Speakers at Athens Investment Summit

Stavros Messinis

Founder, The Cube Athens

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Mr. Stavros Messinis is Founder and Community Curator of The Cube Athens, Greece's largest start-up cluster. The Cube acts as an event, co-working and maker space and hosts over 25 technology start-ups.

Mr. Messinis is also a member of the global facilitator team of Startup Weekends, having facilitated their organisation in Cologne, Athens, Jeddah, Hamburg, Utrecht, Chisinau, Nicosia, Milton Keynes and Saarbrücken. Furthermore, Mr. Messinis is facilitator of SWNext, an experiential entrepreneurial curriculum delivered in collaboration with Silicon Valley serial entrepreneur Steve Blank.

Previously, he had cofounded the CoLab Athens at the Startup Weekend Athens in 2009. CoLab was Greece's first co-working space and went on to become Greece's biggest network of co-working spaces with presence in 3 cities. He sold his stake in CoLab in February 2013 and has since started The Cube among other activities in the Greek start-up scene.

His most recent initiatives have been Foundersmeal.com, a global community of start-up founders, socialising and networking in cities around the world at casual meals to exchange best practices and ideas. His latest initiative is CampusBus.org, a non- profit, entrepreneurship themed roadshow travelling around Greece to set up an entrepreneurship campus in each city for a week with the goal to leave behind an energized local community.

Mr. Messinis also curates the StartupDigest newsletter in Athens.

At the Athens Investment Summit, Mr. Messinis will moderate the afternoon thematic session on start-ups, and will provide a detailed overview on the Greek start-up ecosystem with an emphasis on the country’s opportunities and challenges to become a hub of entrepreneurship and innovation.