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09:30 – 10:00 Registration
10:00 – 11:00 Introduction
Dimitrios Pazaitis
Chairman & CEO, Invest in Greece Agency

The importance of venture capital for society
Yannis Papathanasiou
Minister of Economy and Finance

Resizing the financial crisis
Nikolaos Haritakis
Vice Chairman & CEO, TANEO
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Public policy initiatives in UK. Responding to the credit crisis. Capital for Enterprise
Earley Rory
CEO, Capital for Enterprise
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11:00 – 11:20

Synopsis of investment activity – Regulations issues –The role of HVCA
Vassilis Takas
President & CEO, Thermi Ventures
Vice Chairman HVCA
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11:20 – 12:20

Panel Discussion

Emerging opportunities for investments
The current financial crisis has led to the creation of a unique investment environment in more ways than one. Investors have become more adverse to risk and companies are facing a credit crunch. As a result investment activity declined—initially. Nature, however, hates vacuums - and so do markets. Investors are now seeking out safer but still profitable investment opportunities –and these do exist. And companies are investigating the use of alternative financial instruments—and these do exist as well. Where are these new investment opportunities to be found? Which are these new financial instruments? Is private equity and venture capital industry in a position to seize the opportunity and contribute to this development, while obtaining satisfactory returns for investors?
Pantelis Vernikos, Vice Chairman & Managing Director, Alpha Ventures
Paschalis Bouchoris, Venture Partner, NBGI
Spyros Papadatos, CEO, IBG Management
Ioannis Pantousis, CEO, LogoVentures
Stavros Siokos, Chairman, Piraeus Capital
Manthos Tziamourtas, CEO, New Mellon Asset and Wealth Management
Moderator: Zois Tsolis, Journalist
12:20 – 12:45 Coffee break
12:45 - 13:45

Panel Discussion

The crisis and its aftermath: Creative or downright destruction?
The financial as well as the real economy crisis has had a negative impact on the financial standing and the market prospects of most companies. Identifying the multi-diverge impact of this crisis and formulating distress strategies is now essential for investment managers. What are the developments in these two interrelated fields? Where and how has this crisis impacted most? How does the market plan to assist and deal with companies already or potentially in portfolios? What are the critical characteristics of a company that is likely to survive and even become stronger after the crisis—provided it receives equity investment? Are mergers and/or acquisitions a useful instrument to overcome certain financial difficulties–mainly through the (re)establishment of economies of scale? Does “the market” consider the current situation as a great chance for realistic valuations and profitable investments? Is cherry picking harder or easier today?
Yannis Papadopoulos. CEO, Attica Ventures
Menelaos Tassopoulos, Head Private Equity, EFG
Spyros Martsekis, Director, KPMG
Spyros Trahanis, Director, Oxygen Capital
Zaharias Palexas, Managing Director, Parthenon Trust
Moderator: Charalampos Papadimitriou, Journalist
13:45 – 14:45 Lunch
14:45 – 15:00 Entrepreneurs & Investors: Aligning Expectations to Close Deals
Ed Frank
Founder, Boot Camp Ventures
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15:00 – 15:45 Success venture capital stories
Markos Veremis, Chairman, Upstream, Download presentation [pdf, 1780KB]
Constantine Polychronopoulos, Founder & Chief Technology Officer, Bytemobile, Download presentation [pdf, 870KB]
Moderator: Antonis Kefalas, Journalist
15:45 – 16:45

Panel Discussion

Time for partnerships
Greece is a relatively small and inward looking country. Does it offer significant potential for investments – and if yes of which kind? Are the financial instruments in place considered to be adequate for modern business? Do we witness encouraging initiatives both from the private and the public sector but, we fail to measure their effectiveness and their positive impact on the entrepreneurial community or not? Is part of the problem that everyone in Greece has adopted a “go it alone” attitude? Are conditions conducive for an effort to streamline interests? Collaborate in order to create multiple opportunities built on the totality of each separate and unique expertise. Would such a development offer new and multidimensional focuses?
Christos Tsangos, CEO, Microsoft Hellas
Vassilios Makios, General Director, Corallia Clusters Initiative
Nikolaos Haritakis, Vice Chairman & CEO, TANEO
Nikos Domenikos, Chairman, TEMPME
Yannis Tsakiris, Head of SE Europe RBD, European Investment Fund
Vassilis Tsakalos, Coordinator, PRAXI/HELP-FORWARD Network
Moderator: Eleftherios Stavropoulos, Special Secretary for Competitiveness, EPAN
16:45 – 17:00 Supporting entrepreneurship
Kostis Hatzidakis
Minister of Development
17:00 – 17:30 Coffee break
17:30 – 18:30


Easy steps for an SME to overcome crisis
Sponsored by KPMG
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18:30 – 19:30 OpenCoffee session




09:00 – 20:00 Prearranged bilateral business meetings (by invitation only)