneurs Press Release 1st European Youth Entrepreneurship Conference: TURNING EUROPE YOUNG AGAIN: “OVERCOMING THE FRAGMENTATION BARRIER IN EUROPE – CREATING THE EUROPEAN ENTREPRENEURIAL IDENTITY” Organizers: Under the auspices of: Greek Presidency of the Council of the European Union European Commission Municipality of Athens
  2. 2. 2 Athens, June 23, 2014 Press Release June 26-28, 1st European Youth Entrepreneurship Conference June 28, 5th Hellenic Startup Forum From Thursday, June 26 until Saturday, June 28, Athens will host the 1st European Youth Entrepreneurship Conference, a new institution launched by the European Confederation of Young Entrepreneurs (YES), that will be held on a biannual basis at the EU member state holding the rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The conference is organized by the Youth Entrepreneurship union, which represents the European Confederation of Youth Entrepreneurs in Greece, INNOVATHENS - a Municipality of Athens initiative for the support of startup entrepreneurship, and Orange Grove, a startup incubator founded by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Athens. The 5th Hellenic Startup Forum, organized by the Hellenic Startup Association, will be held in parallel with the 1st European Youth Entrepreneurship Conference on Saturday, June 28th, at INNOVATHENS. On the second day of the conference, Friday, June 27th, with the participation of the Vice-President of the European Commission, Mrs Neelie Kroes, the Greek Startup Manifesto will be presented, an action plan prepared by a team of Greek startup founders that aims to serve as a reference document for the development of entrepreneurship, outward orientation and innovation in Greece. The two main themes for the 1st European Youth Entrepreneurship Conference are overcoming the fragmentation barrier in Europe and creating a shared European business identity. A large number of distinguished speakers from all over Europe, but also countries like the US, Brazil, Australia, Ghana and Egypt will participate in this public discussion, contributing to truly global dialogue on those issues.
  3. 3. 3 The 1st European Youth Entrepreneurship Conference will also highlight areas of potential European leadership, such as 3D printing, biotechnology and space entrepreneurship, with speeches by successful entrepreneurs and scientists from each sector. The conference will also address the changes needed at the European level in areas like education, legal frameworks and tax policies, in order to strengthen fast growth entrepreneurship with an outward orientation. On Friday, June 27th, the leadership assembly of the European Confederation of Young Entrepreneurs will take place, with the goal of creating a pan-European action plan for the support and development of youth entrepreneurship as a means for the generation of quality employment and as a sustainable way out of the economic crisis. Finally, the 5th Hellenic Startup Forum will host a big public discussion on the startup phenomenon in Greece, with emphasis on Venture Capital, Angel Investors and Incubators, accompanied with a showcase of successful Greek startups. In the same context, there will be a workshop by the consortium responsible for the “Future Enterprise” project, culminating in a series of suggestions to the European Commission for the appropriate actions needed in order to foster startup culture, connect research and entrepreneurship and develop better targeted funding programs. The organizers of the 1st European Youth Entrepreneurship Conference and the 5th Hellenic Startup Forum would like to thank the European Commission and our sponsors, whose valuable support enabled enabled this conference to occur. For more information on the conference: http://www.youthentrepreneurship.eu YES for Europe: http://www.yes.be, http://twitter.com/YESforEurope Youth Entrepreneurship Union: http://www.neaep.gr INNOVATHENS: http://www.innovathens.gr, http://twitter.com/innovathens OrangeGrove: http://www.orangegrove.biz, http://www.facebook.com/orangegroveathens Attached: 1) Speakers’ List 2) Organisers’ Profile
  4. 4. 4 SPEAKERS Neelie Kroes (Netherlands), Vice President of the European Commission Jan Versteeg (Netherlands) Ambassador of the Netherlands in Greece Georgios Kaminis (Greece), Mayor of Athens Dimitris Tsigos (Greece),President YES for Europe Yiannis Giannarakis (Greece), Executive Director HAMAC – Hellenic Association of Mobile Applications Companies and Σynergies – Connecting Changemakers Viorel Peca, European Commission - DG CONNECT F2 David Beijer (Netherlands),Founder & CEO at Dignify, www.dignify.com Philipp Brinkmann (Greece), Co-founder and CEO at Travelplanet24/Tripsta Varvara Roza (Greece) President, Hellenic Youth Entrepreneurship Ann Mettler (Belgium) Executive Director Lisbon Council Josephine Green (UK), Founder at Beyond20:21st Century Stories Marco Veremis (Greece) Founder & CEO at Upstream, Vice President at HAMAC – Hellenic Association of Mobile Applications Maria Pinelli (Italy), Global Vice Chair, Ernst & Young Andreas Karelias (*) (Greece) Managing Director at Karelia SA Dimitris Drakoulis (Greece), Founder & CEO Telesto Technologies, Leader of the Greek Startup Manifesto Team Candace Johnson (Luxembourg), President at EBAN – The European Trade Association for Business Angels, Seed Funds and other Early Stage Market Players Georgios Peristeris (*) (Greece) Chairman and Managing Director at TERNA Yigal Erlich (Israel), Founder & Chairm at YOZMA Fund of Funds Peter Madsen (Denmark), Founder, Copenhagen Suborbitals Giannis Papadopoulos (Greece), Chairman at the Hellenic Venture Capital Association, CEO at Attica Ventures
