Conference Programme

Conference on Entrepreneurship and Development

October 13th 2017, Chania, Greece 

09:30-10:00 Registration
10:00-10:15 Opening Greetings
Yiannis Margaronis, President

Chania Chamber of Commerce & Industry / Chania Development Corporation

Antonis Papaderakis, Secretary General of Commerce and Consumer Protection

Ministry of Economy, Development & Tourism

Apostolos Voulgarakis, Vice Governor

Region of Crete

Anastasios Vamvoukas, Mayor

Municipality of Chania

John Malandrakis, Mayor

Municipality of Platanias

10:15-12:00 Agricultural Production & Processing
10:15-10:50 Informational Presentations
Anastasios Kouroupakis, Chairman

Agrofood Partnership of Crete

Nikos Fratzeskakis, President

Agrotourism Associations of Greece

Nikos Bounakis, Member

Hellenic Association of Management Consulting Firms

CEO, Proactive SA, Business Consultants

Dr. Panagiotis Zoumpoulakis, Senior Researcher

Institute of Biology, Medicinal Chemistry & Biotechnology

National Hellenic Research Foundation

Dr. George Baourakis, General Director

Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania

10:50-11:45 Panel Discussion
Dr. Laurids Siig Christensen

Taste of Denmark

Dimitrios Karavasilis, Chief Executive Officer

DK Consultants

Aristotelis Karvelas, President

Association of Greek Importers of Food and Wine Abroad

Apostolina Tsaltabasi, Managing Director


Dr. John Kritsotakis, Author
Nikos Karavitakis, President

Network of Wine Producers of Chania

Alkiviadis Kalabokis, President

Exporters’ Association of Crete

11:45-12:00 Questions & Discussion
12:00-12:15 Coffee Break
12:15-14:00 Industry – Crafts – Commerce
12:15-12:50 Informational Presentations
Aristidis Fragakis, General Director

Crete Development Company

Cretan Hands Project (Artistic Production)

Nikos Mountakis, General Manager

Chania Business Park

Konstantina Mataliotaki, Export Desk

Chania Development Corporation

Chania Values platform

Spiros Sofianos, President

Technical Chamber of Greece – Western Crete Chapter

12:50-13:45 Panel Discussion
Dr. Marie-Rose Azzopardi, Lecturer

Faculty of Economics, Management & Accountancy

University of Malta

George Kavvathas, President

Hellenic Confederation of Professionals, Craftsmen & Merchants

Manolis Psaroudakis, Member of the Board of Directors

Hellenic Confederation of Commerce and Entrepreneurship

Nikos Stamou, Officer

Investment Promotion Unit, Hellenic Investment and Foreign Trade Company (Enterprise Greece)

Ana Barjasic, Director

Business Angels Week Coordinator

European Business Angels Network (EBAN)

13:45-14:00 Questions & Discussion
14:00-15:15 Lunch Break
15:15-17:00 New Innovative Entrepreneurship
15:15-15:50 Informational Presentations
Dr. Vassilis Digalakis, Rector

Technical University of Crete

Konstantinos Galiatsos, Chairman of the BoD and CEO

Hellenic Fund for Entrepreneurship and Development

Yiannis Troulis, Management Consultant

Chania Development Corporation

Board Member, Hellenic Start-up Association (HAS)

CEO, TTMI Consulting Ltd.

Thanos Paraschos, Founder

Youth Entrepreneurship Club

15:50-16:45 Panel Discussion
Philippe Clerc, Advisor in Economic Intelligence

French Chamber of Commerce & Indutstry

Paulo Andrez, President Emeritus

European Business Angels Network (EBAN)

Dr. Costas Balas, Professor

School of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Technical University of Crete

Dr. Evangelos Grigoroudis, Associate Professor

School of Production Engineering and Management

Technical University of Crete

Dr. Francesco Molinari, International Researcher &  Policy Advisor

XR8 sas

Dimitris Tsigos, Founder

Hellenic Start-up Association

Chairman, YES for Europe

Founder & CEO Starttech Ventures

16:45-17:00 Questions & Discussion
17:00-17:15 Coffee Break
17:15-19:00 Tourism – Services
17:15-17:50 Informational Presentations
Yiannis Margaronis, President

Chania Chamber of Commerce & Industry / Chania Development Corporation

Dimitrios Mihelogiannis, Vice President of Development

Region of Crete

Vassilis Fortsas, EU Programmes Desk & IT Department

Chania Development Corporation

Enter Chania platform

John Apostolakis, Chef

Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania

Giorgos Aggelakis, Researcher

Department of Business Economics and Management

Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania

Pantelis Petsetakis, President

Economic Chamber of Greece – Western Crete Chapter

Pavlos Megalovasilis, Sales & Marketing Manager

Knowledge Broadband Services SA platform

17:50-18:45 Panel Discussion
Joan Gual de Torrella Guasp, CEO

Balears Port Authority

Dr. Giovanni Ruggieri, President

Observatory on Tourism in the European Islands (OTIE)

Petros Marinakis, City Council Member & President of the Tourism Committee

Municipality of Platanias

CEO, Botanical Park and Gardens of Crete

Manolis Giannoulis, Chairman TBC

Chania Hotels Association

George Marathakis, Chairman

Room Rentals Association of Chania

Stavros Giannetakis, Board Member

Association of Western Crete Travel Agents

18:45-19:00 Questions & Discussion