Survival Guide in the startup ecosystem: Key Speakers


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Thessaloniki Innovation Zone is pleased to announce the following key speakers for the 1st Hangout Event: Survival Guide in the startup ecosystem sheduled to take place on Monday 7 December, 2015

Marina Hatsopoulos

Marina Hatsopoulos is an entrepreneur, director and angel investor. She is Chairperson of the Board and investor in Levitronix Technologies, the worldwide leader in magnetically levitated bearingless motor technology. She is a Director of Cynosure Inc., a $300 million leader in the laser aesthetics market. She is on the Advisory Board of the Nantucket [technology] Conference, the EGG acceleration program in Greece, and MIT Enterprise Forum Greece. Ms. Hatsopoulos was the Founding CEO and primary investor in Z Corporation from 1994 through its successful sale in 2005. Z Corporation was a market leader in 3D Printing, a technology used to produce physical prototypes from design data at very low cost and high speed. She also served as Director of the GSI Group, a $300 million supplier of laser-based products, and Contex Holding, a $100 million leading manufacturer of large-format scanners. She was an investor and Director of Tea Forte, a luxury brand of teas and accessories, which was sold to Sara Lee in late 2011. She was also an investor and Director of Dear Kate, and is currently an investor in Codebender, based in Greece. She holds a B.A. from Brown University and an M.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Andreas Baresel-Bofinger

Andreas Baresel-Bofinger is a private investor. He is co-founder of the Hellenic Business Angels Network – HeBAN. He is Managing Partner of Wilhelm Bofinger GmbH & CoKG in Germany. Andreas has also the role of Strategic Enterprise Advisor at CITY College, the International Faculty of the University of Sheffield where he has been lecturing Master and Bachelor courses at the Business Administration and Economics Department. In his position as Project Manager at the South-East European Research Centre (SEERC) in Thessaloniki he has been strongly involved in the support and development of the entrepreneurial eco-system in South-East Europe. Andreas served as Advisory Board Member at the InnovationFarm Stage One Accelerator in Thessaloniki. In the past he held the position of Management Consultant at the Incubator of Technopolis Thessaloniki ICT Business Park. Before, for many years he was Coordinator of European projects at SEPVE, the Association of IT Companies of Northern Greece. Andreas holds a BA in Accounting and Finance and an MSc in Information Systems. Currently he is also pursuing a part-time PhD in Green Supply Chain Management. His papers have been presented at national and international conferences.

Eva Evdaimon

Mrs Eva Evdaimon is an NBG executive of the Business Banking segment of the Retail Segments Division. Eva offers 25 years banking experience. Apart from performing the Branch Manager role at several key NBG branches she was also responsible for customer service, sales promotion, product development and consulting of many small business in Greece. For the past 10 years she has been also responsible for the network Human Resources development and training, initiating & facilitating seminars on business lending, Customer relationships management & cross selling.



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