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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

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Meet our on board Mentors: Vangelis Asvestas

Vangelis is working for Cisco since 2005 as a Sales representative in several positions. Today he is responsible for the distribution of Cisco products in Greece, Cyprus and Malta and at the same time for the development of Cloud and IoT solutions. Since 2010, Vangelis has started building an ecosystem of partners using the Cisco Solutions Partner program, who develop and sell complete vertical market solutions based on Cisco. In the past, Vangelis has worked as a Sales & Presales Engineer at Hewlett Packard, Informatics & M. Papasavas AEVE. Vangelis holds a Computer Engineering Bachelor of Science degree from the TEI of Piraeus and an MBA from Hellenic American University.

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Meet Our On-Board Mentors: Dora Trachana

Dora Trachana, Business Development & International Collaborations Manager, ACEin AUEB

Dora Trachana (MSc, PhD Candidate) works as Business Development and International Collaborations Manager at the Athens Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (ACEin), the incubator of the Athens University of Economics and Business. She holds a BSc in Management Science and Technology from AUEB and she has received an honorary scholarship for her performance from the State Scholarships Foundation. She has also attended a Graduate Program in Information Systems, where she graduated first and received both a scholarship from State Scholarships Foundation and a titular scholarship from the Department of Informatics of AUEB. She is very interested in the entrepreneurship and innovation domain and she travels around Europe in order to meet new people and new ideas. Currently, she is a PhD Candidate in ELTRUN – the E-Business Center working on Open Innovation and she has presented her research in International Conferences.

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Meet Our On-Board Mentors: Daphne Tsevreni

Daphne Tsevreni, co-founder and Chief Commercial Office, Clio Muse

Daphne Tsevreni is co-founder and Chief Commercial Officer of Clio Muse, a SaaS platform to administer and resell digital themed tours.She specializes on business development and business planning, and has 4-year experience in the Culture and Tourism sector. Through Clio Muse, she has collaborated with multiple cultural and touristic entities (Museums, cultural events, tour operators, hotels etc.) in Greece, Italy and Brazil and has worked on how to add value through technology in culture and tourism. She holds a BSc. on Business Administration from the Athens University of Economics and Business.


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5 Things to Be Careful of When Coding Under the Sun

Originally appeared on HuffPost Greece

Summer is near and we should all start planning our vacation. So developers attention! Get out of your geek ‘’caves’’, get your laptop with you and get ready to have the time of your lives.

Whether you decide to go to a crowded island full of beach bars and parties or an alternative one with the best spots for camping, there are always some things you should be careful of when coding under the sun, because we are sure that you are not gonna stop even on your vacation.

1. Wear a hat
How many times has your mum reminded you to take your hat with you before going on vacation?  Come on…admit it! You didn’t even listen to her once or if you did and you actually took that hat with you, it has been left in your suitcase. Typical student! Hats not only protect us from being burned but also from being sunstroke. Despite all these, a hat adds style whether you are a boy or a girl, so put a hat on and enjoy the sea.

2. Put some sunscreen on
So. first step is the hat. Second step is the sunscreen. Don’t be afraid of having white splashes on your body and have your own sunscreen everywhere you go. Not only it protects you from the sun but also helps your skin to stay young. Choose the one best for you and get ready for amazing dives!

3. Don’t too much sunbathe
Ok we get it! You want to be tanned in the summer. But don’t overdo it. First of all tanning isn’t for everyone and second of all too much of it is never good. Take some time off, get under your umbrella, and continue coding 100% protected from the sun.

4. Drink lots of liquids
Whether this will be water, juice, ice tea or something else, liquids always help with the heat and hydrate your whole body. The best tip is to always have with you a bottle of water which i am sure that you are gonna need. A small note: Mojito, Martini and other cocktails are considered as liquids only after the sunset, and if you’re planning on putting them in your daily vacation plan, do so responsibly and in moderation.

5. Don’t stay ashore
Imagine being able to combine your vacation with a 7-day hackathon. To have fun and also be creative. Yes, this is an actual thing and it’s called CruiseInn. A 7-day startup creation competition that takes place in a cruise ship, which sails to 7 different locations in the Aegean Sea. Want to be creative and live the best experience in your life? Get CruiseInn!

Summer may all be about having fun and enjoying ourselves but it is also a free time where we can do things in order to be creative and to expand our ideas. Don’t let two months pass in the sunbed. Take any chance that you can find and try your best to evolve yourself with everyone and everywhere. Sea you?

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Meet Our On-Board Mentors: Haridimos Spinthakis

Haridimos Spinthakis: Business Development, Yoleni’s

haridimos spinthakis

Haridimos was born and raised in the island of Crete, graduated from Harokopio University Athens and majored in traditional food products marketing, while at HAW Hamburg. His research focuses on the fields of cuisine – culture, as well as in food and destination marketing.

Coming from a diverse background of consulting work experience and sales, Haridimos has been active in projects related to regional development and business growth, while being involved in the startup community as well as in youth entrepreneurship both on Greek and European Union level (Jade – European Confederation of Junior Enterprises). Other activities include directing local network-building and communities, and events highlighting new ideas and entrepreneurship.

Haridimos joined Yoleni’s in 2014 and since then he is leading the B2B department and performs on multiple add-value projects (business planning, concept and branding, US market initiatives, among others). Yoleni’s is the leading Greek online delicatessen shop in the European and the US markets. Yoleni’s team selects the best, authentic products from all over Greece, and ships them worldwide: via, as special gift baskets (corporate gifts) as well as physical stores (first of which is launched in downtown Athens by October 2016).

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Meet Our Speakers: Alexandros Angelopoulos

Alexandros AngelopoulosAlexandros Ν. Angelopoulos was born in Athens in 1972. He studied Business Management (Boston University 1995) and successfully completed his post-graduate studies in International management at Boston College (1998). He is Graduate of the PDP program of New York Cornell University, (2008)
Professional Career.
Currently holding the position of the CEO of the Aldemar Group, Alexandros Angelopoulos has been active in the family business, as Executive Director since 1995, working hard towards ideas and policies that open up new horizons in the Greek hotel business and place Tourism at the core of Greek economic activity.

He is joining CruiseInn Tourism & Gastronomy as a distinct business executive.

Active Positions
2015 – Vice President of the Greek Eurasian Business Council.
2013- Μember of the Business Advisory Board of the BCA College.
2012 – Secretary of the Board of Directors of Hellenic Entrepreneurs Association
2011 – Member of the Board of Directors of SETE (Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises)
2010 – Member of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Environmental Policy Committee of the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels.
2010 – Honorary Consulate of Ukraine for Peloponnese
2010 – 14 Member of the Board of Directors of Greek-Russian Chamber of Commerce
2004 – 07  Chairperson of the Task Force on Ideas and Action (SID of SETE)

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Meet Our Speakers: Aris Papagrigoriou

Aris Papagrigoriou, Head of Product, Intale

Aris is a multi disciplinary User Experience, Interaction and Interface Designer based in Athens. He holds an MSc in Information System Management from University of Greenwich.

He has both a technical and a creative background and has over 6 years hands-on experience in the UX and UI field. His contribution on all projects he has undertaken spans the entire spectrum of product design, from strategic conceptualisation to front-end coding.

He joined Intale in early 2013 and is currently part of the management team as Head of Product. He is leading Intale’s core product, Intale Point, which is a feature packed POS and Cloud Management Platform focused on the FMCG Retail Market.”

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