Welcome to “Pioneering Greeks”, the 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 Stavros Messinis, founder of The Cube Athens, a co-working space, hosting technological teams to work on their projects.
Founded in August 2013, The Cube brings together people who are open to new ideas, love innovation and seek change through applicable initiatives.
Throughout the seven floors of its building, the Cube provides the teams with offices, meeting rooms, seminar rooms, furniture, internet and all the services they need to launch a new initiative.
“Imagine a business commune. Imagine young people coming here, having new ideas, having skills and wanting to work together. We are providing them with the space, the offices, the furniture, the coffee, the Internet, all the services they need to launch a new initiative.” Messinis said. He named it “The Cube” after he saw this building for the first time.
The Cube differentiates itself mainly because it has a large community around it, many events, it is a much larger space and generally works much faster than others. It tries new things every day, it makes a lot of mistakes, but it achieves even more from its failures. What differentiates it is that it is not afraid of risk and it is not afraid of the experiment.
In the beginning, they encountered some difficulties, but nothing stopped them to continue what they wanted to do. “We started the Cube mainly with our own money. But we also raised some money, a small investment from an angel investor, who supported us. Since then, what we have been trying to do -and we probably do it successfully- is to build customer relationships.” Messinis adds.
The Cube keeps people here, by giving them projects of great interest. It tries to bring foreign companies here to recruit here, to keep the talent here, within the space, within the country. The country needs definitely to invest in innovation, to invest in producing innovative people, but it should also be quite stricter in requiring results.
“It may or may not be something explicit and written in contract, but we all have a common mission: to succeed.”
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.
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.