The Hellenic Initiative | Recent News http://thehellenicinitiative.org/ The Hellenic Initiative RSS Feed en_US Fri, 13 May 2016 19:34:46 +0000 Fri, 13 May 2016 19:34:46 +0000 The Hellenic Initiative news-176 Mon, 04 Apr 2016 08:57:00 +0000 THE HELLENIC INITIATIVE ANNOUNCES A NEW GRANT OF $50,000 TO THE AMERICAN SCHOOL OF CLASSICAL STUDIES IN ATHENS FOR THE SUPPORT OF “THE LIBRARY PROJECT” AT THE GENNADIUS AND BLEGEN LIBRARIES http://www.thehellenicinitiative.org/press-room/recent-news/recent-news-item/showarticle/the-hellenic-initiative-announces-a-new-grant-of-50000-to-the-american-school-of-classical-studies/ <style> </style>

Athens, April, 04 2016

 

The Hellenic Initiative – TΗΙ announces a grant of $50,000 for the support of The Library Project at the Gennadius and Blegen libraries of The American School of Classical Studies (ASCS) in Athens. Through this grant, part of THI’s programs supporting youth education in Greece, two young librarians will have the opportunity to receive training in collections care and management in preparation for a career in library science for a one-year period, contributing at the same time in the strategic plan of modernization and digitalization of the Libraries’ catalogues and archives.

 

The American School of Classical Studies is a private research center located in the heart of Athens, committed to education, archaeological exploration and scholarly research since 1881. Moreover, the two ASCSA Libraries provide one of the best research facilities to scholars working in Greece. The Gennadius Library is among the most renown in the world for the study of Byzantine, Medieval, and modern Greece, and the Blegen Library is devoted to the study of Greece and Rome. “The Library Project” is a long-term plan to combine and streamline the Blegen and Gennadius Libraries, re-organizing their holdings in order to provide readers with greater access to the collections.

 

Michael Printzos, THI Director of Programming, stated: “THI support for this project is about the preservation of the past and prepartaiton for the future. The consolidation and modernization of the Libraries and Archives of ASCSA, improving and making more accessible significant chapters of our history from antiquity to the present is an ongoing vital mission. At the same time, we are pleased to give the opportunity to two young professionals to work for one of the most prestigious institutions gaining significant experience for their professional development”.

 

Dr. Maria Georgopoulou, Gennadius Library Director, added: “The support of The Hellenic Initiative is very important for us, since it enables us to offer work opportunity to two new graduates, who acquire valuable experience in a healthy work environment operating under US standards. We are thankful for THI’s support and hope that it will continue its efforts towards the support of Greek youth.”

 

 


 

 

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About The Hellenic Initiative:

Our Mission: Investing in the future of Greece through direct philanthropy and economic revitalization. We empower people to provide crisis relief, encourage entrepreneurs, and create jobs. We are The Hellenic Initiative (THI) - a global movement of the Greek Diaspora.

 

Visit our website: http://www.TheHellenicInitiative.org/

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About The American School of Classical Studies at Athens:

The American School of Classical Studies at Athens (ASCSA) strives to maintain and enhance its position as the preeminent center for the study of the Greek world from antiquity to the present day. It advances knowledge of Greece in all periods, as well as other areas of the classical world, by training young scholars, sponsoring and promoting archaeological fieldwork, providing resources for scholarly work, and disseminating research. The ASCSA is also charged by the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Tourism with primary responsibility for all American archaeological research, and seeks to support the investigation, preservation, and presentation of Greece’s cultural heritage.

 For more information visit: www.ascsa.edu.gr

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news-175 Tue, 08 Mar 2016 16:20:00 +0000 Twenty-One Greek startups present at the South by Southwest® Interactive Festival (SXSW®) with the support of The Hellenic Initiative (THI) http://www.thehellenicinitiative.org/press-room/recent-news/recent-news-item/showarticle/twenty-one-greek-startups-present-at-the-south-by-southwestR-interactive-festival-sxswR-with-t/ THI’s support comes for a third consecutive year Athens, March 7, 2016

The Hellenic Initiative (THI), along with the International Accelerator and the US Embassy in Greece, will support the ”Greek Booth” at SXSW® Interactive for the third consecutive year. The event will take place March 11-15, 2016, in Austin, Texas (USA). The booth will host Greek entrepreneurs representing promising Greek startups. These teams will also participate in a Pitch Competition, presenting their companies in front of investors.

During the past 3 years nearly 60 companies have participated in SXSW with 6 of them alone raising an excess of $20 million.

This year a total of 21 companies will be directly supported by The Hellenic Initiative and an additional 8 by the U.S. Embassy in Greece representing technology and innovation as well as the creative industries.

Connecting entrepreneurs to capital through SXSW® reaffirms THI’s belief that fostering entrepreneurship is key to building a new generation of creative and innovative business that can contribute to Greece’s future prosperity.

The, THI sponsored, participating Greek startups this year include:

 

Filisia Interfaces

Ark Analytics

Pegneon

Near App

Mastiha World

Code bender

SentiGeek

Mobiltron

MiniMe-Labs

MyeTutor

Accusonus

CityCrop

Reportbrain

Threding.com

Quantimetrica

Ergon

Vidavo

TMA Global

 

Bare Square

Yodiwo

Nobilissimus Apps

 

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About The Hellenic Initiative:

Our Mission: Investing in the future of Greece through direct philanthropy and economic revitalization. We empower people to provide crisis relief, encourage entrepreneurs, and create jobs. We are The Hellenic Initiative (THI) - a global movement of the Greek Diaspora.

 

Visit our website: http://www.TheHellenicInitiative.org/

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About the SWSW 2016:

The South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conferences & Festivals offer the unique convergence of original music, independent films, and emerging technologies. Fostering creative and professional growth alike, SXSW® is the premier destination for discovery.

 

Year after year, the event is a launching pad for new creative content. New media presentations, music showcases and film screenings provide buzz-generating exposure for creators and compelling entertainment for audiences. Conference panel discussions present a forum for learning, business activity thrives at the Trade Shows and global networking opportunities abound. Intellectual and creative intermingling among industry leaders continues to spark new ideas and carve the path for the future of each ever-evolving field, long after the events’ conclusion.

 

 

 

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news-174 Thu, 03 Mar 2016 12:25:00 +0000 THE HELLENIC INITIATIVE ANNOUNCES A NEW $ 165,000 GRANT TO TOGETHER FOR CHILDREN, FOR THE SUPPORT OF 11 PROGRAMS OF THE ORGANIZATION http://www.thehellenicinitiative.org/press-room/recent-news/recent-news-item/showarticle/he-hellenic-initiative-announces-a-new-165000-grant-to-together-for-children-for-the-support-o/ <style> </style>

Athens, 29 February 2016

 

The Hellenic Initiative – TΗΙ announces a grant of $165,000 to the “Together for Children” Association, for the support of its 11 member organizations. The grant will provide essential care and support to children in need.

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This year marks the THI’s second grant to “Together for Children.” Last year more than  8.200 children, 7.830 families, 110 NGOs, and 10 schools were direct beneficiaries of the program offering medical assistance, counselling to both children and their families, as well as special training for children with disabilities. This year the National Bank of Greece joined forces with Together for Children and THI raising funds from its web banking clients.

 

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Michael Printzos, THI’s Program Director, stated: “THI’s new grant to the Association “Together for Children”, is an affirmation of the Association’s great work during the past 20 years. For The Hellenic Initiative, offering fundamental support to organizations that address the needs of vulnerable social groups is a top priority, so as to help the people, and especially children, to overcome difficulties, and be able to face a better tomorrow.”

 

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Christos Bartsocas, President of the Association “Together for Children”, added: “In these difficult times for the country, The Hellenic Initiative is more than a donor to the Association; it is an organization that helps us develop and expand our services for our beneficiary population and especially children”.

 

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About The Hellenic Initiative:

Our Mission: Investing in the future of Greece through direct philanthropy and economic revitalization. We empower people to provide crisis relief, encourage entrepreneurs, and create jobs. We are The Hellenic Initiative (THI) - a global movement of the Greek Diaspora.

 

Visit our website: http://www.TheHellenicInitiative.org/

                       http://onegreece.org

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About Together for Children Association:

"Together for Children" started operating in Greece in 1996. It is a non-profit Association, comprising 10 member-organizations that work in the field of child welfare. The Association's main aim is to offer every form of assistance to children and young people facing social exclusion, domestic violence, chronic diseases, mental or physical disabilities, or the sickness or death of an immediate family member. “Together for Children” helps over 30.000 children a year.

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news-173 Mon, 29 Feb 2016 12:33:00 +0000 ReGeneration: Dynamic start of 3rd cycle with 100 new paid internship positions http://www.thehellenicinitiative.org/press-room/recent-news/recent-news-item/showarticle/regeneration-dynamic-start-of-3rd-cycle-with-100-new-paid-internship-positions/ Since its launch, the Program has offered more than 150 internships <style> </style>

Athens, February 2016 – The Global Shapers Athens Hub – a World Economic Forum initiative, administrators of the ReGeneration program, hosted the annual Greek traditional “pita-cutting” event to welcome the new year. The event was attended by prominent member of the business and media communities, ReGeneration interns, participating companies and program contributors to celebrate the first two successful cycles of the program and the beginning of the third cycle.

 

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The ReGeneration program provides young talented graduates from all disciplines paid internships in Greece. The program is kindly supported and sponsored by The Hellenic Initiative (www.thehellenicinitiative.com) and The Coca-Cola Company.

 

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The first ReGeneration cycle, saw 55 young graduates intern at 21 companies, 80% of whom renewed their contracts. In the second cycle, 36 companies added 105 young people to their workforce.  Moreover, each candidate was given the opportunity to participate in 80 hours of training and offered up to 50 hours of voluntary work to NGOs participating in the program. Worth noting that during the the 2nd cycle of the program, interns collaborated with six NGOs (‘Boroume’, ‘Shedia’, ‘Emfasis’, ‘Humane Humans,Desmos’, ‘Plision’), which aim to address the social issue of homelessness. More than one ton of food was collected within a three-month period.

 

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Interest in the program continue to increase both from young graduates and hiring companies: the number of applications for the 3rd cycle increased 6,300 from 4,250 in the previous cycle. The 3rd cycle has attracted 36 companies expressing an interest to offer 100 internship positions. The ReGeneration program’s success and community impact has resulted in the program’s recognition with three “HR Awards” in 2015*.

 

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Panos Madamopoulos-Moraris, ReGeneration Co-Founder stated: “We are very happy that the initiative of the Global Shapers Athens Hub has been established already in the Greek market with an increasing interest both by young talented graduates, as well as by companies. It is also very important that through the ReGeneration program, many young people have renewed their contracts beyond the internship period. Thus, we are talking about an excellent opportunity of talent absorption by the market during a period when unemployment is one of the major issues amongst young people. I would also like to thank our sponsors and all the hiring companies that believed in the program and embraced it from the onset. Without them, it wouldn’t be possible to develop such a significant program in such a short period of time.”

 

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The companies that participated in the 2015 ReGeneration program are:  

 

1.     Alpha Bank

2.     ATCOM

3.     CANA

4.     Celestyal Cruises

5.     Coca-Cola Hellas

6.     Connecticore

7.     Dr. Anytime

8.     DOW chemicals

9.     e-travel

10.  EASE

11.  HELPE

12.  EPAFOS

13.  EPE

14.  ERGO

15.  FAMAR

16.  Fourlis Group

17.  GSK

18.  Icon platforms

19.  INVER EAST MED

20.  Johnson &  Johnson

21.  KRATAION Consulting

22.  Lease plan

23.  Marinopoulos

24.  MetLife

25.  Minerva

26.  Mondelez

27.  OTE Academy

28.  PanAdvert

29.  Pfizer

30.  Pharmaserve- Lilly

31.  Siemens

32.  TITAN

33.  TNT

34.  Unilever

35.  Upstream

36.  Vodafone

 

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*Regeneration was rewarded with 3 awards in the Graduate Market category in the context of the 1st HR Awards, organized by HR Professional magazine and Boussias Communications. More specifically, Regeneration received:

·      A gold award in the “Best Graduate Recruitment Process Outsourcing” Category

·      A gold award in the “Excellence in Graduate Development” category

·      A silver award in the “Best Youth Employment Initiative/Service Provider” category

HR Awards aim at showcasing initiatives, practices and policies that focus on the human entity. In this context, 29 companies from a wide range of disciplines, as well as NGOs, were rewarded for their activities in this first event. 


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For more information on the program, you may visit: www.regeneration.gr

 

Useful Links

·      FB: /regenerationgreece

·      Twitter: @ReGenerationGR

·      www.weforum.org

·      www.globalshapers.org

·      Global Shapers Athens Hub  twitter: @globalshapers

·      http://www.youtube.com/GlobalShapersCommuni

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·      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ad8jAp6z5vk

 

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news-170 Fri, 22 Jan 2016 04:41:00 +0000 THE HELLENIC INITIATIVE ANNOUNCES A NEW GRANT OF $50,000 TO SEN/JA GREECE FOR THE SUPPORT OF THE EDUCATIONAL “COMPANY PROGRAM” http://www.thehellenicinitiative.org/press-room/recent-news/recent-news-item/showarticle/the-hellenic-initiative-announces-a-new-grant-of-230000-to-senja-greece-for-the-support-of-the-e/ Athens, January 22, 2016 - The Hellenic Initiative – TΗΙ announces a grant of $50,000 for the support of the entrepreneurial educational Company Program, implemented in public and private schools around Greece, by SEN/JA Greece. The grant is part of THI’s programs supporting entrepreneurship and youth education in Greece.

The Company Program teaches high school aged students (15-18) the process of transforming a business idea from concept to reality. Participating teams will receive guidance from mentors and will have firsthand experience in all aspects of entrepreneurship.

 

The companies created will have the opportunity to participate at national trade fairs, and sell their product or communicate their service to real consumers and be evaluated by business volunteers. Winning teams will represent Greece at the European Trade Fair organized by JA Europe. More than 60,000 students have participated throughout Greece in the past 10 years.

 

Michael Printzos, THI’s Program Director, stated: “THI’s grant to SEN/JA Greece for the Company Program, demonstrates our strong commitment and faith in Greece’s youth. The opportunity for students to gain firsthand knowledge of entrepreneurship and business develops valuable human capital for Greece and further contributes to the country’s efforts for a substantial recovery. ”

 

Argiris Tzikopoulos, CEO of SEN/JA Greece, added: “The support of the Hellenic Initiative gives us strength to continue and expand our very important mission: To give Greek children the incentives and skills to set and achieve high goals. By creating their own mini-company, Greek students are filled with joy and hope for a better future during this time of crisis. Many tell us that the “Company Program” has really changed their lives. By joining forces with the Hellenic Initiative we will inspire and prepare more young Greeks to be hopeful and successful”.



 

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About The Hellenic Initiative:

Our Mission: Investing in the future of Greece through direct philanthropy and economic revitalization. We empower people to provide crisis relief, encourage entrepreneurs, and create jobs. We are The Hellenic Initiative (THI) - a global movement of the Greek Diaspora.

 

Visit our website: http://www.TheHellenicInitiative.org/


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About SEN/JA:

SEN/JA Greece was established in 2005 as a non-profit organization offering educational programs on entrepreneurship, financial literacy and skills building in both private and public schools in Greece. SEN/JA Greece is a member and the official representative of JA Worldwide in Greece ; JA Worldwide was established in 1919, and is the largest non –profit organization in the world in the field of entrepreneurial education with a presence in 139 countries, serving more than 10.000.000 students on an annual basis.

For more information visit: www.senja.gr

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news-172 Mon, 07 Dec 2015 12:06:00 +0000 THE FOURTH HELLENIC ENTREPRENEURSHIP AWARD OPENS FOR ENTRIES http://www.thehellenicinitiative.org/press-room/recent-news/recent-news-item/showarticle/the-fourth-hellenic-entrepreneurship-award-opens-for-entries/ - Applications invited for Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award 2016 - Budding and existing entrepreneurs stand to win mentoring, business support and increased prize funding of up to 1,250,000 Euros ATHENS, Greece, 7 December 2015 – The Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award (HEA) has announced that its fourth annual award is now open and invites start-up businesses in Greece to enter by submitting their business plans at the HEA website, www.hellenicaward.com, by 10 March 2016. The total prize funding for the latest award has risen by 25% to € 1,250,000. 

Participants will compete for a share of the interest-free start-up funding plus a wide range of business support services, as well as mentorship from highly experienced business professionals in order to assure the successful implementation of their business plans. HEA supporters provide assistance spanning legal, accounting, marketing, IT, communication and HR services.

The HEA is managed and funded by the Libra Group on behalf of The Hellenic Initiative and declares between one and five winners each year. The programme which was founded in 2012 is designed to stimulate entrepreneurial spirit by supporting Greece’s most promising new businesses, especially during the country’s extended period of crisis and economic recession. There are now 11 past winners operating in eight different business sectors including medical technology, mobile applications development, culture, food & beverage and energy. These businesses are generating revenues, attracting external investors and collectively creating many hundreds of direct and indirect jobs.

During its first three years of operation, more than 1,500 business plans have been submitted to the Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award. Between 2012 and 2015, the HEA has provided interestfree funding amounting to approximately € 2,300,000. 

Jimmy Athanasopoulos, Chairman of the Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award, stated: "Within just three years, the award has fulfilled its aims of turning commercial dreams into realities through both financial assistance and hands-on support from experts in their field. But the real heroes of the programme are the entrants and eventual winners who have the vision to contribute to economic growth in Greece. We hope that the demonstrable success of the 11 winners to date will be an inspiration to others, giving them the courage and self-belief to turn an idea into a business proposition that can make a difference.”

The Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award accepts applications from both experienced and firsttime entrepreneurs in Greece. Additionally, participation is open to existing private – not listed – companies with a new business idea that does not derive directly from their core business and cannot be financed sufficiently from their own resources. Business proposals are judged on the basis of sustainability, financial prudence, innovation, and job creation, primarily in Greece.

The deadline for applications is March 10, 2016. Finalists will be announced in May 2016 and winners will be announced in June 2016.

About The Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award: The Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award was founded in 2012, to support established and budding entrepreneurs by providing funding, support services and mentorship for start-up businesses. The Libra Group has committed over €7 million to the programme which will help entrepreneurs in Greece to generate economic growth in their homeland. The award partners are Piraeus Bank Group which has contributed to the training and education of participants since 2014 through its subsidiary, Excelixi Center of Sustainable Entrepreneurship; the Australian based property investment and development company, Jalouise Pty Ltd., and Mr. Dimitri Goulandris. Amongst the winners’ supporters are Antidote, Kick Athens, Lykourezos Law Offices, Microsoft, People for Business, Reed Smith and SAP Hellas. www.hellenicaward.com 

About the Libra Group: The Libra Group is an international business group comprising 30 subsidiaries active across six continents. The group has principal operations in shipping, aviation, real estate, hospitality and energy as well as a range of diversified investments. The group’s Social Responsibility division undertakes numerous education, entrepreneurship and philanthropic initiatives globally including the Libra Internship Program which supports around 100 young people per annum, many of whom come from communities exhibiting opportunity and achievement gaps. The Libra Group is owned by the Logothetis family. For more information, please visit: www.libra.com. 

About The Hellenic Initiative: Our Mission: Investing in the future of Greece through direct philanthropy and economic revitalization. We empower people to provide crisis relief, encourage entrepreneurs, and create jobs. We are The Hellenic Initiative (THI) - a global movement of the Greek Diaspora. Visit our website: www.TheHellenicInitiative.org onegreece.org Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/thehellenicinitiative Follow us on Twitter: @THI_OneGreece 

Christy SotiriouV+O Communication, Athens Office: +30 211 75 01 213 Email: csot@vando.gr 

Gareth Zundel Libra Group Office: +44 20 7245 8700 Email: gareth.zundel@libra.com

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news-158 Sat, 05 Dec 2015 00:00:00 +0000 A young generation of business talent stays in Greece - Kathimerini 12/5/2015 http://www.thehellenicinitiative.org/press-room/recent-news/recent-news-item/showarticle/a-young-generation-of-business-talent-stays-in-greece-kathimerini-1252015/ KATHIMERINI 12/5/2015, A young generation of business talent stays in Greece By Stratos Karakasides Two friends, Panagiotis Madamopoulos - Moraris and Nikos Koumettis of Coca Cola meet in New York on a rooftop terrace in September 2012. Troubled by the crisis in Greece and the loss of scientific talent seeking its fortune in the United States, they decide to start “Regeneration”, an initiative that seeks to change current thinking about internships and hands-on training in Greece. KATHIMERINI 12/5/2015

A young generation of business talent stays in Greece

By Stratos Karakasides

Two friends, Panagiotis Madamopoulos - Moraris and Nikos Koumettis of Coca Cola meet in New York on a rooftop terrace in September 2012. Troubled by the crisis in Greece and the loss of scientific talent seeking its fortune in the United States, they decide to start “Regeneration”, an initiative that seeks to change current thinking about internships and hands-on training in Greece.

Regeneration is run by an NGO, The Global Shapers Athens Hub ( a program of the World Economic Forum) , and its goal is stop the Greek brain drain. Regeneration coordinator Spyros Mylonas says that the program’s goal is to give university graduates with little or no practical experience their first chance to start their career in Greece, in a field related to their studies and fitting their personality. In that way, companies can attract the best brains – those young people who will evolve into valuable employees. Many HR managers in Greece foresee that if the brain drain continues, many companies will be facing a lack of qualified employees in less than a decade. However, hard pressed Greek companies cannot afford to hire new employees and train them according to internationally accepted standards, so Regeneration brings qualified candidates to companies for free, in an attempt to create a new generation of future managers.

The program is funded by The Hellenic Initiative and Coca-Cola, and is proving to be successful, said THI Program Director Michael Printzos. In 2014, the program’s first round of hiring, 3,000 resumes were received and 21 Greek and international companies offered 55 paid internships. When these internships expired, 42 interns saw their contracts renewed by the companies that had hired them. In the second round 4000 resumes were submitted to 49 companies for 100 positions, of which 75 ended with a contract renewal. Applications for the third round opened December 1,2015,  and the available positions have doubled. Anastasia Sideris, director of communication of Coca-Cola SE Europe, told Kathimerini, “We want to create new managers so that when the situation in Greece improves, we will have a critical mass of young and able managers who will assume positions of responsibility.”

Three program participants were interviewed by Kathimerini and praised Regeneration:

a.      Serafim Papageorgiou, a graduate of the University of Piraeus did an internship with the group sales division of MetLife. Upon expiration of his short term contract, MetLife hired him on a long term basis.

b.      Zoe Tsilimpounidou, a graduate of the Athens University of Economics and Business was hired following an internship with Celestyal Cruises.

c.   Marcos Karalis, a graduate of the computer science department of the Athens technical Institute, was hired by TNT, a logistics company, which hired him following his internship. "I would have left Greece, if I could not find a job,’ he told Kathimerini, “I feel lucky that things took a positive turn for me.”

 

Click here for the full article in Greek. 

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news-165 Tue, 01 Dec 2015 15:11:00 +0000 THE HELLENIC INITIATIVE GRANTS FOOD AID FOR SCHOOL CHILDREN THROUGH THE DIATROFI PROGRAM http://www.thehellenicinitiative.org/press-room/recent-news/recent-news-item/showarticle/the-hellenic-initiative-grants-food-aid-for-school-children-through-the-diatrofi-program-1/ Athens, 1 December 2015, The Hellenic Initiative – TΗΙ announces a grant of $66,000 for the support of the Food Aid & Promotion of Healthy Nutrition Program, DIATROFI (NUTRITION), in public schools, for the school year 2015 – 16. The grant will be administered by the Institute of Preventive Medicine Environmental and Occupational Health, Prolepsis, which implements the Program. This amount is multiplied through the matching grant offered by the Founding Donor of the Program, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation. Athens, 1 December 2015

The Hellenic Initiative – TΗΙ announces a grant of $66,000 for the support of the Food Aid & Promotion of Healthy Nutrition Program, DIATROFI (NUTRITION), in public schools, for the school year 2015 – 16. The grant will be administered by the Institute of Preventive Medicine Environmental and Occupational Health, Prolepsis, which implements the Program. This amount is multiplied through the matching grant offered by the Founding Donor of the Program, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.

The Hellenic Initiative’s grant addresses the growing problem of food insecurity among students, and secures meals for 258 students in 4 schools around Greece. An additional 6 schools with 783 students will join the program, thanks to the matching grant by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.

The DIATROFI Program, implemented since 2012, provides one free and healthy meal daily to students in vulnerable socioeconomic areas. The Program, in its fifth year, has served more than 11,000,000 meals to approximately 450 schools and 75,000 students around Greece.

Michael Printzos, THI’s Program Director, stated: “THI’s grant to Prolepsis Institute, provides vital support to children affected by the crisis. Through this grant we ensure more schools can participate in the Program and provide a much needed safety net for children facing hunger and food insecurity.”

Athena Linos, Professor & Chair of the Department of Hygiene, Epidemiology & Medical Statistics, Athens Medical School and President of the Prolepsis Institute, added: “The contribution of The Hellenic Initiative comes at a very critical period for the country and its students. This new grant, combined with the matching grant offered by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, will significantly help hundreds of families who are afflicted by the crisis, and will contribute to the smoother progress of students in schools participating in the DIATROFI Program. Specifically, it is estimated that at least 135,000 meals will be provided to students in schools, where the level of food insecurity surpasses 60% - and in one case 75%. We hope that other Organizations, Companies, and Individuals, follow the example of the Hellenic Initiative, and embrace the efforts of the Prolepsis Institute on the inclusion of the highest number of schools possible in the DIATROFI program, and turn our motto – NO CHILD TO BE HUNGRY IN SCHOOL - into a reality.”

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About The Hellenic Initiative:

Our Mission: Investing in the future of Greece through direct philanthropy and economic revitalization. We empower people to provide crisis relief, encourage entrepreneurs, and create jobs. We are The Hellenic Initiative (THI) - a global movement of the Greek Diaspora.

Visit our website: http://www.TheHellenicInitiative.org/

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About the Prolepsis Institute:

The Institute of Preventive Medicine, Environmental and Occupational Health, Prolepsis, is a civil law non-profit organization, with long-standing experience in public health programs at a national and European level. Prolepsis operates under six fields of action: preventive medicine, statistical analysis, environmental health, occupational health, medical research, and humanitarian actions. Since the Institute’s establishment in 1990, Prolepsis has led or collaborated on over 40 projects, contributing to epidemiological and medical research and public health promotion for over 20 years. For more information on the Prolepsis Institute, visit: www.prolepsis.gr For more information on the DIATROFI program, visit: diatrofi.prolepsis.gr

Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/Prolepsis-283393971701899/

Follow us on Twitter: @_Prolepsis

For more information you can also contact Mr. Yannis Koutelidas on 210-6255700 or 6936631702.

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news-164 Tue, 01 Dec 2015 14:40:00 +0000 THE HELLENIC INITIATIVE GRANTS FOOD AID FOR SCHOOL CHILDREN THROUGH THE DIATROFI PROGRAM http://www.thehellenicinitiative.org/press-room/recent-news/recent-news-item/showarticle/the-hellenic-initiative-grants-food-aid-for-school-children-through-the-diatrofi-program/ Athens, 1 December 2015

The Hellenic Initiative – TΗΙ announces a grant of $66,000 for the support of the Food Aid & Promotion of Healthy Nutrition Program, DIATROFI (NUTRITION), in public schools, for the school year 2015 – 16. The grant will be administered by the Institute of Preventive Medicine Environmental and Occupational Health, Prolepsis, which implements the Program. This amount is multiplied through the matching grant offered by the Founding Donor of the Program, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.

The Hellenic Initiative’s grant addresses the growing problem of food insecurity among students, and secures meals for 258 students in 4 schools around Greece. An additional 6 schools with 783 students will join the program, thanks to the matching grant by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.

The DIATROFI Program, implemented since 2012, provides one free and healthy meal daily to students in vulnerable socioeconomic areas. The Program, in its fifth year, has served more than 11,000,000 meals to approximately 450 schools and 75,000 students around Greece.

Michael Printzos, THI’s Program Director, stated: “THI’s grant to Prolepsis Institute, provides vital support to children affected by the crisis. Through this grant we ensure more schools can participate in the Program and provide a much needed safety net for children facing hunger and food insecurity.”

Athena Linos, Professor & Chair of the Department of Hygiene, Epidemiology & Medical Statistics, Athens Medical School and President of the Prolepsis Institute, added: “The contribution of The Hellenic Initiative comes at a very critical period for the country and its students. This new grant, combined with the matching grant offered by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, will significantly help hundreds of families who are afflicted by the crisis, and will contribute to the smoother progress of students in schools participating in the DIATROFI Program. Specifically, it is estimated that at least 135,000 meals will be provided to students in schools, where the level of food insecurity surpasses 60% - and in one case 75%. We hope that other Organizations, Companies, and Individuals, follow the example of the Hellenic Initiative, and embrace the efforts of the Prolepsis Institute on the inclusion of the highest number of schools possible in the DIATROFI program, and turn our motto – NO CHILD TO BE HUNGRY IN SCHOOL - into a reality.”

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About The Hellenic Initiative:

Our Mission: Investing in the future of Greece through direct philanthropy and economic revitalization. We empower people to provide crisis relief, encourage entrepreneurs, and create jobs. We are The Hellenic Initiative (THI) - a global movement of the Greek Diaspora.

Visit our website:

www.TheHellenicInitiative.org

onegreece.org

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About the Prolepsis Institute:

The Institute of Preventive Medicine, Environmental and Occupational Health, Prolepsis, is a civil law non-profit organization, with long-standing experience in public health programs at a national and European level. Prolepsis operates under six fields of action: preventive medicine, statistical analysis, environmental health, occupational health, medical research, and humanitarian actions. Since the Institute’s establishment in 1990, Prolepsis has led or collaborated on over 40 projects, contributing to epidemiological and medical research and public health promotion for over 20 years.

For more information on the Prolepsis Institute, visit: www.prolepsis.gr

For more information on the DIATROFI program, visit: diatrofi.prolepsis.gr

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For more information you can also contact Mr. Yannis Koutelidas on 210-6255700 or 6936631702.

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news-168 Mon, 30 Nov 2015 11:21:00 +0000 The Hellenic Initiative completes 3-day entrepreneurship workshop in Kalamata http://www.thehellenicinitiative.org/press-room/recent-news/recent-news-item/showarticle/the-hellenic-initiative-completes-3-day-entrepreneurship-workshop-in-kalamata/ GreenHouse Kalamata, a free intensive educational 3-day workshop for entrepreneurs organized by VentureGarden and In Situ, took place in the Municipal Cultural Centre of Kalamata. From 27 to 29 November, GreenHouse Kalamata hosted 30 entrepreneurs full of passion for creativity, with many new entrepreneurial ideas.

Aiming at helping people who have an idea or are thinking about starting their own business, GreenHouse’s participants utilized straight forward tools in order to de-risk their business assumptions. Also, participants became more in tune with the entrepreneurial mindset through a series of activities, instructions and presentations.

The participating entrepreneurs followed a detailed introduction to the Business Model Canvas tool. After presenting their ideas, they voted for the best ones and formed 7 groups. During the 3-day workshop, participants worked in-depth on these ideas that covered a wide range of the economic activity, some of which were natural cosmetics, digital cultural applications, tourism activity and local products.

The participation of experts was of great importance, where throughout their 3-day involvement they shared their point of view and offered hands-on assistance to participants. From Athens, angel investor, Thodoris Moulos and Vicky Dallas (9AM Media Labs, startup.gr) joined the VentureGarden team, along with Elias Skenderidis (In Situ, Warr), Christina Stribacu (LIÁ), Ippokrates Papadimitrakos (Mataroa) and Thodoris Spiliotis (ESURVEY) from Kalamata.

All 30 entrepreneurs from Kalamata learned about the importance of Product-Market Fit in the revenue streams of a company, listened to ways and techniques for a comprehensive pitch, understood the process of customer development and reviewed the role of the competition. The – full of entrepreneurial activities – educational workshop completed with the final pitches of the teams, where participants had the chance to apply the knowledge and experience they gained during the past 3 days and prove their competences.  

The passion and commitment of the participants coupled to the support of experienced entrepreneurs, the instructors’ presentations and the organizing team led to an absolutely excellent result. The entrepreneurs that participated in the program, were very positive about their GreenHouse experience. The enlightening presentations, the group assignments, the introduction to the Business Model Canvas and the transformation of the way they think are some of the impressions that people who participated in the 3-day educational program report.

Participants with the best ideas from the GreenHouse will have the opportunity to attend the next round of the comprehensive educational program for entrepreneurs, VentureGarden, via distance learning.

GreenHouse Kalamata is part of a 3-day workshop series in various Greek cities set up by VentureGarden. VentureGarden is an educational program of supporting new entrepreneurs or people who are at the stage of entrepreneurial exploration, and want to gain the appropriate education aiming at making their idea happen or expand their business. It has been co-created by two distinguished business schools in Greece, ALBA Graduate Business School at The American College of Greece in Athens and Anatolia School of Business in Thessaloniki, and the The Hellenic Initiative.

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news-167 Tue, 24 Nov 2015 13:24:00 +0000 THE HELLENIC INITIATIVE APPROVED A NEW $ 300,000 GRANT TO SOS CHILDREN’S VILLAGES FOR THE CONTINUATION OF THE FOOD AID PROGRAM http://www.thehellenicinitiative.org/press-room/recent-news/recent-news-item/showarticle/the-hellenic-initiative-approved-a-new-300000-grant-to-sos-childrens-villages-for-the-continua/ The program is implemented for a 3rd consecutive year, in collaboration with the Social Grocery Stores 1,000 families received support from the program, during the past 2 years  Athens, 24/11/2015

During a Press Conference that took place today, the SOS Children’s Villages, The Hellenic Initiative (THI), and the Social Grocery Stores announced the renewal for yet another year, of the food aid program for more than 600 families affected by the crisis, and in need of immediate support.

