Demand-Driven, Socially-Responsive Digital Entrepreneurship

An open lecture and workshop by
Yannis Charalabidis, PhD
Associate Professor, University of the Aegean, Greece

When: Friday, May 19, 18:00–20:00

Where: 7th Level Auditorium

Organized by: The Graduate Master Class Series, School of Graduate and Professional Education

To reserve your place, please contact Maria Kritikou via email: or telephone: 210 6009800 ext. 1210.

Workshop Description

In a world where the toughest problem for new startups is market traction and avoidance of the ‘valley of death,’ demand-driven entrepreneurship can provide new ways of creating new enterprises that are directly targeted to existing companies’ needs. This way, digital entrepreneurs can provide services to existing businesses, generating wealth, while also assisting the local economies and societies in a non-disruptive way. After analyzing some ‘truths and myths’ for new digital entrepreneurs, the presentation will elaborate on the methodology and operation of the Aegean Startups early-stage incubator, distributed in several islands of the Greek Archipelago, with the aim of providing opportunities for new entrepreneurs and assisting local development.

Participants will also be given the opportunity to take part in a collaborative workshop on the generation of ideas for digital startups. For this reason, participants are asked to bring with them their laptops or smart devices.

Yannis Charalabidis, PhD

Dr. Yannis Charalabidis is an Associate Professor at the Department of Information and Communication Systems Engineering, University of the Aegean. In parallel, he serves as Director of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Unit of the University, designing and managing youth entrepreneurship activities, and as Head of the Information Systems Laboratory, coordinating policy making, research, and pilot application projects for governments and enterprises worldwide.

He has more than 20 years of experience in designing, implementing, managing, and applying complex information systems as project manager in Greece and in Europe, designing and leading several FP5, FP6, FP7, and HORIZON projects. He has been employed for 8 years as an Executive Director in SingularLogic Group, leading software development and company expansion in Greece, Eastern Europe, India, and the U.S.

He has published 10 books and more than 200 papers in international journals and conferences, while actively participating in international standardization committees and scientific bodies. In 2016, he was nominated as the 8th most productive scholar in the world, among 9,500 authors in the Electronic Government domain, according to the Washington University survey. He has been Best Paper Award winner in the International IFIP e-Government Conference (2008, 2012, 2016), 1st prize winner in OMG / Business Process Modelling contest (2009) and 2nd prize winner in the European eGovernment Awards with the ERMIS project (2009).