Workathlon, a hospitality employment portal and recruiting company, won the competition for startups Reload Greece Challenge ’17 and received the Judges Award during the RG Challenge17 Dragons’ Den final pitch recently held in London.
“Winning the competition is an incredible honor for our team, but also a vindication of our efforts to build a one-stop-shop for hospitality recruiting,” said Workathlon founder Katerina Santikou.
The startup won a cash prize of 5,000 pounds from award partners Charge Ventures; legal advice/mentoring by Keystone Law; a booster pack from Qapitol QA; a strategy session and cloud credits worth 10,000 pounds by IBM and hands on support to get a campaign up and running with equity crowdfunding platform Seedrs.
“Greece can become a hospitality tech hub, as we have a growing mature market ideal for a startups,” she added.
Workathlon’s software is considered an innovating recruiting solution for hotels, as its SaaS platform has integrated the latest technologies and industry know-how to make recruiting in the hospitality sector more efficient and effective.
The Reload Greece Challenge ’17 brought together ten teams from different industries and backgrounds with businesses that have a “Reload Greece factor”, a way in which they can contribute to Greece. “We believe that key towards Greece’s recovery is to enable young people in Greece to develop global businesses that can compete in the international scene,” Reload Greece CEO, Effie Kyrtata said.
The intensive 9-day program was supported by over 50 international high profile mentors, who worked with the startups throughout the process. Significant additions this year were the new collaborations with the National Bank of Greece and its NBG Business Seeds program and “egg “, a corporate social responsibility initiative by Eurobank and Corallia.
The final pitches were presented to an audience of more than 130 potential investors and entrepreneurs. On the final day of the program the startups’ representatives met with London-based investors.