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Σε 3 ημέρες πάμε… CruiseInn, με το What’s up on board!

Οι εξετάσεις τελειώνουν, το καλοκαίρι πλησιάζει και φέρνει μαζί του τις καλοκαιρινές διακοπές. Θάλασσα, ήλιος και χαλάρωση σε συνδυασμό με τρεις μήνες χωρίς υποχρεώσεις, σίγουρα αποτελούν ένα θαυμάσιο περιβάλλον για τον καθένα από εμάς. Για εσάς όμως που είστε λίγο πιο δραστήριοι και θέλετε να κάνετε κάτι πιο δημιουργικό και επιχειρηματικό αυτό το καλοκαίρι, το CruiseInn, το πρώτο hackathon δημιουργίας startups που συνδυάζει όμως και μια μοναδική κρουαζιέρα στο Αιγαίο, είναι εδώ!

Επτά συναρπαστικοί προορισμοί, τρεις θεματικές κατηγορίες που σχετίζονται άμεσα με τον επιχειρηματικό κόσμο και φυσικά η καθοδήγηση από μέντορες και κριτές σε συνδυασμό με πολλά βραβεία, σίγουρα αποτελούν το καλύτερο περιβάλλον για να κάνεις την ιδέα σου, πράξη.

Φτιάξε λοιπόν την βαλίτσα σου, πάρε το laptop σου και να φέρε όλο τον ενθουσιασμό σου στο καράβι!

Αλλά πώς θα αναπτύξεις την ιδέα σου χωρίς internet;

Ένα από τα πιο σοβαρά προβλήματα που ο καθένας μας αντιμετωπίζει σε μια κρουαζιέρα, είναι η ανάγκη για πολλά Mb. Ευτυχώς για μας το What’s UP είναι εδώ!

Θέλοντας πάντα να υποστηρίζουν τις επιχειρηματικές προσπάθειες των φοιτητών, θα μας προσφέρουν το καλύτερο internet για επτά ημέρες. Οι συμμετέχοντες θα είναι σε θέση να έχουν γρήγορη πρόσβαση σε αυτό, για τη δημιουργία των startups τους, χωρίς να χρειάζεται να ανησυχούν για τη σύνδεση ή την ταχύτητα.

Γιατί το WHAT’S UP είναι πάντα κοντά στους φοιτητές και εκφράζει την καθημερινότητα τους. Το WHAT’S UP θέλει να κινητοποιήσει και να εμπνεύσει τους φοιτητές να δραστηριοποιηθούν και να υλοποιήσουν τη δικιά τους επιχειρηματική ιδέα καθώς και να τους δώσει τα απαραίτητα εφόδια για να μπορέσουν να αδράξουν τη μέρα και να ζήσουν το κάθε τους ΤΩΡΑ. Γιατί ΤΩΡΑ είναι η ευκαιρία να κάνουν πράξη την ιδέα τους. Ούτε αύριο, ούτε κάποια στιγμή στο μέλλον αλλά ΤΩΡΑ. WHAT’S UP – Όλα είναι Τώρα!

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CruiseInn CrewΣε 3 ημέρες πάμε… CruiseInn, με το What’s up on board!
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We’re CruiseInn in 3 days, with What’s Up on board!

Exams are about to end, summer is near and with it summer holidays are coming along. Sea, sun and relaxation combined with three months without obligations, certainly form a wonderful environment for each and every one of us. But for those of you who are a little bit more active and want to do something more creative and business, this summer CruiseInn, the first startup hackathon that also combines a unique cruise on the Aegean Sea, is coming back!

Seven fascinating destinations, three thematic categories directly related to the business world and of course the guidance of mentors and judges combined with lots of prizes, definitely form the best environment to turn your idea into action.

Pack your suitcase, get your laptop and bring all your excitement on board!

But how will you develop your idea without internet?

While cruising, out in the open sea, one of the most critical challenges for our teams is the low Internet speeds. Luckily for us, What’s Up is here!