  5. 5. 5 Maxim Lobovsky (US), Founder & CEO at Formlabs Bastiaan Zwanenburg (Netherlands), Founder at Woodify, award-winning teenage entrepreneur Marcel H.J. Ruiters (Netherlands), Founder & CEO at Synvolux Maria Vlachou (Greece), Co-founder & CEO Fereikos Gefsis Luca Donelli (Italy), President Italian Delegation at G20 YEA - Responsible for International and European Relations at Confindustria Young Entrepreneurs Pilar Andrade (Spain), President at Confederación Española de Asociación de Jóvenes Empresarios Alex Mitchell (UK), President at Young Brits Nils-Erik Jansson (Sweden), President at YEOS Sándor P. Mohácsi (Germany), President German Delegation to the G20 YEA Euchar Sultana (Malta), Founder, Young Business Entrepreneurs Eduardo Platon (Brazil),International Relations Chair, Brazilian Confederation of Young Entrepreneurs Hany Elhabibi (Egypt), Head of EJB international relations Kojo Oppong-Nkrumah (Ghana) Ghanaian Entrepreneur & Broadcaster Socratis Ploussas (Greece) Vice President at the Hellenic Start-up Association Panos Zamanis (Greece), Vice President at the Hellenic Start-up Association Vangelis Antoniadis(Greece), Co-founder at Cytech Nadia Cheng (US) Director of Research and Development Empire Robotics Stewart Youngblood (US), ex. Program Director, Tech Wildcatters incubator, Dallas Nathaniel Peat (UK) Founder at The Safety Box Ltd
  6. 6. 6 Daniel Tomov (*)(Bulgaria), Co-founder at “Eleven” incubator Michael McGeary (USA), Co- founder and Chief Political Strategist, Engine Nick Gonios (Australia), Pollenizer Startup Studion
  7. 7. 7 CONFERENCE ORGANIZERS ❖❖❖❖ YES YES – the European Confederation of Young Entrepreneurs, based in Brussels, is the main organisation representing young entrepreneurs in Europe, with over 40.000 members. YES’s mission is the promotion of entrepreneurship and the development of the economic and social prospects of Europe’s young entrepreneurs. In pursuit of this, YES has extended its range of activities at all levels of social and business life in the European Union, in order to ease young startup founders’ access to markets and funding, to promote entrepreneurial culture and to overcome policy impediments. ❖❖❖❖ ΝΕ (Youth Entrepreneuship) The Youth Entrepreneurship organisation is a member of the European Confederation of Young Entrepreneurs, targeted at all Greek startup entrepreneurs. It aims to bring together young entrepreneurs (or potential entrepreneurs) in any sector, and help them exchange ideas and opinions on entrepreneurship in order to foster cooperation and innovation. ❖❖❖❖ Orange Grove Orange Grove is a flexible workspace, where Greek and Dutch entrepreneurs can work on their startups, network and share their knowledge. It’s located in the centre of Athens, across the Kalimarmaron stadium. Orange Grove is an initiative of the Athenian Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and its Greek and Dutch partners. It aims to help address the problems caused by the migration of the Greek young workforce abroad and by youth unemployment. The Embassy is cooperating with a large group of Dutch and Greek organisations, Dutch companies with a long presence in the Greek market, Greek businesses, and educational institutions, including: Athenian Brewery, Philips, InterAmerican, Coco-Mat, KLM,
  8. 8. 8 University of Amsterdam, Delft University of Technology and Athens University of Economics and Business. ❖❖❖❖ INNOVATHENS At INNOVATHENS we support every new idea and every startup initiative, and help it get the momentum it needs to reach the market. INNOVATHENS provides the infrastructure for the support of innovation and entrepreneurship in a youthful place for inspiration, located at the most recognisable landmark of Athens with more than 600.000 visitors a year, the "Technopolis" of the Municipality of Athens. INNOVATHENS aims at supporting the creation of a network where creative people with innovative ideas, well established entrepreneurs, academics, mentors and researchers exchange knowledge, stimuli, technical know-how, experience and good practices through professional meetings, lectures, presentations, workshops, career & entrepreneurship days, competitions and innovation festivals. INNOVATHENS has been incorporated in the REGIONAL OPERATIONAL PROGRAMME “ATTIKI 2007-2013”, in its priority axis (2): “Sustainable Development and Improvement of the quality of life” co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). Six links listing 317 members of the most innovative and extroverted business of the city: • Hellenic Association of Mobile Application Companies • Hellenic SIA Hellenic Semiconductor Industry Association Greek Association of Semiconductor Industry • Greek Association of Biotechnology (Hbio) • The Hellenic Association of Space Industry • Greek Free / Open Source Software Society • Hellenic Startups Association The strategic partner and sponsor of INNOVATHENS is Samsung Electronics, the world leading company in the development of high technology products, with a dynamic presence in Greece and targeting the active and substantial contribution to Greek society.