Interviewing Alkisti Michailidou

  1. What encouraged you to work on entrepreneurship in a young age? Was it an organization, a person, an event?
    We, our project’s team, when we started working on it, weren’t really thinking about entrepreneurship. Essentially, due to the Educational trip, where we built our team ad as time passed structuring our ideas and procedures, we realized that what we were doing was a business start. What made us, and made me personally, stay in it, were the people around us (entrepreneurs and executives in particular) that saw potential and evolution in our concept and supported it. But the most important thing for me is how much you, yourself, believe in what you’re doing. If it inspires you, you see long-term results and it develops you. You put more effort and recognize the benefits of entrepreneurship and the point of trying something new in the first place.
  2. What did the University contribute to your entrepreneurship route, until this moment?
    University throughout all the years, was giving as stimuli and organized many events, contests, and actions. So it definitely let me see something more and something different than the “classic” career path. In particular, at the start of Project Yourself, I had spoken with 2-3 teachers about the idea and they had gave me some advice and different perspectives.
  3. Incubators and seed finance: What is your experience and opinion as far as it concerns your project and Greece in general?
    As far as it concerns incubators, we had came across “Epixeiro”. It was a fairly good program, but could have a bit more free structures to adapt appropriately to our needs. Generally, I believe that in Greece, there are opportunities for an idea/ group to participate in an incubator, but I think it should find the most suitable one, that will best meet its own needs, so it has a point.About the seed funds, all I know is that they are far too limited and basically made by investors from abroad.
  4. What Innovative training methods have you seen? How much did they help and which ones are worth mentioning?
    Unfortunately I haven’t attended any.
  5. What initiatives have you seen or participated in that promote start-up communities? What’s your personal contribution to this?
    I attended pioneers Athens. Furthermore, I’m aware of startup awards, startup Athens, epiceiro, eata, cu coworking spaces and many more, but I haven’t had the time to participate.
  6. Is there a start-up network in Greece? How active is it? Is there a true substance? What’s your personal contribution to it?
    I believe it’s still very closed. In my opinion, it’s very important because you can expand your network and knowledge, but I haven’t participated in it.
  7. If someone asked you a question about fundraising, what would it be and how would you answer?
    About funding, I believe that someone should chase them in Greece, while at the same time looking abroad, since there are limited opportunities in Greece.
  8. Co-working spaces: opinion/ personal partnership, considering your route so far.
    We haven’t used them. I think they’re useful when a team needs to work with all its members often and there isn’t another place to. They can offer services and become useful regarding networking.
  9. What’s your number one tool, if you had to pick, that made you and your project what you are today?Is hard work a tool?
    To this moment, we haven’t used anything more specialized beyond Gmail (and all the apps it provides- mainly drive). Sites that provide pictures without rights have been very useful, f.e. pixabay.
  10. What’s the biggest need for a young entrepreneur at this time?
    First of all, to be supported not just from the people around him, but mainly by the government with subsidies and other benefits. Secondly, it would be very useful finding somewhere all the startups, available fundings and related events, in order to making a good network and gathering / sharing knowledge without wasting time. It would be event better if these would be separated in categories (e.g. education, technology, social enterprises, etc.).

    Interviewed by Kostapanos Miliaresis

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