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Advocating the Youth

  1. 1. Advocating the Youth Crisis Version 1.0<br />Kyriakos Pierrakakis<br />
  2. 2. Context - 1<br />Youth Mentality (average perception):<br />
  3. 3. Context - 2<br />BUT:<br />Life not only a game of averages<br />Game of “Black Swans”<br />
  4. 4. “What is to be done?”<br />Shift in mentality<br />Contextual<br />Driven<br />Shift in funding<br />YOZMA vs. all the rest<br />Shift in government programs<br />Startup Britain et al.<br />Shift in private sector activity<br />Difficult!<br />
  5. 5. Mentoring models<br />High-School <br />ΣΕΝ/JA<br />Why not change curricula (more teamwork, practical classes in economics and entrepreneurship, virtual enterprises)<br />Universities?<br />Startups in General?<br />Youth in General?<br />
  6. 6. What is the problem with the Greek innovation triangle<br />Mentality<br />“Shifting to tradables” (A.Doxiadis)<br />Bureaucracy<br />Taxation<br />Lack of incentives<br />Private investors (Angels and VCs)<br />Lack of volume/size<br />
  7. 7. To change? Or to circumvent?<br />How to locate a company in Silicon Valley<br />Keep R&D in Greece (possible advantages)<br />Place Sales in the Valley<br />Can we do it? <br />Yes!<br />Place company in an incubator<br />Have the state pay<br />Organize Greek angel investors<br />
  8. 8. A possible agenda (for whom it may concern) - 1<br />Change youth mentality<br />Create a portal (?) where all info on how to open your own firm is organized and which will showcase best success stories (Argyros et al.)<br />Systematize ΣΕΝ/JA<br />Enter the universities<br />Possibility: innovation competitions across Greece<br />Prizes: $$ and mentoring from committed firms/individuals<br />
  9. 9. A possible agenda (for whom it may concern) - 2<br />Make it easier for them!<br />State needs to shift the incentive structure<br />Offer legal/accounting help for free (Θυρίδες Επ.)<br />Can we organize a way for the best Greek startups to locate services in Silicon Valley (similarly done in other countries)?<br />Should we invest in “smart” incubators?<br />
  10. 10. A possible agenda (for whom it may concern) - 3<br />Organize the “winners” – and showcase them<br />ΣΕΚΕ<br />OpenCoffee/OpenFund<br />TEDxAthens<br />ΣΕΝ/JA<br />“Organize the money”<br />Missing link: angel funding<br />Organize the angels<br />Match their funds? Create a fund of funds?<br />

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