GEW Meets with Prime Minister of Greece
Mark Marich @markmarich
Aug 14, 2012
Despite the deep recession and harsh austerity faced by the Greek people over the past few years—or perhaps in some cases, because of it—there has been a surge of entrepreneurial interest and activity in the country. Last week, leaders of the GEW/Greece campaign met with Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and other officials to discuss efforts to spur economic growth and stability through support of Greece's entrepreneurs.
The Hellenic Association of Young Entrepreneurs (ESYNE), the national host for GEW/Greece, briefed the prime minister for an hour on the history of Global Entrepreneurship Week and the local efforts that they have led since the global inititaive launched in 2008. Joining the meeting were the country's Minister and Deputy Minister of Development.
One topic of conversation was the GEW Policy Survey--translated into Greek by ESYNE--to help inform policy decisions affecting startups everywhere. Results from the survey will be published immediately prior to Global Entrepreneurship Week.
In the photo (from left to right): Notis Mytarakis, Deputy Minister of Development; Andreas Stefanidis, president of ESYNE of Athens; Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, Olga Stavropoulou, vice president of ESYNE of Athens; Evangelos Achillopoulos, entrepreneur and member of ESYNE, Kostis Hatzidakis, Minister of Development; and Lefteris Stavropoulos, entrepreneur and former Special Secretary of Competitiveness.