ΟΚ!Thess at TIF 2018
During the 83rd TIF – which emphasized innovation and technology - OK!Thess participated as an important initiative by the City of Thessaloniki, representing the startup community and the overall effort to promote synchronous entrepreneurship. In particular, its presence at Digital Greece's 12 Pavillion - which hosted all startups as well as all the organizations involved to the specific ecosystem - was with a double booth in which there were photos of the events that the incubator hosts, a display screen with the continuous viewing of the events and workshops of the incubator, printed materials as well as stickers and key rings to the visitors of the booth.
Also during the exhibition, the presence of OK!Thess was daily and continual through the participation of its executives in panels, interviews, workshops, business ideas competitions, but mainly through the presence of 6 of its startups in separate booths, which gave the opportunity to the public to get to know their own business ideas, but also the important contribution of OK!Thess to their development. Specifically, Grekaddict, Rhoe, INOMO, Robotiles, Veltio Project and Octopus presented their business ideas to their visitors and shared their experiences on their ongoing career in modern business. In addition, organizations such as the National Bank of Greece with the NBG Business Seeds Program, EPI.noo, Invent ICT Scientific Committee, Found.tion, BPW International, the Entrepreneurship Hub of the ACT School of Business, as well as the US Embassy, co-organized with the OK!Thess panels,
speeches and workshops, thus emphasizing on the importance of the incubator ‘s synergies with similar business operators to promote common goals. In addition, well-known and successful businessmen participated in the central panel of OK!Thess, coordinated by
Mr.Simon Bensasson - head of OK!Thess - exchanging views on the need of co-operation between startups and mature businesses.
The program of OK!Thess at the TIF and its various actions was hosted by the media - radio and TV channels TV100, ET3, ATLAS TV, Athens News Agency, SKAI - posts and references on the Facebook page and on the official site, but also on the electronic press with the publication of texts and press releases, concerning either OK!Thess or its startups, such as Voria.gr, Athens News Agency, ka-business.gr etc. Important institutions of the local innovation community of the city supported the presence of OK!Thess in the TIF - such as the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, University of Macedonia, Alexander Innovation Zone S.A., the Federation of Industries of Northen Greece, SEPVE, SEVE, and KEPA - either by promoting the program in their channels of communication or by participating in panels, that representatives of OK!Thess were speakers, or even by visiting the booth and the startups.