Written by R Vedrenne for L’Actu, France
“Developing close ties with the ecosystem in Greece is key towards fulfilling our mission of bridging Greece with the rest of the world,” says Effie Kyrtata, the organisation’s chief executive. Implementing these lessons back home can pose unpredictable challenges, such as those faced in Exarcheia – a hotbed of anarchist activism and criminality – by the denizens of the Cube.
“We chose to do something in a rather run-down part of the city because rent was low and we felt we could do something to uplift things,” Messinis says. “For now, we’ve succeeded. We had a significant problem with drug dealing in the area but since about six months ago, we’ve had a significant improvement by collaborating with the authorities while also holding them publicly accountable. Given the right encouragement, they act positively.”
Beyond that, what can the government do to help the 350-450 companies that make up the start-up sector? “We need to create incentives on tax, employability, ease to set up/operate and close a company,” says Kalavros-Gousiou.
“And we need to do more to foster an entrepreneurial culture, that will mobilise private Greek money and even international start-ups and investors to start looking to Greece for opportunities.” thecube.gr