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1st place in GREENTECH challenge for a Deree Parallel Student

Ioannis Gkotsis, a parallel NTUA student in the Entrepreneurship Management major at Deree, won the 1st place in the GREENTECH challenge, that took place on December 13.

With two other NTUA students (Christos Efthimiadis and Afrodite Dragona), they created a force team that came up with the startup idea: their business venture refers to the collection, processing and exporting cigarette buts, that have been thrown on the beaches of Attica region. They called their startup “Buttless”.

“Throughout the process of the idea and the business plan creation, I made 100% use of everything that I was taught in the courses of the Entrepreneurship Management major at Deree.”, and continues “We are already preparing to participate in the Reload Greece competition that takes place, every May, in London, in order to evolve our idea, and find the necessary funding.”

The team won the first prize in the “Innovation idea” part of the competition.

The GreenTech Challenge by ESU NTUA is the largest national Green Innovation Program for startups, researchers, and students who want to develop innovative solutions related to the Environment, Climate Change and Sustainable Development.

This year, 173 teams from all over Greece participated in the competition, 63 managed to pass in the semi finals and 19 in the final, that took place on Sunday 13/12.

“The educational experience in the Entrepreneurship Management major at Deree is on really high standards, and provides students with a great insight of the business world. I was really happy that I was able to use all this knowledge I have received through my studies at Deree, and to show my teammates, how Deree helps you evolve and, eventually, succeed in your life.”