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Hellenic Innovation Network - Podcasts

Hellenic Innovation Network - Podcasts

By Hellenic Innovation Network
Hellenic Innovation Network, with the support of the Greek Consulate of Boston and MIT Enterprise Forum Greece, was created to empower technology-based startups from Greece and Cyprus with a bridge to the U.S. through pitching and networking opportunities. Our dedicated group from the tech startup ecosystems in Boston and Athens organizes events twice per year to educate the Greek diaspora about Greek startup activity, and to offer Greek entrepreneurs an opportunity to pitch and network in the US. Due to Covid-19 we are hosting a webcast series in order to keep our community connected!
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From Greek Start-Up to Global Scale-Up
A discussion by four Greek-founded companies about fundraising, transitioning from start-up to scale-up, and achieving global growth! Blueground, which has raised $78M from European and US investors, now offers over 3,500 furnished rental properties in 13 cities. Metamaterial, having filed over 150 patents for smart materials and photonics, is about to complete a reverse merger to be listed on NASDAQ. NetData, which troubleshoots slowdowns and anomalies in computer infrastructure, has offices in San Francisco and Athens, with millions of users including at companies like Amazon, Google, IBM, Microsoft, and NVIDIA. Epignosis has over 8,000 customers in 126 countries for its training software which was ranked #1 by Finances Online. While these companies operate in very different markets, we hope to uncover common threads underlying their successes. The conversation will be introduced by Kostas Fragogiannis, Deputy Minister for Economic Diplomacy and Openness for the Hellenic Republic, who will share how economic diplomacy can support Greek business. Introduction by Kostas Fragogiannis, Deputy Minister for Economic Diplomacy and Openness Alex Chatzieleftheriou, Blueground George Palikaras, Metamaterial Costa Tsaousis, NetData Dimitris Tsingos, Epignosis Moderated by Marina Hatsopoulos, Levitronix Technologies
01:15:41
April 12, 2021
AI, Data Science & Society with Constantinos Daskalakis & Fotini Christia
Please join us for a conversation between Constantinos Daskalakis, Professor, EECS, MIT and Fotini Christia, MIT Professor of Political Science and Director, MIT Sociotechnical Systems Research Center (SSRC). They will discuss artificial intelligence, machine learning, data science, and their implications for education and society. Professor Daskalakis will describe his plans to create an institute of artificial intelligence in Athens for researchers from Greece and abroad, while Professor Christia will explore thoughts about the ethics of machine learning, and its applications in the social sciences. This dialogue between two young Greek academics promises to open our eyes to coming advances in technology that will impact Greece and the world.
01:17:24
March 12, 2021
Vir Biotechnology: Tackling Infectious Disease
Ηear from Dr. George Scangos, CEO of Vir Biotechnology, about how Vir combines immunologic insights with cutting-edge technologies to treat and prevent serious infectious diseases, one of the leading causes of death worldwide. Vir is tackling the world’s largest and most serious infectious diseases, infections that are evasive, challenging, or insufficiently addressed by current approaches, including hepatitis B, influenza A, SARS-CoV-2, HIV, and tuberculosis. Speaker: Dr. George Scangos, CEO, Vir Biotechnology & Former CEO, Biogen Moderator: Anna Protopapas, CEO Mersana Therapeutics
55:37
February 11, 2021
Why build a Startup in Greece? 300 Million Reasons under the Sun
Greece is not simply the land of sunshine and holidays. With the European Investment Fund enabling a €300 million investment in Greek startups, opportunities are taking off in tech entrepreneurship. Six venture capitalists investing in Greek startups will share their experiences in a fast-paced roundtable, demonstrating the opportunity for Greece to create jobs and demonstrating the opportunity for Greece to create jobs and become a regional technology hub supporting successful startups and leading to more and larger exits such as the latest ones of Instashop and Softomotive. Assuming work-from-home remains common post-Covid, Greece could attract non-Greeks as well, which would accelerate the learning curve of the local ecosystem. Speakers: Apostolos Apostolakis, Venturefriends Alexandra Choli, Metavallon Dimitris Kalavros-Gousiou, Velocity Partners Katerina Pramatari, Unifund George Tziralis, Marathon Marco Veremis, Big Pi Moderator: Dean Dimizas, Cambridge Associates
01:01:34
January 14, 2021
Research Commercialization and Exit: The Story of Helic’s acquisition by Ansys
