Making students entrepreneurial
Mindspace's vision is to contribute to the creation of a framework that would enable people in Greece and the Balkan region to act entrepreneurially in their personal and professional life.
This mindset would enable them to act as catalysts in society’s sustainability, empower them to successfully tackle problems in their lives and systematically drive economic development.
To that end, Mindspace’s activities and mission focus on university students, who have the lowest opportunity cost if they pursue any business attempts, while significantly developing their soft skills in a safe environment, even in case of failure. In particular, Mindspace's main target group is students without a former entrepreneurial exposure, who are included in projects that will help them become familiar with entrepreneurship in various contexts.
Mindspace’s wide scale international programs connect these beneficiaries with the market needs and open up new career and employability pathways, while showing them the business challenges and opportunities that exist in different industries. Moreover, the goal is to educate them on how to utilize their academic background and soft skills to think in a more entrepreneurial way, regardless of whether they decide to start their own business or follow another path.
Under this umbrella, Mindspace has organized several entrepreneurial programs for early stage student entrepreneurs, acting as a pre-incubator with activities that include educational trips with business and academic interest in the USA, personnel exchange projects, mentoring & training courses on entrepreneurial topics, educational programs for early stage teams and students without a business idea, series of meetups and networking sessions to connect students with academics and stellar entrepreneurs in Greece & the USA.
We currently have chapters in Athens, Patras, Thessaloniki and Xanthi.
We have also organized in-person activities in Corfu, Ioannina, Volos, Chania, Boston, New York and San Francisco.
Our programs' alumni started 16 new businesses in the last 3 years, after participating in our programs.
They have created 97 new jobs.
Read more about the beginning of Mindspace reading our founder's story here.
University | Trip
Take the next step in your entrepreneurial journey
We challenge young people who have not legally started a company to take the next step in their entrepreneurial journey. The best teams are awarded funding, participation to Mindspace Trip and/or other awards.
Educational trip to the USA for young people interested in entrepreneurship
Once every year, Mindspace organizes an educational trip to the United States. The trip usually takes place in Fall and is two weeks long. During the trip, a team of around 15 young people has the chance to meet and interact with representatives of top academic and industrial organizations, such as MIT, Harvard, Google, edX, Facebook, Uber, Stanford, major investment funds, accelerators, incubators and startups.
"Ioannina was the perfect fit for the Mindspace Challenge, a pitching competition supported by the Embassy that gives young entrepreneurs the opportunity to turn their ideas into reality, learn crucial presentation skills, and network with similar minded students from around the region. These young minds I met in Ioannina represented Greece’s tremendous human capital and unshakable entrepreneurial spirit."
Also, Ambassador Pyatt discussing Mindspace during a foreign affairs interview:
U.S. Ambassador Geoffrey R. Pyatt
Remarks at the Thessaloniki Summit
"Mindspace is the first serious effort in Greece to organize university graduates and post-graduates around entrepreneurship. It has done so magnificently. In a short period of time, Mindspace has created its own niche in the entrepreneurial startup eco-system with partners ranging from the US Embassy to The People's Trust and universities across Greece whose students would not otherwise have had the opportunity to learn about, and get involved in business - and ultimately for some, become entrepreneurs. We are proud to be a partner to Mindspace and look forward to supporting other innovative entrepreneurs in the future."