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Pioneering Greeks: Roula Bachtalia, Representative of ‘EGG’ Initiative by Eurobank

Welcome to “Pioneering Greeks”, the weekly column of GTP Headlines, which highlights the Greeks that stand out for their creative thinking in the business world. “Pioneering Greeks” is a collaboration between LoveGreece.com and Greek Travel Pages (GTP).

This week we introduce Roula Bachtalia, representative of the egg – enter•grow•go”, a corporate social responsibility initiative of Eurobank.

Since 2013, egg has been calling on young people — who wish to see their entrepreneurial idea come alive — to apply for the program.

Egg offers a full circle of services to a company that it accepts to participate in the program. These services help the company operate like a typical enterprise, so that it will be able to function properly after the completion of the program’s yearly duration. Until then, the company is under the protection and supervision of Eurobank.

The “egg – enter•grow•go” programme seeks for young aspiring entrepreneurs from all over Greece who have creative and innovative ideas in any sector of the economy and who have the passion to put their idea into “action”.
Enter: Applicants submit a concise 8-page business plan, which is evaluated on the basis of innovation, vision and viability by an independent evaluation committee with expertise in investment management for startups. The two key stakeholders of the programme help the selected business groups start their own business and settle in the offices.

Grow: For 12 months, the participating business groups focus intensively on the development of their business idea, building upon the infrastructure, services, training and mentoring services offered by the programme. During the programme, business groups experience the development of their business ideas as members of a dynamic innovation ecosystem.

Go: At the last phase, the program seeks all business groups that have participated in the grow process to make their business “leap”. That is to capitalise on the value of their idea with their own resources or through leveraging other investment funds.

For 2017 the call for applications will take place in February.

Inspired by the dynamism and creativity of the Greek entrepreneurial spirit, LoveGreece was founded in 2013 as an initiative to boost and promote the country’s image abroad by profiling talented and successful Greeks. With their ethos and vision, Greece’s entrepreneurs and professionals are an important aspect of the country worth highlighting to the world. LoveGreece is powered by Gina Mamidaki, the founder of the G & A Mamidakis Foundation.

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Εμπνευσμένο από τον δυναμισμό και τη δημιουργικότητα του ελληνικού επιχειρηματικού πνεύματος, το LoveGreece ιδρύθηκε το 2013 σαν μια πρωτοβουλία για την ενίσχυση και την προώθηση της εικόνας της χώρας στο εξωτερικό, παρουσιάζοντας ταλαντούχους Έλληνες με εξωστρεφή νοοτροπία. Οι Έλληνες επιχειρηματίες αποτελούν σημαντικό παράγοντα της χώρας που αξίζει να παρουσιαστεί σε όλο τον κόσμο. Το LoveGreece υποστηρίζεται από την Τζίνα Μαμιδάκη, Πρόεδρο του Ιδρύματος Γ. & Α. Μαμιδάκη.

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