Parallel Sessions

Parallel Sessions

Day 1
05 Oct 2017
Day 2
06 Oct 2017

CITY OF THESSALONIKI – EUROPE DIRECT

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10:30’ - 11:05’ REGISTRATION
Welcome message
Yiannis Boutaris, Mayor of Thessaloniki

11:05’ - 13:00’ “Public – Private entrepreneurship. Is that feasible?” 
Plamen Rusev, Founder & Chairman, Webit Foundation, Sofia, Bulgaria

Moderator: Spiros Pengas, Deputy Mayor for Tourism Development and International Relations, City of Thessaloniki

13:00’ - 14:15’ “Municipal Funding: Public and/or Private?” 
Hila Oren, CEO, Tel Aviv Foundation, Israel
Alexandros Kampouroglou, Executive Director, Athens Partnership, Greece

Moderator: Lina Liakou, Deputy Mayor for Thessaloniki in Urban Resilience and Development Planning, City of Thessaloniki

14:30’ BREAK

EEN HELLAS (closed session)

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13:00 – 18:00 ENTERPRISE EUROPE NETWORK HELLAS

EUROPE DIRECT AMERICAN FARM SCHOOL & AMERICAN FARM SCHOOL

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EU FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES FOR COMPANIES OF AGRIFOOD SECTOR VIA DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS OF THE REGION OF CENTRAL MACEDONIA

15:00’ Funding resources for companies of the Agri-food sector in the Region of Central Macedonia
Theofanis Papas, Vice – Governor of Agricultural Economy in RCM

15:15’ Supporting innovation and entrepreneurship in the Region of Central Macedonia on the Agri-food sector
Konstantinos Michailidis, Director of the Directorate of Innovation & Entrepreneurship of RCM

15:30’ Food Incubators – Current trends and good practices
Dr. Filippos Papadopoulos, Director of Strategic Project Management Office at AFS

15:45’ Addressing Innovation Challenges in the Food Industry
Kelly Fourtouni, Global Research and Innovation Manager, Associate Principal Scientist

16:00’ – 17:00’ Round Table and networking

EEN HELLAS (closed session)

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09:30 – 18:00 ENTERPRISE EUROPE NETWORK HELLAS

HELLENIC PRODUCTION – INDUSTRY ROUNDTABLE FOR GROWTH

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11:00’ – 13:00’ STRONG INDUSTRIAL BASE FOR GROWTH AND A SUSTAINABLE EXIT FROM THE FINANCIAL CRISIS
Aggelos Tsakanikas, Assistant Professor in the field of economic evaluation of technological systems, at the Laboratory of Industrial and Energy Economics (LIEE), National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) and Scientific Advisor to the Foundation for Economic and Industrial Research (FEIR / IOBE)
Stratis Zafeiris, Secretary General of Industry, Ministry of Economy & Development
Eleni Koliopoulou, Member of the Board Hellenic Production- Industry Roundtable for Growth President of the Board, Federation of Industries of Thessaly and Central Greece, CEO PAKO S.A.
Athanasios Papapanagiotou, President & CEO, PAPAPANAGIOTOU ABEEA “DROMEAS”

Moderator: Alexandra Gouta, Journalist AMNA

ATHENS EXCHANGE GROUP

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12:00 In which ways the use of Capital Markets and closer ties between infrastructures in the SEE Region can assist SMEs funding
As the cost of finance has risen while economic conditions have remained weak SMEs, are forced not only to alter their funding mix but also involve capital markets as an alternative to bank lending. However, effective capital raising through equity or debt issuance via the capital markets involves a coordinated effort from the ecosystem (legal firms, brokers, investment bankers, consultants, Exchanges, CSDs) to reduce costs and increase efficiency. In order for SMEs to make use of exchanges’ junior markets a more unified approach is needed to bring together companies, investors and markets. This is a great challenge for SE Europe countries, especially as the Capital Markets Union action plan unveils, to facilitate cross-border investments and increase regional SMEs attractiveness.

A number of efforts in the SEE markets towards the direction of strengthening the use of the local capital markets will be presented and discussed from our panel:
• Recent efforts to use Exchanges’ junior or regulated markets to attract equities or bonds issuance from smaller SMEs
• Recent developments of the SEELink to facilitate cross-border trading and assist in listing
• The development of post-trading links between CSDs and its effect in the SMEs
• The listed funds approach in which a listed fund managed by an asset manager invests in SMEs or larger companies of the public or private sector and then exits via listing them in a market.

André Küüsvek, Director Local Currency and Capital Markets Development, EBRD
Caroline Wellemans, Policy Officer, DG FISMA – Directorate-General Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union
Oana Truta, Vice President – Investment Analyst, Franklin Templeton Investment Management Ltd UK, Bucharest Branch
Calin Metes, Vice President – Investment Analyst, Franklin Templeton Investment Management Ltd UK, Bucharest Branch (presentation of the Fondul Proprietae case)
Vasil Golemanski, CEO, Bulgaria Stock Exchange
Siniša Krneta, CEO, Belgrade Stock Exchange
Marios Pilavakis, Chairman of the Council, Cyprus Stock Exchange
Socrates Lazaridis, CEO, Athens Stock Exhange

ALEXANDER INNOVATION ZONE

ALEXANDER-INNOVATION-ZONE

13:00 - 14:30 INNOVATION FUNDING ROUNDTABLE

Moderator
Pantelis Angelidis, President, Alexander Innovation Zone

Introductory remarks

The role of policy making and international cooperation
Walter Stechel, Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Thessaloniki

Funding dos and dont's
Marina Hatsopoulos, Entrepreneur, Investor

Ioannis Papadopoulos, Chairman of the Hellenic Venture Capital Association
George Karantonis, General Partner, Metavallon Fund
Nikolas Takas, Vice President, Thermi Ventures SA
Lazaros Papadopoulos, Founder, Athlenda SA

14:30 ΒRΕΑΚ

15:30-17:30 CLOSED PITCH SESSION WITH UP TO FIVE PROMISING INNOVATINE COMPANIES

diaNEOsis

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THE GREEK YOUTH: AN EXISTENTIAL PROBLEM?
16:30’ Registration
17:00’ – 17:10’ Welcome Address
Dionisis Nikolaou, General Manager, diaNEOsis

17:10’ – 18:10’ The Greek Youth: An Existential Problem?
Contributions by:
Dimitris Mavros, Member of the Board of Directors, MRB Hellas S.A.
Manos Matsaganis, Associate Professor, Politecnico di Milano and Athens University of Economics and Business, member of diaNEOsis Advisory Board
George Prevelakis, Professor of Geopolitics at the Sorbonne (Paris 1) and Member of the diaNEOsis Advisory Board
Nikos Christodoulakis, former Minister of Finance and Professor, Athens University of Economics and Business

Coordinator: Athanasia Bidiou, Editor in Chief Voria.gr

18:10’ – 19:00’ Discussion

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