 

The food aid program is implemented since 2013 from the SOS Children’s Villages in collaboration with the Social Grocery Stores and the constant support of THI, through grants amounting in total $800,000 , the $300,000 of which will be offered for the program’s continuation for the coming year.

 

The food aid program aims to the provision of necessary support for the relief of families that face increased difficulties, due to the current adverse financial reality.

More specifically, throughout the past two years, the program catered for the food needs of 1,000 families in Athens, Thessaloniki, Kalamata, Komotini, and Alexandroupolis, as well as of all families that reside in the SOS Children’s Villages. It is worth mentioning that the largest percentage of the families supported by the program, are single-parent or large families, where parents are long-term unemployed.

 

At this difficult time, with the ongoing recession and soaring unemployment, THI is the main supporter of the food aid program of the SOS Children’s Villages. Within this context and for a third consecutive year, the program will cater for the annual coverage of the basic food needs of more than 600 families (of which 800 adults and 1,250 children), through the Social Grocery Stores in Athens, Piraeus and Thessaloniki.

The selection of families that are included in the program and receive food aid was made by the competent staff of the Family Support Centers of the SOS Children’s Villages, on the basis of their adverse financial situation and their great need for immediate support.

 

In addition to the support of THI, 50,000 of our fellow citizens have stood by and contributed to the effort of the SOS Children’s Villages, through calling 14567. This year as well, the public will be able to support the food aid program, through a call in 14567 from either a cell phone or a land line (Charge is € 2 + VAT)

For every call THI will additionally provide the same amount, with the goal of further developing the program, and the provision of more support to our fellow citizens in need.

 

 

 

Giorgos Protopapas, General Director of SOS Children’s Villages stated: “Faced with the ongoing crisis, which has severely hit the families, and specifically children, in Greece, Greek expatriates, with immediate reflexes of humanity and sensitivity, are present. Within this context, I would like to thank THI, since from the moment of its establishment is supporting the work of SOS Children’s Villages, as well as for its commitment to continue for yet another year, to stand by our side and the side of the Greek society.”

Michael Printzos, THI’s Program Director, added: “Following the three years of close collaboration with the SOS Children’s Villages, we feel very proud for the fact that the food aid program for families in need, will continue for yet another year with THI’s support. The fundamental contribution of the program to the everyday life of the families it supports, as well as its successful implementation during the past years, sends a strong message of solidarity and collaboration in order to help all those that are in great need.”

George Vogiatzakis, CEO and General Manager of Marinopoulos SA stated: “Throughout the adverse times we experience, synergies betweeb social institutions is a one way street, in order to fundamentally address the food, social, and psychological needs of thousands of families in need. For us in Marinopoulos SA, this constitutes a conscious choice, thus we continue to embrace the families of the Family Support Centers of the SOS Children’s Villages with the support of The Hellenic Initiative. This year, our collaboration expands in Piraeus, supporting families through all three Social Grocery Stores in Athens, Piraeus and Thessaloniki. We will continue to provide support to all those in need, with the same love and dedication, since ‘alliances’ are the way to guarantee the effectiveness of social initiatives”.

 

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About The Hellenic Initiative:

 

Our Mission: Investing in the future of Greece through direct philanthropy and economic revitalization.

We empower people to provide crisis relief, encourage entrepreneurs, and create jobs.

We are The Hellenic Initiative (THI) - a global movement of the Greek Diaspora.

 

Visit our website: http://www.TheHellenicInitiative.org/

             http://onegreece.org

Like us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/thehellenicinitiative


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news-166 Tue, 10 Nov 2015 13:27:00 +0000 THE HELLENIC INITIATIVE SUPPORTS FIRST TRANSITIONAL ACCOMMODATION FACILITY ON THE GREEK BORDERS BY METAdrasi http://www.thehellenicinitiative.org/press-room/recent-news/recent-news-item/showarticle/the-hellenic-initiative-supports-first-transitional-accommodation-facility-on-the-greek-borders-by-m/                                                                                                                              Athens, November 10, 2015

The Hellenic Initiative – TΗΙ approved a new grant of $100,000 to the NGO METAction/METAdrasi, for the creation of a Transitional Accommodation Facility for unaccompanied minors seeking asylum. The facility will also support the island’s local community, which as of September 2015 has received 186.700 refugees and migrants, nearly three times the island’s population (73,179).

The Transitional Accommodation Facility (TAC) on Mytilene will commence operations in December 2015 and will be the first of its kind within the Greece’s borders. The TAC will focus to the needs of children that were forced to travel alone from their home country. It will host them for 15 days in its premises, ensuring that they will not be held in inappropriate detention facilities. Along with housing, the children will receive medical attention and social/psychological help. The Facility will also operate a relatives search service, in order to reunite the children with their parents or other relatives. In cooperation with competent authorities, the children will be transferred by METAdrasi to regular Accommodation Facilities that operate on the mainland. The facility will host children up to the age of 15 (boys up to 15 years and girls up to 18 years old), and also strive to host a certain number of mothers with their infants, thus providing them access to a safe and protected environment.

“It is one of the biggest humanitarian crises in history, not only of Greece, but also the entire world. Greece, and mostly its remote islands, bear a burden, which becomes even heavier if we take their limited capacity into consideration”, notes Michael Printzos, THI’s Program Director. “Acknowledging the extensive efforts of our fellow citizens and the important work of METAdrasi, the Hellenic Initiative is gratified to contribute to the establishment of the first Transitional Accommodation Facility for unaccompanied minors in the Greek borders, and specifically in Mitilini, which is expected to offer to these children a human welcome and appropriate treatment.”

The METAdrasi team has been in Mytilene for the past three years, and has extensive knowledge of the real needs and problems faced by migrants, the local citizens, and authorities. METAdrasi provides translation services for migrants to deal with authorities, institutions, hospitals, etc, as well as distributes humanitarian aid from Athens, through its teams and volunteers.

Specifically, in regards to unattended minors, METAction provides a “safety net”, undertaking responsibly and securely their immediate transfer from detention centers in the borders, to appropriate Hosting Facilities around Greece.

Laura Pappa, Founding Member and Vice President of the NGO METAction, noted: “The Transitional Facility in Lesvos, will complete the protection framework for unaccompanied children, and will cover an important shortage in the borders area. This initiative, which will allow the secure transfer of children to the Transitional Facility the moment they arrive at the island, will subsequently prevent in a large percentage the operation of child abuse networks.”

The goal of METAction, is the creation of three similar Transitional Accommodation Facilities for unaccompanied minors, in the islands of Kos, Leros, and Samos, where the largest migrant flows at a European level are identified.

 


Additional information

About The Hellenic Initiative:

Our Mission: Investing in the future of Greece through direct philanthropy and economic revitalization.

We empower people to provide crisis relief, encourage entrepreneurs, and create jobs.

We are The Hellenic Initiative (THI) - a global movement of the Greek Diaspora.

Visit our website: http://www.TheHellenicInitiative.org/

                       http://onegreece.org

Like us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/thehellenicinitiative

Follow us on Twitter: @THI_OneGreece


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news-169 Sun, 01 Nov 2015 11:32:00 +0000 Τhe new intake for the innovative program of paid-internships “ReGeneration” begins! http://www.thehellenicinitiative.org/press-room/recent-news/recent-news-item/showarticle/the-new-intake-for-the-innovative-program-of-paid-internships-regeneration-begins/ A new round for ReGeneration, which has been awarded with 3 HR Awards from Boussias Communications, has started since December 1st. This innovative six-month paid-internship program, has won during its two first years the interest of thousands young people and well-known companies operating in Greece.

The program created by the Global Shapers Athens Hub, an initiative of the World Economic Forum, addresses talented young graduates of all backgrounds and The Hellenic Initiative and Coca-Cola Hellas are its two main sponsors. The aim is for the young participants to gain work experience through a comprehensive learning experience in order ensure a dynamic professional beginning in their country.

Key elements of ReGeneration are (a) a six-month paid-internship (750 € per month gross), (b) intensive training on personal development and soft / business skills, (c) the social contribution through volunteer work in non-governmental organizations and (d) the guidance offered to the participating interns by renowned business professionals in Greece.

During the first round of ReGeneration, 21 companies offered 55 positions to corresponding number of young people, 80% of whom have extended their contract after their internship. During the second round, 32 companies have added to their workforce 98 young candidates and that number is growing! In addition, each graduate offered up to 50 hours in one of the six NGOs participating in the program, addressing the social problem of homelessness. Through these actions over 1.000kgs food were collected within three months.

During the first two rounds, the 48 companies which have embraced this initiative offering placements, are:

AbbVie

Cana

Doctoranytime

Epafos

Famar

Iconplatforms

ΚΑΥΚΑΣ

MetLife

Mytilineos Holdings

Panadvert

The Coca-Cola Company

Unilever

Alpha Bank

Celestyal Cruises

Dow Chemicals

ERGO

Farmaserv Lilly

InverEast

Krataion Consulting

Microsoft

Nestlé

Pfizer

TITAN

UpStream Αθηναϊκή Ζυθοποιία

Coca-Cola 3E

EASE

Eurobank Group

Fourlis Συμμετοχών

Janssen

LeasePlan

Minerva

OTEAcademy

Sanofi

TNT

Vodafone Bold Ogilvy & Mather

Connecticor

Environmental Protection Engineering

Ελληνικά Πετρέλαια

GSK

Johnson & Johnson

Marinopoulos

Mondelēz

Pamediakopes.gr

Siemens

Travelplanet24

X-Rated

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news-152 Wed, 30 Sep 2015 00:00:00 +0000 2015 Annual Banquet http://www.thehellenicinitiative.org/press-room/recent-news/recent-news-item/showarticle/2015-annual-banquet/ news-149 Mon, 28 Sep 2015 11:50:00 +0000 FOURTH ROUND OF VENTUREGARDEN OPENS FOR ENTRIES THI OFFERS $50,000 IN GRANTS TO SUPPORT THE TOP PARTICIPATING COMPANIES http://www.thehellenicinitiative.org/press-room/recent-news/recent-news-item/showarticle/fourth-round-of-venturegarden-opens-for-entries-thi-offers-50000-in-grants-to-support-the-top-part/ “VentureGarden”- Helping People Grow Ideas - Submission of Applications until October 4th                                                                                                                      ATHENS, September 14, 2015

Following the success of the past three cycles of the program on the promotion of entrepreneurship VentureGarden, The Hellenic Initiative (THI) announces a new round for the submission of applications for the fourth cycle of the program. VentureGarden is conducted jointly by the Anatolia School of Business of the American College of Thessaloniki (ACT), member of Anatolia College, and ALBA Graduate Business School at the American College of Greece in Athens, with the support of The Hellenic Initiative, which renews its commitment to the program, through supporting the best of the participating companies with a total of $50,000 provided in grants.

Applications for the fourth round of the intensive course program have already begun (www.venturegarden.com) and will last until October 4, 2015. The courses will commence on October 19th, preceded by the assessment phase.

 

VentureGarden is a comprehensive educational and training program for entrepreneurs that want to develop their skills, gain access to a continuously growing entrepreneurial network and receive hands-on training. The program is provided free of charge and is open to all people who wish to turn an idea into a business reality.

 

The program offers 10 intensive classes, through which participants become learn the important elements that define a successful start-sup, as well as mentoring support of 12 months, based on the personalized entrepreneurship goals of every participant.

 

During the three cycles of the program, 185 companies have attended the program in Athens and Thessaloniki. Throughout the program’s three cycles, 42 teachers and mentors have offered 215 hours of classes to participants, offering counseling and substantial support, enabling them to turn their business creativity into real business results. It is worth mentioning that to date, more than 300 hours of mentoring support have been offered to the participants of VentureGarden.

 

Furthermore, among the business opportunities offered to distinguished participants of the programs, were events such as Venture Fair, which took place in June 2015, and two “graduate” teams of VentureGarden had the opportunity to present their business plans to investors from America and the United Kingdom, as well as the MIT Entrepreneurship Forum, which took place in MIT in Boston, with the participation of two teams of VentureGarden.

 

Michael Printzos, THI’s Program Director, noted: “VentureGarden is a program, the success of which is the best proof of the current need for programs and initiatives that contribute to the development of entrepreneurship in Greece. During the tough times our country is going through, the development of entrepreneurship is most essential than ever, and we stick to our goals and are here to fundamentally support young people and remarkable ideas.”

For additional information concerning the completion of the application please visit www.venturegarden.gr.

 

 

 

 

 

Additional information about The Hellenic Initiative

Our Mission: Investing in the future of Greece through direct philanthropy and economic revitalization.

We empower people to provide crisis relief, encourage entrepreneurs, and create jobs.

We are The Hellenic Initiative (THI) - a global movement of the Greek Diaspora.

Visit our website: www.TheHellenicInitiative.org onegreece.org

Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/thehellenicinitiative

Follow us on Twitter: @THI_OneGreece

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news-150 Mon, 28 Sep 2015 11:50:00 +0000 Completion of the child vaccination & dental care programs by Médecins du Monde Greece, with the support of The Hellenic Initiative – THI http://www.thehellenicinitiative.org/press-room/recent-news/recent-news-item/showarticle/completion-of-the-child-vaccination-dental-care-programs-by-medecins-du-monde-greece-with-the-su/ Athens, September 9, 2015, The Hellenic Initiative (THI) and the Greek chapter of Médecins du Monde (MdM Greece), presented today the assessment of the childhood immunization and dental care programs for children and adults, implemented by the organization during the past 16 months, throughout Greece. Athens, September 9, 2015

The Hellenic Initiative (THI) and the Greek chapter of  Médecins du Monde (MdM Greece), presented today the assessment of the childhood immunization and dental care programs for children and adults, implemented by the organization during the past 16 months, throughout Greece.

Following the support of The Hellenic Initiative, which last year approved a $300,000 grant to the organization, MdM Greece implemented two humanitarian programs (from February 2014 to June 2015) focusing on the vaccination of children, whose families could not afford and cover the vaccination cost, as well as the on the provision of comprehensive dental care to children and adults, significantly affected by the social and financial crisis.

Both programs shared a common goal: the provision of immediate help to social groups negatively affected by the current socio-economical conditions, thus restoring the level of their free access to comprehensive health services.

 

Specific information on the course of the two programs to date, follow:

 

* “Childhood Immunization” - Child vaccination program

The program mainly focuses on the provision of pediatric care, pediatric diagnostic tests and vaccination coverage, during a period where the number of children that remain unvaccinated has significantly increased, both due to the vast shortages in medical staff in the public health sector of Greece, and to shortages in vaccines, as a result of the financial crisis.

During the period February 2014 to June 2015, a total of 6,878 children were examined and vaccinated, while 7,981 vaccinations were performed, in the Open Polyclinics of the Organization (in Athens, Perama, Thessaloniki, Patra, and Chania), during the visits carried out by the organization in schools as well as to institutions throughout Greece that host children.

 

* “Smile Project” - Dental care program for children and adults

Within the context of the program, a medical group of dentists of MdM, provided primary and secondary dental care to children and adults that face financial difficulties, both through the Open Polyclinics of the Organization and the fully equipped mobile dental unit, which visited a number of areas outside Attica. During the program (February 2014 - June 2015), a total of 2,422 adults and 6,003 children were examined, while orthodontic treatment was provided to an additional 54 individuals. It is worth mentioning that the vast majority of the benefited individuals corresponded to uninsured citizens, women, and children.

Michael Printzos, THI’s Program Director, noted: “Our 15,303 fellow citizens benefited from the two programs, are living proof that such initiatives, like the one by MdM Greece, are more necessary than ever before. We are very pleased that THI supported the successful implementation of those programs, contributing to the reduction of the social exclusion experienced by all those who lack the capacity to cover their healthcare expenses.”

 

The President of MdM Greece, Nikitas Kanakis, added: “Thanks to the valuable support of THI, the programs have been established in the minds of our fellow citizens not only as an action on the protection of the health of children and adults, but also as means of relief of the budget of families that experience social exclusion with direct consequences to their health, due to the financial crisis. The aforementioned action is an important step towards the defense of the social rights of vulnerable groups, thus we are very proud for our contribution in this direction.”

 

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Additional information about The Hellenic Initiative

Our Mission: Investing in the future of Greece through direct philanthropy and economic revitalization.

We empower people to provide crisis relief, encourage entrepreneurs, and create jobs.

We are The Hellenic Initiative (THI) - a global movement of the Greek Diaspora.

Visit our website: www.TheHellenicInitiative.org onegreece.org

Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/thehellenicinitiative

Follow us on Twitter: @THI_OneGreece

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news-151 Mon, 28 Sep 2015 11:50:00 +0000 The Hellenic Initiative’s 3rd Annual Banquet Raises $2.5 Million http://www.thehellenicinitiative.org/press-room/recent-news/recent-news-item/showarticle/the-hellenic-initiatives-3rd-annual-banquet-raises-25-million/ Event honored John Catsimatidis, George Marcus and the Agnes Varis Trust NEW YORK, October 1, 2015

The Hellenic Initiative's (THI) Third Annual Banquet took place on September 30, 2015 in New York, raising a total of $2.5 million, making it once again one of the most successful fundraising initiatives within the Greek-American community, as well as THI’s most successful fundraising event to date.  

 

Focused on the theme, "Empowering the Future of Greece," the banquet was attended by the head of the Greek government, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, several Greek government representatives, including George Stathakis, Minister for Economy, Development, Competitiveness and Shipping, as well as European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Dimitris Avramopoulos. Among the Banquet’s attendees, were prominent members of the Greek-American community, representatives from the newly active THI Australia, a large contingent of Greek-Canadians.  This year’s event, hosted by the stars of the Bravo network “Million Dollar Listing” Emilia Bechrakis and Ryan Serhant, honored three entrepreneurial giants known for their philanthropy and vision: John Catsimatidis - Founder of the Red Apple Group, George Marcus – Founder Marcus & Millichap and the Agnes Varis Trust founded in 2011 represented by George Svokos.  

 

THI’s annual Banquet is a fundraising event which supports THI’s mission of economic recovery and renewal in Greece. All money raised supports our programs focusing on crisis relief, entrepreneurship and economic development. Through THI’s crisis relief programs, a total of 21,000 individuals have secured food and aid, 7,000 children were vaccinated and an additional 10,000 individuals were provided with medical and dental services. Furthermore, THI has distributed $2.2 Million to 11 Greek Startups through the Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award (HEA), 160 paid internships were created through ReGeneration, 100 new businesses were launched through Venture Garden, and several young and talented Greeks were given the chance to participate in internship programs in leading US and Australian companies.

 

Since THI’s founding in 2012 by Andrew N. Liveris, Muhtar Kent, George David, George M. Logothetis, and George Stamas more than $10 Million has been raised as of August 31st, 2015, by 900 donors, which has been entirely allocated by THI for the development and support of a series of dynamic programs, with the goal to ensure a stronger future for Greece.

 

 


 

 

Additional information

 

About The Hellenic Initiative:

Our Mission: Investing in the future of Greece through direct philanthropy and economic revitalization.

We empower people to provide crisis relief, encourage entrepreneurs, and create jobs.

We are The Hellenic Initiative (THI) - a global movement of the Greek Diaspora.

 

Visit our website: http://www.TheHellenicInitiative.org/

                 http://onegreece.org

 

Like us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/thehellenicinitiative

 

Follow us on Twitter: @THI_OneGreece

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news-66 Thu, 25 Jun 2015 01:00:00 +0000 THE HELLENIC INITIATIVE PROMOTES GREEK ENTREPRENEURSHIP THROUGH FIRST VENTURE FAIR IN ATHENS http://www.thehellenicinitiative.org/press-room/recent-news/recent-news-item/showarticle/the-hellenic-initiative-promotes-greek-entrepreneurship-through-first-venture-fair-in-athens-1/ PROMISING GREEK COMPANIES MEET INTERNATIONAL INVESTORS Athens, 25 June, 2015 Strongly committed to empowering the future of Greece through supporting Greek entrepreneurs, The Hellenic Initiative (THI) held its First Venture Fair at the Athens Hilton on June 24th. This networking and pitching event – a first ever in Greece – presented promising Greek companies (either PROMISING GREEK COMPANIES MEET INTERNATIONAL INVESTORS

Athens, 25 June, 2015

Strongly committed to empowering the future of Greece through supporting Greek entrepreneurs, The Hellenic Initiative (THI) held its First Venture Fair at the Athens Hilton on June 24th. This networking and pitching event – a first ever in Greece – presented promising Greek companies (either startups or early-stage companies) to the Greek and international investment community.

During the event, nineteen (19) rising Greek companies had the chance to present, in a 5 minute pitch, their business plans to more than 100 US and European investors. The participating companies had the unique opportunity to attract the investors’ interest, network with them and exchange views. All participants received immediate feedback on their presentations by a judging panel, comprised of highly experienced business professionals.

The 19 companies represented various fields and sectors which are of great importance for the development of the Greek economy, such as Food & Beverage, Agro-Food, Information Technology, Health, Tourism, Transport, and Logistics.

One month prior to the Venture Fair, THI sponsored a comprehensive training program for all the companies through its VentureGarden program in Athens at ALBA and in Thessaloniki at Anatolia College. The program was conducted by Kurt Heiar, from the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center at the University of Iowa.

The Hellenic Initiative, stated: “Creating opportunities for Greeks entrepreneurs in Greece has always been at the center of THI’s mission. The Venture Fair represents a pioneer gathering, organized for the very first time in Greece, of promising companies unveiling the Greek business acumen and potential investors from all over the world. We are very proud of organizing this productive event and building a bridge between the local and international investment community. The presence of these major international investors is a resounding vote of confidence for Greek entrepreneurs”.

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Additional information about The Hellenic Initiative
Our Mission: Investing in the future of Greece through direct philanthropy and economic revitalization.
We empower people to provide crisis relief, encourage entrepreneurs, and create jobs.
We are The Hellenic Initiative (THI) - a global movement of the Greek Diaspora.
 
Visit our website: www.TheHellenicInitiative.org
onegreece.org
Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/thehellenicinitiative
Follow us on Twitter:#OneGreece

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news-118 Thu, 25 Jun 2015 01:00:00 +0000 THE HELLENIC INITIATIVE PROMOTES GREEK ENTREPRENEURSHIP THROUGH FIRST VENTURE FAIR IN ATHENS http://www.thehellenicinitiative.org/press-room/recent-news/recent-news-item/showarticle/the-hellenic-initiative-promotes-greek-entrepreneurship-through-first-venture-fair-in-athens/ PROMISING GREEK COMPANIES MEET INTERNATIONAL INVESTORS Athens, 25 June, 2015 Strongly committed to empowering the future of Greece through supporting Greek entrepreneurs, The Hellenic Initiative (THI) held its First Venture Fair at the Athens Hilton on June 24th. This networking and pitching event – a first ever in Greece – presented promising Greek companies (either PROMISING GREEK COMPANIES MEET INTERNATIONAL INVESTORS

Athens, 25 June, 2015

Strongly committed to empowering the future of Greece through supporting Greek entrepreneurs, The Hellenic Initiative (THI) held its First Venture Fair at the Athens Hilton on June 24th. This networking and pitching event – a first ever in Greece – presented promising Greek companies (either startups or early-stage companies) to the Greek and international investment community.

During the event, nineteen (19) rising Greek companies had the chance to present, in a 5 minute pitch, their business plans to more than 100 US and European investors. The participating companies had the unique opportunity to attract the investors’ interest, network with them and exchange views. All participants received immediate feedback on their presentations by a judging panel, comprised of highly experienced business professionals.

The 19 companies represented various fields and sectors which are of great importance for the development of the Greek economy, such as Food & Beverage, Agro-Food, Information Technology, Health, Tourism, Transport, and Logistics.

One month prior to the Venture Fair, THI sponsored a comprehensive training program for all the companies through its VentureGarden program in Athens at ALBA and in Thessaloniki at Anatolia College. The program was conducted by Kurt Heiar, from the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center at the University of Iowa.

The Hellenic Initiative, stated: “Creating opportunities for Greeks entrepreneurs in Greece has always been at the center of THI’s mission. The Venture Fair represents a pioneer gathering, organized for the very first time in Greece, of promising companies unveiling the Greek business acumen and potential investors from all over the world. We are very proud of organizing this productive event and building a bridge between the local and international investment community. The presence of these major international investors is a resounding vote of confidence for Greek entrepreneurs”.

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Additional information about The Hellenic Initiative
Our Mission: Investing in the future of Greece through direct philanthropy and economic revitalization.
We empower people to provide crisis relief, encourage entrepreneurs, and create jobs.
We are The Hellenic Initiative (THI) - a global movement of the Greek Diaspora.
 
Visit our website: www.TheHellenicInitiative.org
onegreece.org
Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/thehellenicinitiative
Follow us on Twitter:#OneGreece

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news-144 Wed, 24 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0000 The 1st Annual Venture Fair http://www.thehellenicinitiative.org/press-room/recent-news/recent-news-item/showarticle/the-1st-annual-venture-fair-1/ news-145 Wed, 24 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0000 The 1st Annual Venture Fair http://www.thehellenicinitiative.org/press-room/recent-news/recent-news-item/showarticle/the-1st-annual-venture-fair/ news-155 Tue, 23 Jun 2015 15:01:00 +0000 THE HELLENIC ENTREPRENEURSHIP AWARD ANNOUNCES 2015 WINNERS http://www.thehellenicinitiative.org/press-room/recent-news/recent-news-item/showarticle/the-hellenic-entrepreneurship-award-announces-2015-winners/ Three Greek businesses selected from over than 730 applications to share prize funding of €1,000,000.

ATHENS, Greece June 23rd, 2015 – The Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award (HEA) has announced three winners of the 2015 award who, in addition to sharing prize funding of up to €1,000,000, will be provided with an expert mentor and a range of business support services. This year the HEA has again achieved higher levels of participation than in any previous year, with more than 730 submitted business plans. The 2015 winners span a range of commercial ventures from a clean energy technology, to a mobility aid for the sight-impaired, to a specialist online delicatessen.

The Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award was founded in 2012 by the Libra Group on behalf of the Hellenic Initiative (THI), in order to stimulate entrepreneurial spirit by supporting Greece’s most promising new businesses. The winners were chosen on the basis of business plans which demonstrated sustainability, innovation, financial prudence and job creation in Greece. Since its formation, the HEA has presented the award to eleven businesses, supporting their vision and contributing to the implementation of their business plans.

The Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award 2015 winners are:

Heliix – A ground-breaking technology which converts thermal energy into electricity. The company’s first implementation of the technology, Phaethon™, is a device that can be retro-fitted to any type of solar water heater, in order to create a solar co-generation system that produces hot water and electricity at the same time, providing a reduction of up to 30% in a household’s annual electricity costs.

Applicants: Nick Arapkoules, Panagiotis Papadiamantis.

Smart Guide – A wearable electronic mobility guide that senses nearby obstacles and obstructions for the blind and visually impaired. This innovative product will be produced in the facilities of “Lighthouse for the Blind of Greece” by employees who themselves have impaired vision. The project aims to create social as well as economic impact through its workforce focus, affordability and strong export prospects.

Applicants: Karkoulias George, Thravalos Nikos.

Yoleni’s – An online delicatessen that enables European and American customers to purchase authentic products from every corner of Greece fast, easily and securely. www.yolenis.com offers more than 1200 products from 110 highly regarded rural producers across Greece. The website includes a wide variety of food and drink combinations and features a wealth of information on each region plus numerous local recipes and serving ideas.

Applicants: Nikolaos Pipas, Yannis Georgiadis, Petros Agazanis.

Jimmy Athanasopoulos, Chairman of the Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award, stated: “We congratulate not only the winners and finalists, but every entrant who had the courage and resourcefulness to turn their ideas into action through the creation of a business plan. Everyone who enters this award programme shares our belief that Greek ingenuity and business acumen have the power to transform this nation’s economy. We look forward to working with this year’s winners to bring these brilliant business concepts to fruition".

For more information about the Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award please visit www.hellenicaward.com

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About The Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award: 

The Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award was founded in 2012, aiming to support established and budding entrepreneurs by providing funding, support services and mentorship for start-up businesses. The Libra Group has committed over €7 million to the programme which will help entrepreneurs in Greece to generate economic growth in their homeland. The award partners are Piraeus Bank Group which has contributed to the training and education of participants since 2014 through its subsidiary, Excelixi Center of Sustainable Entrepreneurship; the Australian based property investment and development company, Jalouise Pty Ltd., and Mr. Dimitri Goulandris. Amongst the winners’ supporters are Antidote, Kick Athens, Lykourezos Law Offices, Microsoft Hellas, People for Business, Reed Smith, S&Team and SAP Hellas.

www.hellenicaward.com

About The Hellenic Initiative:

Our Mission: Investing in the future of Greece through direct philanthropy and economic revitalization.

We empower people to provide crisis relief, encourage entrepreneurs, and create jobs.

We are The Hellenic Initiative (THI) - a global movement of the Greek Diaspora.

Visit our website: www.TheHellenicInitiative.org

                         http://onegreece.org

Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/thehellenicinitiative

Follow us on Twitter:   #OneGreece

About The Libra Group:

The Libra Group is an international business group comprising 30 subsidiaries active across six continents. The group has principal operations in shipping, aviation, real estate, hospitality and energy as well as a range of diversified investments. Owned by the Logothetis family, Libra is distinguished by a combination of traditional values, new ideas and an agile mindset that allows it to take advantage of opportunities. 

www.libra.com

For further information please contact:

Ms. Christy Sotiriou

V+O Communication, Athens

Office: +30 211 7501213

Mobile: +30 6936640953

Email: csot@vando.gr

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news-160 Tue, 16 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0000 THI Australia grants $60,000 to Boroume and Desmos http://www.thehellenicinitiative.org/press-room/recent-news/recent-news-item/showarticle/thi-australia-grants-60000-to-boroume-and-desmos/ Athens, 16 June 2015, The Hellenic Initiative Australia will be assisting humanitarian relief efforts in Greece through a grant of AU$60,000 to Greek charity organisations Boroume and Desmos. Boroume will receive AU$40,000 to fund its Food Saving Program and a AU$20,000 grant to Desmos will support the expansion of the Desmos Direct online distribution service. Athens, 16 June 2015

The Hellenic Initiative Australia will be assisting humanitarian relief efforts in Greece through a grant of AU$60,000 to Greek charity organisations Boroume and Desmos. Boroume will receive AU$40,000 to fund its Food Saving Program and a AU$20,000 grant to Desmos will  support the expansion of the Desmos Direct online distribution service.

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news-32 Mon, 15 Jun 2015 01:01:00 +0000 THE HELLENIC INITIATIVE ANNOUNCES A NEW GRANT OF $50,000 TO THE MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY ASSOCIATION, HELLAS (MDA). http://www.thehellenicinitiative.org/press-room/recent-news/recent-news-item/showarticle/the-hellenic-initiative-announces-a-new-grant-of-50000-to-the-muscular-dystrophy-association-hell-1/ Athens, 15 June, 2015 The Hellenic Initiative (TΗΙ) announces a grant of $50,000 to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Hellas – MDA Hellas. The grant will mainly support the operation unit of MDA Hellas at the University General Hospital of Thessaloniki (AHEPA), as well as address funding needs of MDA’s Units in Athens and Patras, through Athens, 15 June, 2015

The Hellenic Initiative (TΗΙ) announces a grant of $50,000 to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Hellas – MDA Hellas. The grant will mainly support the operation unit of MDA Hellas at the University General Hospital of Thessaloniki (AHEPA), as well as address funding needs of MDA’s Units in Athens and Patras, through the coverage of operating costs and the provision of necessary equipment.

MDA is an international organization with 185 stations across the world, which supports individuals with muscular dystrophy. MDA Hellas was founded in 2000, and throughout its 14-year operation has established three fully equipped Special Neuromuscular Disease Units in public hospitals in Athens, Thessaloniki and Patras, providing to patients around Greece, necessary medical services and support. The Special Unit of Thessaloniki currently supports a total of 250 patients per annum, offering services such as medical checkups and examinations, as well as medical services by a wide range of medical specialists. The Unit is also supporting patients with the provision of procuring advice and necessary documents, regarding the needed state aid and support, as well as with documents with regards to their rights.

Through THI’s grant, the Thessaloniki Unit will be able to address its increasing needs, as the number of patients served has increased. Additionally, fundamental support and equipment will be provided to MDA’s units in Athens and Patras.

Michael Printzos, THI’s Program Director, stated: “For us at the Hellenic Initiative, this grant highlights our commitment on fundamentally supporting vulnerable social groups, during the hard times our country is going through. The work of MDA Hellas is an indicative example of an organization that through our support, could reinforce its work, and expand its valuable support towards people that really need it”.

Vana Lavidas, President of the Board of MDA Hellas, added:   The Grant of Hellenic Initiative is vital for MDA Hellas as it is supporting the full function of our Special Unit of Neuromuscular disease at the University General Hospital (AHEPA) in Thessaloniki.  The effects of the crisis is so big and in such different fields for our patients with neuromuscular diseases that any kind of “reduction” in services provided by our units would only be one more obstacle in their everyday life. So this Grant helps us to keep a high level of services provided by our unit in Thessaloniki and to support the unit in Athens and in Patras.

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About the Hellenic Initiative

Our Mission: Investing in the future of Greece through direct philanthropy and economic revitalization.

We empower people to provide crisis relief, encourage entrepreneurs, and create jobs.

We are The Hellenic Initiative (THI) - a global movement of the Greek Diaspora.

Visit our website:           http://www.TheHellenicInitiative.org/               onegreece.org

Like us on Facebook:www.facebook.com/thehellenicinitiative

Follow us on Twitter:#OneGreece

 

 

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news-116 Mon, 15 Jun 2015 01:01:00 +0000 THE HELLENIC INITIATIVE ANNOUNCES A NEW GRANT OF $50,000 TO THE MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY ASSOCIATION, HELLAS (MDA). http://www.thehellenicinitiative.org/press-room/recent-news/recent-news-item/showarticle/the-hellenic-initiative-announces-a-new-grant-of-50000-to-the-muscular-dystrophy-association-hell/ Athens, 15 June, 2015 The Hellenic Initiative (TΗΙ) announces a grant of $50,000 to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Hellas – MDA Hellas. The grant will mainly support the operation unit of MDA Hellas at the University General Hospital of Thessaloniki (AHEPA), as well as address funding needs of MDA’s Units in Athens and Patras, through Athens, 15 June, 2015

The Hellenic Initiative (TΗΙ) announces a grant of $50,000 to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Hellas – MDA Hellas. The grant will mainly support the operation unit of MDA Hellas at the University General Hospital of Thessaloniki (AHEPA), as well as address funding needs of MDA’s Units in Athens and Patras, through the coverage of operating costs and the provision of necessary equipment.

