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FOR STARTUPS

Our vision is to empower startuppers to contribute to economic growth and social cohesion, and to strengthen entrepreneurial culture in Greece

Orange Grove is a flexible co-working space and community for young entrepreneurs in Greece. It is a renowned initiative of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Athens, and is financially supported by Dutch-Greek businesses and grantmaking foundations active in Greece.

Each quarter we organize a pitching competition called The Squeeze, in which startups can win €10.000 or €15.000.

Startups

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Vitabroad
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Keeppet
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JoinCargo
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Tesibit
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Kontolixima
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FOODAKAI
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Easyexports
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Arpato
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Lalemou
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Β2Β Wave
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Elioplus
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Family Goes Out
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Clio Muse

Since 2013, over 140 startups have been a part of Orange Grove.

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Orange Grove

What is Orange Grove? Orange Grove is a flexible workspace where young Greek and Dutch entrepreneurs can work on their business, where they can network and learn. Orange Grove is located in the center of Athens, opposite the Kalimarmaro stadium. Who started Orange Grove? Orange Grove is an initiative of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Athens and its Dutch and Greek partners. Its aim is to address problems posed by brain drain and youth unemployment in Greece. The Embassy works with a large group of Dutch and Greek people and organizations: Dutch companies with a long presence in the Greek market, Greek businesses, educational institutions, such as Athenian Brewery, Philips, InterAmerican, Coco-Mat, KLM, University of Amsterdam, Delft University of Technology and Athens University of Economics and Business. What does Orange Grove offer? Orange Grove offers state of the art flexible workspaces equipped with a conference room, workspaces on sofas and at desks, wifi and good coffee. Participants in Orange Grove will have the opportunity to attend master classes, seminars and lectures that will be organized in accordance with their needs. Participants get assigned a mentor who will be their advisor in the early stages of starting their business. Also, they will have the chance to be coached and mentored by experienced professionals (including services from our pools of lawyers and accountants). These professionals will share their entrepreneurial know-how and will occasionally provide mentoring on how to deal with the various issues that young entrepreneurs may be confronted with. The educational programme will be conducted in cooperation with the University of Amsterdam, Delft University of Technology and Athens Universitity of Economics and Business. Finally, Orange Grove offers access to a valuable network: the network of the participants, of the sponsors and that of the Embassy. Orange Grove wants to help young entrepreneurs to bring their start-ups a step closer to success. Who is Orange Grove looking for? Are you a Greek or Dutch entrepreneur? Have you just graduated and are you ready to start a business? Are you motivated, innovative and versatile? Are you younger than 35 full of entrepreneurial spirit? Then Orange Grove is the place to start working and to realize your dream. In Orange Grove you can meet likeminded young entrepreneurs with whom you can compare notes, share experiences and get inspired to turn your idea into a success. You can meet inspiring professionals who will share their insights on networking, social media, and niche markets, among many other things. How can I apply? Please see our page "How to apply" for more information. If you would like to apply for a working space in Orange Grove and you feel that you satisfy the selection criteria that are listed in our note "How to apply", please send us an email, with a scan of your passport or ID-card at info@orangegrove.biz and we will send you the application form. What are my obligations once I have been selected? You will be part of Orange Grove for a minimum period of six months As a participant you will enter into a participant’s agreement with Orange Grove. This agreement will list the benchmarks you will have to work on while in Orange Grove. When do the lectures, seminars etc. take place? Lectures will be held every Thursday afternoon at 19:30 hrs in Orange Grove. A schedule of speakers will be announced on Orange Grove website and on Facebook. Educational activities such as bootcamps and seminars will be announced ahead of time. Participants in Orange Grove can attend these seminars free of charge. How do I get access to the expertise relevant to my business that is not covered seminars, lectures or the pool of mentors? If you feel you need specific expertise, you can contact project manager Anna-Maria or assistant project manager Christina to discuss your additional needs. They can help setup meetings with relevant parties.
Orange Grove
Orange Grove5 hours ago
THE SQUEEZE - Meet The Judges: Gigi Wang

Gigi Wang is an Industry Fellow & Faculty at UC Berkeley Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship where she teaches a start-up boot-camp and executive innovation programs. She also runs a consulting firm, MG-Team, LLC, which delivers programs for entrepreneurship and innovation, and services for international business development. Clients have included Amsterdam Center for Entrepreneurship, Ecole d’ Ponts Business School, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), SRI International (innovation facilitator), Verizon Wireless, Lagardere (2nd largest media company in Europe), SAP and several global incubators. She coaches and mentors dozens of start-ups from around the world.

