Orange Grove’s “The Squeeze” competition was back the 23rd of November 2017 and was even more exciting for its 11th edition! “The Squeeze” is the fast-paced and full of energy pitching competition awarding €15,000 and €10,000 in prize money to two lucky startups!   


We were particularly excited as the presenters of “The Squeeze” #11 were Journalist & News Presenter, Sia Kossioni, and Dutch entrepreneur, Robin Schuil!   


Eight Orange Grove startups pitched their innovative ideas to an international panel of experts consisting of: 

– Hella Hueck (Reporter Tech & Innovation),

– Angelos Angelou (Founder & Principal Executive Officer), AngelouEconomics and Founder & CEO, International Accelerator),

– Philipp Brinkmann (Consultant to the Management, Ferryscanner) and

– Marco Veremis (Partner, Big Pi Ventures).


FOODAKAI won the first prize of €15,000 and Kontolixima won the second prize of €10,000.  


But that was not all! After the competition our Main Sponsor Heineken was there to start the party, and also L’ Artigiano with delicious pizza, and of course lots of networking and partying!  


“The Squeeze” #11 was complemented with exciting Pre-Squeeze events and trainings, including the well-known ‘Orange Stories’, a panel discussion with the members of our prestigious jury panel, taking place a day before “The Squeeze”.  


All this, of course, was made possible thanks to the ongoing support of our Lead Donor, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.