OCTOBER 16th 2021 @ BEYOND-Thessaloniki Innovation Capital
HELEXPO Exhibition Centre
In 2021 WMF landed for the first time in Greece thanks to the collaboration with the Italian-Hellenic Thessaloniki Chamber of Commerce.
The event, held on October 16, took place at HELEXPO, the main expo center of the city.
The greek WWE was diveded in two different moments. On one side, in a dedicated conference room, highly profiled attendees, among which institutions, corporates, investors and national stakeolders attended the event and took part to training speeches, inspirational talks and keynotes on relevant innovation topics. The institutional parterre was wide with the participation of the italian Ambassador to Greece Patrizia Falcinelli, the Honorary Consul and President of the Italo-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce of Thessaloniki, Christos Sarantopoulos and the President of the Helexpo fair, Anastasios Tzikas.
In addition to the institutional interventions, which underlined the importance of a solid and long-term cooperation between Italy and Greece and their respective socio-economic assets, the agenda also featured numerous talks by speakers and lectures such as Dimitrios Lakasas (CEO Olympia Electronics ), Antonio Tufano (Full Professor at PEGASO University, ITC Management & Telecommunication Engineering), Dario Lo Bosco (Full Professor at Mediterranean University - Reggio Calabria), Roberto Biasin, (President of the Board - TRAINOSE SA, Civil Engineering & Transport & Infrastructure ), Argyrios Spyridis (CEO Anthology Ventures, Co-Founder Innovation Farm), Leonidas Bakouras (General Manager EDA THESS - ENI Gas & Luce Spa) and Emiliano Lepore (Recornea - winner of the WMF2021 Startup Competition). During the day's work at WMF, young innovative realities of the Greek territory were also present: WMF hosted three pitch sessions in which 15 startups presented their business projects in front of the jury of companies and investors, as well as to the audience present in the room and online, since the event had also been streamed in the Ibrida.io platform, to foster the access to contents and pitch to anyone.
The competition was won by the startup Clio Muse Tours, while second and third place were respectively Metab.io - which also won the special prize awarded by OVH Startup Program, sponsor of the event - and Oliveex. The three startups had the opportunity to participate in WMF2022 - 16th, 17th and 18th June 2022 at the Rimini Fair - directly within the Startup District in the Expo Area of the Festival, which also hosted startups and scaleups from all over the world, with the opportunity to present themselves to Italian and foreign investors and incubators. A dual opportunity therefore for startups on the one hand and Italian investors and companies on the other, to expand their network of strategic contacts and expand their business, further consolidating the international flow of ideas and projects activated by WMF with the International Roadshow project. Also worth mentioning are the 12 other startups that competed during the day to win the prizes and who, by entering the competition, were able to present their innovative realities to a parterre of large companies and institutional representatives: ACTIVE NEST, AidPlex PC , ClicktoTherapy, ComeTogether, deeptraffic, Emergency Response Profile, Hobsido, OVIVIEW, Inteligg, TheList app, UPIRIA and φ-water, the latter winner of a special prize awarded in the context of research.
On the other hand, thanks to the collaboration between WMF and the Beyond 4.0 international fair on Industries 4.0, all the 15 finalist strartups of the event, had the opportunity to exhibit on the 14th, 15th and 16th of October, in the expo area of the event, increasing the networking and business opportunities.