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Talking entrepreneurship at Deree College

Andreas Stefanidis, co-founder and president of the Academy of Entrepreneurship (AKEP), will talk to university students on Tuesday about entrepreneurship and the mindset needed to get ahead in the current business environment.

He will speak at a job and internship event being organised at the American College of Greece that aims at hooking up talent with opportunity. Other companies taking part in the four day fair include Adecco, Egonzehnder, KPMG and Stanton Chase.

Mr. Stefanidis will inform students on how Open Innovation allows small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to find skilled experts and he will also explore the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs, a cross-border exchange program which gives young players the chance to learn from experienced entrepreneurs running small businesses in other countries. He will also focus on Bluegrowth entrepreneurship, an initiative promoting innovative start ups on sea and aquatic resources.

‘Entrepreneurship demands an open way of thinking. This is a key challenge in business today and something new entrants to the market must be aware of,” said Mr. Stefanidis, who is also Accelerator Director at Aephoria.net.

“It is not enough to just have a good idea. You need to take it to the right table and share it for the broader benefit of an organisation in order for it to grow. Otherwise, it will just remain an idea and nothing more,” he said.

Since starting in 2007, AKEP has become a leader in Greece in helping innovative and social businesses grow. By participating in more than 20 European Union programs, AKEP has helped almost 2,000 young people move closer to realising their dreams. Mr. Stefanidis is also the National member of the Startup Nations network in Greece representing AKEP and the Federation of Hellenic Association of Young Entrepreneurs.

His presentation on Tuesday will be held at 10 am at the Student Lounge.