The folks over at What’s Up never hesitate to seize an opportunity to support young entrepreneurs, so this year they will be providing CruiseInn with the best Internet experience for the entire seven days of our cruise. Participants will be able to have quick access on and work on their startup ideas without having to be concerned about connection or speed.

What’s Up is always supporting students and articulates their everyday lives. What’s Up is aiming at motivating and inspiring Greek students to get active and implement their own startup ideas, as well as providing them with the tools necessary for them to be able to seize the day and live NOW. Because NOW is the chance for them to turn their ideas to reality. Not tomorrow, not sometime in the future, but NOW. With What’s Up Everything Is Now!

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CruiseInn CrewWe’re CruiseInn in 3 days, with What’s Up on board!
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Meet Our On-Board Mentors: Elissavet Adamidou

Elissavet Adamidou, UX/UI Designer, Another Circus

Hello! My name is Elissavet Adamidou and I’m an Athens based visual designerI received a Bachelor in Graphic Design at AKTO art & design college (Athens, Greece) and a Master in Visual Communication at Birmingham City University (Birmingham, UK). After my one year stay in Stockholm, Sweden I gained a great interest in User Experience and User Interface design for websites and mobile applications. However, I’m still learning all the time by keeping up to date with current trends and attending workshops and talks. 

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4 creative things to do in your summer vacation

Originally appeared on Fortune Greece

Summer has always been considered as a period of rest, in which we should all recharge our batteries and enjoy sea, friends and sun. Ok I get it, everyone wants to party and sunbathing but be carefull! You have three free months! Three months without classes or responsibilities and you have to make those months count. We, as students, should always look for potentials, even in our breaks, so here are a couple of things you can do, in order not to spend you whole summer in the sunbed.

1. Read books

I know that this might seems a little typical and boring but it’s true. If you want to succeed and make things on your own despite the experiential knowledge, which I know how important it is, you should also have theoretical knowledge. Where can you find that? In books of course! Read about beginnings and success stories but most of all about failures and see what you like or don’t like. After every book you are not going to be the same person, trust me!

2. Attend entrepreneurship events

It is true that everything stops in the summer, as everyone wants to go on vacation. But don’t be deceived! There are always great events going on around our country. Try to find start-up competitions, lectures from people in the field and gain experiences. Take some time off the parties and do your research. Furthermore, you may enjoy it more, as you will not have anything to concern about.

3. Make a plan

As simple as that sounds, a plan always helps you to organize your next steps. Relax, clear your mind, take a cup of coffee and sit down. Search about the upcoming events and competitions and decide what you want to do. Which are your goals? What is it that you haven’t done? What do you want to achieve? If you have all those things written, they will be easier to be done.

4. Be a guest traveler at CruiseInn!

Last but not least! CruiseInn, the first 7-day hackathon that takes place in an actual cruise ship sailing around the Aegean Sea, finally opens its doors to all of you who want to live the whole ‘’CruiseInn Experience’’ without having to compete. Do you want to get connected with the local ecosystems and have the opportunity to talk with the awesome mentors and judges? Then I think that this will be the best journey for you.

So, this summer get out of your comfort zone! Make your application, prepare your suitcase and bring your entrepreneurial mind and your enthusiasm on board. Spend 7 days cruising the Aegean Sea and see from the inside everything that happens in this extremely different hackathon. Let’s Get CruiseInn!

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Announcement of CruiseInn’s 2017 Participants

We are happy to announce that our screening process is over! We have received more than 150 applications and after a thorough assessment we selected our next super sailors!

It was harder than you think!

We tried to bring on board people with quality and matching skills, valid startup ideas, aspiring entrepreneurs with passion and commitment to proceed with their projects after CruiseInn 2017 ends.

