A new initiative supported by Greece’s Foreign Affairs Ministry aims to connect innovative Hellenes, helping them take their early-stage tech startups to the next level.

The online program Greek Startup Universe is about to be launched by the StartupGreece non-profit organisation and Founderhood, with registrations open until 1 March.

Run under the auspices of the Secretariat General for Public Diplomacy and Greeks Abroad of the Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the program will be free for all Greeks and Cypriots from across the globe who have a tech startup or a promising tech idea.

The Greek Startup Universe brings together strategic partners like GreekTech in New York, CyprusInno in Cyprus, and the Office of Economic and Commercial Affairs of the Consulate General of Greece in San Francisco.

Throughout the eight weeks of the program, participants will meet accomplished startup founders of Hellenic descent, investors, and specialised executives, whose
experience stems from the greatest tech innovation hubs globally.

Opportunities will be offered to schedule one-on-one meetings with more than forty accomplished experts of Hellenic descent based in different continents, eager to offer their experience over sectors like the minimum viable product, communication, sales, and fundraising strategies.

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Their employers are of the likes of companies such as Google, Amazon, Salesforce, Linkedin, and Facebook.

Participating teams will also gain access to a network of 17 major tech business markets, including Silicon Valley, New York, and Israel, but also emerging markets, like India or Brazil, with

Apart from the one-on-one meetings, participants can attend weekly talks by experienced mature tech founders who have collectively raised more than $500 million, like Ioanna Angelidaki, Costas Pardalis, Niki Goulimi, and investors like Niko Bonatsos.

Other pillars of the initiative include support through community forums, access to educational material, and perks provided by the program’s corporate partners, such as HubSpot, Zendesk and Proto.io.

Investment capital of $10 million will be made available to the teams exhibiting the greatest progress during the program, matching them with Greek Angel investors.

StartupGreece invites Greek and Cypriot tech startup founders in Greece and abroad, who are interested in the program, to sign up through its website, www.greekstartupuniverse.org, by March 1.