Before starting up MG-Team, Ms. Wang was on the management team of a number of tech start-ups. As an Internet pioneer in the 90’s, she started up Pacific Internet in Singapore (IPO on NASDAQ in 1999) and launched the internationally reknowned TRUSTe Internet privacy program in 1996.

Gigi holds BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University where she was President of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, and a MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. She is a frequent speaker at entrepreneur and innovation conferences around the world including the Food Executive Europe, World Investment Conference, Silicon Valley Comes to the Baltics, IBM Global Start-Up Camp, and Global R&D Conference.

LinkedIn profile: www.linkedin.com/in/gigiwang

Entrance at THE SQUEEZE Pitching Competition (8th March) is OPEN and FREE. Please confirm your attendance on our Facebook event page, and also by registering on Eventbrite via the links below!

Facebook event page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1548200921894975/

Eventbrite registration:
https://orangegrove-the-squeeze.eventbrite.com

#TheSqueeze #GreekStartups #FemaleEntrepreneurship #InternationalWomensDay #PitchingCompetition
Orange Grove
Orange Grove3 days ago
The Squeeze - Meet The Judges: Myrto Papathanou

Myrto is a Partner at Metavallon VC, a fund investing in very early stage Technology Innovation startups in Greece and Europe. She has 15 years of experience in the fields of finance and entrepreneurship, and has also been involved in several non-profit projects around the world. She started her career in London, working as a credit risk and portfolio analyst for Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein and later as a Fixed Income Strategist for EMEA at Bank of America/ Merrill Lynch. Returning to Greece in 2007, she headed Corporate Development for CPΙ and since 2011 has been involved in technology and high-tech companies as a founder, mentor, investor and advisory board member. Before joining Metavallon VC, she served as Group CFO and Head of Corporate Development in EFA Ventures, a group active in high tech and the Aerospace, Aviation and Defense verticals.

Myrto has been active in the non-profit sector, co-founding Ethelon (Forbes 2017 30under30 Social Entrepreneurs in Europe), consulting on microfinance projects in Kenya and Nicaragua and fundraising for AFI (first microfinance organization in Greece). She is also a visiting lecturer on Social Entrepreneurship and Microfinance at Vilnius Getiminas Technical University, Lithuania and acts as a Professional on Campus for Social and Female Entrepreneurship at Heilbronn University, Germany.

She is an economist, with an MSc in Finance from Imperial College and an MBA from INSEAD. In 2016 she was recognized as ‘Leader of the Year’ by Linkage Greece in appreciation of her extraordinary leadership quality and contribution to the progress of business and society.
LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/myrtopapathanou/

Please confirm your attendance to The Squeeze on our Facebook event page, and also by registering on Eventbrite via the links below!
Facebook event page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1548200921894975/
Eventbrite registration:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-squeeze-startups-pitching-competition-tickets-42864494858
Orange Grove
Orange Grove1 week ago
Lots of happy faces at yesterday’s seminar with Mohamed Geraldez. We certainly started this week the right way! #MondayMotivation
Orange Grove
Orange Grove1 week ago
*THE SQUEEZE Pitching Competition is Back!*

#TheSqueeze, the ultimate pitching competition for startups is back at Orange Grove on Thursday 8th of March, from 18:00 until 22:00! A fast-paced and full of energy startupper battle to win glory (and seed money), you don’t want to miss!

New pitches, new opportunities! Eight ambitious Orange Grove entrepreneurs will take the stage to present their innovative business ideas to an international panel of experts, in order to win €15,000 and €10,000 in prize money.

