VentureGarden Athens run for the first time on February 2014, a after identifying a gap in the entrepreneurial ecosystem. Based on this gap, a human-centered educational program was designed. The programs mission is to to give practical knowledge, empower entrepreneurs in a safe educational context, and help them get the necessary confidence for his/her next steps.
Athens is the center for all aspiring entrepreneurs, giving them a variety of choices for training, networking and support options regarding entrepreneurship. VentureGarden positions as an idea accelerator, helping participants define their next steps.
VentureGarden Athens, is implemented by Alba Hub for Entrepreneurship and Development, the business center of Alba Graduate Business School, The American College of Greece. AHEAD has a long experience in training entrepreneurs looking for ways to develop their business ideas and be able to set up their own businesses. It brings together all of Alba's entrepreneurial activities. Supports Alba students and alumni through information, networking and guidance on their business ideas. In the past, AHEAD has also supported refugees, immigrants and vulnerable and excluded communities of people in other entrepreneurial programs.
Alexis is the Director of Alba Hub for Entrepreneurship and Development (AHEAD) at Alba Graduate Business School, The American College of Greece. He has managed the commencement of the Stelios Haji-Ioannou Award for Young Entrepreneurs in Greece and of the Green Dreams Competition. He also was a research associate of the Entrepreneurship Club for the selection of entrepreneurs who received the Kouros Awards. Alexis has been a judge in entrepreneurship events and competition, as well as a mentor, supporting teams that participate in similar competitions. He teaches entrepreneurship at the MSc in Entrepreneurship at Alba Graduate Business School, as well as workshops on Business Model Canvas at Incubators and Accelerators. His academic research focuses on Innovation and Family Business, as he holds an MSc in Entrepreneurship.
Sofia is Assistant Project Manager at Alba Hub for Entrepreneurship and Development (AHEAD) and Community Manager for Southern Greece at VentureGarden, at Alba Graduate Business School, The American College of Greece. She has experience in finance, digital marketing and entrepreneurship and holds an MSc in Entrepreneurship from Alba Graduate Business School.