Most probably our mentors when they read the title of this post will object, as they’re all humble enough to not consider themselves “wise”.

But we needed a cool title and they are experts in their respected fields and they do share their number 1 tip for all of you that we will be boarding CruiseInn May on Toursim & Culture (and for those of you that are still thinking about it), so there you have it.

Our pre-cruise educational bootcamp and our on-board mentoring sessions we believe is possibly CruiseInn’s most valuable aspect (maybe even after the cash and services prizes you can claim if you present to our judges the ideas with the biggest potential). On May 13th we will have invited all of the participants, plus our mentors, plus invited guests to join us at tripsta offices for a bootcamp with workshops, keynotes and presentations to help you connect with each other, discuss even more business ideas than the ones you already have, as well as start fine-tuning them.

On-board we will have 8 amazing mentors, from all aspects of the business and tech worlds to guide you through the 4 days of the hackathon. So, before you meet them in person, let’s hear something from them; what do THEY expect from cruising the Aegean Sea with you, as well as how they will be there to help you out.

CruiseInn HQ: What do you expect from CruiseInn 2016?
Pamela Caravas, Business Coach: It is not often that you see a group of passionate people with innovative ideas all gathered together on one ship! But, yes it happened last year when I had the privilege to coach them on how to make the perfect pitch.

Yannis Zaras, Big Olive: In this experience we will have the chance to go through the very early stages of a venture; from the minimum viable product and the available do-it-yourself tech options to the primary sources of financing and the first interaction with the wider travel & culture business ecosystem – in a meaningful and relaxed way.

Filippos Protogeridis, UI/UX Designer: Looking forward to seeing people striving away from the ordinary, pushing themselves to the limits to come up with the next big disruption.

Vassilis Gennaris, tripsta: I expect great people to cooperate in an optimum way and give birth to innovative applications for the tourism industry!

CruiseInn HQ: How are you going to be working with CruiseInn participants?
Vassilis Gennaris: I will do my best to help teams in achieving their target by getting advantage of the knowledge i gain from my every day tasks in my job.

Filippos Protogeridis: The best way to help someone is to listen to them, and find that one thing that will unblock their business thinking and creativity. That is more important than any tool or specific skill.

Pamela Caravas: This year, again I can’t wait to create the perfect pitches with the new teams!

CruiseInn HQ: Share your number 1 advice for all aspiring new entrepreneurs please?
Pamela Caravas: Learn to observe yourself so you can have a realistic view of how you pitch. Only then will you be tempted to change for the better.

Filippos Protogeridis: Find an actual need (don’t come up with businesses for non-existent problems). Stick to the simple, the plain, the stripped down product that solves it. Don’t overcomplicate your idea.

Vassilis Gennaris: Commit and focus on your team’s idea, cooperate with the best possible way to combine the strength of each individual and the magic will happen!

Yannis Zaras: Every self-starter faces common challenges and dilemmas, including teaming up with the right business partners or choosing the most suitable type of incorporation.

There you have it, those were some wise words from our experienced mentors weren’t they? Join us on CruiseInn May 2016 and develop your business idea on Tourism & Culture by applying here today (it’s the deadline).

Vassilis Gennaris

JPEG image-A108DE72D375-1Vassilis Gennaris was born in Athens in 1984. He holds a bachelor’s degree at Applied Informatics and Multimedia and a master’s degree at Software Systems from the University of Peloponnese.

Being always curious about new technologies and the way they operate, he spent almost 2 years working at the laboratories of the Technological University of Brno at Czech Republic and Universite de Montreal in Canada. After that he came back to Greece and started working at travelplanet24, in 2012 as a web developer in various programming languages and products.

3 years later and upon the merge of travelplanet24 with airtickets, he accepted with great enthusiasm the position of the Scrum Master, in an effort to embrace Agility in the complex environment of travelplanet24. He believes that the constant interaction and the deep understanding of fellow developers is what suits him best in order to remove any impediment that makes them lose their focus from their daily tasks.

Vassilis is an active member of the Greek Agile Community and is always eager to offer his personal time in order to contribute to the knowledge transfer around Scrum.

Vassilis Gennaris is on-board. Are you too? Apply today: www.getcruiseinn.com.

Savvas Georgiou

You should know the trick by now, every time you see a title like that, it’s time for another mentor to be announced that you will have the opportunity to connect with and learn from during CruiseInn.

So far, we have announced one Creative Director, one Innovation expert and one UI Designer. You don’t know who they are? Check them out.

a699cf5a21de41de9b9e29062c3e7a87Today it’s time to add a competent Product Manager to the mix, so we are announcing the one and only Savvas Georgiou.

Savvas received his degree in Computer Engineering from NTUA.

He has worked in startup companies since 2009 starting from the incubator of Facebook Fund in Palo Alto. He was a member of the team that contributed to the success of HealthLeap. He was the CTO of the Daily Secret team, while earlier he was Director of Technology (CTO) in Liberi Publications.

In Dopios, Savvas direct the “Welcome” product development from the role of Product Manager.

Savvas Georgiou is on-board. Are you too? Apply today: www.getcruiseinn.com.

Yannis Zaras

zarasCEO of Big Olive.

Ten years of experience in operations management and business development in the four corners of the EU (UK, Spain, Sweden & Greece).