As March 8th is International Women’s Day, this edition of The Squeeze will give extra focus on female participation and leadership in Entrepreneurship, with an all-female jury panel and side events & workshops!

Get ready to be impressed by our Jury which includes:

- Gigi Wang, Industry Fellow, Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship, UC Berkeley; Managing Partner, MG-Team, LLC
- Hiro Athanassiou, former EVP and Managing Director Unilever Greece & Cyprus
- Myrto Papathanou, Partner at Metavallon VC

Our presenter for the night will be Jan Franke founder of Franke Kramer Innovations!

The competition is made possible through the support of our Lead Donor, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation. After the competition, Heineken will be there to start the party, and also L' Artigiano with delicious pizza, and of course lots of networking and partying!

This time, “The Squeeze” will also be supported by the U.S. EMBASSY ATHENS.

Join us as we celebrate entrepreneurship and enjoy a thrilling evening!

The event is OPEN and FREE. Please confirm your attendance at The Squeeze on our Facebook event page and by registering on Eventbrite via the links below!

Facebook event:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1548200921894975/

Eventbrite event:
https://orangegrove-the-squeeze.eventbrite.com

#TheSqueeze #PitchingCompetition
Orange Grove
Orange Grove is feeling proud.1 week ago
We are proud to announce that our very own startup, Buzzlogix, was selected as a finalist at the E-commerce expo awards in Berlin!

https://buzzlogix.com/blog/buzzlogix-selected-finalist-e-commerce-awards-berlin

#ecommberlin #entrepreneurship
Orange Grove
Orange Grove is feeling proud.2 weeks ago
Orange Grove is very proud to have Robin Schuil as its Entrepreneur in Residence! He helps our startups with his network, advice and experience. Read here in Greek what he is up to now!

Twitter

1 day ago
Ambassador Caspar Veldkamp interviewed today about Orange Grove and #startups in Greece! https://t.co/7Rdk9ExQPL OrangeGroveAth photo
1 day ago
This weekend Orange Grove will host the Dutch Universities Education Fair! Come and have a look at their wide offer! #StudyInHolland https://t.co/yUk4F2CiKg
1 week ago
On March 8th #TheSqueeze will be hosted at Orange Grove Athens - The pitching competition for #startups you don’t want to miss! So come by, have a beer and some pizza and be inspired by our start-ups’ innovative ideas.
Register here: https://t.co/vWMXeoPEFY… https://t.co/ioIUBcHQN9
OrangeGroveAth photo
1 week ago
Lots of happy faces at yesterday’s seminar with Mohamed Geraldez. We certainly started this week the right way! #MondayMotivation https://t.co/qvAhEUJc3o OrangeGroveAth photo

Upcoming events

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February 22, 2018
  • Small meeting room - Elioplus

    February 22, 2018  3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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  • HeDa Pitta Cutting

    February 22, 2018  6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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February 24, 2018
  • "Studies in the Netherlands" education fair

    February 24, 2018 - February 25, 2018  

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February 25, 2018
  • "Studies in the Netherlands" education fair

    February 24, 2018 - February 25, 2018  

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February 26, 2018
  • Small meeting room - Elioplus

    February 26, 2018  3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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  • Pitch Training with Robin Schuil

    February 26, 2018  5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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  • Combined: HECATA: Soft skills workshop: Presentation skills

    February 26, 2018  5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

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February 27, 2018
February 28, 2018
March 2, 2018
  • Workshop with Menny Barzilay

    March 2, 2018  4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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March 7, 2018
  • Cancelled: Monica Dodi - workshop for startups

    March 7, 2018  11:00 am - 1:00 pm

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  • Orange Stories and networking event

    March 7, 2018  6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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March 8, 2018
March 12, 2018
  • HIF

    March 12, 2018  12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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  • HECATA: Soft skills workshop: Organogram 2 (closed to public event)

    March 12, 2018  5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

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March 19, 2018
  • HECATA: Soft skills workshop: Change Management (closed to public event)

    March 19, 2018  5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

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