Some of our selection criteria were the following:

  • Strategic Thinking is an asset! We want people who exploit their mental abilities through complex thinking processes. Through our hackathon there are many challenges and believing that you can achieve success is definitely a must.
  • We need business oriented people who think about how to find solutions in a real market. Participants who feel like business acumen.
  • We love tech geeks, who will shape their idea with their technical skills!
  • We love passionate and creative people, who have no limits, and they think Out of the Box.
  • Last but not least, team working is a necessary skill. We need a variety of students and experienced young professionals that will combine experience, skills, passion to make ideas happen and continue their project after CruiseInn 2017 ends.

Check your inbox! We have sent our messages to all applicants.

If you aren’t invited to join us on-board, it doesn’t mean you don’t fit in the description above, it actually means that we need one more cruise next year.

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CruiseInn CrewAnnouncement of CruiseInn’s 2017 Participants
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Walk the plank with Agamemnon Papazoglou

Agamemnon (b.1987), Investment Manager @ Charamida Investment Group, is an eager technology and health entrepreneurship enthusiast with prior experience in financial analysis, software development and management consulting. 
Agamemnon was born in Athens. He holds an MEng in Electronic & Communications Engineering from Bristol University and an MSc in Management Science from London School of Economics. He has experience in the Financial, Technology and pharmaceutical industries  You can contact him on a.papazoglou@charamida.gr

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Meet our on-board Mentors: Eva Bouzi

Eva Bouzi – Digital Marketing Director, Branding Department, Generation Y

With over 7 years of experience in developing marketing and communication strategies designed to achieve business and communication goals for a brand.

Eva’s work, across all facets of integrated marketing, has enabled her to provide a rich perspective on how to drive sales and win market share. She has the energy and creativity required for breakthrough promotional and digital marketing work, which can be seen through her work with more than 80 global & national brands.

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Meet Our Speakers: Alexandros Passalis

Alexandros Passalis, General Manager – Alex Beach Hotel, Founder – Passalis Family

Alexandros Passalis studied Business Administration in the University of Piraeus and has been awarded  a M.Sc degree in Tourism Marketing from Bournemouth University. He has also received a Postgraduate Certificate in Hospitality Operations from Glion Institute of Higher Education. He is currently the General Manager of Alex Beach Hotel & Bungalows in Rhodes and founder of the ‘’Passalis Family’’ brand, which is involved in the production of the award winning ‘‘Alexandros Olive Grove’’ extra virgin olive oil as well as other local products in the island of Rhodes.

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Meet Our On-Board Mentors: Katerina Stylianidou

Katerina Stylianidou, Business Development & Human Resources Manager, Generation Y

Results focused Business Developer Manager & Human Resources Manager with a demonstrated record of exceeding profitability goals and successful strategic planning. Experience in the optimization of business processes, known for cost cutting initiatives, expert in restructuring. Developing innovative solutions to improve revenue and ensure compliance. Background in auditing that offers reach understanding of finance concepts, advanced business analysis skills and capabilities in tracking and controlling operational expenditures. Trusted top management partner and valuable advisor. 

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Get CruiseInn and Claim a Scholarship for the FT i-MBA program!

CruiseInn is sailing this June, 23-29, for a third year in a row and is ready to offer a unique entrepreneurial experience. This year, AUEB MBA International offers a full scholarship for its Full-Time program to one participant!

As for the scholarship prize, all 35 participants can submit their application to attend the Innovation & Entrepreneurship major of the i-MBA Full-time program for the academic year 2017-2018. The scholarship will cover all i-MBA tuition fees (equal to 12,000€).

Attending the “Innovation and Entrepreneurship” Major of the i- MBA Full-time program, recipients of the scholarships will acquire the technical, business and personality skills and knowledge necessary for a successful business venture. In the context of their Immersion Project, after completion of all the courses, they will also have the opportunity to work 100% of their time on their new venture.

Applicants should follow the formal procedure for admission to the program and submit their application form along with the respective documents to the program’s secretariat (47A Evelpidon Str. & 33, Lefkados Str., GR 11362, Athens, Greece, room 805), by June 9th, 2017, with the label “CruiseInn 2017 Scholarship”.

For further information you may contact the Program’s secretariat at imba@aueb.gr.

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