MDA is an international organization with 185 stations across the world, which supports individuals with muscular dystrophy. MDA Hellas was founded in 2000, and throughout its 14-year operation has established three fully equipped Special Neuromuscular Disease Units in public hospitals in Athens, Thessaloniki and Patras, providing to patients around Greece, necessary medical services and support. The Special Unit of Thessaloniki currently supports a total of 250 patients per annum, offering services such as medical checkups and examinations, as well as medical services by a wide range of medical specialists. The Unit is also supporting patients with the provision of procuring advice and necessary documents, regarding the needed state aid and support, as well as with documents with regards to their rights.

Through THI’s grant, the Thessaloniki Unit will be able to address its increasing needs, as the number of patients served has increased. Additionally, fundamental support and equipment will be provided to MDA’s units in Athens and Patras.

Michael Printzos, THI’s Program Director, stated: “For us at the Hellenic Initiative, this grant highlights our commitment on fundamentally supporting vulnerable social groups, during the hard times our country is going through. The work of MDA Hellas is an indicative example of an organization that through our support, could reinforce its work, and expand its valuable support towards people that really need it”.

Vana Lavidas, President of the Board of MDA Hellas, added:   The Grant of Hellenic Initiative is vital for MDA Hellas as it is supporting the full function of our Special Unit of Neuromuscular disease at the University General Hospital (AHEPA) in Thessaloniki.  The effects of the crisis is so big and in such different fields for our patients with neuromuscular diseases that any kind of “reduction” in services provided by our units would only be one more obstacle in their everyday life. So this Grant helps us to keep a high level of services provided by our unit in Thessaloniki and to support the unit in Athens and in Patras.

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About the Hellenic Initiative

Our Mission: Investing in the future of Greece through direct philanthropy and economic revitalization.

We empower people to provide crisis relief, encourage entrepreneurs, and create jobs.

We are The Hellenic Initiative (THI) - a global movement of the Greek Diaspora.

Visit our website:           http://www.TheHellenicInitiative.org/               onegreece.org

Like us on Facebook:www.facebook.com/thehellenicinitiative

Follow us on Twitter:#OneGreece

 

 

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news-31 Mon, 15 Jun 2015 01:00:00 +0000 THI AUSTRALIA LAUNCHES INTERNSHIP PROGRAM FOR GREEK GRADUATES http://www.thehellenicinitiative.org/press-room/recent-news/recent-news-item/showarticle/thi-australia-launches-internship-program-for-greek-graduates/ Australia, 12 June 2015 Australian businesses will be providing internship opportunities for unemployed Greek graduates under a program launched by the recently-formed Australian branch of The Hellenic Initiative. More than 20 Australian companies have offered up to 40, six-month paid internship positions for Greek graduates, equating to a $1.8 million investment over two years. Participating Australia, 12 June 2015

Australian businesses will be providing internship opportunities for unemployed Greek graduates under a program launched by the recently-formed Australian branch of The Hellenic Initiative.

More than 20 Australian companies have offered up to 40, six-month paid internship positions for Greek graduates, equating to a $1.8 million investment over two years.

Participating companies include ANZ, National Australia Bank, Bank of Sydney and Hickory, with placements spread across Australia in a variety of industries, from pharmaceuticals to technology.

“We are delighted that Australian companies have come on board to provide this opportunity to bright Greek graduates who have been hit hard by the economic situation in Greece,” said THI Australia Co-President Nick Mitaros.

“With more than 50 percent unemployment among young Greeks with graduate and post-graduate education, this is a critical time to invest in Greece’s human capital.

“Through placements in Australian businesses, these interns will develop new skills, mindsets and capabilities and return to Greece armed with this unique experience,” Mr Mitaros said.

In Partnership with ReGeneration in Greece, the THI Australian Internship Program is the flagship program of THI Australia, part of a global movement harnessing the Greek diaspora to support the people of Greece during a time of major economic and social upheaval.

The program was announced at the Inaugural THI Australia dinner on 3 June, which was hosted by ANZ at the prestigious Melbourne Room venue and attended by more than 180 business, corporate and community leaders from across Australia.

More than $200,000 was raised on the night, with proceeds going towards the internship program and crisis relief programs In Greece.

“This is the first time Greeks from Australia are banding together with Greeks in the US to support initiatives that promote renewal and recovery for Greece and do something at an international level,” Mr Mitaros said

“Through THI, people can support Greece through a variety of initiatives, in a tangible, highly-credentialed and effective way.”

Media Enquiries: Victoria Kyriakopoulos  info@thehellenicinitiative.com.au | (03) 9021 8967

Photos from the Melbourne event can be downloaded here: www.dropbox.com/sh/v3gdmkhsgd97yfc/AAB_Q3svzoPCrvP2Z8VshIcsa

 

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The Hellenic Initiative’s Mission: Investing in the future of Greece through direct philanthropy and economic revitalization.

We empower people to provide crisis relief, encourage entrepreneurs, and create jobs.

We are The Hellenic Initiative (THI) - a global movement of the Greek Diaspora.

Visit our website: http://www.TheHellenicInitiative.org/        onegreece.org

Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheHellenicInitiative

Follow us on Twitter:#OneGreece

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news-115 Mon, 15 Jun 2015 01:00:00 +0000 THI AUSTRALIA LAUNCHES INTERNSHIP PROGRAM FOR GREEK GRADUATES http://www.thehellenicinitiative.org/press-room/recent-news/recent-news-item/showarticle/thi-australia-launches-internship-program-for-greek-graduates-1/ Australia, 12 June 2015 Australian businesses will be providing internship opportunities for unemployed Greek graduates under a program launched by the recently-formed Australian branch of The Hellenic Initiative. More than 20 Australian companies have offered up to 40, six-month paid internship positions for Greek graduates, equating to a $1.8 million investment over two years. Participating Australia, 12 June 2015

Australian businesses will be providing internship opportunities for unemployed Greek graduates under a program launched by the recently-formed Australian branch of The Hellenic Initiative.

More than 20 Australian companies have offered up to 40, six-month paid internship positions for Greek graduates, equating to a $1.8 million investment over two years.

Participating companies include ANZ, National Australia Bank, Bank of Sydney and Hickory, with placements spread across Australia in a variety of industries, from pharmaceuticals to technology.

“We are delighted that Australian companies have come on board to provide this opportunity to bright Greek graduates who have been hit hard by the economic situation in Greece,” said THI Australia Co-President Nick Mitaros.

“With more than 50 percent unemployment among young Greeks with graduate and post-graduate education, this is a critical time to invest in Greece’s human capital.

“Through placements in Australian businesses, these interns will develop new skills, mindsets and capabilities and return to Greece armed with this unique experience,” Mr Mitaros said.

In Partnership with ReGeneration in Greece, the THI Australian Internship Program is the flagship program of THI Australia, part of a global movement harnessing the Greek diaspora to support the people of Greece during a time of major economic and social upheaval.

The program was announced at the Inaugural THI Australia dinner on 3 June, which was hosted by ANZ at the prestigious Melbourne Room venue and attended by more than 180 business, corporate and community leaders from across Australia.

More than $200,000 was raised on the night, with proceeds going towards the internship program and crisis relief programs In Greece.

“This is the first time Greeks from Australia are banding together with Greeks in the US to support initiatives that promote renewal and recovery for Greece and do something at an international level,” Mr Mitaros said

“Through THI, people can support Greece through a variety of initiatives, in a tangible, highly-credentialed and effective way.”

Media Enquiries: Victoria Kyriakopoulos  info@thehellenicinitiative.com.au | (03) 9021 8967

Photos from the Melbourne event can be downloaded here: www.dropbox.com/sh/v3gdmkhsgd97yfc/AAB_Q3svzoPCrvP2Z8VshIcsa

 

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The Hellenic Initiative’s Mission: Investing in the future of Greece through direct philanthropy and economic revitalization.

We empower people to provide crisis relief, encourage entrepreneurs, and create jobs.

We are The Hellenic Initiative (THI) - a global movement of the Greek Diaspora.

Visit our website: http://www.TheHellenicInitiative.org/        onegreece.org

Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheHellenicInitiative

Follow us on Twitter:#OneGreece

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news-15 Tue, 09 Jun 2015 01:01:00 +0000 THE HELLENIC INITIATIVE ANNOUNCES A NEW GRANT TO THE MIT ENTERPRISE FORUM GREECE http://www.thehellenicinitiative.org/press-room/recent-news/recent-news-item/showarticle/the-hellenic-initiative-announces-a-new-grant-to-the-mit-enterprise-forum-greece/ The grant will support the participation of 10 Greek startups to a one-week residential start-up workshop for Technology Entrepreneurship & Innovation in MIT, Massachusetts Athens, 3 June, 2015 The Hellenic Initiative (The Hellenic Initiative– TΗΙ) announces a grant to the MIT Enterprise Forum Greece (MITEF Greece), as part of the organization’s commitment to promoting entrepreneurship in The grant will support the participation of 10 Greek startups
to a one-week residential start-up workshop for Technology Entrepreneurship & Innovation 
in MIT, Massachusetts

Athens, 3 June, 2015

The Hellenic Initiative (The Hellenic Initiative– TΗΙ) announces a grant to the MIT Enterprise Forum Greece (MITEF Greece), as part of the organization’s commitment to promoting entrepreneurship in Greece and help promising startup companies gain access to international business environment and opportunities.

THI’s grant will support the participation of 10 Greek startups to a residential start-up workshop for Technology Entrepreneurship & Innovation by MIT, in Massachusetts, USA. The 10 participating startups derive from the 25 semifinalists of MITEF Greece Startup Competition, currently in progress.

The one-week workshop, which will be  taught by Dr. Luis Perez-Breva, co-director of MIT Innovation Teams, aims at helping participants build commercialization strategies for cutting-edge technologies by combining business analysis with technical insights. Participants will discover how to judge a technology’s commercial potential through the effective process of science and technology commercialization.

Apart from MIT students, participants of the workshop will include entrepreneurs and researchers from Greece, Russia, Portugal, Turkey, Israel, and Spain, who will be given the opportunity to exchange experiences about the hurdles they face in their own countries, as well as methods they have found to get around these obstacles. The program will provide, thus, a meaningful connection between entrepreneurs in countries that are at different stages of developing a startup culture and innovation ecosystem.

Furthermore, the 10 participants from Greece, together with the rest of the workshop’s participants, will have the opportunity to meet with potential investors and tour facilities in Boston.

Michael Printzos, THI’s Program Director, stated: “This grant is an indicative example of THI’s constant efforts on the promotion of entrepreneurship in Greece, during a period where it is mostly needed. This time we join forces with the MIT Enterprise Forum Greece, through offering to some of the participants of the organization’s competition the ability to participate to a workshop taught in one of the most prestigious institutions globally, the MIT, thus offering them valuable supplies for their future steps”. 

Katerina Saridaki, Executive Director of MITEF Greece, added: “This is an excellent learning opportunity for 10 startups of the MITEF Greece Startup Competition. During the workshop, Greek teams will work closely with an international group of entrepreneurs in the vibrant technological and entrepreneurial MIT community. At the same time visits to Boston firms, networking events and other activities organized by the faculty of MIT and MITEF Greece’s local advisors will open the path for collaboration between Greek companies and the US business community. We would like to express our thanks to THI for appreciating the value of this effort and supporting both MITEF Greece and the 10 Greek teams who are looking for opportunities to connect with the global entrepreneurial scene”.

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Additional information

Our Mission: Investing in the future of Greece through direct philanthropy and economic revitalization.

We empower people to provide crisis relief, encourage entrepreneurs, and create jobs.

We are The Hellenic Initiative (THI) – a global movement of the Greek Diaspora.

 

Visit our website:           http://www.TheHellenicInitiative.org/                                                                            http://onegreece.org

Like us on Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/thehellenicinitiative

Follow us on Twitter:#OneGreece

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news-99 Tue, 09 Jun 2015 01:01:00 +0000 THE HELLENIC INITIATIVE ANNOUNCES A NEW GRANT TO THE MIT ENTERPRISE FORUM GREECE http://www.thehellenicinitiative.org/press-room/recent-news/recent-news-item/showarticle/the-hellenic-initiative-announces-a-new-grant-to-the-mit-enterprise-forum-greece-1/ The grant will support the participation of 10 Greek startups to a one-week residential start-up workshop for Technology Entrepreneurship & Innovation in MIT, Massachusetts Athens, 3 June, 2015 The Hellenic Initiative (The Hellenic Initiative– TΗΙ) announces a grant to the MIT Enterprise Forum Greece (MITEF Greece), as part of the organization’s commitment to promoting entrepreneurship in The grant will support the participation of 10 Greek startups
to a one-week residential start-up workshop for Technology Entrepreneurship & Innovation 
in MIT, Massachusetts

Athens, 3 June, 2015

The Hellenic Initiative (The Hellenic Initiative– TΗΙ) announces a grant to the MIT Enterprise Forum Greece (MITEF Greece), as part of the organization’s commitment to promoting entrepreneurship in Greece and help promising startup companies gain access to international business environment and opportunities.

THI’s grant will support the participation of 10 Greek startups to a residential start-up workshop for Technology Entrepreneurship & Innovation by MIT, in Massachusetts, USA. The 10 participating startups derive from the 25 semifinalists of MITEF Greece Startup Competition, currently in progress.

The one-week workshop, which will be  taught by Dr. Luis Perez-Breva, co-director of MIT Innovation Teams, aims at helping participants build commercialization strategies for cutting-edge technologies by combining business analysis with technical insights. Participants will discover how to judge a technology’s commercial potential through the effective process of science and technology commercialization.

Apart from MIT students, participants of the workshop will include entrepreneurs and researchers from Greece, Russia, Portugal, Turkey, Israel, and Spain, who will be given the opportunity to exchange experiences about the hurdles they face in their own countries, as well as methods they have found to get around these obstacles. The program will provide, thus, a meaningful connection between entrepreneurs in countries that are at different stages of developing a startup culture and innovation ecosystem.

Furthermore, the 10 participants from Greece, together with the rest of the workshop’s participants, will have the opportunity to meet with potential investors and tour facilities in Boston.

Michael Printzos, THI’s Program Director, stated: “This grant is an indicative example of THI’s constant efforts on the promotion of entrepreneurship in Greece, during a period where it is mostly needed. This time we join forces with the MIT Enterprise Forum Greece, through offering to some of the participants of the organization’s competition the ability to participate to a workshop taught in one of the most prestigious institutions globally, the MIT, thus offering them valuable supplies for their future steps”. 

Katerina Saridaki, Executive Director of MITEF Greece, added: “This is an excellent learning opportunity for 10 startups of the MITEF Greece Startup Competition. During the workshop, Greek teams will work closely with an international group of entrepreneurs in the vibrant technological and entrepreneurial MIT community. At the same time visits to Boston firms, networking events and other activities organized by the faculty of MIT and MITEF Greece’s local advisors will open the path for collaboration between Greek companies and the US business community. We would like to express our thanks to THI for appreciating the value of this effort and supporting both MITEF Greece and the 10 Greek teams who are looking for opportunities to connect with the global entrepreneurial scene”.

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Additional information

Our Mission: Investing in the future of Greece through direct philanthropy and economic revitalization.

We empower people to provide crisis relief, encourage entrepreneurs, and create jobs.

We are The Hellenic Initiative (THI) – a global movement of the Greek Diaspora.

 

Visit our website:           http://www.TheHellenicInitiative.org/                                                                            http://onegreece.org

Like us on Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/thehellenicinitiative

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news-30 Tue, 09 Jun 2015 01:00:00 +0000 THE HELLENIC INITIATIVE SPONSORED FOR THE SECOND TIME THE INTERNATIONAL ACCELERATOR BOOTH AT SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST® (SXSW®) – 22 GREEK STARTUPS HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO PRESENT THEIR IDEAS http://www.thehellenicinitiative.org/press-room/recent-news/recent-news-item/showarticle/the-hellenic-initiative-sponsored-for-the-second-time-the-international-accelerator-booth-at-south-b-1/ THI was a proud sponsor for the second time of the International Accelerator booth at South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Interactive Festival, which took place March 13 through 17 in Austin, Texas (USA). SXSW® Interactive Festival is a gathering of the brightest minds in technology who come together to present exciting new products and share new THI was a proud sponsor for the second time of the International Accelerator booth at South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Interactive Festival, which took place March 13 through 17 in Austin, Texas (USA). SXSW® Interactive Festival is a gathering of the brightest minds in technology who come together to present exciting new products and share new ideas.

22 Greek startups represented by 31 people –the largest group of Greek startups– had the opportunity to present their innovative ideas and demonstrate their products and services on an international stage in one of the most innovative entrepreneurial environments in the US.

The festival was a great networking opportunity for the Greek startups to showcase their products and services and develop leads that may result in future partnerships. We continue to hear great feedback from the startups. Stay tuned to hear about the connections and advances their companies make!

 

 

“SXSW® was a great networking event”

Dr. George Koutitas,
CEO & Co-Founder of Gridmates Inc.



 


 “The Hellenic Initiative provided us with an exhibition stand and that gave us the unique opportunity to showcase our technology and gain some pretty interesting leads that may result in future partnerships” 

Petros Douvantzis
Evil Window Dog

 


 


“I was able to attract the interest of 2 serious investors” 

Serafim Karalexis 
Jackpot, LLC

 

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news-114 Tue, 09 Jun 2015 01:00:00 +0000 THE HELLENIC INITIATIVE SPONSORED FOR THE SECOND TIME THE INTERNATIONAL ACCELERATOR BOOTH AT SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST® (SXSW®) – 22 GREEK STARTUPS HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO PRESENT THEIR IDEAS http://www.thehellenicinitiative.org/press-room/recent-news/recent-news-item/showarticle/the-hellenic-initiative-sponsored-for-the-second-time-the-international-accelerator-booth-at-south-b/ THI was a proud sponsor for the second time of the International Accelerator booth at South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Interactive Festival, which took place March 13 through 17 in Austin, Texas (USA). SXSW® Interactive Festival is a gathering of the brightest minds in technology who come together to present exciting new products and share new THI was a proud sponsor for the second time of the International Accelerator booth at South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Interactive Festival, which took place March 13 through 17 in Austin, Texas (USA). SXSW® Interactive Festival is a gathering of the brightest minds in technology who come together to present exciting new products and share new ideas.

22 Greek startups represented by 31 people –the largest group of Greek startups– had the opportunity to present their innovative ideas and demonstrate their products and services on an international stage in one of the most innovative entrepreneurial environments in the US.

The festival was a great networking opportunity for the Greek startups to showcase their products and services and develop leads that may result in future partnerships. We continue to hear great feedback from the startups. Stay tuned to hear about the connections and advances their companies make!

 

 

“SXSW® was a great networking event”

Dr. George Koutitas,
CEO & Co-Founder of Gridmates Inc.



 


 “The Hellenic Initiative provided us with an exhibition stand and that gave us the unique opportunity to showcase our technology and gain some pretty interesting leads that may result in future partnerships” 

Petros Douvantzis
Evil Window Dog

 


 


“I was able to attract the interest of 2 serious investors” 

Serafim Karalexis 
Jackpot, LLC

 

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news-153 Tue, 02 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0000 THI Australia Inaugural Dinner -- Launching Internship Program http://www.thehellenicinitiative.org/press-room/recent-news/recent-news-item/showarticle/thi-australia-inaugural-dinner-launching-internship-program/ news-154 Tue, 02 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0000 THI Australia Inaugural Dinner -- Launching Internship Program http://www.thehellenicinitiative.org/press-room/recent-news/recent-news-item/showarticle/thi-australia-inaugural-dinner-launching-internship-program-1/ news-29 Wed, 20 May 2015 01:00:00 +0000 THE HELLENIC INITIATIVE ANNOUNCES A NEW GRANT OF $230,000 TO THE CARDIAC SURGERY DEPARTMENT OF THE UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL OF HERAKLION IN CRETE http://www.thehellenicinitiative.org/press-room/recent-news/recent-news-item/showarticle/the-hellenic-initiative-announces-a-new-grant-of-230000-to-the-cardiac-surgery-department-of-the-u/ Athens, 20th May, 2015 The Hellenic Initiative (TΗΙ) announces a grant of $230,000 to the Cardiac Surgery Department of the University Hospital of Heraklion, Crete. This grant is part of THI’s ongoing commitment to address consequences of the financial crisis in Greece. The grant will fully support the department’s operations and development for one year Athens, 20th May, 2015

The Hellenic Initiative (TΗΙ) announces a grant of $230,000 to the Cardiac Surgery Department of the University Hospital of Heraklion, Crete. This grant is part of THI’s ongoing commitment to address consequences of the financial crisis in Greece. The grant will fully support the department’s operations and development for one year, covering:

- staffing the department with doctors and nurses
- necessary equipment

The Cardiac Surgery Department of the University Hospital of Heraklion was established in 2013 to provide access to cardiac care at international standards. The Department is currently covering only 7% of the island’s needs, while the remaining patients are currently airlifted to the major hospitals of Athens or wait up to 45 days before treatment. With THI’s grant, the Department will cover 30% of Crete’s needs with the ability to perform 4-5 operations per week.

Dr. George Lazopoulos, Director of the Cardiac Surgery Department of the University Hospital of Heraclion, stated: "It is our great joy and honor to receive a grant by The Hellenic Initiative, especially during the hard times of the financial crisis. This grant will function as a safety net for our work, as it will push forward the Cardiac Surgery Department of the University Hospital of Heraklion towards its development, and contribute to the Department’s main purpose, saving lives."
 


Our Mission: Investing in the future of Greece through direct philanthropy and economic revitalization.
We empower people to provide crisis relief, encourage entrepreneurs, and create jobs.
We are The Hellenic Initiative (THI) - a global movement of the Greek Diaspora.
 

Visit our website:
http://www.TheHellenicInitiative.org/
onegreece.org

 
Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/thehellenicinitiative
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news-113 Wed, 20 May 2015 01:00:00 +0000 THE HELLENIC INITIATIVE ANNOUNCES A NEW GRANT OF $230,000 TO THE CARDIAC SURGERY DEPARTMENT OF THE UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL OF HERAKLION IN CRETE http://www.thehellenicinitiative.org/press-room/recent-news/recent-news-item/showarticle/the-hellenic-initiative-announces-a-new-grant-of-230000-to-the-cardiac-surgery-department-of-the-u-1/ Athens, 20th May, 2015 The Hellenic Initiative (TΗΙ) announces a grant of $230,000 to the Cardiac Surgery Department of the University Hospital of Heraklion, Crete. This grant is part of THI’s ongoing commitment to address consequences of the financial crisis in Greece. The grant will fully support the department’s operations and development for one year Athens, 20th May, 2015

The Hellenic Initiative (TΗΙ) announces a grant of $230,000 to the Cardiac Surgery Department of the University Hospital of Heraklion, Crete. This grant is part of THI’s ongoing commitment to address consequences of the financial crisis in Greece. The grant will fully support the department’s operations and development for one year, covering:

- staffing the department with doctors and nurses
- necessary equipment

The Cardiac Surgery Department of the University Hospital of Heraklion was established in 2013 to provide access to cardiac care at international standards. The Department is currently covering only 7% of the island’s needs, while the remaining patients are currently airlifted to the major hospitals of Athens or wait up to 45 days before treatment. With THI’s grant, the Department will cover 30% of Crete’s needs with the ability to perform 4-5 operations per week.

Dr. George Lazopoulos, Director of the Cardiac Surgery Department of the University Hospital of Heraclion, stated: "It is our great joy and honor to receive a grant by The Hellenic Initiative, especially during the hard times of the financial crisis. This grant will function as a safety net for our work, as it will push forward the Cardiac Surgery Department of the University Hospital of Heraklion towards its development, and contribute to the Department’s main purpose, saving lives."
 


Our Mission: Investing in the future of Greece through direct philanthropy and economic revitalization.
We empower people to provide crisis relief, encourage entrepreneurs, and create jobs.
We are The Hellenic Initiative (THI) - a global movement of the Greek Diaspora.
 

Visit our website:
http://www.TheHellenicInitiative.org/
onegreece.org

 
Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/thehellenicinitiative
Follow us on Twitter: #OneGreece

 

 

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news-28 Tue, 21 Apr 2015 01:00:00 +0000 THIRD ROUND OF VentureGarden OPENS FOR ENTRIES – THI OFFERS $50,000 AS GRANTS TO SUPPORT THE TOP PARTICIPATING COMPANIES http://www.thehellenicinitiative.org/press-room/recent-news/recent-news-item/showarticle/third-round-of-venturegarden-opens-for-entries-thi-offers-50000-as-grants-to-support-the-top-p/ “VentureGarden”- Helping People Grow Ideas, the program on the promotion of entrepreneurship Submission of Applications until May 11th ATHENS, April, the 15th, 2015 The Hellenic Initiative (THI) is pleased to announce that the new round for the submission of applications to VentureGarden has commenced. VentureGarden is conducted jointly by the Anatolia School of Business of “VentureGarden”- Helping People Grow Ideas, the program on the promotion of entrepreneurship

Submission of Applications until May 11th

ATHENS, April, the 15th, 2015

The Hellenic Initiative (THI) is pleased to announce that the new round for the submission of applications to VentureGarden has commenced. VentureGarden is conducted jointly by the Anatolia School of Business of the American College of Thessaloniki (ACT), member of Anatolia College, and ALBA Graduate Business School at the American College of Greece in Athens, with the support of The Hellenic Initiative. Applications for the third round of the intensive course program have already begun (www.venturegarden.com) and will last until May 11th, 2015. The courses will commence on May 18, preceded by the assessment phase.

 

VentureGarden is a comprehensive educational and training program for entrepreneurs that want to develop their skills, gain access to a continuously growing entrepreneurial network and receive hands-on training. The program is provided free of charge and is open to all people who wish to turn an idea into a business reality. This year THI will be supporting the top participating companies with a total of $50,000 provided as grants.

 

The program offers 10 intensive classes that will help participants structure their Business Model Canvas, and mentoring support for up to 12 months to make sure that their products or services fit to specific market needs and to boost their growth.

 

Since its launch in February 2014, more than 400 applications have been submitted with 119 selected to participate in Athens and Thessaloniki. During the past two rounds of VentureGarden, participants have attended over 152 hours of classes, while 42 teachers and mentors have offered participants counseling and substantial support. More than 260 hours of mentoring support have been offered to participating VentureGarden teams.

 

Michael Printzos, THI’s Program Director, noted: “VentureGarden is one of the projects THI is very proud of, since it is a program that addresses the fundamental problem of the development of entrepreneurship and aligns with THI’s strong commitment to support entrepreneurship, as an effective means of growth. This year we will be supporting the best of the participating companies with a total of $50,000 as grants. Our aim is to see them grow and be part of the solution that our country is looking, creating jobs and opportunities for all.”

For additional information concerning the completion of the application please visit www.venturegarden.gr.


 

Oli Mazi – All Together we can ensure an enduring, high quality of life for the people of Greece. If we do it now, and if we do it all together.

 

Visit our website:           http://www.TheHellenicInitiative.org/              onegreece.org

 

Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/thehellenicinitiative

Follow us on Twitter: #OneGreece

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news-112 Tue, 21 Apr 2015 01:00:00 +0000 THIRD ROUND OF VentureGarden OPENS FOR ENTRIES – THI OFFERS $50,000 AS GRANTS TO SUPPORT THE TOP PARTICIPATING COMPANIES http://www.thehellenicinitiative.org/press-room/recent-news/recent-news-item/showarticle/third-round-of-venturegarden-opens-for-entries-thi-offers-50000-as-grants-to-support-the-top-p-1/ “VentureGarden”- Helping People Grow Ideas, the program on the promotion of entrepreneurship Submission of Applications until May 11th ATHENS, April, the 15th, 2015 The Hellenic Initiative (THI) is pleased to announce that the new round for the submission of applications to VentureGarden has commenced. VentureGarden is conducted jointly by the Anatolia School of Business of “VentureGarden”- Helping People Grow Ideas, the program on the promotion of entrepreneurship

Submission of Applications until May 11th

ATHENS, April, the 15th, 2015

The Hellenic Initiative (THI) is pleased to announce that the new round for the submission of applications to VentureGarden has commenced. VentureGarden is conducted jointly by the Anatolia School of Business of the American College of Thessaloniki (ACT), member of Anatolia College, and ALBA Graduate Business School at the American College of Greece in Athens, with the support of The Hellenic Initiative. Applications for the third round of the intensive course program have already begun (www.venturegarden.com) and will last until May 11th, 2015. The courses will commence on May 18, preceded by the assessment phase.

 

VentureGarden is a comprehensive educational and training program for entrepreneurs that want to develop their skills, gain access to a continuously growing entrepreneurial network and receive hands-on training. The program is provided free of charge and is open to all people who wish to turn an idea into a business reality. This year THI will be supporting the top participating companies with a total of $50,000 provided as grants.

 

The program offers 10 intensive classes that will help participants structure their Business Model Canvas, and mentoring support for up to 12 months to make sure that their products or services fit to specific market needs and to boost their growth.

 

Since its launch in February 2014, more than 400 applications have been submitted with 119 selected to participate in Athens and Thessaloniki. During the past two rounds of VentureGarden, participants have attended over 152 hours of classes, while 42 teachers and mentors have offered participants counseling and substantial support. More than 260 hours of mentoring support have been offered to participating VentureGarden teams.

 

Michael Printzos, THI’s Program Director, noted: “VentureGarden is one of the projects THI is very proud of, since it is a program that addresses the fundamental problem of the development of entrepreneurship and aligns with THI’s strong commitment to support entrepreneurship, as an effective means of growth. This year we will be supporting the best of the participating companies with a total of $50,000 as grants. Our aim is to see them grow and be part of the solution that our country is looking, creating jobs and opportunities for all.”

For additional information concerning the completion of the application please visit www.venturegarden.gr.


 

Oli Mazi – All Together we can ensure an enduring, high quality of life for the people of Greece. If we do it now, and if we do it all together.

 

Visit our website:           http://www.TheHellenicInitiative.org/              onegreece.org

 

Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/thehellenicinitiative

Follow us on Twitter: #OneGreece

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news-134 Fri, 13 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0000 SXSW 2015 http://www.thehellenicinitiative.org/press-room/recent-news/recent-news-item/showarticle/sxsw-2015-1/ news-139 Fri, 13 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0000 SXSW 2015 http://www.thehellenicinitiative.org/press-room/recent-news/recent-news-item/showarticle/sxsw-2015/ news-27 Tue, 10 Mar 2015 02:00:00 +0000 The Hellenic Initiative sponsors twenty-two Greek startups to attend and present their innovative ideas at South by Southwest® Interactive Festival (SXSW®) http://www.thehellenicinitiative.org/press-room/recent-news/recent-news-item/showarticle/the-hellenic-initiative-sponsors-twenty-two-greek-startups-to-attend-and-present-their-innovative-id/ Athens, March 10, 2015 The Hellenic Initiative (THI) is again a proud sponsor of the International Accelerator booth at SXSW® Interactive, which opens on March 13, 2015, in Austin, Texas (USA). The booth will host thirty-one people representing twenty-two promising Greek startups. These startups will have the opportunity to demonstrate their products and services on  Athens, March 10, 2015

The Hellenic Initiative (THI) is again a proud sponsor of the International Accelerator booth at SXSW® Interactive, which opens on March 13, 2015, in Austin, Texas (USA). The booth will host thirty-one people representing twenty-two promising Greek startups. These startups will have the opportunity to demonstrate their products and services on an international stage at one of the most cutting-edge technology and entrepreneur events in the world. This will be the largest group of Greek startups participating in an international startup event.

This is the second year THI is helping sponsor Greek companies to participate in the SXSW® Interactive.  Last year, THI, in partnership and with assistance from the Libra Group, sponsored sixteen Greek startups, three of which secured more than $6 million in funding following their attendance at SXSW.

THI’s ongoing support of Greek startups at SXSW® is based on its strong belief that entrepreneurship is a key element in building a new generation of viable and innovative business projects that can contribute to Greece’s future prosperity.

The Greek startups participating at this year’s event represent a variety of fields ranging from art and culture to technology products and services. The participating Greek startups this year include:

  • ACEin DELEGATE
  • Agiltech
  • Bluperty
  • Clio Muse
  • College Link
  • e-Satisfaction
  • Eventora Connect
  • Gamifico
  • Goodvidio
  • Gridmates
  • Horizon
  • Incelligent
  • isMood
  • Jackpot LLC
  • NIMBATA
  • Rabt
  • Respi
  • Schoox
  • Spaceseep
  • SourceLair
  • TomoTECH
  • TruckBird

 

The Greek startups’ participation at SXSW® is co-sponsored by AngelouEconomics, Pflugerville CDC, International Accelerator and the Austin Chapter of AHEPA.

Additional information

About The Hellenic Initiative:

The Hellenic Initiative (THI) is a global, nonprofit, secular institution whose vision is to mobilize the Greek diaspora and philhellene community to invest in the future of Greece through programs focused on crisis relief, entrepreneurship and economic development:

 

  • Crisis relief– supporting high impact non-profit organizations that are providing a critical safety net to families affected by the economic crisis.
  • Entrepreneurship – building a new generation of business and civic leaders and helping them nurture good ideas into viable businesses and social ventures.
  • Economic development – mobilizing investment capital to get Greece’s economy moving again while charting a path to long-term prosperity.

 

Oli Mazi – All Together we can ensure an enduring, high quality of life for the people of Greece. If we do it now, and if we do it all together.