Greece has pushed through the first wave of startups in IT, enabled by low barriers to entry, and now is shifting toward larger opportunities in deep tech. Commercializing university research offers the potential for greater returns, as demonstrated by top US universities, but the path is longer and less clear. Building a strong business from core technology is a massive challenge, and driving it to exit is even harder. Yorgos Koutsoyannopoulos, Co-Founder/Former CEO of Helic will discuss its formation out of the National Technical University of Athens to address the issue of  electromagnetic crosstalk caused by closer proximity of high-frequency circuits. Vic Kulkarni, Vice President at Ansys, will discuss their reasons for acquiring Helic and expanding its research and development center in Athens, with a stated goal of increasing employment over 2-3 years from 50 to 200, mostly scientists and engineers. Speakers: Yorgos Koutsoyannopoulos, Co-Founder/Former CEO, Helic Vic Kulkarni, Vice President, Strategy, Ansys Electronics & Semiconductor BU Moderator: Dora Varvarigou, NTUA Professor (Electrical Engineering and Computer Science) and Chairwoman of the Board of the Water Utility in Athens
01:00:24
December 10, 2020
Recent Trends in Retail and E-Commerce
Retail has seen dramatic shifts over the last few years, with the advent of technology and e-commerce, but nothing has upended it more than Covid, which has led to massive changes, both temporary and permanent. George Bousis will discuss the impact on his company, Raise, which is the largest gift card exchange and mobile prepaid wallet in the world. The discussion will be moderated by Niko Bonatsos from General Catalyst, who is on the Board of Directors of the Hellenic Innovation Network. Speaker: George Bousis, Founder, Raise.com Moderated by: Niko Bonatsos, Managing Director, General Catalyst
51:32
November 12, 2020
Innovation in Agriculture
Agriculture, an industry that goes back thousands of years, has traditionally been a key sector of the Greek economy. Today, Greek startups are using innovations in technology to improve crop productivity and post-harvest quality, thereby opening up opportunities for the Greek economy to diversify beyond services and tourism. We will hear from two venture-backed startups that were started in Volos, Greece. The discussion will open with an introduction by Christos Dimas, Deputy Minister of Research & Technology of Greece, who will discuss where Greece stands today in terms of research and innovation, and where it is heading. Speakers: Christos Dimas, Deputy Minister of Development and Investments-Research, Innovation and Technology, Hellenic Republic Sotiris Bantas, Centaur George Varvarelis, Augmenta Fotis Fotiadis, Better Origin Moderated by: Apostolos Klontzaris, Flagship Pioneering
57:36
October 8, 2020
Journey from Greece to an international Exit
From the early successes of Greek startups like Athena Semiconductors (acquired by Broadcom) and BugSense (acquired by Splunk) to the latest $360M acquisition of InstaShop by Delivery Hero last week, the Greek startup community is realizing the viability of its businesses to reach strong exits in the international markets. Exits don’t happen overnight, however, and the journey is one of highs and lows. Join us as we hear from a group of Greek entrepreneurs who have navigated the inevitable challenges and thrills of growing a startup in order to ultimately sell their businesses. Speakers: Aimilios Chalamandaris, Innoetics Conno Christou, Avocarrot Cosma Pabouctsidis, Roboteq George Sidiropoulos, Think Silicon Moderated by: Myrto Papathanou, Metavallon
58:32
September 10, 2020
Covid-19 Genomics, Evolution, Mutation and Outlook
"Covid-19 Genomics, Evolution, Mutation and Outlook" Speaker: Prof. Manolis Kellis Ph.D., Professor, Computer Science, MIT Moderated by Dr. Katia Karalis MD, PhD, Executive Director for Biology, RGC, Regeneron, Inc
01:17:26
June 23, 2020
The Fight against Covid-19 and Biomedical Research in Greece
"The Current Health Crisis and Biomedical Research in Greece" Speakers: Dr. Stelios Papadopoulos Chairman of BIOGEN Dr. Spyros Artavanis-Tsakonas Harvard Professor Emeritus of Cell Biology Moderated by Stratos Efthymiou Consul General of Greece in Boston
01:23:53
June 17, 2020
Cyber-Security Challenges
“Cyber-Security Challenges" Speaker: Alex Stamos Director, Stanford Internet Observatory Moderated: Michail Bletsas Director of Computing & Research Scientist, MIT Media Lab
38:53
May 26, 2020
Covid-19 Antibody Detection
Hellenic Innovation Network, with the support of the Greek Consulate of Boston and MIT Enterprise Forum Greece, hosts events to educate those in the US about technology innovation and entrepreneurship in Greece, and offer Greek entrepreneurs an opportunity to pitch and network in the US. While our events are typically held in Boston, due to the Covid-19 situation we are hosting a series of 30-minute webcasts, in order to keep our community connected until our next in-person event in the Fall.
45:39
May 18, 2020
Research and Innovation in Greece
Hellenic Innovation Network, with the support of the Greek Consulate of Boston and MIT Enterprise Forum Greece, hosts events to educate those in the US about technology innovation and entrepreneurship in Greece, and offer Greek entrepreneurs an opportunity to pitch and network in the US. While our events are typically held in Boston, due to the Covid-19 situation we are hosting a series of 30-minute webcasts, in order to keep our community connected until our next in-person event in the Fall.
36:26
May 7, 2020