TechCamp Thessaloniki

Empowering Women Entrepreneurs

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September 12-14, 2021

Participants from

Albania; Bulgaria; Croatia; Greece; Kosovo; Serbia


U.S. Mission to Greece is organizing TechCamp Thessaloniki: Empowering Women Entrepreneurs at the 85th Thessaloniki International Fair. Held in partnership with Found.ation and under the auspices of the Ministry of Digital Governance, this TechCamp will take place from September 12-14, 2021, at the Digital Greece Pavilion of the Fair. The goal of the program is to support female-led startups and create equal opportunities for women in the entrepreneurship ecosystem. TechCamp Thessaloniki will provide tailored training for a diverse group of female entrepreneurs from Greece and the region. The three-day program will feature a highly collaborative and hands-on acceleration process including brainstorming sessions, small group discussions, and training workshops that provide innovative solutions to real challenges identified by the participants. TechCamp Thessaloniki: Empowering Women Entrepreneurs will teach business innovators how to use new digital tools and strategies to create a sustainable business. Forty women owners of nascent businesses from Greece and the Balkans (Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro, and the Republic of North Macedonia) have been chosen to attend this three-day lab in Thessaloniki. With the help of experienced international and local mentors, the participants will develop solutions to overcome common obstacles faced by young startups. Through their participation in this program, women entrepreneurs will obtain the skills they need to transform their ideas into action and evolve their startups into sustainable businesses that contribute to the financial growth and economic stability of their communities. The program was initially scheduled to take place in September 2020 but was postponed due to the COVID19 pandemic. The forty women participants had the opportunity to participate in a series of virtual workshops during the past year, leading up to this in-person event.


12 September 2021 | TechCamp Day 1

13:30 - 14:30 Registration and Networking

14:30 - 14:35 Welcome Remarks

14:35 - 15:45

Panel Discussion : The Challenges and Opportunities of Digital Transformation 

  • Cameron Brooks, General Manager, Europe Public Sector, Amazon Web Services 
  • Maria Founta, Marketing Manager for SE Europe, Google (Virtual)
  • Nikolaos Lambrogeorgos, Senior Account Manager Public Sector, Greece & Cyprus, Cisco 
  • Myladie Stoumbou, Chair, Women in Business Committee, American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce
  • Dr. Robbie K. Melton, Associate Vice President for the National SMART Technology Innovation Center at Tennessee State University (Virtual)

Moderator: Elena Papadimitriou, Journalist

15:45 - 16:45 Break

16:45 - 17:00 What is TechCamp/Overview/What to Expect

17:00 - 17:30 Icebreaker

17:30 - 18:30 Speed-geeking

18:30 - 19:30 Challenge Brainstorming Groups: Pick a topic below and work as a group to brainstorm/discuss challenges in the field

  1. Building support networks and identifying mentors/a team
  2. Identifying funding sources and asking for money
  3. Overcoming gender barriers in a male-dominated environment
  4. Social media branding and storytelling

13 September 2021 | TechCamp Day 2

10:30 - 10:45  Registration

10:45 - 10:50 Announcements

10:50 - 11:00 Overview of Topics from Trainers

11:00 - 13:00 Interactive Discussion 1 (choose one topic from table below)

Sales & Partnerships for Social Impact
Melina Taprantzi, Founder of Wise Greece
Working with Web Developers: Tips for Successful OutcomesDouglas Arellanes, Co-Founder of Sourcefabric
Access to Finance Myrto Papathanou, Metavallon
Digital Marketing Dimitris Dimitriadis, Chief Innovation Officer, The Futurecats
Legal Thanos Leontaris, Legal Advisor for Ratio Legal Services
Digital Product Design (Web/Mobile): Technologies, Tools, UI/UX, and MoreMagy Kontou, Co-Founder - Lead Product & UI/UX Designer, SimpleApps
Personal and Business Development: Work-Life BalanceJosette Dijkhuizen, Entrepreneurship Development
Business StrategyLampros Zolotas, Country Manager Greece, Israel, Cyprus HMD Global

13:40 - 14:10 Lunch

14:10 - 16:00 Interactive Discussion 2 (choose one topic from table above)

16:00 - 16:40 What is a Challenge Statement?

16:40 - 18:10 Challenge Statement Development

18:10 - 18:40 Break

18:40 - 19:20

Panel Discussion:  Women Who Rise in Tech

  • Maria Syrengela, Deputy Minister for Demography,Family & Gender Equality (Virtual)
  • Antigoni Papanikolaou, Corporate, External & Legal Affairs Director for Microsoft Greece, Cyprus & Malta (Virtual)
  • TBC, Ministry of Digital Governance
  • Jimmy Athanasopoulos, Greece Representative, Social Responsibility - Libra Group & Chairman - Envolve Entrepreneurship 
  • Effie Lazaridou, CEO, New Agriculture, New Generation Greece (Virtual)

Moderator: Alexia Kalaitzi, Journalist

14 September 2021 | TechCamp Day 3

10:30 - 10:45  Registration

10:45 - 10:50 Announcements

10:50 - 11:10  Challenge Statement Read-Out

11:10 - 13:10 Map out Solutions

13:10 - 14:10 Lunch

14:10 - 15:10 Continue Project Solutions/Work on Presentations

15:10 - 16:10 Presentations

16:10 - 16:30 Break/Group Photo

16:30 - 16:45 Follow-on Announcement and Surveys

16:45 - 17:15 Closing Remarks

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