 

Visit our website: http://www.TheHellenicInitiative.org/                                    onegreece.org

Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/thehellenicinitiative

Follow us on Twitter: #OneGreece

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news-111 Tue, 10 Mar 2015 02:00:00 +0000 The Hellenic Initiative sponsors twenty-two Greek startups to attend and present their innovative ideas at South by Southwest® Interactive Festival (SXSW®) http://www.thehellenicinitiative.org/press-room/recent-news/recent-news-item/showarticle/the-hellenic-initiative-sponsors-twenty-two-greek-startups-to-attend-and-present-their-innovative-id-1/ Athens, March 10, 2015 The Hellenic Initiative (THI) is again a proud sponsor of the International Accelerator booth at SXSW® Interactive, which opens on March 13, 2015, in Austin, Texas (USA). The booth will host thirty-one people representing twenty-two promising Greek startups. These startups will have the opportunity to demonstrate their products and services on  Athens, March 10, 2015

The Hellenic Initiative (THI) is again a proud sponsor of the International Accelerator booth at SXSW® Interactive, which opens on March 13, 2015, in Austin, Texas (USA). The booth will host thirty-one people representing twenty-two promising Greek startups. These startups will have the opportunity to demonstrate their products and services on an international stage at one of the most cutting-edge technology and entrepreneur events in the world. This will be the largest group of Greek startups participating in an international startup event.

This is the second year THI is helping sponsor Greek companies to participate in the SXSW® Interactive.  Last year, THI, in partnership and with assistance from the Libra Group, sponsored sixteen Greek startups, three of which secured more than $6 million in funding following their attendance at SXSW.

THI’s ongoing support of Greek startups at SXSW® is based on its strong belief that entrepreneurship is a key element in building a new generation of viable and innovative business projects that can contribute to Greece’s future prosperity.

The Greek startups participating at this year’s event represent a variety of fields ranging from art and culture to technology products and services. The participating Greek startups this year include:

  • ACEin DELEGATE
  • Agiltech
  • Bluperty
  • Clio Muse
  • College Link
  • e-Satisfaction
  • Eventora Connect
  • Gamifico
  • Goodvidio
  • Gridmates
  • Horizon
  • Incelligent
  • isMood
  • Jackpot LLC
  • NIMBATA
  • Rabt
  • Respi
  • Schoox
  • Spaceseep
  • SourceLair
  • TomoTECH
  • TruckBird

 

The Greek startups’ participation at SXSW® is co-sponsored by AngelouEconomics, Pflugerville CDC, International Accelerator and the Austin Chapter of AHEPA.

Additional information

About The Hellenic Initiative:

The Hellenic Initiative (THI) is a global, nonprofit, secular institution whose vision is to mobilize the Greek diaspora and philhellene community to invest in the future of Greece through programs focused on crisis relief, entrepreneurship and economic development:

 

  • Crisis relief– supporting high impact non-profit organizations that are providing a critical safety net to families affected by the economic crisis.
  • Entrepreneurship – building a new generation of business and civic leaders and helping them nurture good ideas into viable businesses and social ventures.
  • Economic development – mobilizing investment capital to get Greece’s economy moving again while charting a path to long-term prosperity.

 

Oli Mazi – All Together we can ensure an enduring, high quality of life for the people of Greece. If we do it now, and if we do it all together.

 

Visit our website: http://www.TheHellenicInitiative.org/                                    onegreece.org

Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/thehellenicinitiative

Follow us on Twitter: #OneGreece

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news-26 Fri, 06 Mar 2015 02:01:00 +0000 THE HELLENIC INITIATIVE ANNOUNCES A NEW GRANT OF $300,000 TO THE INTERNATIONAL ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN CHARITIES - IOCC http://www.thehellenicinitiative.org/press-room/recent-news/recent-news-item/showarticle/the-hellenic-initiative-announces-a-new-grant-of-300000-to-the-international-orthodox-christian-c/ Athens, 06 March 2015 The Hellenic Initiative (TΗΙ) announces a grant of $300.000 to IOCC, as part of THI’s mission to advance proven solutions in order to promote recovery and renewal in Greece. This grant will provide: - Fresh food items through a network of retailers - Food parcels containing dry items - Assistance to Athens, 06 March 2015 The Hellenic Initiative (TΗΙ) announces a grant of $300.000 to IOCC, as part of THI’s mission to advance proven solutions in order to promote recovery and renewal in Greece. This grant will provide:

-        Fresh food items through a network of retailers

-        Food parcels containing dry items

-        Assistance to agricultural cooperatives

-        Distribution of heating fuel in welfare institutions located in Northern Greece

-        Medical supplies to Greek hospitals

This grant is part of the $2 million GIVE FOR GREECE II program supported by the Jaharis Family Foundation Inc., John G. Rangos, Sr. Family Foundation, the Styliades Hellenic Orthodox Foundation, the John C. Kulis Charitable Foundation, the Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society, AHEPA, the Pancretan Association of America, the Kallinikeion Foundation, the Gerondelis Foundation, the Chios Society as well as thousands of individual donors.  IOCC in cooperation with Apostoli expects that almost 2,400 families will secure food aid, 30 agricultural organizations will receive training and resources to improve their capacity, and 700,000 Greeks will benefit from the provision of medical supplies to the Greek hospitals. IOCC and Apostoli have already distributed 21,000 gal. of heating oil to 33 institutions.

Michael Printzos, THI’s Program Director, stated: “We are really proud to be supporting IOCC & Apostoli for a second year. What we did last year served as food for thought for this year’s program. We are joining forces with a number of different foundations and thousands of individuals leveraging our $300,000 donation to a total of $2,000,000 that will reach the ones in need in Greece”

Additional information

About The Hellenic Initiative:

The Hellenic Initiative (THI) is a global, nonprofit, secular institution whose vision is to mobilize the Greek diaspora and philhellene community to invest in the future of Greece through programs focused on crisis relief, entrepreneurship and economic development:

 

  • Crisis relief – supporting high impact non-profit organizations that are providing a critical safety net to families affected by the economic crisis.
  • Entrepreneurship – building a new generation of business and civic leaders and helping them nurture good ideas into viable businesses and social ventures.
  • Economic development – mobilizing investment capital to get Greece’s economy moving again while charting a path to long-term prosperity.

 

Oli Mazi – All Together we can ensure an enduring, high quality of life for the people of Greece. If we do it now, and if we do it all together.

Visit our website:           http://www.TheHellenicInitiative.org/                                                                            onegreece.org

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news-110 Fri, 06 Mar 2015 02:01:00 +0000 THE HELLENIC INITIATIVE ANNOUNCES A NEW GRANT OF $300,000 TO THE INTERNATIONAL ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN CHARITIES - IOCC http://www.thehellenicinitiative.org/press-room/recent-news/recent-news-item/showarticle/the-hellenic-initiative-announces-a-new-grant-of-300000-to-the-international-orthodox-christian-c-1/ Athens, 06 March 2015 The Hellenic Initiative (TΗΙ) announces a grant of $300.000 to IOCC, as part of THI’s mission to advance proven solutions in order to promote recovery and renewal in Greece. This grant will provide: - Fresh food items through a network of retailers - Food parcels containing dry items - Assistance to Athens, 06 March 2015 The Hellenic Initiative (TΗΙ) announces a grant of $300.000 to IOCC, as part of THI’s mission to advance proven solutions in order to promote recovery and renewal in Greece. This grant will provide:

-        Fresh food items through a network of retailers

-        Food parcels containing dry items

-        Assistance to agricultural cooperatives

-        Distribution of heating fuel in welfare institutions located in Northern Greece

-        Medical supplies to Greek hospitals

This grant is part of the $2 million GIVE FOR GREECE II program supported by the Jaharis Family Foundation Inc., John G. Rangos, Sr. Family Foundation, the Styliades Hellenic Orthodox Foundation, the John C. Kulis Charitable Foundation, the Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society, AHEPA, the Pancretan Association of America, the Kallinikeion Foundation, the Gerondelis Foundation, the Chios Society as well as thousands of individual donors.  IOCC in cooperation with Apostoli expects that almost 2,400 families will secure food aid, 30 agricultural organizations will receive training and resources to improve their capacity, and 700,000 Greeks will benefit from the provision of medical supplies to the Greek hospitals. IOCC and Apostoli have already distributed 21,000 gal. of heating oil to 33 institutions.

Michael Printzos, THI’s Program Director, stated: “We are really proud to be supporting IOCC & Apostoli for a second year. What we did last year served as food for thought for this year’s program. We are joining forces with a number of different foundations and thousands of individuals leveraging our $300,000 donation to a total of $2,000,000 that will reach the ones in need in Greece”

Additional information

About The Hellenic Initiative:

The Hellenic Initiative (THI) is a global, nonprofit, secular institution whose vision is to mobilize the Greek diaspora and philhellene community to invest in the future of Greece through programs focused on crisis relief, entrepreneurship and economic development:

 

  • Crisis relief – supporting high impact non-profit organizations that are providing a critical safety net to families affected by the economic crisis.
  • Entrepreneurship – building a new generation of business and civic leaders and helping them nurture good ideas into viable businesses and social ventures.
  • Economic development – mobilizing investment capital to get Greece’s economy moving again while charting a path to long-term prosperity.

 

Oli Mazi – All Together we can ensure an enduring, high quality of life for the people of Greece. If we do it now, and if we do it all together.

Visit our website:           http://www.TheHellenicInitiative.org/                                                                            onegreece.org

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news-25 Fri, 06 Mar 2015 02:00:00 +0000 THE HELLENIC ENTREPRENEURSHIP AWARD INCREASES 2015 AWARD FUNDING TO €1 MILLION http://www.thehellenicinitiative.org/press-room/recent-news/recent-news-item/showarticle/the-hellenic-entrepreneurship-award-increases-2015-award-funding-to-EUR1-million/ - Application submission deadline extended to Monday 23 March 2015 Athens, 4 March 2015 - The Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award has announced that it has raised the prize funding for its 2015 winners from €700,000 to €1 million. This follows intensified interest in this year’s award programme with record numbers of applicants. Furthermore, in response to the overwhelming participation -   Application submission deadline extended to Monday 23 March 2015

Athens, 4 March 2015 The Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award has announced that it has raised the prize funding for its 2015 winners from €700,000 to €1 million. This follows intensified interest in this year’s award programme with record numbers of applicants.

Furthermore, in response to the overwhelming participation in the 2015 award, HEA has announced an extension of the application submission deadline to Monday 23 March 2015.

The organizers hope that both the increased prize fund and the closing date extension will motivate even more Greek businesses to apply for the award via the HEA’s website  (www.hellenicaward.com).

The Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award was founded in 2012, based on the belief that entrepreneurship is key to Greece’s future prosperity, especially during the economic downturn. The HEA, which is managed and funded by the Libra Group on behalf of The Hellenic Initiative, is open to both experienced and budding entrepreneurs, whose business plans exhibit sustainability, innovation and financial rigour, whilst creating jobs predominantly in Greece.

The HEA declares between one and five winners each year, providing them with all the necessary resources to bring their business ideas to fruition. The HEA 2015 Winners will share prize funding of up to €1.000.000, provided by the Libra Group and HEA’s Partners. In addition, each winner will receive mentorship from a highly experienced business professional, as well as business support services from – mostly Greek – companies. These span providers of legal, accounting, marketing, IT, communication and HR services.

Entries are welcomed from individuals or groups with a new business idea, whether or not they have prior business experience, as well as established, privately-held companies which can prove that they have an all-new business concept which is not related to their core activities and cannot be funded through existing resources.

Application submission deadline has been extended from 4th March to 23rd March 2015.
The names of the finalists will be announced at the beginning of May 2015.
The winners will be announced at the end of May 2015.

About the Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award:

The Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award was founded in 2012, aiming to support established and budding entrepreneurs by providing funding, support services and mentorship for start-up businesses. The Libra Group has committed over €7 million to the programme which will help entrepreneurs in Greece to generate economic growth in their homeland. The award partners are Piraeus Bank Group which has contributed to the training and education of participants since 2014 through its subsidiary, Excelixi Center of Sustainable Entrepreneurship; the Australian based property investment and developmentcompany, Jalouise Pty Ltd., and Mr Dimitri Goulandris. Amongst the winners’ supporters are Antidote, Lykourezos Law Offices, People for Business, Reed Smith, S&Team and SAP Hellas.

www.hellenicaward.com

About the Libra Group:

The Libra Group is an international business group comprising 30 subsidiaries operating across five continents. The Group has principal operations in shipping, aviation, real estate, hospitality and energy as well as a range of diversified investments. Developed from a shipping business founded in 1976 and owned by the Logothetis family, Libra is distinguished by a combination of traditional values, new ideas and an agile mindset that allows it to take advantage of opportunities. For more information please visit www.libra.com

About the Hellenic Initiative:

The Hellenic Initiative (THI) was founded in 2012 and is a global, non-profit, secular institution whose vision is to mobilize the Greek diaspora and philhellene community to develop sustainable financial programmes and businesses improvement programmes in order to lead Greeks to long term prosperity.

http://www.thehellenicinitiative.org

For further information please contact:

Christy Sotiriou
V+O COMMUNICATION
Office: +30 211 75 01 213
Email: csot@vando.gr

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news-109 Fri, 06 Mar 2015 02:00:00 +0000 THE HELLENIC ENTREPRENEURSHIP AWARD INCREASES 2015 AWARD FUNDING TO €1 MILLION http://www.thehellenicinitiative.org/press-room/recent-news/recent-news-item/showarticle/the-hellenic-entrepreneurship-award-increases-2015-award-funding-to-EUR1-million-1/ - Application submission deadline extended to Monday 23 March 2015 Athens, 4 March 2015 - The Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award has announced that it has raised the prize funding for its 2015 winners from €700,000 to €1 million. This follows intensified interest in this year’s award programme with record numbers of applicants. Furthermore, in response to the overwhelming participation -   Application submission deadline extended to Monday 23 March 2015

Athens, 4 March 2015 The Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award has announced that it has raised the prize funding for its 2015 winners from €700,000 to €1 million. This follows intensified interest in this year’s award programme with record numbers of applicants.

Furthermore, in response to the overwhelming participation in the 2015 award, HEA has announced an extension of the application submission deadline to Monday 23 March 2015.

The organizers hope that both the increased prize fund and the closing date extension will motivate even more Greek businesses to apply for the award via the HEA’s website  (www.hellenicaward.com).

The Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award was founded in 2012, based on the belief that entrepreneurship is key to Greece’s future prosperity, especially during the economic downturn. The HEA, which is managed and funded by the Libra Group on behalf of The Hellenic Initiative, is open to both experienced and budding entrepreneurs, whose business plans exhibit sustainability, innovation and financial rigour, whilst creating jobs predominantly in Greece.

The HEA declares between one and five winners each year, providing them with all the necessary resources to bring their business ideas to fruition. The HEA 2015 Winners will share prize funding of up to €1.000.000, provided by the Libra Group and HEA’s Partners. In addition, each winner will receive mentorship from a highly experienced business professional, as well as business support services from – mostly Greek – companies. These span providers of legal, accounting, marketing, IT, communication and HR services.

Entries are welcomed from individuals or groups with a new business idea, whether or not they have prior business experience, as well as established, privately-held companies which can prove that they have an all-new business concept which is not related to their core activities and cannot be funded through existing resources.

Application submission deadline has been extended from 4th March to 23rd March 2015.
The names of the finalists will be announced at the beginning of May 2015.
The winners will be announced at the end of May 2015.

About the Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award:

The Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award was founded in 2012, aiming to support established and budding entrepreneurs by providing funding, support services and mentorship for start-up businesses. The Libra Group has committed over €7 million to the programme which will help entrepreneurs in Greece to generate economic growth in their homeland. The award partners are Piraeus Bank Group which has contributed to the training and education of participants since 2014 through its subsidiary, Excelixi Center of Sustainable Entrepreneurship; the Australian based property investment and developmentcompany, Jalouise Pty Ltd., and Mr Dimitri Goulandris. Amongst the winners’ supporters are Antidote, Lykourezos Law Offices, People for Business, Reed Smith, S&Team and SAP Hellas.

www.hellenicaward.com

About the Libra Group:

The Libra Group is an international business group comprising 30 subsidiaries operating across five continents. The Group has principal operations in shipping, aviation, real estate, hospitality and energy as well as a range of diversified investments. Developed from a shipping business founded in 1976 and owned by the Logothetis family, Libra is distinguished by a combination of traditional values, new ideas and an agile mindset that allows it to take advantage of opportunities. For more information please visit www.libra.com

About the Hellenic Initiative:

The Hellenic Initiative (THI) was founded in 2012 and is a global, non-profit, secular institution whose vision is to mobilize the Greek diaspora and philhellene community to develop sustainable financial programmes and businesses improvement programmes in order to lead Greeks to long term prosperity.

http://www.thehellenicinitiative.org

For further information please contact:

Christy Sotiriou
V+O COMMUNICATION
Office: +30 211 75 01 213
Email: csot@vando.gr

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news-24 Mon, 15 Dec 2014 02:00:00 +0000 THE HELLENIC INITIATIVE AWARDS IN GRANTS $54,000 TO TWO GREEK NGOS; DESMOS & BOROUME http://www.thehellenicinitiative.org/press-room/recent-news/recent-news-item/showarticle/the-hellenic-initiative-awards-in-grants-54000-to-two-greek-ngos-desmos-boroume/ Athens, 15 December, 2014 The Hellenic Initiative (THI), as part of its crisis relief programs, approved two new grants, totaling $54,000, in support of two Greek non-profit organizations. Desmos (http://desmos.org/) and Boroume (http://www.boroume.gr/), two relatively young non-profit organizations with a proven track record, were selected as THI’s partners. Desmos is an NGO aiming at responsibly and Athens, 15 December, 2014 

The Hellenic Initiative (THI), as part of its crisis relief programs, approved two new grants, totaling $54,000, in support of two Greek non-profit organizations. Desmos (desmos.org) and Boroume (www.boroume.gr), two relatively young non-profit organizations with a proven track record, were selected as THI’s partners. Desmos is an NGO aiming at responsibly and effectively addressing the imminent social and humanitarian crisis through the involvement of the private sector. Respectively, Boroume is an NGO that fights food waste by organizing the distribution of surplus food for charity throughout Greece.

Both grants are part of the organization’s initiatives focused on the Greek crisis relief and they are expected to further strengthen THI’s existing programs to promote recovery and renewal in Greece. THI will help Desmos to undertake its newly launch Desmos Direct program (www.desmosdirect.org), an online platform that will connect potential donors with social welfare providers. With Boroume THI will aid its mission to create an even stronger and larger network that will enable the organization to offer more than its current 3,000 portions of food per day.

Michael Printzos, THI’s Program Director, stated: “THI’s new partners, Desmos and Boroume, demonstrate an innovative approach to problem solving and thus, they are expected to contribute to our common mission; to implement pioneer projects that generate a positive impact for society at large”.

Niki Kerameus, President of non-profit foundation Desmos, commented: “We are very proud to see that Desmos Direct, despite the short period of its public use, already hosts 158 profiles by individual donors, companies and organizations, while 790 needs have been registered. The Hellenic Initiative, through the provision of funding for the Desmos Direct operational expenses for one year, is an extremely valuable collaborator in our endeavor”. 

Alexandros Theodoridis, founding member of Boroume, added: “The Hellenic Initiative grant is very important for giving us the possibility to further develop our activities. This type of grant is of great significance for a small organization such as BOROUME because it covers costs which are difficult to cover with any other way”.

Additional information

About The Hellenic Initiative: 

The Hellenic Initiative (THI) is a global, nonprofit, secular institution whose vision is to mobilize the Greek diaspora and philhellene community to invest in the future of Greece through programs focused on crisis relief, entrepreneurship and economic development:

  • Crisis relief – supporting high impact non-profit organizations that are providing a critical safety net to families affected by the economic crisis.
  • Entrepreneurship – building a new generation of business and civic leaders and helping them nurture good ideas into viable businesses and social ventures.
  • Economic development – mobilizing investment capital to get Greece’s economy moving again while charting a path to long-term prosperity. 

Oli Mazi – All Together we can ensure an enduring, high quality of life for the people of Greece. If we do it now, and if we do it all together.

Visit our website:           http://www.TheHellenicInitiative.org/                                                                            onegreece.org

Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/thehellenicinitiative

Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/THI_onegreece

About Desmos:

Desmos is a Non-profit Foundation that was established by a team of young, dynamic individuals sharing a common vision to responsibly and effectively address the imminent social and humanitarian crisis through collaboration and the involvement of the private sector. Desmos utilizes surplus products and services to meet the basic needs of vulnerable groups and individuals.

Visit Desmos’ website: desmos.org

About Boroume:

BOROUME is a non-profit organisation that fights food waste by organizing the distribution of surplus food for charity throughout Greece. It was founded in January 2012 although the initial idea was conceived in 2011. BOROUME is a communication hub between food donors and recipient organizations (welfare institutions, soup-kitchens, municipal social services) that creates “bridges” between those who have to give and those who need to receive food.

Since 2011, BOROUME has created thousands of such “bridges”, often of permanent nature, and on average offers more than 2.500 portions of food per day through its network.

Through its innovative model of utilizing food that otherwise fould end in the garbage, BOROUME aims at creating a social movement against food waste.

Visit Boroume’s website: www.boroume.gr

 

 

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news-108 Mon, 15 Dec 2014 02:00:00 +0000 THE HELLENIC INITIATIVE AWARDS IN GRANTS $54,000 TO TWO GREEK NGOS; DESMOS & BOROUME http://www.thehellenicinitiative.org/press-room/recent-news/recent-news-item/showarticle/the-hellenic-initiative-awards-in-grants-54000-to-two-greek-ngos-desmos-boroume-1/ Athens, 15 December, 2014 The Hellenic Initiative (THI), as part of its crisis relief programs, approved two new grants, totaling $54,000, in support of two Greek non-profit organizations. Desmos (http://desmos.org/) and Boroume (http://www.boroume.gr/), two relatively young non-profit organizations with a proven track record, were selected as THI’s partners. Desmos is an NGO aiming at responsibly and Athens, 15 December, 2014 

The Hellenic Initiative (THI), as part of its crisis relief programs, approved two new grants, totaling $54,000, in support of two Greek non-profit organizations. Desmos (desmos.org) and Boroume (www.boroume.gr), two relatively young non-profit organizations with a proven track record, were selected as THI’s partners. Desmos is an NGO aiming at responsibly and effectively addressing the imminent social and humanitarian crisis through the involvement of the private sector. Respectively, Boroume is an NGO that fights food waste by organizing the distribution of surplus food for charity throughout Greece.

Both grants are part of the organization’s initiatives focused on the Greek crisis relief and they are expected to further strengthen THI’s existing programs to promote recovery and renewal in Greece. THI will help Desmos to undertake its newly launch Desmos Direct program (www.desmosdirect.org), an online platform that will connect potential donors with social welfare providers. With Boroume THI will aid its mission to create an even stronger and larger network that will enable the organization to offer more than its current 3,000 portions of food per day.

Michael Printzos, THI’s Program Director, stated: “THI’s new partners, Desmos and Boroume, demonstrate an innovative approach to problem solving and thus, they are expected to contribute to our common mission; to implement pioneer projects that generate a positive impact for society at large”.

Niki Kerameus, President of non-profit foundation Desmos, commented: “We are very proud to see that Desmos Direct, despite the short period of its public use, already hosts 158 profiles by individual donors, companies and organizations, while 790 needs have been registered. The Hellenic Initiative, through the provision of funding for the Desmos Direct operational expenses for one year, is an extremely valuable collaborator in our endeavor”. 

Alexandros Theodoridis, founding member of Boroume, added: “The Hellenic Initiative grant is very important for giving us the possibility to further develop our activities. This type of grant is of great significance for a small organization such as BOROUME because it covers costs which are difficult to cover with any other way”.

Additional information

About The Hellenic Initiative: 

The Hellenic Initiative (THI) is a global, nonprofit, secular institution whose vision is to mobilize the Greek diaspora and philhellene community to invest in the future of Greece through programs focused on crisis relief, entrepreneurship and economic development:

  • Crisis relief – supporting high impact non-profit organizations that are providing a critical safety net to families affected by the economic crisis.
  • Entrepreneurship – building a new generation of business and civic leaders and helping them nurture good ideas into viable businesses and social ventures.
  • Economic development – mobilizing investment capital to get Greece’s economy moving again while charting a path to long-term prosperity. 

Oli Mazi – All Together we can ensure an enduring, high quality of life for the people of Greece. If we do it now, and if we do it all together.

Visit our website:           http://www.TheHellenicInitiative.org/                                                                            onegreece.org

Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/thehellenicinitiative

Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/THI_onegreece

About Desmos:

Desmos is a Non-profit Foundation that was established by a team of young, dynamic individuals sharing a common vision to responsibly and effectively address the imminent social and humanitarian crisis through collaboration and the involvement of the private sector. Desmos utilizes surplus products and services to meet the basic needs of vulnerable groups and individuals.

Visit Desmos’ website: desmos.org

About Boroume:

BOROUME is a non-profit organisation that fights food waste by organizing the distribution of surplus food for charity throughout Greece. It was founded in January 2012 although the initial idea was conceived in 2011. BOROUME is a communication hub between food donors and recipient organizations (welfare institutions, soup-kitchens, municipal social services) that creates “bridges” between those who have to give and those who need to receive food.

Since 2011, BOROUME has created thousands of such “bridges”, often of permanent nature, and on average offers more than 2.500 portions of food per day through its network.

Through its innovative model of utilizing food that otherwise fould end in the garbage, BOROUME aims at creating a social movement against food waste.

Visit Boroume’s website: www.boroume.gr

 

 

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news-33 Wed, 19 Nov 2014 02:00:00 +0000 Third Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award Opens for Entries http://www.thehellenicinitiative.org/press-room/recent-news/recent-news-item/showarticle/third-hellenic-entrepreneurship-award-opens-for-entries/ - Applications invited for Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award 2015 - More Greek start-up businesses stand to win mentoring, business support and prize funding of up to 700,000 Euros ATHENS, Greece,19 November 2014 – The Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award (HEA) has announced that its third annual award programme is now open and invites Greek start-up businesses to submit entries for - Applications invited for Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award 2015

-  More Greek start-up businesses stand to win mentoring, business support and prize funding of up to 700,000 Euros

ATHENS, Greece,19 November 2014  –  The Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award (HEA) has announced that its third annual award programme is now open and invites Greek start-up businesses to submit entries for the 2015 contest. Based on a belief that entrepreneurship is key to Greece’s future prosperity, the Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award was created in 2012 by the Libra Group in the midst of deep economic recession. Its aim was to stimulate entrepreneurial spirit through practical support and start-up funding for Greece’s most promising businesses. Since then eight innovative new businesses across a variety of sectors have received the award. Together they have created hundreds of direct and indirect jobs and are making a contribution to the Greek economy.

The HEA, which is managed and funded by the Libra Group on behalf of The Hellenic Initiative, awards between one and five winners each year, providing them with all the necessary resources to realise new and innovative business ideas.  In addition to interest-free start-up funding, the award programme provides winners with a wide range of business support services, as well as mentorship from highly experienced business professionals. Winners in 2015 will share a total prize fund of approximately €700,000 provided by the Libra Group and its award partners.

The Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award is open to both experienced and budding entrepreneurs in Greece, whose business plans exhibit sustainability, financial prudence and innovation, whilst creating jobs predominantly in Greece.

Entries are encouraged from individuals or groups with a business idea, whether or not they have prior business experience, as well as established unlisted companies which can prove that they have an all-new business concept which is not related to their core activities and cannot be funded through existing resources.

An essential requirement is that the contestants will establish their business in Greece and can prove that they and their company will operate predominantly in Greece, thus contributing to the economy and creating jobs locally.

During the first two years of the award, more than 2,000 entrants registered via the Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award website (www.hellenicaward.com), while approximately 800 business plans were submitted. All were thoroughly evaluated by the panel of judges before the eventual winners were declared.

In the past two years, the Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award has been won by:

2013 Winners:

1. Stella Mare, a seafood processing and trading business which is targeted at both domestic and global markets

2.  Casa Parlante, a “Living Museum”, depicting the everyday life of a noble family in a historic 19th century mansion in Corfu

3. Different & Different, a culinary academy and innovative catering company

4. rabt, a platform and mobile/ tablet application which generates curated video sequences for every user

 

2014 Winners:

5. Anassa Organics, a producer of  premium herbal teas and infusions, addressing Greek and global markets

6. e-satisfaction, an independent platform that records e-shoppers’ entire online shopping experience from browsing through ordering to delivery – set to become a comprehensive e-commerce rating tool

7. Open Circle, A web-based equity crowdfunding platform where visionary entrepreneurs present their business concepts and engage with investors who may wish to participate

8. RTsafe,  A revolutionary approach to optimising the effectiveness of radiotherapy for cancer patients while minimizing the likelihood  of harmful side effects

All of the 2013 winners are now actively trading and are on target with their business plans while the 2014 winners’ launch plans are well under way. It is estimated that over 500 direct and indirect jobs have been created by HEA winners. In addition to the mentors dedicated to each winner, a number of - mostly Greek - companies have come forward to provide pro bono support to winners. These span providers of legal, accounting, marketing, IT, communication and HR services. Award partners and supporters include Piraeus Bank, SAP, Jalouise Pty of Australia and Mr Dimitri Goulandris.

“Following two successful competitions, hundreds of business plans and eight winners, the Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award has now matured, maintaining its initial goal of stimulating entrepreneurship in Greece and supporting those with the vision and will to create sustainable businesses for our country.  We are delighted to be launching a third Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award  and look forward to rewarding the creativity and hard work that can be a force for change in Greece”, stated Jimmy Athanasopoulos, Director of the Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award.

The Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award website is now accepting applications at www.hellenicaward.com.

The application submission deadline is 4th March 2015.

The names of the finalists will be announced at the beginning of May 2015.

The winners will be announced at the end of May 2015.

About the Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award:

The Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award was founded in 2012, aiming to support established and budding entrepreneurs to materialise their new business ideas, by providing funding, support services and mentorship. The Libra Group has committed over €7 million to the programme which will help entrepreneurs in Greece to generate economic growth in their homeland. The award partners are Piraeus Bank Group which has contributed to the training and education of participants since 2014, through its subsidiary, Excelixi Center of Sustainable Entrepreneurship; the Australian based property investment and development company, Jalouise Pty Ltd., and Mr Dimitri Goulandris. Amongst the winners’ supporters are Antidote, Lykourezos Law Offices, People for Business, Reed Smith, S&Team and SAP Hellas.

www.hellenicaward.com

About the Libra Group:

The Libra Group is an international family business group comprising 30 subsidiaries operating across five continents. The Group has principal operations in shipping, aviation, real estate, hospitality and energy as well as a range of diversified investments. Developed from a shipping business founded in 1976 and owned by the Logothetis family, Libra is distinguished by a combination of traditional values, new ideas and an agile mindset that allows it to take advantage of opportunities. For more information please visit www.libra.com

About the Hellenic Initiative:

The Hellenic Initiative (THI) was founded in 2012 and is a global, non-profit, secular institution whose vision is to mobilize the Greek diaspora and philhellene community to develop sustainable financial programmes and businesses improvement programmes in order to lead Greeks to long term prosperity.

http://www.thehellenicinitiative.org

For further information please contact:

Christy Sotiriou
V+O Communication, Athens
Office: +30 211 75 01 213
Email: csot(at)vando(dot)gr
Gareth Zundel
Libra Group
Office: +44 20 7245 8700
Email: gareth.zundel@libra.com

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news-117 Wed, 19 Nov 2014 02:00:00 +0000 Third Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award Opens for Entries http://www.thehellenicinitiative.org/press-room/recent-news/recent-news-item/showarticle/third-hellenic-entrepreneurship-award-opens-for-entries-1/ - Applications invited for Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award 2015 - More Greek start-up businesses stand to win mentoring, business support and prize funding of up to 700,000 Euros ATHENS, Greece,19 November 2014 – The Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award (HEA) has announced that its third annual award programme is now open and invites Greek start-up businesses to submit entries for - Applications invited for Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award 2015

-  More Greek start-up businesses stand to win mentoring, business support and prize funding of up to 700,000 Euros

ATHENS, Greece,19 November 2014  –  The Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award (HEA) has announced that its third annual award programme is now open and invites Greek start-up businesses to submit entries for the 2015 contest. Based on a belief that entrepreneurship is key to Greece’s future prosperity, the Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award was created in 2012 by the Libra Group in the midst of deep economic recession. Its aim was to stimulate entrepreneurial spirit through practical support and start-up funding for Greece’s most promising businesses. Since then eight innovative new businesses across a variety of sectors have received the award. Together they have created hundreds of direct and indirect jobs and are making a contribution to the Greek economy.

The HEA, which is managed and funded by the Libra Group on behalf of The Hellenic Initiative, awards between one and five winners each year, providing them with all the necessary resources to realise new and innovative business ideas.  In addition to interest-free start-up funding, the award programme provides winners with a wide range of business support services, as well as mentorship from highly experienced business professionals. Winners in 2015 will share a total prize fund of approximately €700,000 provided by the Libra Group and its award partners.

The Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award is open to both experienced and budding entrepreneurs in Greece, whose business plans exhibit sustainability, financial prudence and innovation, whilst creating jobs predominantly in Greece.

Entries are encouraged from individuals or groups with a business idea, whether or not they have prior business experience, as well as established unlisted companies which can prove that they have an all-new business concept which is not related to their core activities and cannot be funded through existing resources.

An essential requirement is that the contestants will establish their business in Greece and can prove that they and their company will operate predominantly in Greece, thus contributing to the economy and creating jobs locally.

During the first two years of the award, more than 2,000 entrants registered via the Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award website (www.hellenicaward.com), while approximately 800 business plans were submitted. All were thoroughly evaluated by the panel of judges before the eventual winners were declared.

