OCT 23-25

Pitching Preparation & Practice

Important Notice: This training workshop is by invitation only and concerns selected applicants to the Competition Track of the 2017 Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum who will be invited to pitch.


This 2 and a half days training will focus on preparing selected teams to present at the pitching event organized by the University of Cyprus and The Hellenic Initiative late November. The scope is to help teams define the message, prepare a convincing presentation and address the issues relevant to the audience. It will build upon the team’s understanding of the value (innovation) it introduces to the market and its relevance to customer needs.

Frequent presentations and pitches, short and structured team assignments and 1 to 1 meetings will accelerate the preparation for the pitching event.

The Business Model Canvas methodology will be used, along with other tools that help teams better describe business ideas and convey messages.

The final day will be dedicated to team presentations and feedback. The outcome will be a well-defined roadmap for each team to finalize its pitch deck and prepare for the pitching event. All teams are required to join group sessions.



Teams need to prepare their idea’s Business Model Canvas prior to the workshop, perform market research and customer discovery activities where required, and prepare an initial pitch deck that presents the idea.

Date and Time

Mon, October 23, 2017
14:00 – 18:00 EEST

Tue, October 24, 2017
10:00 – 18:00 EEST

Wed, October 25, 2017
10:00 – 14:00 EEST


University of Cyprus, New Campus
KOD03 - Social Activities Center, Room 105
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Alexis Komselis

- Director, ALBA Hub for Entrepreneurship and Development, ALBA Graduate Business School at The American College of Greece.
- VentureGarden Athens Director

Alexis is the co-founder and director of AHEAD - ALBA Hub for Entrepreneurship and Development at ALBA Graduate Business School at The American College of Greece. Alexis is an entrepreneurship and family business educator, researcher and practitioner with an expertise in business modelling and family business sustainability.

He is currently teaching theoretical and experiential courses for the MSc in Entrepreneurship at ALBA, while leading relevant workshops and courses for ALBA’s Executive Development. He has co-created and manages VentureGarden, a project supporting aspiring entrepreneurs, in Athens and Southern Greece.

He has been involved in the research, teaching and celebration of entrepreneurship for several years, having managed the “Beyond Silicon Valley: Growing Entrepreneurship in Transitioning Economies” MOOC Project for Greece (videos available here), advised the Hellenic Entrepreneurship Association as a scientific collaborator for the selection process of the Kouros Awards for Entrepreneurship, managed the eponymous Stelios Haji-Ioannou Award for Young Entrepreneurs in Greece for the Stelios Philanthropic Foundation, and helped establish the Green Dreams Competition for sustainable entrepreneurship.

Alexis has been an instructor, mentor and judge in several start up competitions and workshops, such as the Entrepreneurship School in Athens, Reload Greece Bootcamp, Startup Live Athens and Athens Startup Weekend University.