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USATIF2018: A series of programs by Found.ation to promote innovation, technology, and the start-up culture

6 September 2018

As part of the celebrations for the U.S. Honored Country at the 83rd Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF,) Found.ation is organizing, with the support of the U.S. Embassy in Greece, a curated series of programs and events that highlight innovation, technology, and creativity.  Under the theme of the American Pavilion at TIF, “Harnessing the Power of Innovation and Creativity,” the Found.ation team is arranging: an Innovation Hub offering workshops, talks, and networking opportunities; the Tech Olympus Summit highlighting the connections between the innovative spirits and cultures found in both Greece and the United States; and an Innovation Bootcamp to inspire and activate Thessaloniki’s talented startup community. 

This series of programs and engagements curated by Found.ation aims to promote American innovation, technology, and start-up culture and to highlight U.S. excellence in these fields.  These will also be places where entrepreneurs-on-hold (aka first timers) will find inspiration, where technology talent will be born, and where founders will meet their investors and next partners.

The curated series of programs can be found can be found at, and the “USA TIF 2018” application  on the app store, and will include:

Tech.Olympus Summit, Sunday 9 September 2018, Olympias Hall, TIF-HELEXPO

The Tech.Olympus Summit provides knowledge and opportunities for founders and innovators.  It is a TED style tailor-made program with top-tier content that sparks dialogue in the areas of Innovation, Technology, Creative Industries, and Civic Engagement.

Innovation Hub, from 8 - 16 September 2018, U.S. Pavilion

The Innovation Hub is an innovation lab in the heart of the American Pavilion which will feature a dedicated “digital classroom area” hosting digital skills workshops, coding courses, meetups, and open discussions.  Each afternoon they will host a series of Innovation Talks – casual open sessions and workshops by VCs, established tech entrepreneurs and prominent figures of the wider startup innovation ecosystem – all aimed at inspiring and connecting the next generation of innovators.

Business Engineering 101, Innovation Bootcamp, from 12 - 15 September 2018

Business Engineering 101, Innovation Bootcamp is an educational hackathon on agro, travel, and urban tech for developers, designers, business developers, and marketeers, who will create and develop their ideas over a short, but intense, period of time at the OK!Thess Accelerator.  Each team has the freedom to innovate, working on a unique idea that can make a difference.  Mentors will support the teams throughout the Bootcamp by guiding the creative and development process and judges will determine the winners based on their progress.  The final pitch will take place on Saturday, September 15 at 10:00 am on the theater stage in the U.S. Pavilion.

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