In the past two years, the Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award has been won by:

2013 Winners:

1. Stella Mare, a seafood processing and trading business which is targeted at both domestic and global markets

2.  Casa Parlante, a “Living Museum”, depicting the everyday life of a noble family in a historic 19th century mansion in Corfu

3. Different & Different, a culinary academy and innovative catering company

4. rabt, a platform and mobile/ tablet application which generates curated video sequences for every user

 

2014 Winners:

5. Anassa Organics, a producer of  premium herbal teas and infusions, addressing Greek and global markets

6. e-satisfaction, an independent platform that records e-shoppers’ entire online shopping experience from browsing through ordering to delivery – set to become a comprehensive e-commerce rating tool

7. Open Circle, A web-based equity crowdfunding platform where visionary entrepreneurs present their business concepts and engage with investors who may wish to participate

8. RTsafe,  A revolutionary approach to optimising the effectiveness of radiotherapy for cancer patients while minimizing the likelihood  of harmful side effects

All of the 2013 winners are now actively trading and are on target with their business plans while the 2014 winners’ launch plans are well under way. It is estimated that over 500 direct and indirect jobs have been created by HEA winners. In addition to the mentors dedicated to each winner, a number of - mostly Greek - companies have come forward to provide pro bono support to winners. These span providers of legal, accounting, marketing, IT, communication and HR services. Award partners and supporters include Piraeus Bank, SAP, Jalouise Pty of Australia and Mr Dimitri Goulandris.

“Following two successful competitions, hundreds of business plans and eight winners, the Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award has now matured, maintaining its initial goal of stimulating entrepreneurship in Greece and supporting those with the vision and will to create sustainable businesses for our country.  We are delighted to be launching a third Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award  and look forward to rewarding the creativity and hard work that can be a force for change in Greece”, stated Jimmy Athanasopoulos, Director of the Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award.

The Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award website is now accepting applications at www.hellenicaward.com.

The application submission deadline is 4th March 2015.

The names of the finalists will be announced at the beginning of May 2015.

The winners will be announced at the end of May 2015.

About the Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award:

The Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award was founded in 2012, aiming to support established and budding entrepreneurs to materialise their new business ideas, by providing funding, support services and mentorship. The Libra Group has committed over €7 million to the programme which will help entrepreneurs in Greece to generate economic growth in their homeland. The award partners are Piraeus Bank Group which has contributed to the training and education of participants since 2014, through its subsidiary, Excelixi Center of Sustainable Entrepreneurship; the Australian based property investment and development company, Jalouise Pty Ltd., and Mr Dimitri Goulandris. Amongst the winners’ supporters are Antidote, Lykourezos Law Offices, People for Business, Reed Smith, S&Team and SAP Hellas.

www.hellenicaward.com

About the Libra Group:

The Libra Group is an international family business group comprising 30 subsidiaries operating across five continents. The Group has principal operations in shipping, aviation, real estate, hospitality and energy as well as a range of diversified investments. Developed from a shipping business founded in 1976 and owned by the Logothetis family, Libra is distinguished by a combination of traditional values, new ideas and an agile mindset that allows it to take advantage of opportunities. For more information please visit www.libra.com

About the Hellenic Initiative:

The Hellenic Initiative (THI) was founded in 2012 and is a global, non-profit, secular institution whose vision is to mobilize the Greek diaspora and philhellene community to develop sustainable financial programmes and businesses improvement programmes in order to lead Greeks to long term prosperity.

http://www.thehellenicinitiative.org

For further information please contact:

Christy Sotiriou
V+O Communication, Athens
Office: +30 211 75 01 213
Email: csot(at)vando(dot)gr
Gareth Zundel
Libra Group
Office: +44 20 7245 8700
Email: gareth.zundel@libra.com

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news-23 Thu, 09 Oct 2014 01:01:00 +0000 The Hellenic Initiative's 2nd Annual Banquet raises more than $2 million http://www.thehellenicinitiative.org/press-room/recent-news/recent-news-item/showarticle/the-hellenic-initiatives-2nd-annual-banquet-raises-more-than-2-million/ ~ Event honored George D. Behrakis, John Pappajohn, and Peter G. Peterson~ ~Arianna Huffington Acted as Master of Ceremonies~ NEW YORK, Oct. 2, 2013 – The Hellenic Initiative’s (THI) Second Annual Banquet on Thursday night raised $2.293 million, making it one of the most successful fundraising initiatives ever within the Greek-American community. Focused on the theme, “Investing in the ~ Event honored George D. Behrakis, John Pappajohn, and Peter G. Peterson~

~Arianna Huffington Acted as Master of Ceremonies~

NEW YORK, Oct. 2, 2013 -- The Hellenic Initiative's (THI) Second Annual Banquet on Thursday night raised $2.293 million, making it one of the most successful fundraising initiatives ever within the Greek-American community.  Focused on the theme, "Investing in the Future of Greece," the banquet was attended by several Greek government representatives, including Notis Mitarachi, Vice Minister for Development & Competitiveness and Greek Ambassador to the United States, Christos Panagopoulos, as well as prominent members of the Greek-American community, including master of ceremonies Arianna Huffington, Ambassador John Negroponte, and several newly appointed Board members.

The event honored three outstanding individuals for their lifetime of entrepreneurship and philanthropy:  George D. Behrakis, Founder, The Behrakis Foundation; John Pappajohn, Founder, Pappajohn Capital Resources; and Peter G. Peterson, Founder and Chairman, Peter G. Peterson Foundation.

THI also reaffirmed its commitment to the promotion of a culture of entrepreneurship in Greece with a $500k contribution and $500k match from THI to expand upon its current entrepreneurial programs. This program will strengthen THI’s efforts to help entrepreneurs develop their businesses ideas.

Since its founding in 2012 by Andrew N. Liveris, Muhtar Kent, George David, George M. Logothetis, and George Stamas, The Hellenic Initiative has seen significant growth both in scale and in the support offered by the Greek diaspora and by individual and corporate sponsors. In the past year, the organization has supported Greek startups with its second annual Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award, contributed over $1.6 million to programs focused on Crisis Relief, created 50 paid internships through ReGeneration,  and developed a visionary and aggressive set of programs focused on ensuring a strong future for Greece. 

About The Hellenic Initiative:

The Hellenic Initiative (THI) is a global, nonprofit and non-governmental institution, whose vision is to mobilize the Greek diaspora and the philhellene community to invest in the future of Greece through programs focused on crisis relief, entrepreneurship and economic development:

  • Crisis relief – supporting high impact non-profit organizations that are providing a critical safety net to families affected by the economic crisis.
  • Entrepreneurship – building a new generation of business and civic leaders and helping them nurture good ideas into viable businesses and social ventures.
  • Economic development – mobilizing investment capital to get Greece’s economy moving again while charting a path to long-term prosperity.

 

Oli Mazi – All Together we can ensure an enduring, high quality of life for the people of Greece. Let us do it now, and let us do it all together.

Visit our website:      http://www.TheHellenicInitiative.org/    onegreece.org

Like us on Facebookwww.facebook.com/thehellenicinitiative

Follow us on Twitter@THI_OneGreece

 

 

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news-107 Thu, 09 Oct 2014 01:01:00 +0000 The Hellenic Initiative's 2nd Annual Banquet raises more than $2 million http://www.thehellenicinitiative.org/press-room/recent-news/recent-news-item/showarticle/the-hellenic-initiatives-2nd-annual-banquet-raises-more-than-2-million-1/ ~ Event honored George D. Behrakis, John Pappajohn, and Peter G. Peterson~ ~Arianna Huffington Acted as Master of Ceremonies~ NEW YORK, Oct. 2, 2013 – The Hellenic Initiative’s (THI) Second Annual Banquet on Thursday night raised $2.293 million, making it one of the most successful fundraising initiatives ever within the Greek-American community. Focused on the theme, “Investing in the ~ Event honored George D. Behrakis, John Pappajohn, and Peter G. Peterson~

~Arianna Huffington Acted as Master of Ceremonies~

NEW YORK, Oct. 2, 2013 -- The Hellenic Initiative's (THI) Second Annual Banquet on Thursday night raised $2.293 million, making it one of the most successful fundraising initiatives ever within the Greek-American community.  Focused on the theme, "Investing in the Future of Greece," the banquet was attended by several Greek government representatives, including Notis Mitarachi, Vice Minister for Development & Competitiveness and Greek Ambassador to the United States, Christos Panagopoulos, as well as prominent members of the Greek-American community, including master of ceremonies Arianna Huffington, Ambassador John Negroponte, and several newly appointed Board members.

The event honored three outstanding individuals for their lifetime of entrepreneurship and philanthropy:  George D. Behrakis, Founder, The Behrakis Foundation; John Pappajohn, Founder, Pappajohn Capital Resources; and Peter G. Peterson, Founder and Chairman, Peter G. Peterson Foundation.

THI also reaffirmed its commitment to the promotion of a culture of entrepreneurship in Greece with a $500k contribution and $500k match from THI to expand upon its current entrepreneurial programs. This program will strengthen THI’s efforts to help entrepreneurs develop their businesses ideas.

Since its founding in 2012 by Andrew N. Liveris, Muhtar Kent, George David, George M. Logothetis, and George Stamas, The Hellenic Initiative has seen significant growth both in scale and in the support offered by the Greek diaspora and by individual and corporate sponsors. In the past year, the organization has supported Greek startups with its second annual Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award, contributed over $1.6 million to programs focused on Crisis Relief, created 50 paid internships through ReGeneration,  and developed a visionary and aggressive set of programs focused on ensuring a strong future for Greece. 

About The Hellenic Initiative:

The Hellenic Initiative (THI) is a global, nonprofit and non-governmental institution, whose vision is to mobilize the Greek diaspora and the philhellene community to invest in the future of Greece through programs focused on crisis relief, entrepreneurship and economic development:

  • Crisis relief – supporting high impact non-profit organizations that are providing a critical safety net to families affected by the economic crisis.
  • Entrepreneurship – building a new generation of business and civic leaders and helping them nurture good ideas into viable businesses and social ventures.
  • Economic development – mobilizing investment capital to get Greece’s economy moving again while charting a path to long-term prosperity.

 

Oli Mazi – All Together we can ensure an enduring, high quality of life for the people of Greece. Let us do it now, and let us do it all together.

Visit our website:      http://www.TheHellenicInitiative.org/    onegreece.org

Like us on Facebookwww.facebook.com/thehellenicinitiative

Follow us on Twitter@THI_OneGreece

 

 

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news-22 Thu, 09 Oct 2014 01:00:00 +0000 The Hellenic Initiative Announces its Support to the ReGeneration Program http://www.thehellenicinitiative.org/press-room/recent-news/recent-news-item/showarticle/the-hellenic-initiative-announces-its-support-to-the-regeneration-program/ ATHENS, September, the 29th, 2014 The Hellenic Initiative (www.thehellenicinitiative.org) announces its support to the ReGeneration program (www.regeneration.gr), running under the Global Shapers Athens Hub. ReGeneration is a six-month internship program offering multi-faceted work experience, substantial training from certified trainers and plenty of opportunities for self-improvement and personal development. The program’s main objective is to bridge ATHENS, September, the 29th, 2014 

The Hellenic Initiative (www.thehellenicinitiative.org) announces its support to the ReGeneration program (www.regeneration.gr), running under the Global Shapers Athens Hub.

ReGeneration is a six-month internship program offering multi-faceted work experience, substantial training from certified trainers and plenty of opportunities for self-improvement and personal development. The program’s main objective is to bridge the gap between the young and talented Greeks wishing to develop their skills and the companies in need to shape their future business leaders.

The program comprises of:

  • 6-month full-time paid internship in 24 of the leading businesses operating in the Greek market, including, among others, ANT1 Group, Athenian Brewery, Bold Ogilvy, Eurobank Group, Johnson & Johnson, GlaxoSmithKline, Microsfot, PwC, Mytilineos Group, Nestlé Hellas, The Coca-Cola Company, The Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company, OTE-COSMOTE, etc.
  • 100 hours of training out of which 60 hours will be dedicated to soft skills training and 40 hours to business fundamental training
  • 50 hours of voluntary work with Greek NGOs
  • participation in a 3-month team project
  • participation in leadership conversations and seminars delivered by some of the leading business experts of the country
  • daily coaching and mentoring towards the candidates personal and professional development support 

 

The program’s first cycle is scheduled to start in October 2014 offering to a total of 55 young people the unique opportunity to gain a lifetime experience and muscle their personal and professional skills by working in 24 different companies ranging in fields and sectors.

Michael Printzos, THI’s Program Director, added: “Creating opportunities for Greeks in Greece has always been at the centre of our attention. ReGeneration is a typical example of such a program helping tens of young Greeks to further develop their skills working for some of the leading companies of the country. We hope others to follow our steps and help us scale this program to even larger extents.”

For more information about ReGeneration, please visit the program’s official website regeneration.gr/en/what-is-regeneration/.

Additional information

About The Hellenic Initiative:

The Hellenic Initiative (THI) is a global, nonprofit and non-governmental institution, whose vision is to mobilize the Greek diaspora and the philhellene community to invest in the future of Greece through programs focused on crisis relief, entrepreneurship and economic development:

  • Crisis relief – supporting high impact non-profit organizations that are providing a critical safety net to families affected by the economic crisis.
  • Entrepreneurship – building a new generation of business and civic leaders and helping them nurture good ideas into viable businesses and social ventures.
  • Economic development – mobilizing investment capital to get Greece’s economy moving again while charting a path to long-term prosperity. 

 

Oli Mazi – All Together we can ensure an enduring, high quality of life for the people of Greece. Let us do it now, and let us do it all together.

Visit our website: http://www.TheHellenicInitiative.org/   onegreece.org

Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/thehellenicinitiative

Follow us on Twitter: #THI_OneGreece

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news-106 Thu, 09 Oct 2014 01:00:00 +0000 The Hellenic Initiative Announces its Support to the ReGeneration Program http://www.thehellenicinitiative.org/press-room/recent-news/recent-news-item/showarticle/the-hellenic-initiative-announces-its-support-to-the-regeneration-program-1/ ATHENS, September, the 29th, 2014 The Hellenic Initiative (www.thehellenicinitiative.org) announces its support to the ReGeneration program (www.regeneration.gr), running under the Global Shapers Athens Hub. ReGeneration is a six-month internship program offering multi-faceted work experience, substantial training from certified trainers and plenty of opportunities for self-improvement and personal development. The program’s main objective is to bridge ATHENS, September, the 29th, 2014 

The Hellenic Initiative (www.thehellenicinitiative.org) announces its support to the ReGeneration program (www.regeneration.gr), running under the Global Shapers Athens Hub.

ReGeneration is a six-month internship program offering multi-faceted work experience, substantial training from certified trainers and plenty of opportunities for self-improvement and personal development. The program’s main objective is to bridge the gap between the young and talented Greeks wishing to develop their skills and the companies in need to shape their future business leaders.

The program comprises of:

  • 6-month full-time paid internship in 24 of the leading businesses operating in the Greek market, including, among others, ANT1 Group, Athenian Brewery, Bold Ogilvy, Eurobank Group, Johnson & Johnson, GlaxoSmithKline, Microsfot, PwC, Mytilineos Group, Nestlé Hellas, The Coca-Cola Company, The Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company, OTE-COSMOTE, etc.
  • 100 hours of training out of which 60 hours will be dedicated to soft skills training and 40 hours to business fundamental training
  • 50 hours of voluntary work with Greek NGOs
  • participation in a 3-month team project
  • participation in leadership conversations and seminars delivered by some of the leading business experts of the country
  • daily coaching and mentoring towards the candidates personal and professional development support 

 

The program’s first cycle is scheduled to start in October 2014 offering to a total of 55 young people the unique opportunity to gain a lifetime experience and muscle their personal and professional skills by working in 24 different companies ranging in fields and sectors.

Michael Printzos, THI’s Program Director, added: “Creating opportunities for Greeks in Greece has always been at the centre of our attention. ReGeneration is a typical example of such a program helping tens of young Greeks to further develop their skills working for some of the leading companies of the country. We hope others to follow our steps and help us scale this program to even larger extents.”

For more information about ReGeneration, please visit the program’s official website regeneration.gr/en/what-is-regeneration/.

Additional information

About The Hellenic Initiative:

The Hellenic Initiative (THI) is a global, nonprofit and non-governmental institution, whose vision is to mobilize the Greek diaspora and the philhellene community to invest in the future of Greece through programs focused on crisis relief, entrepreneurship and economic development:

  • Crisis relief – supporting high impact non-profit organizations that are providing a critical safety net to families affected by the economic crisis.
  • Entrepreneurship – building a new generation of business and civic leaders and helping them nurture good ideas into viable businesses and social ventures.
  • Economic development – mobilizing investment capital to get Greece’s economy moving again while charting a path to long-term prosperity. 

 

Oli Mazi – All Together we can ensure an enduring, high quality of life for the people of Greece. Let us do it now, and let us do it all together.

Visit our website: http://www.TheHellenicInitiative.org/   onegreece.org

Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/thehellenicinitiative

Follow us on Twitter: #THI_OneGreece

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news-135 Thu, 02 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0000 2014 Annual Banquet http://www.thehellenicinitiative.org/press-room/recent-news/recent-news-item/showarticle/2014-annual-banquet/ news-21 Mon, 02 Jun 2014 01:00:00 +0000 THE HELLENIC ENTREPRENEURSHIP AWARD ANNOUNCES 2014 WINNERS http://www.thehellenicinitiative.org/press-room/recent-news/recent-news-item/showarticle/the-hellenic-entrepreneurship-award-announces-2014-winners/ Four Greek businesses selected from nearly 500 applicants to share prize funding of €700,000 plus mentoring and business support for their new ventures ATHENS, Greece June 2nd, 2014 – The Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award has announced the four winners of the 2014 award who, in addition to sharing prize funding of up to €700,000, will be Four Greek businesses selected from nearly 500 applicants to share prize funding of €700,000 plus mentoring and business support for their new ventures

 ATHENS, Greece June 2nd, 2014 – The Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award has announced  the four winners of the 2014 award who, in addition to sharing prize funding of up to €700,000, will be assigned an expert mentor and receive a range of business support services. This year the HEA experienced a 67% increase in submitted business ideas with 488 qualifying business plans submitted via the award programme’s website.

The Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award is funded and administered by the Libra Group on behalf of The Hellenic Initiative (THI) in order to help experienced and budding entrepreneurs in Greece to overcome economic disadvantage and bring new businesses ideas to fruition.

The winners were chosen on the basis of business plans which demonstrated financial discipline, sustainability, job creation and innovation.

The Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award 2014 Winners are:

  • ANNASSA ORGANICS – A new range of premium herbal teas and infusions. Anassa Organics selects the finest quality organically farmed Greek products with exceptional taste and fragrance. The products come with highly creative contemporary branding and unique, engaging presentation packs that turn preparation of aromatic herbal drinks into a ritual. The Anassa Organics range is targeted at international markets.

Applicants: Afroditi Florou, Yanna Matthaiou. 

  • e-satisfaction – The first independent platform that records e-shoppers’ entire online shopping experience from browsing through ordering to delivery. e-satisfaction seeks to become a widespread, trustworthy reference and information source for consumers – and a valuable interactive feedback mechanism for online retailers globally.

Applicants: Stelios Eliakis, Xenia Kourtoglou, Katerina Pramatari.

  • Open Circle – A web-based community where visionary entrepreneurs present their business concepts and engage with investors who may wish to participate. Unlike traditional crowdfunding this ‘equity crowdfunding’ provides a clear pathway for equity participation in target companies.

Applicant: Socratis Ploussas.

  • RTsafe – The result of extensive scientific research, RTsafe is designed to optimise the safety and effectiveness of radiotherapy for cancer patients. With RTsafe personalised radiotherapy cycles can be carried out with optimal clinical outcome and reduced treatment side effects.

Applicants: Evangelos Pappas, Thomas Maris, Nikolaos Stergiopulos.

“We are very proud that the Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award has for a second consecutive year revealed the intrinsic creativity and entrepreneurial spirit of the Greek nation. We thank all the entrants for participating in the award and wish them every success with their businesses. The consistently high quality of entries this year made the task of the judges extremely difficult", said Jimmy Athanasopoulos, Director of Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award. "Furthermore, we hope that the existence of the award programme with its simple, online application process will encourage still more entrepreneurs to realise that nothing is impossible for those who have the vision, discipline and determination to turn an idea into a viable business plan”.

Presenting this year’s awards to the finalists and winners, Mr. Notis Mitarakis, the Greek Deputy Minister of Development and Competitiveness, stated: “It is a great pleasure and honour for me to be here with you for a second consecutive year. The Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award is now established as an annual prize for Greek entrepreneurship, which awards excellence and sends a clear message about the dynamism of private enterprise supported by volunteers. The panel of judges deserves our warmest congratulations for their difficult task in choosing the business ideas that will now be established in the Greek market.

Οur country is in the process of a growth trajectory and now, more than ever, we need the support of entrepreneurship, which guarantees strong and sustainable growth, employment and social welfare. In entrepreneurship, as well as in the Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award itself, the private sector and the business community is leading, while the Government has the very important obligation of its valuable support”.

The four winners of the Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award 2013 are now fully operational and achieving commercial growth in line with their business plans.

The Libra Group has committed over €7 million to the award programme.  Other supporters include the Australia-based property investment and development company, Jalouise Pty Ltd, which has contributed US$500,000 to the award and Dimitri Goulandris, who has contributed €250,000. Since 2013, Piraeus Bank has been providing its valuable support to entrants, through its subsidiary, Excelixi Centre of Sustainability and Entrepreneurship.

For more information about the Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award please visit www.hellenicaward.com

About The Hellenic Initiative:

The Hellenic Initiative (THI) is a global, non-profit, secular institution whose vision is to mobilize the Greek diaspora and philhellene community to invest in the future of Greece through programmes focused on crisis relief, entrepreneurship and economic development:

Crisis relief – supporting high impact non-profit organizations that are providing a critical safety net to families affected by the economic crisis.

Entrepreneurship – building a new generation of business and civic leaders and helping them nurture good ideas into viable businesses and social ventures.

Economic development – mobilizing investment capital to get Greece’s economy moving again while charting a path to long-term prosperity.

Oli Mazi – All Together we can ensure an enduring, high quality of life for the people of Greece. If we do it now, and if we do it all together.

Visit our website: www.thehellenicinitiative.org
onegreece.org

Like us on Facebook:  www.facebook.com/thehellenicinitiative

Follow us on Twitter: @THI_OneGreece

About the Libra Group

The Libra Group is an international business group comprising 30 subsidiaries operating across five continents. The group has principal operations in five core sectors: shipping, aviation, real estate, hospitality and energy. Developed from a shipping business founded in 1976 and owned by the Logothetis family, Libra is distinguished by a combination of traditional values, new ideas and an agile mindset that allows it to take advantage of opportunities. For more information please visit www.libra.com
For further information please contact:

Maria Gatsou
V+O Communication, Athens
Office: +30 211 7501230
Mobile: +30 6937 089858
Email: mg@vando.gr

Gareth Zundel
Libra Group
Office: +44 20 7245 8700
Email: gareth.zundel@libra.com

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news-105 Mon, 02 Jun 2014 01:00:00 +0000 THE HELLENIC ENTREPRENEURSHIP AWARD ANNOUNCES 2014 WINNERS http://www.thehellenicinitiative.org/press-room/recent-news/recent-news-item/showarticle/the-hellenic-entrepreneurship-award-announces-2014-winners-1/ Four Greek businesses selected from nearly 500 applicants to share prize funding of €700,000 plus mentoring and business support for their new ventures ATHENS, Greece June 2nd, 2014 – The Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award has announced the four winners of the 2014 award who, in addition to sharing prize funding of up to €700,000, will be Four Greek businesses selected from nearly 500 applicants to share prize funding of €700,000 plus mentoring and business support for their new ventures

 ATHENS, Greece June 2nd, 2014 – The Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award has announced  the four winners of the 2014 award who, in addition to sharing prize funding of up to €700,000, will be assigned an expert mentor and receive a range of business support services. This year the HEA experienced a 67% increase in submitted business ideas with 488 qualifying business plans submitted via the award programme’s website.

The Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award is funded and administered by the Libra Group on behalf of The Hellenic Initiative (THI) in order to help experienced and budding entrepreneurs in Greece to overcome economic disadvantage and bring new businesses ideas to fruition.

The winners were chosen on the basis of business plans which demonstrated financial discipline, sustainability, job creation and innovation.

The Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award 2014 Winners are:

  • ANNASSA ORGANICS – A new range of premium herbal teas and infusions. Anassa Organics selects the finest quality organically farmed Greek products with exceptional taste and fragrance. The products come with highly creative contemporary branding and unique, engaging presentation packs that turn preparation of aromatic herbal drinks into a ritual. The Anassa Organics range is targeted at international markets.

Applicants: Afroditi Florou, Yanna Matthaiou. 

  • e-satisfaction – The first independent platform that records e-shoppers’ entire online shopping experience from browsing through ordering to delivery. e-satisfaction seeks to become a widespread, trustworthy reference and information source for consumers – and a valuable interactive feedback mechanism for online retailers globally.

Applicants: Stelios Eliakis, Xenia Kourtoglou, Katerina Pramatari.

  • Open Circle – A web-based community where visionary entrepreneurs present their business concepts and engage with investors who may wish to participate. Unlike traditional crowdfunding this ‘equity crowdfunding’ provides a clear pathway for equity participation in target companies.

Applicant: Socratis Ploussas.

  • RTsafe – The result of extensive scientific research, RTsafe is designed to optimise the safety and effectiveness of radiotherapy for cancer patients. With RTsafe personalised radiotherapy cycles can be carried out with optimal clinical outcome and reduced treatment side effects.

Applicants: Evangelos Pappas, Thomas Maris, Nikolaos Stergiopulos.

“We are very proud that the Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award has for a second consecutive year revealed the intrinsic creativity and entrepreneurial spirit of the Greek nation. We thank all the entrants for participating in the award and wish them every success with their businesses. The consistently high quality of entries this year made the task of the judges extremely difficult", said Jimmy Athanasopoulos, Director of Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award. "Furthermore, we hope that the existence of the award programme with its simple, online application process will encourage still more entrepreneurs to realise that nothing is impossible for those who have the vision, discipline and determination to turn an idea into a viable business plan”.

Presenting this year’s awards to the finalists and winners, Mr. Notis Mitarakis, the Greek Deputy Minister of Development and Competitiveness, stated: “It is a great pleasure and honour for me to be here with you for a second consecutive year. The Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award is now established as an annual prize for Greek entrepreneurship, which awards excellence and sends a clear message about the dynamism of private enterprise supported by volunteers. The panel of judges deserves our warmest congratulations for their difficult task in choosing the business ideas that will now be established in the Greek market.

Οur country is in the process of a growth trajectory and now, more than ever, we need the support of entrepreneurship, which guarantees strong and sustainable growth, employment and social welfare. In entrepreneurship, as well as in the Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award itself, the private sector and the business community is leading, while the Government has the very important obligation of its valuable support”.

The four winners of the Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award 2013 are now fully operational and achieving commercial growth in line with their business plans.

The Libra Group has committed over €7 million to the award programme.  Other supporters include the Australia-based property investment and development company, Jalouise Pty Ltd, which has contributed US$500,000 to the award and Dimitri Goulandris, who has contributed €250,000. Since 2013, Piraeus Bank has been providing its valuable support to entrants, through its subsidiary, Excelixi Centre of Sustainability and Entrepreneurship.

For more information about the Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award please visit www.hellenicaward.com

About The Hellenic Initiative:

The Hellenic Initiative (THI) is a global, non-profit, secular institution whose vision is to mobilize the Greek diaspora and philhellene community to invest in the future of Greece through programmes focused on crisis relief, entrepreneurship and economic development:

Crisis relief – supporting high impact non-profit organizations that are providing a critical safety net to families affected by the economic crisis.

Entrepreneurship – building a new generation of business and civic leaders and helping them nurture good ideas into viable businesses and social ventures.

Economic development – mobilizing investment capital to get Greece’s economy moving again while charting a path to long-term prosperity.

Oli Mazi – All Together we can ensure an enduring, high quality of life for the people of Greece. If we do it now, and if we do it all together.

Visit our website: www.thehellenicinitiative.org
onegreece.org

Like us on Facebook:  www.facebook.com/thehellenicinitiative

Follow us on Twitter: @THI_OneGreece

About the Libra Group

The Libra Group is an international business group comprising 30 subsidiaries operating across five continents. The group has principal operations in five core sectors: shipping, aviation, real estate, hospitality and energy. Developed from a shipping business founded in 1976 and owned by the Logothetis family, Libra is distinguished by a combination of traditional values, new ideas and an agile mindset that allows it to take advantage of opportunities. For more information please visit www.libra.com
For further information please contact:

Maria Gatsou
V+O Communication, Athens
Office: +30 211 7501230
Mobile: +30 6937 089858
Email: mg@vando.gr

Gareth Zundel
Libra Group
Office: +44 20 7245 8700
Email: gareth.zundel@libra.com

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news-20 Wed, 21 May 2014 01:01:00 +0000 THE HELLENIC INITIATIVE ANNOUNCES A NEW GRANT OF $300,000 TO SOS CHILDREN’S VILLAGES - GREECE http://www.thehellenicinitiative.org/press-room/recent-news/recent-news-item/showarticle/the-hellenic-initiative-announces-a-new-grant-of-300000-to-sos-childrens-villages-greece/ Athens, 21 May, 2014 The Hellenic Initiative (The Hellenic Initiative– TΗΙ) announces a new grant of $300.000 to SOS Children’s Villages-Greece. This grant will provide monthly food support, for one year, to 450 families living in Athens, Thessaloniki, Kalamata and Alexandroupolis, as well to 26 families living in SOS Children’s Villages. The program and its Athens, 21 May, 2014

The Hellenic Initiative (The Hellenic Initiative– TΗΙ) announces a new grant of $300.000 to SOS Children’s Villages-Greece. This grant will provide monthly food support, for one year, to 450 families living in Athens, Thessaloniki, Kalamata and Alexandroupolis, as well to 26 families living in SOS Children’s Villages.

The program and its beneficiaries

THI collaborates with several non-profit organizations helping families that are seriously affected by the crisis. The families were selected by SOS Children’s Villages based on a thorough assessment of their daily needs.

Specifically:

  • 350 families supported by SOS Child and Family Support Centers in Athens and Thessaloniki will have access to the Social Groceries of Marinopoulos SA operating in both cities.
  • 100 families supported by SOS Child and Family Support Centers in Kalamata and Alexandroupolis will be able to receive food supplies, through a network of local retailers.
  • 26 families living in SOS Children’s Villages and the SOS Eliza Hostel will receive significant food assistance directly from the food manufacturers.
  • 80 families participating in the Athens Child and Family Support Center will receive intensive counseling and therapy, including ergotherapy and logotherapy.  

 

Michael Printzos, THI’s Program Director, stated: “THI is proud to be supporting SOS Children’s Villages in Greece for a second year. The success of our first program was the catalyst for scaling up and reaching out to even greater numbers of families in need during 2014. This grant is possible due to the generosity of the global Greek community who contributed to the holiday fundraising drive at onegreece.org. Together we are showing that every dollar, well spent, can make a huge difference for families in need”.   

Giorgos Protopapas, General Director of SOS Children’s Villages added: “We are proud to work with The Hellenic Initiative to stand up for families impacted by the ongoing crisis. THI has committed more than just funding – they are a true partner to our mission. THI is helping us increase our impact through partnerships with other leading nonprofits and Greek businesses. We deeply appreciate the ongoing support of the Greek diaspora worldwide”.

George Vogiatzakis, Deputy General Manager of Marinopoulos SA for Greece, Albania and FYROM, also responsible for the Social Grocery Stores’ operation, stated: "Amid crisis, there are more families requesting to be included in food aid programs conducted by the Municipal Social Services and other social entities. In these difficult times an important partnership between the Social Grocery Stores of Marinopoulos SA and the SOS Child and Family Support Centers in Athens and Thessaloniki has been developed with the support of THI. We are proud to support and give hope to 350 more families in need, through our Social Grocery Stores in Athens and Thessaloniki. We are commited to continuing our efforts to help even more of our fellow citizens in need”.

Additional information

About The Hellenic Initiative:

The Hellenic Initiative (THI) is a global, nonprofit, secular institution whose vision is to mobilize the Greek diaspora and philhellene community to invest in the future of Greece through programs focused on crisis relief, entrepreneurship and economic development:

  • Crisis relief – supporting high impact non-profit organizations that are providing a critical safety net to families affected by the economic crisis.
  • Entrepreneurship – building a new generation of business and civic leaders and helping them nurture good ideas into viable businesses and social ventures.
  • Economic development – mobilizing investment capital to get Greece’s economy moving again while charting a path to long-term prosperity.

 

Oli Mazi – All Together we can ensure an enduring, high quality of life for the people of Greece. If we do it now, and if we do it all together.

Visit our website: http://www.TheHellenicInitiative.org/
onegreece.org

Like us on Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/thehellenicinitiative
Follow us on Twitter:@THI_OneGreece

 

 

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news-104 Wed, 21 May 2014 01:01:00 +0000 THE HELLENIC INITIATIVE ANNOUNCES A NEW GRANT OF $300,000 TO SOS CHILDREN’S VILLAGES - GREECE http://www.thehellenicinitiative.org/press-room/recent-news/recent-news-item/showarticle/the-hellenic-initiative-announces-a-new-grant-of-300000-to-sos-childrens-villages-greece-1/ Athens, 21 May, 2014 The Hellenic Initiative (The Hellenic Initiative– TΗΙ) announces a new grant of $300.000 to SOS Children’s Villages-Greece. This grant will provide monthly food support, for one year, to 450 families living in Athens, Thessaloniki, Kalamata and Alexandroupolis, as well to 26 families living in SOS Children’s Villages. The program and its Athens, 21 May, 2014

The Hellenic Initiative (The Hellenic Initiative– TΗΙ) announces a new grant of $300.000 to SOS Children’s Villages-Greece. This grant will provide monthly food support, for one year, to 450 families living in Athens, Thessaloniki, Kalamata and Alexandroupolis, as well to 26 families living in SOS Children’s Villages.

The program and its beneficiaries

THI collaborates with several non-profit organizations helping families that are seriously affected by the crisis. The families were selected by SOS Children’s Villages based on a thorough assessment of their daily needs.