Developed the East Mediterranean and Middle East markets for a global hotel online distributor and marketer; expanded the client base for one of the leading online media publishers in Southeast Europe; provided content and consulting to one of the fastest growing travel apps in Sweden; and launched -and currently run- a pioneer cultural activity operator in Greece.

Diligent, hardworking, yet keeping an entrepreneurial scope.

Yannis Zaras will be on-board. You too. Apply today.

Pamela Caravas

Today it’s a big day at CruiseInn HQ, Mentors Dpt. as we are announcing another expert that will be joining on this year’s cruise. But not JUST another mentor, it’s our first female mentor. And we are excited because at CruiseInn HQ we are all about empowering women and getting them involved with the tech world (if you haven’t checked yet, here you can see who our male mentors are).

Last year we had a really great mix of female developers, designers, data scientists, business professionals and marketeers joining us and we want to keep this mix for this year’s CruiseInn, if not increase it.

IMG_7659_1000So, back to our next mentor; Pamela Caravas is a brain coach that frequently coaches start-ups, executives, politicians and people from all walks of life. She loves challenging young entrepreneurs and giving them the proper nudge to go the extra mile. One of her favourites is coaching them into creating the perfect pitch.

Let’s hear it from Pamela herself:

I was born in Australia, but completed secondary school in Greece. I hold a Postgraduate Degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Aston University, Birmingham.

I have lived in Australia, London, Lebanon, the Netherlands and have been also enjoying the beauties of Greek nature throughout the years.

I am a 10km runner, a table tennis finalist and a keen traveller.

For many years I delivered empowering and purposeful teaching to young children and Business English tutoring to top company executives.

I am an executive coach and coach assessor specialising in instilling awareness and inner strength to those around me who seek it. Through my “drilling” and challenging coaching I facilitate change by creating an initial profile of my clients and then by helping them tune into their needs, talents and skills. My coaching intervention challenges them to face the music, evolve in a targeted and effective manner, and develop the necessary daily thought patterns to design and implement their personal and professional decisions and turn them into successes.

My coaching assignments and contracts through my British- based company, Coaching Evolution Int’l, has added a breadth of experience to my work since I have travelled to culturally diverse sites such as Venice, Tunisia, Morocco (Casablanca), Algeria (Oran), Istanbul, and the Netherlands (Amsterdam).

My profound interest in the effectiveness of coaching has turned me into a prolific designer of coaching programmes (our diploma is conferred the EQA by the EMCC) and tailor-made coach training events, while positive outcomes during the assignments have led to the creation of the company’s highly effective coaching method: Explore, Sculpt, Paint©.

Pamela is on-board. Are you too? Apply today, here.

Filippos Protogeridis

New day, new mentor announcement from the CruiseInn HQ!

The previous days we announced the first two experts that will be sailing with us. Didn’t follow our news? Check who they are.

c105764df3554f20b860de97a8ef8482Today, we are announcing Filippos Protogeridis, the most promising UI designer this part of the Aegean.

Filippos is a user interface and interaction designer, focusing on product design in the technology industry.

Born in Athens, he studied Informatics at the Athens University of Economics and Business, while his passion for innovation and creative thinking caused him to specialize on digital product design, focusing on creating functional and engaging user experiences.

He is the Head of Design at Yatzer, while also working with several companies as a product designer, namely Transifex, Welcome, Incrediblue and e-FOOD.

Filippos Protogeridis is on-board. Are you too? Apply today: www.getcruiseinn.com.

Meet Our On-Board Mentors: Vassilis Mantzios

You might have seen we started announcing the mentors that will join us on-board of CruiseInn 2016. If not, take a look and find out who is the first person we have announced.

IMG_9120_blogToday we are announcing Vassilis Mantzios, MBA, PMP, PhD Candidate and Innovation and Technology Transfer Manager at AUEB/ACEin.

Vassilis belongs in the founding team of the Acceleration and Incubation center of AUEB, namely the Athens Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (ACEin), where he currently holds the position of Innovation and Technology Transfer Manager. He has an extensive experience in supporting nascent companies and technological startups in their early steps of ideation to venture creation.

Alongside his doctoral studies, he has worked for CERN (European Laboratory for Particle Physics) as the main responsible for the commercialization of specific ICT research outputs, through a European Commission Fellowship.

Through his previous engagement with Accenture, he has an extensive experience in complex IT projects both in Banking and Telecommunication sectors, in Greek and European scale. Vasileios holds a MSc. in Informatics combined with an MBA with major in finance from Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB).

His research interests include the topics of technology innovation management, technology transfer, entrepreneurial exploitation of research outputs, Augmented Reality, IoT and New Technologies.

Vassilis Mantzios is on-board. Are you too? Apply today: www.getcruiseinn.com.

Panagiotis Chatzidakis

We believe that ‪CruiseInn‬’s value derives not only from the big prizes or the fun experience but also from the people involved.

So, today it’s time for you to start meeting our mentors!

hatz_pinnatta_small_blogPanagiotis Chatzidakis studied Graphic Design and works as an Art & Creative Director, specializing in web & game design, and UI-UX design on mobile apps.

He is the co-Founder of 3 companies specializing in digital communication with one of them being Pinnatta, a Greek American mobile startup. He is a mentor at ACE (Athens Center for Εntrepreneurship and Innovation).

He now works as a creative director on a mobile startup called Bubbllz. He has been awarded with the Golden Ermis & EBGE.

Panagiotis Chatzidakis is on-board. Are you too? Apply today: www.getcruiseinn.com.