One of the most intimidating moments for any new startup is the first time they get to pitch in front of an investor. Even if you don’t shoot for the money at that very moment, presenting your business idea to someone that is seeing around 200 startups (or want-to-be startups) every year, can not only help you get valuable feedback but also make or break your relationship with that potential backer.
Now imagine you get to have 4 days to develop your business idea, refine your business plan, get training on how to pitch AND then go on stage to pitch your big plans to change the face of Tourism & Culture industry to a jury committee that includes one of Greece’s most seasoned investors to claim business services and 3,500 euros cash prizes.
Yes, it’s CruiseInn we’re talking about in our next judge announcement, Loukas Pilitsis, founding partner & CEO at Anchorstone Partners.
Loukas is a longtime experienced Venture Capital and Private Equity investor, both internationally and in Greece. Before the creation of Anchorstone Partners, where he is a founding Partner and its CEO, in 2009 when he returned to Greece after 21 years of international career in Japan, USA and London, he founded and headed the Venture Capital and Private Equity Group of Piraeus Bank Group, the largest Banking Group in Greece, which has extended presence in the South Eastern European region.
Previously, he was with State Street, a major US financial services corporation, since 1995. He held senior positions in investment banking, corporate venture capital and private equity, strategy development and risk management in Boston, US and London, UK. His most recent role with State Street was the Pan European Chief Administrative Officer, European Executive Board. In that role, he was responsible for PanEuropean strategy development, M&A and Private Equity supervision, and co-management of the European corporate functions.
Before he joined State Street, Loukas gained extensive operational experience through his 15-year tenure in various industry sectors. His international investment track record extends from incubation stage deals in the US and Greece, to large international equity transactions of USD 5 billion. Through both his 15-year operational and 20-year investment professional tenures, he has a longtime senior management experience and has invested, or participated through originating, structuring and syndicating, in over 80 deals internationally.
Loukas holds a Law degree from Athens University Law School, an LLM in international financial services law from Boston University Law School and an MSF from Boston College. He is also a graduate of the Executive Development program from the Wharton School of University of Pennsylvania, USA and a frequent speaker in investment related events. Loukas is also a member of the BoD of SEN-Junior Achievement Greece organization
and member of the Committee of Innovation, Education and Entrepreneurship at the Greek-American Chamber of Commerce, both promoting the new entrepreneurship and innovation in Greece.
We’re glad to tell you that Loukas Pilitsis is on-board. This is YOUR LAST DAY to join us too.