Specifically:

  • 350 families supported by SOS Child and Family Support Centers in Athens and Thessaloniki will have access to the Social Groceries of Marinopoulos SA operating in both cities.
  • 100 families supported by SOS Child and Family Support Centers in Kalamata and Alexandroupolis will be able to receive food supplies, through a network of local retailers.
  • 26 families living in SOS Children’s Villages and the SOS Eliza Hostel will receive significant food assistance directly from the food manufacturers.
  • 80 families participating in the Athens Child and Family Support Center will receive intensive counseling and therapy, including ergotherapy and logotherapy.  

 

Michael Printzos, THI’s Program Director, stated: “THI is proud to be supporting SOS Children’s Villages in Greece for a second year. The success of our first program was the catalyst for scaling up and reaching out to even greater numbers of families in need during 2014. This grant is possible due to the generosity of the global Greek community who contributed to the holiday fundraising drive at onegreece.org. Together we are showing that every dollar, well spent, can make a huge difference for families in need”.   

Giorgos Protopapas, General Director of SOS Children’s Villages added: “We are proud to work with The Hellenic Initiative to stand up for families impacted by the ongoing crisis. THI has committed more than just funding – they are a true partner to our mission. THI is helping us increase our impact through partnerships with other leading nonprofits and Greek businesses. We deeply appreciate the ongoing support of the Greek diaspora worldwide”.

George Vogiatzakis, Deputy General Manager of Marinopoulos SA for Greece, Albania and FYROM, also responsible for the Social Grocery Stores’ operation, stated: "Amid crisis, there are more families requesting to be included in food aid programs conducted by the Municipal Social Services and other social entities. In these difficult times an important partnership between the Social Grocery Stores of Marinopoulos SA and the SOS Child and Family Support Centers in Athens and Thessaloniki has been developed with the support of THI. We are proud to support and give hope to 350 more families in need, through our Social Grocery Stores in Athens and Thessaloniki. We are commited to continuing our efforts to help even more of our fellow citizens in need”.

Additional information

About The Hellenic Initiative:

The Hellenic Initiative (THI) is a global, nonprofit, secular institution whose vision is to mobilize the Greek diaspora and philhellene community to invest in the future of Greece through programs focused on crisis relief, entrepreneurship and economic development:

  • Crisis relief – supporting high impact non-profit organizations that are providing a critical safety net to families affected by the economic crisis.
  • Entrepreneurship – building a new generation of business and civic leaders and helping them nurture good ideas into viable businesses and social ventures.
  • Economic development – mobilizing investment capital to get Greece’s economy moving again while charting a path to long-term prosperity.

 

Oli Mazi – All Together we can ensure an enduring, high quality of life for the people of Greece. If we do it now, and if we do it all together.

Visit our website: http://www.TheHellenicInitiative.org/
onegreece.org

Like us on Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/thehellenicinitiative
Follow us on Twitter:@THI_OneGreece

 

 

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news-19 Wed, 21 May 2014 01:00:00 +0000 The “Fellowship for a New Economy” application deadline extended to May 14, 2014 http://www.thehellenicinitiative.org/press-room/recent-news/recent-news-item/showarticle/the-fellowship-for-a-new-economy-application-deadline-extended-to-may-14-2014/ Athens, May 8th, 2014 Due to overwhelming response, the deadline for applications for the “Fellowship for a New Economy,” has been extended for one week. The new deadline for all applications is May 14th, 2014. You can complete your application by visiting www.thethehellenicinitiative.org/fellowship. Through this THI program, early and mid-career Greek professionals, will have the Athens, May 8th, 2014

Due to overwhelming response, the deadline for applications for the “Fellowship for a New Economy,” has been extended for one week. The new deadline for all applications is May 14th, 2014. You can complete your application by visiting www.thethehellenicinitiative.org/fellowship.

Through this THI program, early and mid-career Greek professionals, will have the opportunity to complete a 12-month fellowship in leading U.S. businesses, such as Coca-Cola, Dow Chemical, Libra Group and IBM. They will also participate in a rigorous executive education program that will combine lectures, practitioner-led classes, and roundtables with business leaders, real-life cases and workshops focused on self-discovery, interpersonal skills and team building.

The “Fellowship for a New Economy” program will offer selected candidates a stipend of $35,000-$45,000 US to support their living expenses, health insurance, assistance with travel expenses, and a J-1 Visa.

Fellows will be selected based on a strong track record of academic and professional success as well as a commitment to public service and a vision for bulding a strategic growth sector in Greece. Candidates will be selected by July for the Fellowship beginning in September 2014.

Oli Mazi – All Together we can ensure an enduring, high quality of life for the people of Greece. If we do it now, and if we do it all together.

Visit our website: http://www.TheHellenicInitiative.org/
onegreece.org

Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/thehellenicinitiative

Follow us on Twitter: #OneGreece

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news-103 Wed, 21 May 2014 01:00:00 +0000 The “Fellowship for a New Economy” application deadline extended to May 14, 2014 http://www.thehellenicinitiative.org/press-room/recent-news/recent-news-item/showarticle/the-fellowship-for-a-new-economy-application-deadline-extended-to-may-14-2014-1/ Athens, May 8th, 2014 Due to overwhelming response, the deadline for applications for the “Fellowship for a New Economy,” has been extended for one week. The new deadline for all applications is May 14th, 2014. You can complete your application by visiting www.thethehellenicinitiative.org/fellowship. Through this THI program, early and mid-career Greek professionals, will have the Athens, May 8th, 2014

Due to overwhelming response, the deadline for applications for the “Fellowship for a New Economy,” has been extended for one week. The new deadline for all applications is May 14th, 2014. You can complete your application by visiting www.thethehellenicinitiative.org/fellowship.

Through this THI program, early and mid-career Greek professionals, will have the opportunity to complete a 12-month fellowship in leading U.S. businesses, such as Coca-Cola, Dow Chemical, Libra Group and IBM. They will also participate in a rigorous executive education program that will combine lectures, practitioner-led classes, and roundtables with business leaders, real-life cases and workshops focused on self-discovery, interpersonal skills and team building.

The “Fellowship for a New Economy” program will offer selected candidates a stipend of $35,000-$45,000 US to support their living expenses, health insurance, assistance with travel expenses, and a J-1 Visa.

Fellows will be selected based on a strong track record of academic and professional success as well as a commitment to public service and a vision for bulding a strategic growth sector in Greece. Candidates will be selected by July for the Fellowship beginning in September 2014.

Oli Mazi – All Together we can ensure an enduring, high quality of life for the people of Greece. If we do it now, and if we do it all together.

Visit our website: http://www.TheHellenicInitiative.org/
onegreece.org

Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/thehellenicinitiative

Follow us on Twitter: #OneGreece

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news-18 Thu, 10 Apr 2014 01:00:00 +0000 The Hellenic Initiative launches “The Fellowship for a New Economy” http://www.thehellenicinitiative.org/press-room/recent-news/recent-news-item/showarticle/the-hellenic-initiative-launches-the-fellowship-for-a-new-economy/ Building a stronger Greece by investing in a new generation of business leaders 25 talented early and mid-career professionals will be selected for year-long placements in leading US companies Athens, April 9, 2014 The Hellenic Initiative (THI) announces the launch of a new program called “The Fellowship for a New Economy”. The Fellowship for Building a stronger Greece by investing in a new generation of business leaders

 

25 talented early and mid-career professionals will be selected for year-long placements in leading US companies

Athens, April 9, 2014

The Hellenic Initiative (THI) announces the launch of a new program called “The Fellowship for a New Economy”. The Fellowship for a New Economy invests in human capital – the mindsets and capabilities required to shape sustainable growth over the long-term.

Early and mid-career Greek professionals will complete 12-month rotations in leading U.S. businesses, building the functional skills and mindsets to guide strategic growth in core economic sectors. Fellows will also participate in a rigorous professional development program to create a community of change leaders committed to a shared vision of the future.

Participating companies include well-known multinationals such as Coca-Cola, Dow Chemical, Libra Group and IBM; leading US companies such as Hostess, Pabst, Huffington Post, and strong regional firms like R&R Partners, Suffolk Construction, Gristedes, Admirals Bank, Res-Tech Plastic Molding and Metanautix.  More than 20 companies have signed on to host one or more Fellows.

Fellows will also participate in a rigorous executive education program that will combine lectures, practitioner-led classes, roundtables with business leaders, real-life cases and workshops focused on self-discovery, interpersonal skills and team building.

The Fellowship offers a stipend of $35,000-$45,000 US to support living expenses.  The program will also provide health insurance and will assist with travel expenses and obtaining a J-1 Visa.

Successful candidates will demonstrate complete English language proficiency (written and oral) and possess academic and/or professional experience in targeted growth sectors or functions important to those growth sectors (e.g., marketing, business development, operations, etc.).

Fellows will be selected based on problem solving and analytic skills and a track record of academic and professional success.  Candidates must demonstrate a strong commitment to public service and a vision for building a strategic growth sector in Greece, and they must be committed to returning to Greece upon completion of the fellowship.

The program comprises two tracks:

1) Intern Fellowship – Enrolled graduate student or graduate of a graduate degree program no more than six months prior to date of application

2) Trainee Fellowship – Graduate degree with at least one year of relevant work experience OR at least an undergraduate degree and five years relevant work experience.  For candidates with at least five years relevant work experience the degree need not be related to their current profession.

Applications are due May 7, 2014.  Selections will be made by July and Fellowships will begin in September 2014.

For more information and to apply please visit:

www.thethehellenicinitiative.org/fellowship

Michael Printzos, THI’s Program Director, stated: "The Fellowship for a New Economy will build new foundations for the Greek economy by investing in a new generation of Greek business leaders. This program will build the skills and mindsets to shape long-term growth in strategic sectors of the Greek economy.  We are deeply appreciative that so many strong US companies have signed on to host Fellows – this is truly a fantastic development opportunity for early and mid-career Greek professionals.”

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news-102 Thu, 10 Apr 2014 01:00:00 +0000 The Hellenic Initiative launches “The Fellowship for a New Economy” http://www.thehellenicinitiative.org/press-room/recent-news/recent-news-item/showarticle/the-hellenic-initiative-launches-the-fellowship-for-a-new-economy-1/ Building a stronger Greece by investing in a new generation of business leaders 25 talented early and mid-career professionals will be selected for year-long placements in leading US companies Athens, April 9, 2014 The Hellenic Initiative (THI) announces the launch of a new program called “The Fellowship for a New Economy”. The Fellowship for Building a stronger Greece by investing in a new generation of business leaders

 

25 talented early and mid-career professionals will be selected for year-long placements in leading US companies

Athens, April 9, 2014

The Hellenic Initiative (THI) announces the launch of a new program called “The Fellowship for a New Economy”. The Fellowship for a New Economy invests in human capital – the mindsets and capabilities required to shape sustainable growth over the long-term.

Early and mid-career Greek professionals will complete 12-month rotations in leading U.S. businesses, building the functional skills and mindsets to guide strategic growth in core economic sectors. Fellows will also participate in a rigorous professional development program to create a community of change leaders committed to a shared vision of the future.

Participating companies include well-known multinationals such as Coca-Cola, Dow Chemical, Libra Group and IBM; leading US companies such as Hostess, Pabst, Huffington Post, and strong regional firms like R&R Partners, Suffolk Construction, Gristedes, Admirals Bank, Res-Tech Plastic Molding and Metanautix.  More than 20 companies have signed on to host one or more Fellows.

Fellows will also participate in a rigorous executive education program that will combine lectures, practitioner-led classes, roundtables with business leaders, real-life cases and workshops focused on self-discovery, interpersonal skills and team building.

The Fellowship offers a stipend of $35,000-$45,000 US to support living expenses.  The program will also provide health insurance and will assist with travel expenses and obtaining a J-1 Visa.

Successful candidates will demonstrate complete English language proficiency (written and oral) and possess academic and/or professional experience in targeted growth sectors or functions important to those growth sectors (e.g., marketing, business development, operations, etc.).

Fellows will be selected based on problem solving and analytic skills and a track record of academic and professional success.  Candidates must demonstrate a strong commitment to public service and a vision for building a strategic growth sector in Greece, and they must be committed to returning to Greece upon completion of the fellowship.

The program comprises two tracks:

1) Intern Fellowship – Enrolled graduate student or graduate of a graduate degree program no more than six months prior to date of application

2) Trainee Fellowship – Graduate degree with at least one year of relevant work experience OR at least an undergraduate degree and five years relevant work experience.  For candidates with at least five years relevant work experience the degree need not be related to their current profession.

Applications are due May 7, 2014.  Selections will be made by July and Fellowships will begin in September 2014.

For more information and to apply please visit:

www.thethehellenicinitiative.org/fellowship

Michael Printzos, THI’s Program Director, stated: "The Fellowship for a New Economy will build new foundations for the Greek economy by investing in a new generation of Greek business leaders. This program will build the skills and mindsets to shape long-term growth in strategic sectors of the Greek economy.  We are deeply appreciative that so many strong US companies have signed on to host Fellows – this is truly a fantastic development opportunity for early and mid-career Greek professionals.”

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news-17 Fri, 04 Apr 2014 01:00:00 +0000 The Hellenic Initiative goes to Australia http://www.thehellenicinitiative.org/press-room/recent-news/recent-news-item/showarticle/the-hellenic-initiative-goes-to-australia/ More than 150 leaders of the Greek-Australian community met in Sydney last week to discuss how to mobilize Australian support for The Hellenic Initiative. Representatives from every state and the two mainland territories attended a dinner event at the Hellenic Club of Sydney’s stunning new Alpha Restaurant, and after a lively discussion there was broad consensus to form More than 150 leaders of the Greek-Australian community met in Sydney last week to discuss how to mobilize Australian support for The Hellenic Initiative.  Representatives from every state and the two mainland territories attended a dinner event at the Hellenic Club of Sydney's stunning new Alpha Restaurant, and after a lively discussion there was broad consensus to form an Australian Chapter of THI.

The event MC was Helen Kapolos of the Seven Network's Sunday Night program, and THI Chairman Andrew N. Liveris was the keynote speaker.  The organizing committee included Nick Mitaros, Nick Pappas, George Giovas, Greg Gav and Penny Maragiannis.  Joining the event from the US were THI Executive Committee member Dean Dakolias and supporters John and Mae Calamos.

"This was the first time so many community leaders nationwide have come together to discuss how to organize our community in support of Greece," said Nick Pappas, "we were heartened by the broad attendance and inspired by the commitment to join together."

The event began with a networking reception, followed by a keynote address describing the The Hellenic Initiative's work to mobilize the Greek diaspora to support long-term renewal in Greece.   The Q&A session was charged with emotion as participants wondered aloud how best to support Greece today and avoid pitfalls of the past.  By the time the event ended there were numerous side discussions about how to move forward together.

“It was energizing to see so many of my fellow Greek Australians coming together to join an international movement to support Greece,” said THI Chairman & co-Founder, Andrew N. Liveris.  “I was equally excited to see that passion in the room towards the need and ability to have a real and lasting impact on our ancestral homeland.    THI is proud to see its Australian chapter come to be and thank Nick, George, Greg, Penny, and Nick for getting us to this juncture”.

The organizing committee will be holding follow-up discussions soon to launch a local chapter. "We are at the start of something exciting for all of us, said George Giovas.  "This is the first organized effort to mobilize our global community, and we are excited to work alongside friends in the US, United Kingdom and Continental Europe.  Oli Mazi is how we must work together as Hellenes to not only help Greece but to ensure we maintain our culture for our children and next generations."

For more information, please contact australia@thethehellenicinitiative.org

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news-101 Fri, 04 Apr 2014 01:00:00 +0000 The Hellenic Initiative goes to Australia http://www.thehellenicinitiative.org/press-room/recent-news/recent-news-item/showarticle/the-hellenic-initiative-goes-to-australia-1/ More than 150 leaders of the Greek-Australian community met in Sydney last week to discuss how to mobilize Australian support for The Hellenic Initiative. Representatives from every state and the two mainland territories attended a dinner event at the Hellenic Club of Sydney’s stunning new Alpha Restaurant, and after a lively discussion there was broad consensus to form More than 150 leaders of the Greek-Australian community met in Sydney last week to discuss how to mobilize Australian support for The Hellenic Initiative.  Representatives from every state and the two mainland territories attended a dinner event at the Hellenic Club of Sydney's stunning new Alpha Restaurant, and after a lively discussion there was broad consensus to form an Australian Chapter of THI.

The event MC was Helen Kapolos of the Seven Network's Sunday Night program, and THI Chairman Andrew N. Liveris was the keynote speaker.  The organizing committee included Nick Mitaros, Nick Pappas, George Giovas, Greg Gav and Penny Maragiannis.  Joining the event from the US were THI Executive Committee member Dean Dakolias and supporters John and Mae Calamos.

"This was the first time so many community leaders nationwide have come together to discuss how to organize our community in support of Greece," said Nick Pappas, "we were heartened by the broad attendance and inspired by the commitment to join together."

The event began with a networking reception, followed by a keynote address describing the The Hellenic Initiative's work to mobilize the Greek diaspora to support long-term renewal in Greece.   The Q&A session was charged with emotion as participants wondered aloud how best to support Greece today and avoid pitfalls of the past.  By the time the event ended there were numerous side discussions about how to move forward together.

“It was energizing to see so many of my fellow Greek Australians coming together to join an international movement to support Greece,” said THI Chairman & co-Founder, Andrew N. Liveris.  “I was equally excited to see that passion in the room towards the need and ability to have a real and lasting impact on our ancestral homeland.    THI is proud to see its Australian chapter come to be and thank Nick, George, Greg, Penny, and Nick for getting us to this juncture”.

The organizing committee will be holding follow-up discussions soon to launch a local chapter. "We are at the start of something exciting for all of us, said George Giovas.  "This is the first organized effort to mobilize our global community, and we are excited to work alongside friends in the US, United Kingdom and Continental Europe.  Oli Mazi is how we must work together as Hellenes to not only help Greece but to ensure we maintain our culture for our children and next generations."

For more information, please contact australia@thethehellenicinitiative.org

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news-16 Fri, 14 Mar 2014 02:01:00 +0000 Destination: Change. New solutions for Greece. http://www.thehellenicinitiative.org/press-room/recent-news/recent-news-item/showarticle/destination-change-new-solutions-for-greece/ As you set out for Ithaka hope the voyage is a long one, full of adventure, full of discovery. - Constantine P. Cavafy WANTED: Innovative solutions that create change in Greece Athens – March 12, 2014 – Entries are now open for “Destination: Change. New Solutions for Greece,” a competition hosted on the online Ashoka As you set out for Ithaka
hope the voyage is a long one,
full of adventure, full of discovery.
-        Constantine P. Cavafy

WANTED: Innovative solutions that create change in Greece

Athens – March 12, 2014 – Entries are now open for “Destination: Change. New Solutions for Greece, a competition hosted on the online Ashoka Changemakers platform to source, highlight and catalyze new solutions and approaches to problem solving in Greece.

The competition is announced by Ashoka, The Hellenic Initiative, the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation, Boehringer Ingelheim Ellas, and SAP Hellas. “Destination: Change. New Solutions for Greece” is inspired by the theme of change as a destination we are trying to reach, and the new solutions that help us get there.

Ashoka, the world’s largest association of leading social entrepreneurs, and its partners are looking for the boldest projects that have the potential to create lasting change. Competition entries can cover a range of solutions, including: social and economic inclusion of vulnerable populations; health and access to healthcare; strengthening community development through environmental solutions, and supporting healthy and active aging.

Applications must be submitted online at www.changemakers.com/destinationchange by the closing date: May 19, 2014. Finalists will be announced in June 2014 and winners will be announced at an Awards Ceremony taking place in July.

“The most critical variable to becoming a changemaker is one’s willingness to give oneself permission—to break the mental chains that make us small because everyone tells us we cannot,” said Bill Drayton, CEO and founder of Ashoka.

 

We are looking for the people who are giving themselves permission to say “I can change this and have an impact in Greece,” because together we can solve big problems.

For more information, please contact:

ashokagreece@ashoka.org

Ashoka

Ashoka is the leading global network of social entrepreneurs, working with men and women around the world who have developed systems-changing solutions to pressing societal challenges.

The Hellenic Initiative

The Hellenic Initiative (THI) is a global, nonprofit, secular institution whose vision is to mobilize the Greek diaspora and philhellene community to invest in the future of Greece through programs focused on crisis relief, entrepreneurship, and economic development.

Boehringer Ingelheim Ellas

The Boehringer Ingelheim group is one of the world’s 20 leading pharmaceutical companies. Headquartered in Ingelheim, Germany, it operates globally with 140 affiliates and more than 46,000 employees. The Greek affiliate, established in 1966, is now the only multinational pharmaceutical company with its own manufacturing plant in the country. In the framework of the Making More Health initiative, Boehringer Ingelheim initiated in 2010 a global cooperation with the Ashoka organization. With this cooperation, it aims to provide, through social entrepreneurship, innovative solutions to critical health and living problems of people and communities around the world.

John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation

The John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation continues the public service tradition of John S. Latsis by supporting and implementing public benefit initiatives in the fields of education, social welfare, scientific research and community development, with a geographic focus primarily on Greece. The Foundation endeavours to partner with its grantees and provide multilayered support in addition to financial assistance, in order to achieve the greatest possible impact.

SAP Hellas

Headquartered in Walldorf, Germany, with locations in more than 130 countries, SAP is the world leader in enterprise software and software-related services. SAP Hellas SA was founded in October 1994 to spread SAP software in Greece. Since then, there have been more than 1380 installations in companies of all sizes. SAP Hellas SA offices are based in Athens and Nicosia serving Greece and Cyprus respectively.

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news-100 Fri, 14 Mar 2014 02:01:00 +0000 Destination: Change. New solutions for Greece. http://www.thehellenicinitiative.org/press-room/recent-news/recent-news-item/showarticle/destination-change-new-solutions-for-greece-1/ As you set out for Ithaka hope the voyage is a long one, full of adventure, full of discovery. - Constantine P. Cavafy WANTED: Innovative solutions that create change in Greece Athens – March 12, 2014 – Entries are now open for “Destination: Change. New Solutions for Greece,” a competition hosted on the online Ashoka As you set out for Ithaka
hope the voyage is a long one,
full of adventure, full of discovery.
-        Constantine P. Cavafy

WANTED: Innovative solutions that create change in Greece

Athens – March 12, 2014 – Entries are now open for “Destination: Change. New Solutions for Greece, a competition hosted on the online Ashoka Changemakers platform to source, highlight and catalyze new solutions and approaches to problem solving in Greece.

The competition is announced by Ashoka, The Hellenic Initiative, the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation, Boehringer Ingelheim Ellas, and SAP Hellas. “Destination: Change. New Solutions for Greece” is inspired by the theme of change as a destination we are trying to reach, and the new solutions that help us get there.

Ashoka, the world’s largest association of leading social entrepreneurs, and its partners are looking for the boldest projects that have the potential to create lasting change. Competition entries can cover a range of solutions, including: social and economic inclusion of vulnerable populations; health and access to healthcare; strengthening community development through environmental solutions, and supporting healthy and active aging.

Applications must be submitted online at www.changemakers.com/destinationchange by the closing date: May 19, 2014. Finalists will be announced in June 2014 and winners will be announced at an Awards Ceremony taking place in July.

“The most critical variable to becoming a changemaker is one’s willingness to give oneself permission—to break the mental chains that make us small because everyone tells us we cannot,” said Bill Drayton, CEO and founder of Ashoka.

 

We are looking for the people who are giving themselves permission to say “I can change this and have an impact in Greece,” because together we can solve big problems.

For more information, please contact:

ashokagreece@ashoka.org

Ashoka

Ashoka is the leading global network of social entrepreneurs, working with men and women around the world who have developed systems-changing solutions to pressing societal challenges.

The Hellenic Initiative

The Hellenic Initiative (THI) is a global, nonprofit, secular institution whose vision is to mobilize the Greek diaspora and philhellene community to invest in the future of Greece through programs focused on crisis relief, entrepreneurship, and economic development.

Boehringer Ingelheim Ellas

The Boehringer Ingelheim group is one of the world’s 20 leading pharmaceutical companies. Headquartered in Ingelheim, Germany, it operates globally with 140 affiliates and more than 46,000 employees. The Greek affiliate, established in 1966, is now the only multinational pharmaceutical company with its own manufacturing plant in the country. In the framework of the Making More Health initiative, Boehringer Ingelheim initiated in 2010 a global cooperation with the Ashoka organization. With this cooperation, it aims to provide, through social entrepreneurship, innovative solutions to critical health and living problems of people and communities around the world.

John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation

The John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation continues the public service tradition of John S. Latsis by supporting and implementing public benefit initiatives in the fields of education, social welfare, scientific research and community development, with a geographic focus primarily on Greece. The Foundation endeavours to partner with its grantees and provide multilayered support in addition to financial assistance, in order to achieve the greatest possible impact.

SAP Hellas

Headquartered in Walldorf, Germany, with locations in more than 130 countries, SAP is the world leader in enterprise software and software-related services. SAP Hellas SA was founded in October 1994 to spread SAP software in Greece. Since then, there have been more than 1380 installations in companies of all sizes. SAP Hellas SA offices are based in Athens and Nicosia serving Greece and Cyprus respectively.

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news-14 Fri, 14 Mar 2014 02:00:00 +0000 The Hellenic Initiative commits a grant of $300,000 to Doctors of the World – Greece http://www.thehellenicinitiative.org/press-room/recent-news/recent-news-item/showarticle/the-hellenic-initiative-commits-a-grant-of-300000-to-doctors-of-the-world-greece/ ATHENS, March, 13th, 2014 The Hellenic Initiative (THI), announces a $300.000 grant to the NGO Médecins du Monde-Greece (MdM) to provide critical childhood immunizations and free dental services for children and adults. MdM’s services are even more critical given recent cutbacks in state funding for medical care. Volunteer Dental Care MdM has mobilized hundreds of volunteer ATHENS, March, 13th, 2014

The Hellenic Initiative (THI), announces a $300.000 grant to the NGO Médecins du Monde-Greece (MdM) to provide critical childhood immunizations and free dental services for children and adults.  MdM’s services are even more critical given recent cutbacks in state funding for medical care.

Volunteer Dental Care

MdM has mobilized hundreds of volunteer doctors to provide free medical care nationwide.  With THI’s support it is expanding services to provide free dental care as well.  THI’s grant will allow MdM to hire two dentists and outfit two mobile clinics to provide dental services throughout Greece.  Many families have stopped visiting their dentists because they cannot afford treatments that are not covered by State insurance.  The consequences can be painful and can have unexpected health impacts as well.  THI is helping MdM to extend its successful volunteer doctor model into dental care. These services will be offered on a permanent basis through MdM’s polyclinics in Athens and Perama and through mobile clinics in at least Thessaloniki, Patras, Chania and Katerini.

MdM projects that at least 3,500 children and 1,500 adults will receive dental treatments through this program.

Childhood Immunizations

THI is also supporting MdM to avoid a potential public health crisis caused by easily preventable diseases such as mumps, rubella and the measles.  With many families unable to afford the high cost of childhood immunizations, an increasing number of Greek children are enrolling in school without the full regimen of required vaccinations.  Over time, this increases the risk of outbreaks of completely preventable diseases that kill today only in the developing world.  THI will fund a free vaccination program in 5 population centers, including Athens, Perama, Thessaloniki, Chania and Patras.

According to a study recently conducted by MdM, the cost of immunizing a child for the first 6 years of its life, including the fees of a pediatrician, range from 1,400 to 1,800 Euros per child. Therefore, the immunization program will provide more than 7,000 vaccinations to nearly 3,900 children.

Lianna Mailli, President of Médecins du Monde-Greece remarked: “Our hundreds of volunteers are daily striving to support vulnerable and excluded citizens during this difficult period for Greece. We are offering primary healthcare and psychosocial support to those who really need it. THI’s grant will allow us to treat thousands of uninsured children with no access to the public health facilities, protecting them and society from very serious illnesses by strengthening Greece’s immunization wall. We are also proud to launch a preventive and primary healthcare dental program for thousands of children and adults that lack access today”.

Christina Psarra, Head of Missions, Médecins du Monde-Greece stated: “Médecins du Monde-Greece is fighting to promote health as a human right and not as a privilege. Nowadays more and more people request help and protection through our services. Children are the future so they must be protected first. We are grateful to the global Greek community for its support in these very difficult times”

THI’s new grant to MdM aligns with the organization’s ultimate objective to support high impact non-profit organizations whose operation provide critical help to families and citizens in need, during the deepening economic crisis in the country. A part of these funds was raised through THI’s OneGreece.org holiday fundraising campaign.

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news-98 Fri, 14 Mar 2014 02:00:00 +0000 The Hellenic Initiative commits a grant of $300,000 to Doctors of the World – Greece http://www.thehellenicinitiative.org/press-room/recent-news/recent-news-item/showarticle/the-hellenic-initiative-commits-a-grant-of-300000-to-doctors-of-the-world-greece-1/ ATHENS, March, 13th, 2014 The Hellenic Initiative (THI), announces a $300.000 grant to the NGO Médecins du Monde-Greece (MdM) to provide critical childhood immunizations and free dental services for children and adults. MdM’s services are even more critical given recent cutbacks in state funding for medical care. Volunteer Dental Care MdM has mobilized hundreds of volunteer ATHENS, March, 13th, 2014

The Hellenic Initiative (THI), announces a $300.000 grant to the NGO Médecins du Monde-Greece (MdM) to provide critical childhood immunizations and free dental services for children and adults.  MdM’s services are even more critical given recent cutbacks in state funding for medical care.

Volunteer Dental Care

MdM has mobilized hundreds of volunteer doctors to provide free medical care nationwide.  With THI’s support it is expanding services to provide free dental care as well.  THI’s grant will allow MdM to hire two dentists and outfit two mobile clinics to provide dental services throughout Greece.  Many families have stopped visiting their dentists because they cannot afford treatments that are not covered by State insurance.  The consequences can be painful and can have unexpected health impacts as well.  THI is helping MdM to extend its successful volunteer doctor model into dental care. These services will be offered on a permanent basis through MdM’s polyclinics in Athens and Perama and through mobile clinics in at least Thessaloniki, Patras, Chania and Katerini.

MdM projects that at least 3,500 children and 1,500 adults will receive dental treatments through this program.

Childhood Immunizations

THI is also supporting MdM to avoid a potential public health crisis caused by easily preventable diseases such as mumps, rubella and the measles.  With many families unable to afford the high cost of childhood immunizations, an increasing number of Greek children are enrolling in school without the full regimen of required vaccinations.  Over time, this increases the risk of outbreaks of completely preventable diseases that kill today only in the developing world.  THI will fund a free vaccination program in 5 population centers, including Athens, Perama, Thessaloniki, Chania and Patras.

According to a study recently conducted by MdM, the cost of immunizing a child for the first 6 years of its life, including the fees of a pediatrician, range from 1,400 to 1,800 Euros per child. Therefore, the immunization program will provide more than 7,000 vaccinations to nearly 3,900 children.

Lianna Mailli, President of Médecins du Monde-Greece remarked: “Our hundreds of volunteers are daily striving to support vulnerable and excluded citizens during this difficult period for Greece. We are offering primary healthcare and psychosocial support to those who really need it. THI’s grant will allow us to treat thousands of uninsured children with no access to the public health facilities, protecting them and society from very serious illnesses by strengthening Greece’s immunization wall. We are also proud to launch a preventive and primary healthcare dental program for thousands of children and adults that lack access today”.

Christina Psarra, Head of Missions, Médecins du Monde-Greece stated: “Médecins du Monde-Greece is fighting to promote health as a human right and not as a privilege. Nowadays more and more people request help and protection through our services. Children are the future so they must be protected first. We are grateful to the global Greek community for its support in these very difficult times”

THI’s new grant to MdM aligns with the organization’s ultimate objective to support high impact non-profit organizations whose operation provide critical help to families and citizens in need, during the deepening economic crisis in the country. A part of these funds was raised through THI’s OneGreece.org holiday fundraising campaign.

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news-13 Fri, 28 Feb 2014 02:02:00 +0000 “VentureGarden”- Helping People Grow Ideas http://www.thehellenicinitiative.org/press-room/recent-news/recent-news-item/showarticle/venturegarden-helping-people-grow-ideas/ A NEW JOINT PROJECT FOR YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS IN GREECE, BY ALBA GRADUATE BUSINESS SCHOOL AT THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF GREECE AND ANATOLIA SCHOOL OF BUSINESS OF ACT WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE HELLENIC INITIATIVE Believing in the importance of building a new generation of innovative entrepreneurs that will contribute to Greece’s growth amid crisis, The A NEW JOINT PROJECT FOR YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS IN GREECE,

BY ALBA GRADUATE BUSINESS SCHOOL AT THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF GREECE AND ANATOLIA SCHOOL OF BUSINESS OF ACT

 WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE HELLENIC INITIATIVE

Believing in the importance of building a new generation of innovative entrepreneurs that will contribute to Greece’s growth amid crisis, The Hellenic Initiative (THI) announces its support to a new promising project called “VentureGarden”. The project has been conceived, operated and managed by Anatolia Business School in Thessaloniki & ALBA Graduate Business School at The American College of Greece.

VentureGarden is the first comprehensive educational process for growing entrepreneurs. The joint project aims at supporting and helping people nurture their entrepreneurial mindset and work on their specific idea. This is achieved through a blended learning educational process, totally adjusted to the participants’ profile, needs and business potentialities. It is also important to note that the project and the courses included are free of charge. They correspond to all people that want to comprehend the business environment and the operation of a sustainable enterprise. VentureGarden’s innovation lies on the fact that the project’s core-philosophy focuses on the person, rather than the idea. Taking into consideration this principle, VentureGarden welcomes all individuals passionate about entrepreneurship, regardless of age, background or whether they have already formed an idea or business.

