One of the greatest entrepreneurial competitions in Greece, Disrupt Greece, themed “The Future of Work”, took place on September 18-25, under the auspices of Fortune Greece magazine and The American College of Greece as academic partner. The highly successful competition, now in its second year, is co-organized by Fortune Greece and Industry Disruptors-Game Changers.
The event kicked off on September 18th, at ACG premises, with a 2-day bootcamp. The qualified entrepreneurial teams had the opportunity to participate in an intensive 2-day event, full of sessions on the latest market trends, pitching tips and training workshops, and prepare for the competition’s grand final held on September 25, at the Benaki Museum.
“In the company of innovators we feel we are with our kind of people” said President David G. Horner who opened the bootcamp event and described how The American College of Greece and innovation are intertwined since ACG’s very beginning back in 1875.
“The core history of this institution is disruption and educational innovation” commented President Horner and presented ACG’s strategic plan “Advancing the Legacy, Growing Greece” to reinvigorate the Greek economy and help promote social change, through education and knowledge. “Leveraging οn educational institution for economic growth is the American story; it is driving the American economy and to a larger extent it is driving the economy of the world. This is the pattern we are intending to follow here with The American College of Greece. To make a difference in this country; that has always been our purpose at ACG” concluded President Horner.
Mr. Alexis Komselis, Director of the Alba Hub for Entrepreneurship, analyzed the Alba's extended role in supporting entrepreneurship: “We don’t only offer the opportunity to people to pursue careers but we also offer them the opportunity to understand what entrepreneurship is like as a skill and at the same time start their own business, or help them grow their family business.” Dr. Komselis also discussed the Alba Msc in Entrepreneurship as well Alba’s initiatives to support business people who have limited access to training and networking.
This year’s Bootcamp and also finals were honored by the presence of last year’s finalists, and Alba alumni, Athina Polina Dova and Ilias Vartholomaios, co-founders of the startup Owiwi.
The top 10 finalists who progressed to the next stage competed in the grand final on September 25, in front of an international judging committee featuring Alba professor Dr. Georgios Batsakis.