Interviewing Dimitris Methenitis

  1. What encouraged you to work on entrepreneurship in a young age? Was it an organization, a person, an event?
    Encouraging was the innovative idea and the challenge of achieving the goal through a small group .
  2. What did the University contribute to your entrepreneurship route, until this moment?
    University gave us a first input into something very different from a simple theory lesson. It brought us face to face with Angels and we passed from theory to practice considering how something like this can be achieved step by step.
  3. Incubators and seed finance: What is your experience and opinion as far as it concerns your project and Greece in general?
    I didn’t have a direct relationship or contact during our path.
    The University tried to create an incubator or co-working space, but in Greece, if you find yourself in the next phase of funding, you’ll also find many that would invest in a strong team and an idea that has already done something and has at least some clients.
  4. What Innovative training methods have you seen? How much did they help and which ones are worth mentioning?
    I’ve seen training methods at seminars I attended, that took place either at the university or another organization. It’s good to learn about all these methods at the start of your startup, when you’re still a freshman, so through experience and mistakes, you’ll really get into it.
  5. What initiatives have you seen or participated in that promote start-up communities? What’s your personal contribution to this?
    There are many contests and seminars, through which one can find consulting from a mentor and see what exactly he needs to get it through. My personal contribution was to be one of the founders of ThinkBiz, a community that started as an idea after getting an award. It’s goal was to continue an idea, through supporting one another and also create a team that will contribute to the university’s community.
  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?
    There is a startup network. It was created mostly through events hosted by coworking spaces, f.e. Found.ation or investors, such as OpenCoffee. There, you can meet many people that you might come across and cooperate with them in the future. My contribution was mostly when I was a student, either through ThinkBiz, or through writing articles and interviews for Startup.gr, where I was a team member.
  7. If someone asked you a question about fundraising, what would it be and how would you answer?
    It depends on what you want to learn about. Maybe one would ask me how much it truly works in Greece and what’s it goal. In my opinion, it’s a process throughout non-profits gain money from organisations, businesses and other people.
  8. Co-working spaces: opinion/ personal partnership, considering your route so far.
    In Greece, there is Found.ation, which I already mentioned, Orange Grove, Romantso etc. As far as it concerns Found.ation, I’ve visited it many times and I know many people that work or have worked there. So, I’d say it’s a “different” working space. It’s a space with people with more goals than others, that connect their superpowers for a good cause. As a result, many new ideas are born and worked on there. Co-working spaces are spaces which will develop further when the entrepreneurship culture develops in Greece – through innovation and a flexible tax system for new businesses.
  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?
    The most important thing is cooperation. It’s a qualification to learn to work in a team, to accept a leader (according to the stage of the idea), to learn about others, to learn about your minors as far as it concerns work and of course learning to accept feedback. It’s more than talent, it’s a combination of abilities and variety of ideas and solutions.
  10. What’s the biggest need for a young entrepreneur at this time?
    The most important thing is cooperation. It’s a qualification to learn to work in a team, to accept a leader (according to the stage of the idea), to learn about others, to learn about your minors as far as it concerns work and of course learning to accept feedback. It’s more than talent, it’s a combination of abilities and variety of ideas and solutions.

Interviewed by Kostapanos Miliaresis

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