Specifically, VentureGarden is comprised of two stages including:

  1. A rigorous 5 week classroom based activity with two courses per week facilitated by a professor and delivered by experienced specialists in Thessaloniki and Athens. The initial stage is repeated twice a year (for 2014 there will be two registration periods, in April and September).
  2. A 12 month support and mentoring phase built around a customized roadmap to entrepreneurial success. The formal training stage leads to 12 months of elective courses (online, self-taught and/or classroom based) in additional to mentoring. The process is based on a specific roadmap that each participant designs with the support of mentors, entrepreneurs in residence and project staff.

 

VentureGarden’s courses, structure and launch

The core teaching period consists of 10 courses (two per week) that address the key issues of entrepreneurial launch, such as:

  • Introduction to Entrepreneurial Action
  • Product & Service,
  • Value Creation & Customer Segments
  • Market Relationships & Communication
  • Revenue Generation
  • Processes & Key Resources
  • Core Team & Partners
  • Costing
  • Financing a startup
  • Individual Project

Courses follow a blended approach of theory, experience and action. After finishing the intensive learning period the participants will have the chance to set up a personalized roadmap to entrepreneurial success. With the support of experts and mentors, the participants will have 12 months to achieve their goals and graduate from VentureGarden. In order to further develop their knowledge they will be offered a broad selection of elective courses that will strengthen their capacity, such as Legal & Accounting Issues, Financing issues, IP Management, Costing, Customer Service, Social Entrepreneurship & Innovation, etc.

VentureGarden will be delivered simultaneously in Athens and Thessaloniki and the first round of courses will begin on April, the 1st. The potential participants can find more details on the project and submit their application by March, the 23rd, via VentureGarden’s website at www.venturegarden.gr.   The procedure is simple as the interested participants shall only fill out a form and VentureGarden will get back to them in order to arrange an interview with someone from the team.

Dr. Nickolaos G. Travlos Dean of ALBA Graduate Business School at The American College of Greece, noted: “ALBA is proud to be part of such a promising co-operation. Consistent with its tradition, the School has been supporting entrepreneurial growth with its curriculum, research and activities since its establishment in 1992. We feel that VentureGarden is a step forward to further prepare the entrepreneurs of tomorrow that will help our economy grow.”

Dr. Fanis Varvoglis, Chair of Business Division at Anatolia Business School of ACT states: “Entrepreneurship is not just a way of earning a living, it is mainly a way of thinking. It paves the way for self-expression and creativity, while it greatly contributes to the economy’s development and the improvement of the society’s quality of living. VentureGarden is an initiative which aims at helping in a constructive way people that are interested in achieving a successful entrepreneurial course. In Anatolia School of Business believe we have great faith in our partnership with ALBA and The Hellenic Initiative, as well as in the unique perspectives created”.

Michael Printzos, THI’s Program Director, added: “We are really proud of this new project, as its philosophy, content and structure aligns with THI’s principles and main objective. That is to put the emphasis on Greece’s human capital and help people, through strategically designed projects, regain their strength and hope, especially in these challenging times. ALBA Graduate Business School at The American College of Greece’s and Anatolia College’s great experience and deep knowledge of conceiving and implementing business-oriented projects, can guarantee VentureGarden’s simple, but effective method of nurturing the country’s future entrepreneurs”.

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news-97 Fri, 28 Feb 2014 02:02:00 +0000 “VentureGarden”- Helping People Grow Ideas http://www.thehellenicinitiative.org/press-room/recent-news/recent-news-item/showarticle/venturegarden-helping-people-grow-ideas-1/ A NEW JOINT PROJECT FOR YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS IN GREECE, BY ALBA GRADUATE BUSINESS SCHOOL AT THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF GREECE AND ANATOLIA SCHOOL OF BUSINESS OF ACT WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE HELLENIC INITIATIVE Believing in the importance of building a new generation of innovative entrepreneurs that will contribute to Greece’s growth amid crisis, The A NEW JOINT PROJECT FOR YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS IN GREECE,

BY ALBA GRADUATE BUSINESS SCHOOL AT THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF GREECE AND ANATOLIA SCHOOL OF BUSINESS OF ACT

 WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE HELLENIC INITIATIVE

Believing in the importance of building a new generation of innovative entrepreneurs that will contribute to Greece’s growth amid crisis, The Hellenic Initiative (THI) announces its support to a new promising project called “VentureGarden”. The project has been conceived, operated and managed by Anatolia Business School in Thessaloniki & ALBA Graduate Business School at The American College of Greece.

VentureGarden is the first comprehensive educational process for growing entrepreneurs. The joint project aims at supporting and helping people nurture their entrepreneurial mindset and work on their specific idea. This is achieved through a blended learning educational process, totally adjusted to the participants’ profile, needs and business potentialities. It is also important to note that the project and the courses included are free of charge. They correspond to all people that want to comprehend the business environment and the operation of a sustainable enterprise. VentureGarden’s innovation lies on the fact that the project’s core-philosophy focuses on the person, rather than the idea. Taking into consideration this principle, VentureGarden welcomes all individuals passionate about entrepreneurship, regardless of age, background or whether they have already formed an idea or business.

Specifically, VentureGarden is comprised of two stages including:

  1. A rigorous 5 week classroom based activity with two courses per week facilitated by a professor and delivered by experienced specialists in Thessaloniki and Athens. The initial stage is repeated twice a year (for 2014 there will be two registration periods, in April and September).
  2. A 12 month support and mentoring phase built around a customized roadmap to entrepreneurial success. The formal training stage leads to 12 months of elective courses (online, self-taught and/or classroom based) in additional to mentoring. The process is based on a specific roadmap that each participant designs with the support of mentors, entrepreneurs in residence and project staff.

 

VentureGarden’s courses, structure and launch

The core teaching period consists of 10 courses (two per week) that address the key issues of entrepreneurial launch, such as:

  • Introduction to Entrepreneurial Action
  • Product & Service,
  • Value Creation & Customer Segments
  • Market Relationships & Communication
  • Revenue Generation
  • Processes & Key Resources
  • Core Team & Partners
  • Costing
  • Financing a startup
  • Individual Project

Courses follow a blended approach of theory, experience and action. After finishing the intensive learning period the participants will have the chance to set up a personalized roadmap to entrepreneurial success. With the support of experts and mentors, the participants will have 12 months to achieve their goals and graduate from VentureGarden. In order to further develop their knowledge they will be offered a broad selection of elective courses that will strengthen their capacity, such as Legal & Accounting Issues, Financing issues, IP Management, Costing, Customer Service, Social Entrepreneurship & Innovation, etc.

VentureGarden will be delivered simultaneously in Athens and Thessaloniki and the first round of courses will begin on April, the 1st. The potential participants can find more details on the project and submit their application by March, the 23rd, via VentureGarden’s website at www.venturegarden.gr.   The procedure is simple as the interested participants shall only fill out a form and VentureGarden will get back to them in order to arrange an interview with someone from the team.

Dr. Nickolaos G. Travlos Dean of ALBA Graduate Business School at The American College of Greece, noted: “ALBA is proud to be part of such a promising co-operation. Consistent with its tradition, the School has been supporting entrepreneurial growth with its curriculum, research and activities since its establishment in 1992. We feel that VentureGarden is a step forward to further prepare the entrepreneurs of tomorrow that will help our economy grow.”

Dr. Fanis Varvoglis, Chair of Business Division at Anatolia Business School of ACT states: “Entrepreneurship is not just a way of earning a living, it is mainly a way of thinking. It paves the way for self-expression and creativity, while it greatly contributes to the economy’s development and the improvement of the society’s quality of living. VentureGarden is an initiative which aims at helping in a constructive way people that are interested in achieving a successful entrepreneurial course. In Anatolia School of Business believe we have great faith in our partnership with ALBA and The Hellenic Initiative, as well as in the unique perspectives created”.

Michael Printzos, THI’s Program Director, added: “We are really proud of this new project, as its philosophy, content and structure aligns with THI’s principles and main objective. That is to put the emphasis on Greece’s human capital and help people, through strategically designed projects, regain their strength and hope, especially in these challenging times. ALBA Graduate Business School at The American College of Greece’s and Anatolia College’s great experience and deep knowledge of conceiving and implementing business-oriented projects, can guarantee VentureGarden’s simple, but effective method of nurturing the country’s future entrepreneurs”.

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news-12 Fri, 28 Feb 2014 02:01:00 +0000 Sixteen Promising Greek Startups to Showcase their Solutions at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Festival http://www.thehellenicinitiative.org/press-room/recent-news/recent-news-item/showarticle/sixteen-promising-greek-startups-to-showcase-their-solutions-at-the-south-by-southwest-sxsw-intera/ The Hellenic Initiative and the Libra Group are proud sponsors of the Greek Exhibit at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive/Startup Village on March 7, 2014 in Austin, TX. Sixteen promising high-tech startups will participate in the Exhibit, representing the first time so many Greek startups have exhibited together at a world-class event outside of The Hellenic Initiative and the Libra Group are proud sponsors of the Greek Exhibit at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive/Startup Village on March 7, 2014 in Austin, TX. Sixteen promising high-tech startups will participate in the Exhibit, representing the first time so many Greek startups have exhibited together at a world-class event outside of Greece.

Since its inception in 1994 the SXSW Interactive Festival has emerged as an incubator of cutting-edge technologies and digital creativity. The 2014 event features five days of compelling presentations and panels from the brightest minds in emerging technology, scores of exciting networking events hosted by industry leaders and an unbeatable lineup of special programs showcasing the best new websites, video games and startup ideas the community has to offer. From hands-on training to big-picture analysis of the future, SXSW Interactive has become the place to preview the technology of tomorrow today. Startups as diverse as AirBnB, Foursquare, and Gowalla have debuted at prior SXSW events.  More than 30,000 visitors are expected to attend in 2014.

“Startups like ours represent a new future for Greece,” said Lefteris Ntouanoglou, Co-Founder & CEO of Schoox, an online learning platform. “The economic crisis has fueled new interest in the creative economy.  Greece has the talent, we just need exposure on a global stage.  We are proud to be part of such a strong group of startups representing Greece at South by Southwest.”

The Greek startups represent fields as diverse as energy monitoring and management; social media, web and mobile app development; wearable personal intelligence; eLearning; wireless communications; nano-tech; and advanced materials. At the Greek Exhibit, participating companies will showcase their technologies, pitch live to a panel of experienced judges, and network with potential customers, partners and investors. This is an important opportunity for the 15 participating companies and for other startups in Greece that will ultimately look for US-based customers and capital.

“Entrepreneurs like these will help Greece build new economic foundations. They demonstrate the innovative spirit required to overcome the ongoing economic crisis,” commented Libra Group CEO, George M. Logothetis, chair of THI’s Entrepreneurship Committee, “and we hope the Greek Exhibit will accelerate their growth.”

Participation is organized pro bono by AngelouEconomics, an economic development consultancy in Austin, TX, with the operational support of the Embassy of Greece in Washington, DC, and sponsored by The Hellenic Initiative, Libra Group, Pflugerville, TX Community Development Corporation and the International Accelerator.

 

Participating startups include:

Amen Technologies

AMEN Technologies is a company active in the field of energy materials and specializes in the development of thermo-electrics and bonded magnets and other applications using microwave technology

eConais

eConais is a wireless module manufacturer and solutions company, providing high performance, ultra low power modules, for the Internet of Things

GridMates

Gridmates is a cloud based platform and network for the smart grid

Hypertech

Hypertech provides IT Knowledge Management solutions. Hypertech’s Energy Labs pioneer in setting active demand in the "heart" of energy domain business services, from Building Automation to Demand Response, addressing the needs of traditional stakeholders (utilities, prosumers) and new market entrants (aggregators)

Intelen

Intelen provides business and people with powerful tools that transform real–time energy data into information that drives energy consumption reduction and efficiency through real, long lasting behavioral engagement

Meazon

Meazon designs and produces electrical energy management products, such as energy sub-meters, data loggers, controllers and Cloud applications for web and mobile monitoring and control of electricity consumption

Mobiltron

Mobiltron is a next generation personal emergency detection and reporting system, an “On-Star in your pocket”

Moosend

Moosend is an affordable and powerful email marketing platform with a simple user interface

PeekInToo

PeekInToo is an anonymous social network that enables smart phone users to exchange real-time 12 second videos from anywhere in the world

Pinnatta

Pinnatta is a mobile service that lets users exchange interactive messages and greeting cards with their friends

QReca!

QReca! platform is a holistic, user friendly set of tools that enables the cost-friendly development of consumer engagement apps

Rabt.co

Rabt is a Personalized Video Network that uses sophisticated algorithms to tailor video content to viewers’ unique tastes and viewing patterns while at home or on the move

Rocketgraph

Rocketgraph provides Automated Business Intelligence Analytics for Big Data

Rulemotion/resin.io

Resin.io is a SaaS platform that enables the management, update and deployment of code to connected devices – it’s JavaScript on your devices, as simple as 'git push'

Schoox

Schoox is an online training and education academy connecting self learners and subject matter experts.  Self-learners can earn badges and certificates online while experts can monetize their knowledge.

Terranova

Terranova is a personal concierge service which connects people, places and events. It has been called a “Siri” on steroids!

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news-96 Fri, 28 Feb 2014 02:01:00 +0000 Sixteen Promising Greek Startups to Showcase their Solutions at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Festival http://www.thehellenicinitiative.org/press-room/recent-news/recent-news-item/showarticle/sixteen-promising-greek-startups-to-showcase-their-solutions-at-the-south-by-southwest-sxsw-intera-1/ The Hellenic Initiative and the Libra Group are proud sponsors of the Greek Exhibit at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive/Startup Village on March 7, 2014 in Austin, TX. Sixteen promising high-tech startups will participate in the Exhibit, representing the first time so many Greek startups have exhibited together at a world-class event outside of The Hellenic Initiative and the Libra Group are proud sponsors of the Greek Exhibit at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive/Startup Village on March 7, 2014 in Austin, TX. Sixteen promising high-tech startups will participate in the Exhibit, representing the first time so many Greek startups have exhibited together at a world-class event outside of Greece.

Since its inception in 1994 the SXSW Interactive Festival has emerged as an incubator of cutting-edge technologies and digital creativity. The 2014 event features five days of compelling presentations and panels from the brightest minds in emerging technology, scores of exciting networking events hosted by industry leaders and an unbeatable lineup of special programs showcasing the best new websites, video games and startup ideas the community has to offer. From hands-on training to big-picture analysis of the future, SXSW Interactive has become the place to preview the technology of tomorrow today. Startups as diverse as AirBnB, Foursquare, and Gowalla have debuted at prior SXSW events.  More than 30,000 visitors are expected to attend in 2014.

“Startups like ours represent a new future for Greece,” said Lefteris Ntouanoglou, Co-Founder & CEO of Schoox, an online learning platform. “The economic crisis has fueled new interest in the creative economy.  Greece has the talent, we just need exposure on a global stage.  We are proud to be part of such a strong group of startups representing Greece at South by Southwest.”

The Greek startups represent fields as diverse as energy monitoring and management; social media, web and mobile app development; wearable personal intelligence; eLearning; wireless communications; nano-tech; and advanced materials. At the Greek Exhibit, participating companies will showcase their technologies, pitch live to a panel of experienced judges, and network with potential customers, partners and investors. This is an important opportunity for the 15 participating companies and for other startups in Greece that will ultimately look for US-based customers and capital.

“Entrepreneurs like these will help Greece build new economic foundations. They demonstrate the innovative spirit required to overcome the ongoing economic crisis,” commented Libra Group CEO, George M. Logothetis, chair of THI’s Entrepreneurship Committee, “and we hope the Greek Exhibit will accelerate their growth.”

Participation is organized pro bono by AngelouEconomics, an economic development consultancy in Austin, TX, with the operational support of the Embassy of Greece in Washington, DC, and sponsored by The Hellenic Initiative, Libra Group, Pflugerville, TX Community Development Corporation and the International Accelerator.

 

Participating startups include:

Amen Technologies

AMEN Technologies is a company active in the field of energy materials and specializes in the development of thermo-electrics and bonded magnets and other applications using microwave technology

eConais

eConais is a wireless module manufacturer and solutions company, providing high performance, ultra low power modules, for the Internet of Things

GridMates

Gridmates is a cloud based platform and network for the smart grid

Hypertech

Hypertech provides IT Knowledge Management solutions. Hypertech’s Energy Labs pioneer in setting active demand in the "heart" of energy domain business services, from Building Automation to Demand Response, addressing the needs of traditional stakeholders (utilities, prosumers) and new market entrants (aggregators)

Intelen

Intelen provides business and people with powerful tools that transform real–time energy data into information that drives energy consumption reduction and efficiency through real, long lasting behavioral engagement

Meazon

Meazon designs and produces electrical energy management products, such as energy sub-meters, data loggers, controllers and Cloud applications for web and mobile monitoring and control of electricity consumption

Mobiltron

Mobiltron is a next generation personal emergency detection and reporting system, an “On-Star in your pocket”

Moosend

Moosend is an affordable and powerful email marketing platform with a simple user interface

PeekInToo

PeekInToo is an anonymous social network that enables smart phone users to exchange real-time 12 second videos from anywhere in the world

Pinnatta

Pinnatta is a mobile service that lets users exchange interactive messages and greeting cards with their friends

QReca!

QReca! platform is a holistic, user friendly set of tools that enables the cost-friendly development of consumer engagement apps

Rabt.co

Rabt is a Personalized Video Network that uses sophisticated algorithms to tailor video content to viewers’ unique tastes and viewing patterns while at home or on the move

Rocketgraph

Rocketgraph provides Automated Business Intelligence Analytics for Big Data

Rulemotion/resin.io

Resin.io is a SaaS platform that enables the management, update and deployment of code to connected devices – it’s JavaScript on your devices, as simple as 'git push'

Schoox

Schoox is an online training and education academy connecting self learners and subject matter experts.  Self-learners can earn badges and certificates online while experts can monetize their knowledge.

Terranova

Terranova is a personal concierge service which connects people, places and events. It has been called a “Siri” on steroids!

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news-11 Fri, 28 Feb 2014 02:00:00 +0000 The Hellenic Initiative's OneGreece International Fundraising Campaign Raised $189,096 from across the world providing critical support to Greek people in need http://www.thehellenicinitiative.org/press-room/recent-news/recent-news-item/showarticle/the-hellenic-initiatives-onegreece-international-fundraising-campaign-raised-189096-from-across-t/ On October, 4, 2013, at an Inaugural Banquet held in New York that marked The Hellenic Initiative’s one year anniversary, the organization announced new initiatives to promote a culture of entrepreneurship and catalyze economic development. Among these new initiatives, The Hellenic Initiative (THI) announced the launch of OneGreece.org, an international fundraising and awareness campaign, sponsored On October, 4, 2013, at an Inaugural Banquet held in New York that marked The Hellenic Initiative’s one year anniversary, the organization announced new initiatives to promote a culture of entrepreneurship and catalyze economic development. Among these new initiatives, The Hellenic Initiative (THI) announced the launch of OneGreece.org, an international fundraising and awareness campaign, sponsored by THI, whose core aim is to rally the global diaspora to support Greece through the crisis and beyond.

THI's OneGreece holiday fundraising campaign raised $189,096 to support the organization’s partnership with strong Greek non-profit organizations that are providing food support, medical services, and heating fuel to families in need. Nearly 500 donors gave an average of $50 each, raising almost $40,000 and unlocking a $150,000 challenge grants.

Funds will be used to:

  • Provide food to 101 families in Athens and Thessaloniki for 6 months
  • Provide childhood immunizations to 2,781 children
  • Provide heating fuel for 7 families/institutions

THI will work with its nonprofit partners to ensure effective and efficient support for these families.

THI’s OneGreece campaign started with the video "I am One Greece" , where people from Greece and the Greek diaspora talk about why Greece matters to them and invite the global community to come together to build a different future. See the video at onegreece.org.

THI would like to thank the hundreds of donors from across the world, and especially the Hellenic American Leadership Council (HALC) for promoting this campaign among its members.

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news-95 Fri, 28 Feb 2014 02:00:00 +0000 The Hellenic Initiative's OneGreece International Fundraising Campaign Raised $189,096 from across the world providing critical support to Greek people in need http://www.thehellenicinitiative.org/press-room/recent-news/recent-news-item/showarticle/the-hellenic-initiatives-onegreece-international-fundraising-campaign-raised-189096-from-across-t-1/ On October, 4, 2013, at an Inaugural Banquet held in New York that marked The Hellenic Initiative’s one year anniversary, the organization announced new initiatives to promote a culture of entrepreneurship and catalyze economic development. Among these new initiatives, The Hellenic Initiative (THI) announced the launch of OneGreece.org, an international fundraising and awareness campaign, sponsored On October, 4, 2013, at an Inaugural Banquet held in New York that marked The Hellenic Initiative’s one year anniversary, the organization announced new initiatives to promote a culture of entrepreneurship and catalyze economic development. Among these new initiatives, The Hellenic Initiative (THI) announced the launch of OneGreece.org, an international fundraising and awareness campaign, sponsored by THI, whose core aim is to rally the global diaspora to support Greece through the crisis and beyond.

THI's OneGreece holiday fundraising campaign raised $189,096 to support the organization’s partnership with strong Greek non-profit organizations that are providing food support, medical services, and heating fuel to families in need. Nearly 500 donors gave an average of $50 each, raising almost $40,000 and unlocking a $150,000 challenge grants.

Funds will be used to:

  • Provide food to 101 families in Athens and Thessaloniki for 6 months
  • Provide childhood immunizations to 2,781 children
  • Provide heating fuel for 7 families/institutions

THI will work with its nonprofit partners to ensure effective and efficient support for these families.

THI’s OneGreece campaign started with the video "I am One Greece" , where people from Greece and the Greek diaspora talk about why Greece matters to them and invite the global community to come together to build a different future. See the video at onegreece.org.

THI would like to thank the hundreds of donors from across the world, and especially the Hellenic American Leadership Council (HALC) for promoting this campaign among its members.

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news-10 Wed, 18 Dec 2013 02:00:00 +0000 The Hellenic Initiative Awards $1,000,000 in 2013 to Five Non-Profit Partners http://www.thehellenicinitiative.org/press-room/recent-news/recent-news-item/showarticle/the-hellenic-initiative-awards-1000000-in-2013-to-five-non-profit-partners/ Recent awards $350,000 in grants to Ashoka and Together for Children The Hellenic Initiative (THI) recently awarded grants to two nonprofit organizations – Ashoka-Innovators for the Public and Together for Children – to expand their activities in Greece and create opportunities of vital importance for Greek society. Including these new grants of $350,000, THI has Recent awards $350,000 in grants to Ashoka and Together for Children

The Hellenic Initiative (THI) recently awarded grants to two nonprofit organizations – Ashoka-Innovators for the Public and Together for Children – to expand their activities in Greece and create opportunities of vital importance for Greek society.

Including these new grants of $350,000, THI has committed a total of $1,000,000 from the beginning of 2013 to five NGOs, as part of its initiative to support strong non-profit organizations that are responding effectively to the ongoing economic crisis.

THI’s newest grants will contribute to the following:

Ashoka-Innovators for the Public: Ashoka will introduce the concept of “social entrepreneurship” by identifying and supporting innovative new solutions to social issues. In the next year, Ashoka aims at building a viable network of social entrepreneurs in Greece with dynamic vision and solutions for the most pressing social issues, as well as supporting the emergence of an empowered and sustainable society in the country.

Together for Children: THI’s grant will support the member-organizations of Together for Children, which collectively provide critical services to children in need. Specifically, the grant will be equally committed to Children’s Home Foundation, Social Work Foundation “Hatzipaterion,” Cerebral Palsy Greece, Friends of Theotokos, Hara Center for Individuals with Special Needs, Pan-Hellenic Juvenile Diabetes Union, Friends of the Child, “PNOE” Friends of Children in Intensive Care and Merimna’s Friend Foundation.

Andrew Liveris, THI Board Chairman, stated: These grants reflect our continued commitment to supporting the people of Greece through this crisis and beyond. We are proud of the impact our nonprofit partners are achieving and look forward to similar success with Ashoka and Together for Children. While all of us are eager to begin building for the future, we recognize that families are still struggling today. With support from the Diaspora and philhellenes worldwide, THI will continue to pursue programs focused on relief, recovery and renewal.”

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news-94 Wed, 18 Dec 2013 02:00:00 +0000 The Hellenic Initiative Awards $1,000,000 in 2013 to Five Non-Profit Partners http://www.thehellenicinitiative.org/press-room/recent-news/recent-news-item/showarticle/the-hellenic-initiative-awards-1000000-in-2013-to-five-non-profit-partners-1/ Recent awards $350,000 in grants to Ashoka and Together for Children The Hellenic Initiative (THI) recently awarded grants to two nonprofit organizations – Ashoka-Innovators for the Public and Together for Children – to expand their activities in Greece and create opportunities of vital importance for Greek society. Including these new grants of $350,000, THI has Recent awards $350,000 in grants to Ashoka and Together for Children

The Hellenic Initiative (THI) recently awarded grants to two nonprofit organizations – Ashoka-Innovators for the Public and Together for Children – to expand their activities in Greece and create opportunities of vital importance for Greek society.

Including these new grants of $350,000, THI has committed a total of $1,000,000 from the beginning of 2013 to five NGOs, as part of its initiative to support strong non-profit organizations that are responding effectively to the ongoing economic crisis.

THI’s newest grants will contribute to the following:

Ashoka-Innovators for the Public: Ashoka will introduce the concept of “social entrepreneurship” by identifying and supporting innovative new solutions to social issues. In the next year, Ashoka aims at building a viable network of social entrepreneurs in Greece with dynamic vision and solutions for the most pressing social issues, as well as supporting the emergence of an empowered and sustainable society in the country.

Together for Children: THI’s grant will support the member-organizations of Together for Children, which collectively provide critical services to children in need. Specifically, the grant will be equally committed to Children’s Home Foundation, Social Work Foundation “Hatzipaterion,” Cerebral Palsy Greece, Friends of Theotokos, Hara Center for Individuals with Special Needs, Pan-Hellenic Juvenile Diabetes Union, Friends of the Child, “PNOE” Friends of Children in Intensive Care and Merimna’s Friend Foundation.

Andrew Liveris, THI Board Chairman, stated: These grants reflect our continued commitment to supporting the people of Greece through this crisis and beyond. We are proud of the impact our nonprofit partners are achieving and look forward to similar success with Ashoka and Together for Children. While all of us are eager to begin building for the future, we recognize that families are still struggling today. With support from the Diaspora and philhellenes worldwide, THI will continue to pursue programs focused on relief, recovery and renewal.”

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news-8 Fri, 04 Oct 2013 01:00:00 +0000 The Hellenic Initiative Raises $1.9 Million At Inaugural Banquet And Honors Andreas Dracopoulos, Muhtar Kent, And Andrew N. Liveris http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/the-hellenic-initiative-raises-19-million-at-inaugural-banquet-and-honors-andreas-dracopoulos-muhtar-kent-and-andrew-n-liveris-226455231.html news-93 Fri, 04 Oct 2013 01:00:00 +0000 The Hellenic Initiative Raises $1.9 Million At Inaugural Banquet And Honors Andreas Dracopoulos, Muhtar Kent, And Andrew N. Liveris http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/the-hellenic-initiative-raises-19-million-at-inaugural-banquet-and-honors-andreas-dracopoulos-muhtar-kent-and-andrew-n-liveris-226455231.html news-137 Wed, 02 Oct 2013 00:00:00 +0000 2013 Annual Banquet http://www.thehellenicinitiative.org/press-room/recent-news/recent-news-item/showarticle/2013-annual-banquet/ news-6 Wed, 29 May 2013 01:00:00 +0000 The Hellenic Initiative Awards $650,000 in Grants to Four Greek Non-Profits http://www.thehellenicinitiative.org/press-room/recent-news/recent-news-item/showarticle/the-hellenic-initiative-awards-650000-in-grants-to-four-greek-non-profits/ Initial charitable grants by The Hellenic Initiative received by SOS-Children’s Villages, Apostoli & IOCC and Praksis ATHENS, Greece May 29th 2013 – The Hellenic Initiative (THI) has selected four Greek non-profit organizations as initial partners to provide critical support to families affected by the continuing economic crisis. SOS-Children’s Villages, Apostoli & IOCC, and Praksis were Initial charitable grants by The Hellenic Initiative received by SOS-Children’s Villages, Apostoli & IOCC and Praksis

ATHENS, Greece May 29th 2013 – The Hellenic Initiative (THI) has selected four Greek non-profit organizations as initial partners to provide critical support to families affected by the continuing economic crisis.

SOS-Children’s Villages, Apostoli & IOCC, and Praksis were selected after a rigorous evaluation process conducted through analysis and site visits. These initial grants will build the scale and effectiveness of existing programs, supporting THI’s mission of advancing proven solutions to promote recovery and renewal in Greece.

“These high impact organizations are providing a crucial safety net to families and children struggling through the worst crisis since the civil war,” said Andrew N. Liveris, THI board member. “We are proud to support the work of these partners as they support Greece through these challenging times.”

The initial grantees are:

SOS-Children’s Villages – SOS operates a series of "villages" for orphaned children, each set up to create a family environment in a compound of small residential homes with full-time social work support. In addition, SOS operates six family support centers across Greece that provide food relief and financial assistance as well as counseling support. THI will fund two efforts in 2013: SOS/Eliza, a residential program for up to 20 abused children, and expansion of fresh food support through the family support centers. 


Apostoli & IOCC – Apostoli is the largest food relief charity in Greece. It is operated by the Church and distributes food through the church network. They have recently developed a partnership with International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) to scale up relief efforts. THI will support a unique fresh food initiative through this collaboration, which will provide critical nutrition to families and stimulus to the local economy. Importantly, THI is also mobilizing in-kind support to assist Apostoli with operational challenges created by their rapid expansion to provide crisis relief. The Hellenic Bottling Company has assigned a member of their operations team to work alongside Apostoli staff to review their warehousing and logistics capabilities.


Praksis – Praksis operates a network of health clinics for low income families, day clinics for the homeless and financial support programs to prevent homelessness. THI will support the health clinics and expansion of the financial support programs.


 

"We are honored to support these nonprofit partners who are working so hard to help families impacted by the prolonged economic crisis,” said George Svokos, THI Board Member and Philanthropy Committee Chair. “These organizations were selected because they are operating efficiently and at scale. Based on continued success, THI stands ready to support them on an ongoing basis. We will continue to evaluate additional partners who meet our rigorous criteria for efficiency and impact."

The Hellenic Initiative is mobilizing donations from across the Diaspora to scale the relief efforts of a small number of effective and transparent organizations that can respond to the crisis at scale. Grants are made to support specific programs with clear outcomes, and future support is tied to progress against those outcomes.

“While the fiscal situation in Greece is stabilizing, the economic challenges facing families continues to worsen,” said Mr. Liveris. “THI aims to consistently respond to the needs of today while promoting longer-term strategies to encourage job growth and economic development.”

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news-92 Wed, 29 May 2013 01:00:00 +0000 The Hellenic Initiative Awards $650,000 in Grants to Four Greek Non-Profits http://www.thehellenicinitiative.org/press-room/recent-news/recent-news-item/showarticle/the-hellenic-initiative-awards-650000-in-grants-to-four-greek-non-profits-1/ Initial charitable grants by The Hellenic Initiative received by SOS-Children’s Villages, Apostoli & IOCC and Praksis ATHENS, Greece May 29th 2013 – The Hellenic Initiative (THI) has selected four Greek non-profit organizations as initial partners to provide critical support to families affected by the continuing economic crisis. SOS-Children’s Villages, Apostoli & IOCC, and Praksis were Initial charitable grants by The Hellenic Initiative received by SOS-Children’s Villages, Apostoli & IOCC and Praksis

ATHENS, Greece May 29th 2013 – The Hellenic Initiative (THI) has selected four Greek non-profit organizations as initial partners to provide critical support to families affected by the continuing economic crisis.

SOS-Children’s Villages, Apostoli & IOCC, and Praksis were selected after a rigorous evaluation process conducted through analysis and site visits. These initial grants will build the scale and effectiveness of existing programs, supporting THI’s mission of advancing proven solutions to promote recovery and renewal in Greece.

“These high impact organizations are providing a crucial safety net to families and children struggling through the worst crisis since the civil war,” said Andrew N. Liveris, THI board member. “We are proud to support the work of these partners as they support Greece through these challenging times.”

The initial grantees are:

SOS-Children’s Villages – SOS operates a series of "villages" for orphaned children, each set up to create a family environment in a compound of small residential homes with full-time social work support. In addition, SOS operates six family support centers across Greece that provide food relief and financial assistance as well as counseling support. THI will fund two efforts in 2013: SOS/Eliza, a residential program for up to 20 abused children, and expansion of fresh food support through the family support centers. 


Apostoli & IOCC – Apostoli is the largest food relief charity in Greece. It is operated by the Church and distributes food through the church network. They have recently developed a partnership with International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) to scale up relief efforts. THI will support a unique fresh food initiative through this collaboration, which will provide critical nutrition to families and stimulus to the local economy. Importantly, THI is also mobilizing in-kind support to assist Apostoli with operational challenges created by their rapid expansion to provide crisis relief. The Hellenic Bottling Company has assigned a member of their operations team to work alongside Apostoli staff to review their warehousing and logistics capabilities.


Praksis – Praksis operates a network of health clinics for low income families, day clinics for the homeless and financial support programs to prevent homelessness. THI will support the health clinics and expansion of the financial support programs.


 

"We are honored to support these nonprofit partners who are working so hard to help families impacted by the prolonged economic crisis,” said George Svokos, THI Board Member and Philanthropy Committee Chair. “These organizations were selected because they are operating efficiently and at scale. Based on continued success, THI stands ready to support them on an ongoing basis. We will continue to evaluate additional partners who meet our rigorous criteria for efficiency and impact."

The Hellenic Initiative is mobilizing donations from across the Diaspora to scale the relief efforts of a small number of effective and transparent organizations that can respond to the crisis at scale. Grants are made to support specific programs with clear outcomes, and future support is tied to progress against those outcomes.

