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We invite you to take part in an online Hellenic Studies lecture titled:  The Dynamics of Disruption: Start-Ups, Venture Capitalism and Digital Entrepreneurship in Greece

This lecture is being offered by CERES and the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy and takes place next Wednesday, April 7th at 10:00 EST.  This speaker series is part of the Hellenic Studies Program at the University of Toronto.


How is digital entrepreneurship, led by start-up companies and backed by venture capital, transforming the Greek economy? How might this movement be expanded to better enable Greece to improve its economic prospects? What steps might be taken to limit the social costs of disruption and enhance its benefits?


Stergios Anastasiadis has worked in the technology space for more than thirty years, building teams and creating and scaling products. Most recently he has focused his energies in the start-up space, drawing on experience at Google, Good Technology, and Shopify. Stergios has worked with product development, user experience, design and data teams throughout his career. As an engineer he has enjoyed building systems in consumer and enterprise spaces and, most recently, in the area of big data and machine learning. Anastasiadis has mentored Greek entrepreneurs, invested in Greek start-ups through local venture capital funds, and leads two of his own start-ups.

Steve Vranakis is an award winning creative who has worked on the launch of the iPhone and Amazon in the UK, with NASA (Space Lab), and the United Nations UNICEF). He led the Creative Lab at Google in EMEA for over 8 years. Vranakis was appointed as the first ever Chief Creative Officer for Greece in 2019, to develop a new country narrative as a Special Advisor to the Prime Minister. To help the Tourism Industry cope with the effects of the Covid-19 crisis, he launched #GreeceFromHome, an initiative developed and deployed in two weeks. Steve serves as an advisor to one of the world's hottest fashion technology start-ups,, as well as SUPERPERSONAL, an AI company using advanced visual personalisation technology. In 2017 he was president of D&AD where he made it his mission to help young people from disadvantaged backgrounds get into the creative industries.

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April 2, 2021

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