Making students entrepreneurial
Mindspace's story started in 2012, when Dimitris Messinis brought together a few people who wanted to change the Greek university's culture. Our team is still driven by a common goal; to make students entrepreneurial.
We currently have chapters in Athens, Corfu, Patras, Thessaloniki and Xanthi.
We have also organized activities in Ioannina, Volos, Chania, Boston, New York and San Francisco.
Challenge alumni started 11 new businesses in the last 2 years, after participating in our program.
They have created 49 new jobs in Greece.
Read more about the beginning of Mindspace here.
Meetup | Challenge | Trip
Talks about success and failure. Networking on campus.
Every month, the community meets on campus to attend talks of role models about success, failure and what it takes to become an entrepreneur. The main goal is to bring students from different academic backgrounds together, show them the right role models and inspire them to create teams to pursue their dreams.
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. Up to 16 teams in each city receive 3-day mentoring. The best team goes to Athens to pitch in Challenge finals. The best of the best are invited to Mindspace Trip and receive several 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."