“While the fiscal situation in Greece is stabilizing, the economic challenges facing families continues to worsen,” said Mr. Liveris. “THI aims to consistently respond to the needs of today while promoting longer-term strategies to encourage job growth and economic development.”

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news-5 Wed, 24 Apr 2013 01:00:00 +0000 Winners of the Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award 2013 Announced http://www.thehellenicinitiative.org/press-room/recent-news/recent-news-item/showarticle/winners-of-the-hellenic-entrepreneurship-award-2013-announced/ Four Greek businesses named as the first recipients of the Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award – Winners share over €500,000 in business start-up funding ATHENS, Greece APRIL 24th, 2013 – The Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award today announced the four winners for 2013 who will receive business start-up funding as well as mentoring and business support services. Funded and Four Greek businesses named as the first recipients of the Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award – Winners share over €500,000 in business start-up funding

ATHENS, Greece APRIL 24th, 2013 – The Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award today announced the four winners for 2013 who will receive business start-up funding as well as mentoring and business support services.  Funded and administered by the Libra Group on behalf of The Hellenic Initiative (THI), the Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award helps Greek entrepreneurs to overcome economic barriers and pursue innovative business plans. The Libra Group, which has committed €5,000,000 to the award, initially pledged €500,000 in funding for the 2013 winning companies, but following a highly competitive selection process, it was felt that the strong business plans presented by the four winners merited increasing this year’s total to €575,000. The additional funding will be provided by Jalouise Pty Ltd, another supporter of The Hellenic Initiative.

 

The 2013 winners are:

Stella Mare – A seafood business focusing on sardine and anchovy from the Greek seas. Stella Mare fillets and organically processes the fish, preserving the finished product in a unique blend of organic olive oil, vinegar, herbs and spices. The business will receive award funding of €190,000.
Applicant: Mr. Giorgos Terizakis, Mrs. Aggeliki Tsimpli


Corfu Living History Museum – Recreating the environment of an historic mansion on Corfu, the Living History Museum depicts the everyday life of 19th century nobility. It will include animated figures and the essences and sounds of the age to create an authentic and engaging experience. The business will receive award funding of €145,000.
Applicant: Mrs. Ekaterini Rantou, Mrs. Theodora Efthimiou


Great Catering – A catering concept for corporate or private entertaining. Great Catering does not utilize standard menus but offers a wholly bespoke service with a special emphasis on presentation, based on the host’s individual preferences. The business will receive award funding of €130,000.
Applicant: Mrs. Margarita Vitali Sarantopoulou


RabT – A smartphone and tablet application that generates a curated video sequence for every user based on a dynamic algorithm that analyzes users’ profile and feedback on every video watched. The business will receive award funding of €110,000.
Applicant: Mr. Yiannis Broustas, Mr. George Lentzas, Mr. Leonidas Garyfallos


 

“The judges were extremely impressed with the creativity and thoughtfulness displayed by the winners’ business plans. All of them are smart business ideas grounded in the pragmatism and financial prudence essential to business success. We hope that the funding and support provided by the award will help each business to achieve its goals,” said Jimmy Athanasopoulos, Director of the Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award.

The winners were chosen on the basis of their business plans, which demonstrated innovation, job creation, financial discipline, sustainability and social responsibility. In addition to the business funding, each winner will receive business support including legal, accounting, communications and IT consultancy services. Furthermore, all four will be assigned a mentor – a highly experienced business professional from one of the Libra Group’s global businesses.

“These entrepreneurs represent the future of Greece.  We are proud of their courage and their commitment to building strong businesses as the foundation for economic renewal in Greece and future prosperity for its people,” said THI founding member and Chairman of the Board Andrew N. Liveris.

Launched in 2012, the Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award seeks to help experienced and new entrepreneurs bring new business ideas to fruition and break through the economic disadvantages that have plagued Greece. As its primary supporter, The Libra Group has committed €5,000,000 to the Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award to enable Greek entrepreneurs to support their communities and drive economic growth.  The Australia-based property investment and development company, Jalouise Pty Ltd, has contributed a further US$500,000 to the award program.

838 people registered on the Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award website, resulting in 295 business plans submitted within the application deadline. The judges carefully scrutinized each plan before selecting ten finalists and, finally, the four winners. More information about the award can be found at www.hellenicaward.com/en/.

 


 

Abstract from the speech of Greek Deputy Minister of Development, Competitiveness, Infrastructure, Transport and Networks, Mr. Notis Mitarakis, at the Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award ceremony, 24 April 2013.

"It is a great pleasure and honor for me to be here with you tonight. In an event that perfectly combines the dynamics of private enterprise with acts of giving and volunteering. I would like to congratulate The Hellenic Initiative and the Libra Group for tonight's event, as well as congratulate the winning companies.

I should also note that such partnerships have a dynamic compound effect as more people become motivated and engaged. It is the State’s job to encourage and empower them. Because today it is the private sector that will create growth and, to this end, Greece needs investments – small, medium and large in scale. Support for entrepreneurship is essential. "

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news-91 Wed, 24 Apr 2013 01:00:00 +0000 Winners of the Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award 2013 Announced http://www.thehellenicinitiative.org/press-room/recent-news/recent-news-item/showarticle/winners-of-the-hellenic-entrepreneurship-award-2013-announced-1/ Four Greek businesses named as the first recipients of the Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award – Winners share over €500,000 in business start-up funding ATHENS, Greece APRIL 24th, 2013 – The Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award today announced the four winners for 2013 who will receive business start-up funding as well as mentoring and business support services. Funded and Four Greek businesses named as the first recipients of the Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award – Winners share over €500,000 in business start-up funding

ATHENS, Greece APRIL 24th, 2013 – The Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award today announced the four winners for 2013 who will receive business start-up funding as well as mentoring and business support services.  Funded and administered by the Libra Group on behalf of The Hellenic Initiative (THI), the Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award helps Greek entrepreneurs to overcome economic barriers and pursue innovative business plans. The Libra Group, which has committed €5,000,000 to the award, initially pledged €500,000 in funding for the 2013 winning companies, but following a highly competitive selection process, it was felt that the strong business plans presented by the four winners merited increasing this year’s total to €575,000. The additional funding will be provided by Jalouise Pty Ltd, another supporter of The Hellenic Initiative.

 

The 2013 winners are:

Stella Mare – A seafood business focusing on sardine and anchovy from the Greek seas. Stella Mare fillets and organically processes the fish, preserving the finished product in a unique blend of organic olive oil, vinegar, herbs and spices. The business will receive award funding of €190,000.
Applicant: Mr. Giorgos Terizakis, Mrs. Aggeliki Tsimpli


Corfu Living History Museum – Recreating the environment of an historic mansion on Corfu, the Living History Museum depicts the everyday life of 19th century nobility. It will include animated figures and the essences and sounds of the age to create an authentic and engaging experience. The business will receive award funding of €145,000.
Applicant: Mrs. Ekaterini Rantou, Mrs. Theodora Efthimiou


Great Catering – A catering concept for corporate or private entertaining. Great Catering does not utilize standard menus but offers a wholly bespoke service with a special emphasis on presentation, based on the host’s individual preferences. The business will receive award funding of €130,000.
Applicant: Mrs. Margarita Vitali Sarantopoulou


RabT – A smartphone and tablet application that generates a curated video sequence for every user based on a dynamic algorithm that analyzes users’ profile and feedback on every video watched. The business will receive award funding of €110,000.
Applicant: Mr. Yiannis Broustas, Mr. George Lentzas, Mr. Leonidas Garyfallos


 

“The judges were extremely impressed with the creativity and thoughtfulness displayed by the winners’ business plans. All of them are smart business ideas grounded in the pragmatism and financial prudence essential to business success. We hope that the funding and support provided by the award will help each business to achieve its goals,” said Jimmy Athanasopoulos, Director of the Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award.

The winners were chosen on the basis of their business plans, which demonstrated innovation, job creation, financial discipline, sustainability and social responsibility. In addition to the business funding, each winner will receive business support including legal, accounting, communications and IT consultancy services. Furthermore, all four will be assigned a mentor – a highly experienced business professional from one of the Libra Group’s global businesses.

“These entrepreneurs represent the future of Greece.  We are proud of their courage and their commitment to building strong businesses as the foundation for economic renewal in Greece and future prosperity for its people,” said THI founding member and Chairman of the Board Andrew N. Liveris.

Launched in 2012, the Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award seeks to help experienced and new entrepreneurs bring new business ideas to fruition and break through the economic disadvantages that have plagued Greece. As its primary supporter, The Libra Group has committed €5,000,000 to the Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award to enable Greek entrepreneurs to support their communities and drive economic growth.  The Australia-based property investment and development company, Jalouise Pty Ltd, has contributed a further US$500,000 to the award program.

838 people registered on the Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award website, resulting in 295 business plans submitted within the application deadline. The judges carefully scrutinized each plan before selecting ten finalists and, finally, the four winners. More information about the award can be found at www.hellenicaward.com/en/.

 


 

Abstract from the speech of Greek Deputy Minister of Development, Competitiveness, Infrastructure, Transport and Networks, Mr. Notis Mitarakis, at the Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award ceremony, 24 April 2013.

"It is a great pleasure and honor for me to be here with you tonight. In an event that perfectly combines the dynamics of private enterprise with acts of giving and volunteering. I would like to congratulate The Hellenic Initiative and the Libra Group for tonight's event, as well as congratulate the winning companies.

I should also note that such partnerships have a dynamic compound effect as more people become motivated and engaged. It is the State’s job to encourage and empower them. Because today it is the private sector that will create growth and, to this end, Greece needs investments – small, medium and large in scale. Support for entrepreneurship is essential. "

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news-4 Mon, 08 Apr 2013 01:00:00 +0000 Finalists of the Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award 2013 Announced http://www.thehellenicinitiative.org/press-room/recent-news/recent-news-item/showarticle/finalists-of-the-hellenic-entrepreneurship-award-2013-announced/ The Hellenic Initiative’s award program for Greek entrepreneurs reveals the ten who are in line to win a share of €500,000 in business start-up funding ATHENS, Greece (APRIL 8th, 2013) – The Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award today revealed the ten entrepreneurs who are finalists in line to receive up to €500,000 in funding for a new The Hellenic Initiative’s award program for Greek entrepreneurs reveals the ten who are in line to win a share of €500,000 in business start-up funding

ATHENS, Greece (APRIL 8th, 2013) – The Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award today revealed the ten entrepreneurs who are finalists in line to receive up to €500,000 in funding for a new business venture, as well as business support services and a personal mentor from the Libra Group, which is funding and administering the program on behalf of The Hellenic Initiative (THI). Later this month, between one and five entrepreneurs in Greece will be chosen as award recipients based on their business start-up plans. The award judges are looking for ideas that demonstrate innovation, job creation, financial discipline, sustainability and social responsibility.

“We were extremely impressed with the applications this year, which included a range of ideas across many business sectors, but our finalists really stood out; they represent the qualities of business acumen and leadership that will be essential to Greece’s economic revival. We will have a tough job selecting only a few to receive the award,” said Jimmy Athanasopoulos, director of the Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award.

The ten finalists and their business ideas are:

Punctum – Targeted at the Greek performing arts sector, Punctum creates unbiased audience-generated theater reviews. Audience opinion is summarized on the basis of a structured survey. The outcome is in part available publicly and in part targeted at theater professionals as a consultancy service.
Applicant: Mr. Kostas Karakounis, Mrs. Jevgenis Lakissova, Mr. Thanasis Kotsis


Mezolift – An ultra-efficient, solar powered elevator concept that stores energy into batteries, offering energy independence as well as environmental, running cost and safety benefits.
Applicant: Mr. Ioannis Saxsamanoglou


Training Experience Center – An experiential business training center, designed to be especially attractive and engaging to each participant. A unique approach to imparting knowledge and gaining experience.
Applicant: Mr. Konstantinos Mitropappas


RabT – A smartphone and tablet application that generates a curated video sequence for every user based on a dynamic algorithm that analyzes users’ profile and feedback on every video watched.
Applicant: Mr. Yiannis Broustas, Mr. George Lentzas, Mr. Leonidas Garyfallos


Stella Mare – A seafood business focusing on sardine and anchovy from the Greek seas. Stella Mare fillets and organically processes the fish, preserving the finished product in a unique blend of organic olive oil, vinegar, herbs and spices.
Applicant: Mr. Giorgos Terizakis, Mrs. Aggeliki Tsimpli


Sports Management Index – Sophisticated real-time performance tracking tool for sports teams and individual players. The business is targeting both game-day outcome prediction and individual performance enhancement based on training session analysis.
Applicant: Mr. Costas Galanis, Mrs. Christina Colombos, Mr. Costas Chountis, Mr. Alex Tallas


Great Catering – A catering concept for corporate or private entertaining. Great Catering does not utilize standard menus but offers a wholly bespoke service with a special emphasis on presentation, based on the host’s individual preferences.
Applicant: Mrs. Margarita Vitali Sarantopoulou


Solar Electric Tricycle – An ultra-modern eco-friendly enclosed electric tricycle. Light and easy to ride, it is equipped with high tech controls and roof-mounted solar panels.
Applicant: Mr. Antonis Patrikios


Corfu Living History Museum – Recreating the environment of an historic mansion on Corfu, the Living History Museum depicts the everyday life of 19th century nobility. It will include animated figures and the essences and sounds of the age to create an authentic and involving experience.
Applicant: Mrs. Ekaterini Rantou, Mrs. Theodora Efthimiou


Greek Food Obsessions – Carefully selected Greek rural food products designed to appeal to global markets. The concept includes some unique food combinations in a ready-to-eat format.
Applicant: Mrs. Danai Bezantakou, Mrs. Mary Rose Andrianopoulou, Mrs. Maria Alefragi, Mrs. Eleni Plessa, Mrs. Cathy Van Der Ha, Mrs. Georgia Kollia


The Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award was launched in 2012 to help experienced and new entrepreneurs bring new business ideas to fruition through the provision of funding, business support and mentoring. Driven by a belief that entrepreneurship is the lifeblood of economic growth, the Libra Group is committing €5,000,000 over ten years to the Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award to enable Greek entrepreneurs to support their communities and drive economic growth. Other supporters within the Hellenic Initiative include the Australia-based property investment and development company, Jalouise Pty Ltd, which has contributed US$500,000 to the award program. The Award seeks to help entrepreneurs break through the economic disadvantage that has plagued Greece and provide the necessary support needed for businesses to flourish once again.

“Each of these finalists is worthy of the award,” said George Logothetis, CEO of the Libra Group and a THI founding member. “The business ventures proposed were creative and inspiring, and we were encouraged by the overwhelming number of applicants to expand the program and welcome other funders to the effort.”

838 people registered on the Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award website, resulting in 295 business plans submitted within the application deadline.  The judges carefully scrutinized each plan before selecting the ten finalists. The recipients of the award will be announced later this month in Athens. More information about the award can be found at www.hellenicaward.com/en/.

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news-90 Mon, 08 Apr 2013 01:00:00 +0000 Finalists of the Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award 2013 Announced http://www.thehellenicinitiative.org/press-room/recent-news/recent-news-item/showarticle/finalists-of-the-hellenic-entrepreneurship-award-2013-announced-1/ The Hellenic Initiative’s award program for Greek entrepreneurs reveals the ten who are in line to win a share of €500,000 in business start-up funding ATHENS, Greece (APRIL 8th, 2013) – The Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award today revealed the ten entrepreneurs who are finalists in line to receive up to €500,000 in funding for a new The Hellenic Initiative’s award program for Greek entrepreneurs reveals the ten who are in line to win a share of €500,000 in business start-up funding

ATHENS, Greece (APRIL 8th, 2013) – The Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award today revealed the ten entrepreneurs who are finalists in line to receive up to €500,000 in funding for a new business venture, as well as business support services and a personal mentor from the Libra Group, which is funding and administering the program on behalf of The Hellenic Initiative (THI). Later this month, between one and five entrepreneurs in Greece will be chosen as award recipients based on their business start-up plans. The award judges are looking for ideas that demonstrate innovation, job creation, financial discipline, sustainability and social responsibility.

“We were extremely impressed with the applications this year, which included a range of ideas across many business sectors, but our finalists really stood out; they represent the qualities of business acumen and leadership that will be essential to Greece’s economic revival. We will have a tough job selecting only a few to receive the award,” said Jimmy Athanasopoulos, director of the Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award.

The ten finalists and their business ideas are:

Punctum – Targeted at the Greek performing arts sector, Punctum creates unbiased audience-generated theater reviews. Audience opinion is summarized on the basis of a structured survey. The outcome is in part available publicly and in part targeted at theater professionals as a consultancy service.
Applicant: Mr. Kostas Karakounis, Mrs. Jevgenis Lakissova, Mr. Thanasis Kotsis


Mezolift – An ultra-efficient, solar powered elevator concept that stores energy into batteries, offering energy independence as well as environmental, running cost and safety benefits.
Applicant: Mr. Ioannis Saxsamanoglou


Training Experience Center – An experiential business training center, designed to be especially attractive and engaging to each participant. A unique approach to imparting knowledge and gaining experience.
Applicant: Mr. Konstantinos Mitropappas


RabT – A smartphone and tablet application that generates a curated video sequence for every user based on a dynamic algorithm that analyzes users’ profile and feedback on every video watched.
Applicant: Mr. Yiannis Broustas, Mr. George Lentzas, Mr. Leonidas Garyfallos


Stella Mare – A seafood business focusing on sardine and anchovy from the Greek seas. Stella Mare fillets and organically processes the fish, preserving the finished product in a unique blend of organic olive oil, vinegar, herbs and spices.
Applicant: Mr. Giorgos Terizakis, Mrs. Aggeliki Tsimpli


Sports Management Index – Sophisticated real-time performance tracking tool for sports teams and individual players. The business is targeting both game-day outcome prediction and individual performance enhancement based on training session analysis.
Applicant: Mr. Costas Galanis, Mrs. Christina Colombos, Mr. Costas Chountis, Mr. Alex Tallas


Great Catering – A catering concept for corporate or private entertaining. Great Catering does not utilize standard menus but offers a wholly bespoke service with a special emphasis on presentation, based on the host’s individual preferences.
Applicant: Mrs. Margarita Vitali Sarantopoulou


Solar Electric Tricycle – An ultra-modern eco-friendly enclosed electric tricycle. Light and easy to ride, it is equipped with high tech controls and roof-mounted solar panels.
Applicant: Mr. Antonis Patrikios


Corfu Living History Museum – Recreating the environment of an historic mansion on Corfu, the Living History Museum depicts the everyday life of 19th century nobility. It will include animated figures and the essences and sounds of the age to create an authentic and involving experience.
Applicant: Mrs. Ekaterini Rantou, Mrs. Theodora Efthimiou


Greek Food Obsessions – Carefully selected Greek rural food products designed to appeal to global markets. The concept includes some unique food combinations in a ready-to-eat format.
Applicant: Mrs. Danai Bezantakou, Mrs. Mary Rose Andrianopoulou, Mrs. Maria Alefragi, Mrs. Eleni Plessa, Mrs. Cathy Van Der Ha, Mrs. Georgia Kollia


The Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award was launched in 2012 to help experienced and new entrepreneurs bring new business ideas to fruition through the provision of funding, business support and mentoring. Driven by a belief that entrepreneurship is the lifeblood of economic growth, the Libra Group is committing €5,000,000 over ten years to the Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award to enable Greek entrepreneurs to support their communities and drive economic growth. Other supporters within the Hellenic Initiative include the Australia-based property investment and development company, Jalouise Pty Ltd, which has contributed US$500,000 to the award program. The Award seeks to help entrepreneurs break through the economic disadvantage that has plagued Greece and provide the necessary support needed for businesses to flourish once again.

“Each of these finalists is worthy of the award,” said George Logothetis, CEO of the Libra Group and a THI founding member. “The business ventures proposed were creative and inspiring, and we were encouraged by the overwhelming number of applicants to expand the program and welcome other funders to the effort.”

838 people registered on the Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award website, resulting in 295 business plans submitted within the application deadline.  The judges carefully scrutinized each plan before selecting the ten finalists. The recipients of the award will be announced later this month in Athens. More information about the award can be found at www.hellenicaward.com/en/.

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news-3 Fri, 22 Feb 2013 02:00:00 +0000 Hellenic Initiative Appoints Interim Ceo http://www.thehellenicinitiative.org/press-room/recent-news/recent-news-item/showarticle/hellenic-initiative-appoints-interim-ceo/ New York, NY FEBRUARY 21, 2013 – The Hellenic Initiative (THI) has officially appointed Myles Presler as its interim CEO to coordinate the organization’s operations in the United States and on the ground in Athens. In his capacity as interim CEO, Mr. Presler will work with THI’s Board of Directors to develop high impact programs New York, NY FEBRUARY 21, 2013 – The Hellenic Initiative (THI) has officially appointed Myles Presler as its interim CEO to coordinate the organization’s operations in the United States and on the ground in Athens. In his capacity as interim CEO, Mr. Presler will work with THI’s Board of Directors to develop high impact programs to build Greece’s economy and improve the lives of her people.

Mr. Presler previously worked at McKinsey & Co. where he spent the last 8 years advising clients on a range of marketing, distribution and operations topics. He also has extensive experience in the non-profit sector, primarily focused on community economic development. He holds a JD/MBA from Northwestern University and a BA with highest honors from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Mr. Presler will serve in an interim capacity for six to twelve months and will focus on launching THI’s programs in philanthropy and social development. He will support business planning and execution and will help to identify and onboard a permanent CEO while working with key stakeholders, including members of the Greek diaspora and philhellene communities, to implement THI’s bold vision.

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news-89 Fri, 22 Feb 2013 02:00:00 +0000 Hellenic Initiative Appoints Interim Ceo http://www.thehellenicinitiative.org/press-room/recent-news/recent-news-item/showarticle/hellenic-initiative-appoints-interim-ceo-1/ New York, NY FEBRUARY 21, 2013 – The Hellenic Initiative (THI) has officially appointed Myles Presler as its interim CEO to coordinate the organization’s operations in the United States and on the ground in Athens. In his capacity as interim CEO, Mr. Presler will work with THI’s Board of Directors to develop high impact programs New York, NY FEBRUARY 21, 2013 – The Hellenic Initiative (THI) has officially appointed Myles Presler as its interim CEO to coordinate the organization’s operations in the United States and on the ground in Athens. In his capacity as interim CEO, Mr. Presler will work with THI’s Board of Directors to develop high impact programs to build Greece’s economy and improve the lives of her people.

Mr. Presler previously worked at McKinsey & Co. where he spent the last 8 years advising clients on a range of marketing, distribution and operations topics. He also has extensive experience in the non-profit sector, primarily focused on community economic development. He holds a JD/MBA from Northwestern University and a BA with highest honors from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Mr. Presler will serve in an interim capacity for six to twelve months and will focus on launching THI’s programs in philanthropy and social development. He will support business planning and execution and will help to identify and onboard a permanent CEO while working with key stakeholders, including members of the Greek diaspora and philhellene communities, to implement THI’s bold vision.

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news-2 Wed, 28 Nov 2012 02:00:00 +0000 Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award Launches with €5 Million Commitment http://www.thehellenicinitiative.org/press-room/recent-news/recent-news-item/showarticle/hellenic-entrepreneurship-award-launches-with-EUR5-million-commitment/ Applications now invited for annual award program that offers entrepreneurs in Greece expert mentoring, a full range of business support services and funding of up to €500,000 ATHENS, Greece NOVEMBER 28, 2012 – The Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award, which offers entrepreneurs in Greece the chance to receive funding of up to €500,000 plus comprehensive mentoring and Applications now invited for annual award program that offers entrepreneurs in Greece expert mentoring, a full range of business support services and funding of up to €500,000

ATHENS, Greece NOVEMBER 28, 2012 – The Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award, which offers entrepreneurs in Greece the chance to receive funding of up to €500,000 plus comprehensive mentoring and consultancy for a new business venture, was officially launched today by The Hellenic Initiative (THI). The annual award program aims to create opportunity for both experienced and budding entrepreneurs by providing winners with the resources they need to get a new business started.

The Hellenic Initiative is a non-profit, non-government organization comprising prominent leaders from the Greek global diaspora. THI’s focus is on jobs and philanthropy and it is undertaking a number of economic development programs designed to encourage entrepreneurship and investment in Greece. The Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award is being funded and managed on behalf of the Hellenic Initiative by the Libra Group, a family-owned international business group. The Libra Group has committed €5 million in business start-up funding for winners as well as comprehensive business support services and mentoring from experienced business leaders. Other supporters include the Australia-based property investment and development company, Jalouise Pty Ltd, which has contributed US$500,000 to the award program.

Application for the award involves submission of an outline business plan via the award website – www.hellenicaward.com. The closing date for applications is 28 February 2013. The panel of judges will announce between one and five winners in early April 2013 based on careful scrutiny of the merits of each application. Each winner’s mentor will be a senior business professional assigned from one of the Libra Group’s global businesses. Mentors will provide advice and guidance throughout every stage of the business start-up.  Additional business support offered to winners includes legal, accounting, communications and IT consultancy services.  Winning businesses will also be provided with funding of between €100,000 and €500,000 depending on how many winners are declared. The funds attract no interest or other charges and will need to be repaid within five years.

“Greece is, and always has been, a crucible of innovation and creativity; however, economic strife can create a cycle of disadvantage that can make it difficult or impossible to launch a new business,” said Andrew Liveris, chairman and founder of the Hellenic Initiative. “Economic malaise should not deter those with an idea worth pursuing, and we believe The Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award offers an opportunity for Greece’s entrepreneurs to regain their confidence and be bold once again. We expect the valuable consultancy and support that forms part of the prize to significantly increase the chances of award winners becoming successful Greek businesses.”

“This award provides a fantastic opportunity for anyone who has a new business idea yet lacks the financial backing and expert support to turn their brainchild into a reality” added Jimmy Athanasopoulos, Director of the Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award. “We want to empower entrepreneurs to follow their dreams, provide employment in Greece and send a signal of hope to their fellow countrymen.”

The judges are looking for business start-up plans that demonstrate innovation, job creation, financial discipline and sustainability. The winning idea or ideas will be ones that show a clear path to job creation within Greece and emphasize the financial prudence of their ventures.

Eligible applicants:

  • Private individuals who have a business idea, regardless of previous commercial experience
  • Groups of people who may not yet be incorporated as a trading company
  • Existing privately owned companies which can demonstrate that they have an all-new idea that is not a direct derivative of the company’s core competence and that cannot be adequately funded from the company’s existing resources

The winning applicants must be based in Greece and will need to prove that they and/or the company they represent will be domiciled within the country. In addition, the judges will expect principal employees of the new venture to be based in Greece.

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news-88 Wed, 28 Nov 2012 02:00:00 +0000 Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award Launches with €5 Million Commitment http://www.thehellenicinitiative.org/press-room/recent-news/recent-news-item/showarticle/hellenic-entrepreneurship-award-launches-with-EUR5-million-commitment-1/ Applications now invited for annual award program that offers entrepreneurs in Greece expert mentoring, a full range of business support services and funding of up to €500,000 ATHENS, Greece NOVEMBER 28, 2012 – The Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award, which offers entrepreneurs in Greece the chance to receive funding of up to €500,000 plus comprehensive mentoring and Applications now invited for annual award program that offers entrepreneurs in Greece expert mentoring, a full range of business support services and funding of up to €500,000

ATHENS, Greece NOVEMBER 28, 2012 – The Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award, which offers entrepreneurs in Greece the chance to receive funding of up to €500,000 plus comprehensive mentoring and consultancy for a new business venture, was officially launched today by The Hellenic Initiative (THI). The annual award program aims to create opportunity for both experienced and budding entrepreneurs by providing winners with the resources they need to get a new business started.

The Hellenic Initiative is a non-profit, non-government organization comprising prominent leaders from the Greek global diaspora. THI’s focus is on jobs and philanthropy and it is undertaking a number of economic development programs designed to encourage entrepreneurship and investment in Greece. The Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award is being funded and managed on behalf of the Hellenic Initiative by the Libra Group, a family-owned international business group. The Libra Group has committed €5 million in business start-up funding for winners as well as comprehensive business support services and mentoring from experienced business leaders. Other supporters include the Australia-based property investment and development company, Jalouise Pty Ltd, which has contributed US$500,000 to the award program.

Application for the award involves submission of an outline business plan via the award website – www.hellenicaward.com. The closing date for applications is 28 February 2013. The panel of judges will announce between one and five winners in early April 2013 based on careful scrutiny of the merits of each application. Each winner’s mentor will be a senior business professional assigned from one of the Libra Group’s global businesses. Mentors will provide advice and guidance throughout every stage of the business start-up.  Additional business support offered to winners includes legal, accounting, communications and IT consultancy services.  Winning businesses will also be provided with funding of between €100,000 and €500,000 depending on how many winners are declared. The funds attract no interest or other charges and will need to be repaid within five years.

“Greece is, and always has been, a crucible of innovation and creativity; however, economic strife can create a cycle of disadvantage that can make it difficult or impossible to launch a new business,” said Andrew Liveris, chairman and founder of the Hellenic Initiative. “Economic malaise should not deter those with an idea worth pursuing, and we believe The Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award offers an opportunity for Greece’s entrepreneurs to regain their confidence and be bold once again. We expect the valuable consultancy and support that forms part of the prize to significantly increase the chances of award winners becoming successful Greek businesses.”

“This award provides a fantastic opportunity for anyone who has a new business idea yet lacks the financial backing and expert support to turn their brainchild into a reality” added Jimmy Athanasopoulos, Director of the Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award. “We want to empower entrepreneurs to follow their dreams, provide employment in Greece and send a signal of hope to their fellow countrymen.”

The judges are looking for business start-up plans that demonstrate innovation, job creation, financial discipline and sustainability. The winning idea or ideas will be ones that show a clear path to job creation within Greece and emphasize the financial prudence of their ventures.

Eligible applicants:

  • Private individuals who have a business idea, regardless of previous commercial experience
  • Groups of people who may not yet be incorporated as a trading company
  • Existing privately owned companies which can demonstrate that they have an all-new idea that is not a direct derivative of the company’s core competence and that cannot be adequately funded from the company’s existing resources

The winning applicants must be based in Greece and will need to prove that they and/or the company they represent will be domiciled within the country. In addition, the judges will expect principal employees of the new venture to be based in Greece.

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news-1 Sun, 22 Jul 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Global Greeks and Diaspora Launch the Hellenic Initiative in Athens http://www.thehellenicinitiative.org/press-room/recent-news/recent-news-item/showarticle/global-greeks-and-diaspora-launch-the-hellenic-initiative-in-athens/ The only way through this economic crisis is through growth, and growth requires capital. Unfortunately, small and mid-sized companies are still frozen out of the debt and equity markets and will be for the foreseeable future. To address this gap, The Hellenic Initiative (THI) is mobilizing The Hellenic Investment Fund – a separate branch of The only way through this economic crisis is through growth, and growth requires capital. Unfortunately, small and mid-sized companies are still frozen out of the debt and equity markets and will be for the foreseeable future.

To address this gap, The Hellenic Initiative (THI) is mobilizing The Hellenic Investment Fund – a separate branch of THI, distinct from its charitable mission. It is a $100 million fund seeking a double bottom line of job growth and investment returns by targeting small to mid-sized growth companies in sectors critical to Greece’s long-term growth, including, but not limited to, tourism and hospitality, energy and cleantech, information technology, and food processing, among others. The Fund is committed to mentoring portfolio companies at every stage of development.

An advisory committee of anchor investors is being formed. The chair is Jeremy Downward of Alpheus Advisors, and members include Achilles Constantakopoulos of Temes, Dean Dakolias of Fortress, Alex Navab of KKR, George Stamas of Kirkland &amp; Ellis, and Harry Wilson of The MAEVA Group. A search is underway for a general partner or co-general partners to manage the Fund and perform traditional roles such as fundraising, sourcing and vetting potential deals, advising investees, and monitoring performance.

THI will sponsor the Fund and support fundraising efforts. Given the focus on competitive returns and job growth, we anticipate that the fund could be attractive to a broad range of partners, including institutional investors, corporations, foundation endowments, and high-net-worth families.

For more information please contact us at: info(at)thethehellenicinitiative(dot)org.

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news-87 Sun, 22 Jul 2012 01:00:00 +0000 Global Greeks and Diaspora Launch the Hellenic Initiative in Athens http://www.thehellenicinitiative.org/press-room/recent-news/recent-news-item/showarticle/global-greeks-and-diaspora-launch-the-hellenic-initiative-in-athens-1/ The only way through this economic crisis is through growth, and growth requires capital. Unfortunately, small and mid-sized companies are still frozen out of the debt and equity markets and will be for the foreseeable future. To address this gap, The Hellenic Initiative (THI) is mobilizing The Hellenic Investment Fund – a separate branch of The only way through this economic crisis is through growth, and growth requires capital. Unfortunately, small and mid-sized companies are still frozen out of the debt and equity markets and will be for the foreseeable future.

To address this gap, The Hellenic Initiative (THI) is mobilizing The Hellenic Investment Fund – a separate branch of THI, distinct from its charitable mission. It is a $100 million fund seeking a double bottom line of job growth and investment returns by targeting small to mid-sized growth companies in sectors critical to Greece’s long-term growth, including, but not limited to, tourism and hospitality, energy and cleantech, information technology, and food processing, among others. The Fund is committed to mentoring portfolio companies at every stage of development.

An advisory committee of anchor investors is being formed. The chair is Jeremy Downward of Alpheus Advisors, and members include Achilles Constantakopoulos of Temes, Dean Dakolias of Fortress, Alex Navab of KKR, George Stamas of Kirkland &amp; Ellis, and Harry Wilson of The MAEVA Group. A search is underway for a general partner or co-general partners to manage the Fund and perform traditional roles such as fundraising, sourcing and vetting potential deals, advising investees, and monitoring performance.

THI will sponsor the Fund and support fundraising efforts. Given the focus on competitive returns and job growth, we anticipate that the fund could be attractive to a broad range of partners, including institutional investors, corporations, foundation endowments, and high-net-worth families.

For more information please contact us at: info(at)thethehellenicinitiative(dot)org.

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