Thessaloniki Innovation Zone is pleased to announce the following key speakers for the 2nd Hangout Event and Christmas Party: Make it Happen / Grow your startup to a global corporation from Thessaloniki sheduled to take place on Thursday 17 December, 2015
Angelos Angelou is the Founder and Principal Executive Officer of AngelouEconomics, bringing 32 years of experience in site location, economic and business development consulting. AngelousEconomics is a leading economic development consultancy in the U.S. The firm has an impressive list of clients in both the private and public sector, having conducted over 650 economic development strategies for its clients and the location of over $18 billion in capital investments for Fortune 1000 Companies throughout the world.The firm’s clients include cities, regions, states, foreign governments and nonprofits as well as many Fortune 1000 corporations for corporate site selection.
Prior to starting AngelouEconomics, Angelos spent nearly 12 years with the Austin Chamber of Commerce as Chief Economist and Vice President of Economic Development, and brings a practitioner’s approach to AE’s economic development team. During his time at the chamber, Angelos was responsible for recruitment of 400 technology companies and some 70,000 employees, including IBM, Apple, Samsung, Motorola, AMD, Cypress Semiconductor, Applied Materials, Tokyo Electron and Sematech.
A highly visible leader in the field of economic development, Angelos is widely regarded as an expert in corporate site selection, incentives negotiation, technology based economic development, public policy, international business development, investment attraction and marketing. The national and international media regularly seek his comments and insights in the technology sector and on economic development issues. He is also widely regarded as the chief of architect in the establishment of Austin as a nationally recognized high tech center. He holds a M.A. in Economics Summa Cum Laude from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, a B.A. in Economics and B.A. in Political Science from the University of Texas at San Antonio. He has also completed 1,5 years of study towards his Ph.D. in Economics at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.
Current and past Board appointments include the International Economic Development Council, Advisory Board of the Social Sciences Department at St. Edwards University, IC2 Fellow, Schoox.com, Gridmates, and the College of Natural Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin. He has also received the top Economic Development of the Year award by Site Selection Magazine.
Angelos is an appointee of the Texas Governor to the Board of Directors of the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) until 2019. CPRIT is a 10-year, $3 billion grant fund for cancer related commercialization and R&D for Texas. He is also the founder of the International Accelerator, the only accelerator in the US that is focused exclusively on foreign born entrepreneurs. The accelerator receives more than 1,000 startup applications per year from all over the world and selects the most promising businesses to accelerate their growth in the US.
Lefteris Ntouanoglou studied Electrical and Computer Engineering at AUTH, where he also completed his PhD in Digital Optical Holography. At the start of his postgraduate studies in 1996, he began his work experience in a small IT company called OTS, as a Network Engineer. Over the next 15 years, the company grew significantly with over 100 employees, and Lefteris Ntouanoglou passed through many administrative positions until 2008 when he was appointed General Manager.
In late 2011, Lefteris Ntouanoglou decided to devote himself exclusively to the idea of Schoox, an innovative online e-learning platform that was designed for companies and organizations. In 2011, he made his first trip to America and particularly to Silicon Valey, California, and Austin, Texas, in an attempt to seek funds for introducing Schoox in the American market. At the end of 2012, he drew his first $1 million by Red Book Connect Group with which he collaborated in order to promote Schoox to its clientele. After two years of success in the American market, Schoox managed to achieve an agreement with top companies such as SUBWAY, Five Guys, KIA and many others, thus making it one of the top players in the market. Today, almost 36 months after the first fund, Schoox has more than 1 million subscribers from 110 countries and is growing rapidly in the global market.