Greece opened the Silicon Valley Greek Hub (SVGH) in San Francisco during a visit of government officials at the weekend.
Members of the Greek community of the Bay Area active in the field of technology and entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley attended the event at the Greek Consulate.
Greece hopes to connect Silicon Valley with the global Greek innovation ecosystem, paving the way for synergies between the two sides in entrepreneurship, business, commerce, and technology.
The existing core team of SVGH comprises highly successful professionals intending to act as role models, mentors, advisors, facilitators, associates, partners, or/and investors for startups with a Greek identity.
Silicon Valley Greek Hub to offer new opportunities for Greek start-ups
The ultimate vision for the Hub is to grow into a robust collaboration network offering adapted support to entrepreneurs who are willing to explore the possibilities available in Silicon Valley and beyond.
The initial SVGH’s spectrum of activities will:
- incorporate regular online mentoring sessions between the platform’s members and Greek entrepreneurs
- conduct a series of networking events that will bring us closer to like-minded peers, and
- offer online panel discussions with special guest speakers covering trends and topics related to innovation and the tech community.
The Greek delegation was led by Deputy Foreign Minister for Economic Diplomacy and Openness Κostas Fragogiannis, Deputy Development Minister Christos Dimas and the general secretary for international economic relations of the Foreign Ministry and president of Enterprise Greece Yiannis Smyrlis.
Fragogiannis recently said that “It is about time that Greece, like almost all EU countries as well as many developed and developing economies of the world, acquires an organized and institutional presence in the region.”
The delegation was accompanied by startup company executives that traveled to Silicon Valley to take part in the SVGH platform meetings, and who visited the Greek-owned company Matternet, where they presented their business model.
The Greek Consulate also organized a meeting with Michalis Potamias a Coinbase executive of Greek descent.
Συνάντηση με τον Μιχάλη Ποταμιά υπεύθυνο στο Machine Learning στην Coinbase όπου μας ενημέρωσε για τις παγκόσμιες εξελίξεις γύρο από το bitcoin και τα κρυπτονομίσματα. Πολύ ενδιαφέρουσες συζητήσεις για το πως μπορεί η 🇬🇷 να κάνει ακόμα περισσότερα βήματα στην καινοτομία. pic.twitter.com/fCzbOKbaea
— Christos Dimas (@ChristosDimas_) November 7, 2022
In the following days, the Greek delegation will meet with investors, and visit Berkeley University and there will also be a meeting with members of the Silicon Valley Hub in order to inaugurate the Mentoring Sessions initiative.
Συναντήσαμε με τους Υφυπουργούς @CFragoyiannis & @ChristosDimas_ επιχειρηματίες στους κλάδους του real estate & της οινοποιίας στο Napa Valley & συμμετείχαμε στην μεγάλη φιλανθρωπική δεξίωση του @EliosCF όπου βραβεύθηκαν διακριθέντες στις τέχνες Ελληνικής καταγωγής@GreeceMFA pic.twitter.com/PW5nwy8PmX
— Yannis Smyrlis (@YSmyrlis) November 6, 2022