Nikos grew up in the village of Aspra Houses of Viotia, because his father was working at the Aluminum of Greece factory. He studied Electrical Engineering at the Technical School of Livadia and later in Athens, at the Sivitanide School, as a technician of electronic devices. While developing his hobby of photography, he began working as a cameraman assistant. In the years that followed, he worked as a freelancer photographer for major news agencies in international missions and war zones. Turning back to Greece, he worked on various films and TV series productions, where he lost his job because of financial crisis.
HempOil shop, deals exclusively with organic / cannabis organic products (CBD, Cannabidiol Oil). Its mission is to promote and market 100% of organic products from the Sativa L cannabis and to encourage a healthy lifestyle. Miltos started looking for the medicinal use of cannabis products because of a family member medical problem. So he started looking for alternate ways to deal with chronic illnesses. He then learned about the beneficial properties of cannabidiol subpopulations. Therefore, he was persuaded regarding the positive impact of such products into the human body.
The owner of BarEquip is Giannis, a bartender known for his vast experience behind bars, restaurants and hotels in Greece and abroad, with plenty of distinctions in Greece and internationally. Co-owner of BarEquip is Kiki, a graduate from the Department of Tourism Management. Having also many years of experience in hotel services in the customer service department and in their food & beverage departments. BarEquip has become a market leader, remaining faithful throughout the years to its goals and vision, which is to provide high quality products and services, making it the most reliable partner for every professional in the industry.
Anastasis and Phaedon, are the two friends and founders of NUTREE bars. Both share a common vision: the creation of the first Greek brand that aims to integrate healthy snacks of pure and authentic raw materials into everyday life. Having lived both abroad they experienced a main difficulty - they understood the importance of keeping a balanced diet in an intensive way of living.
Sotiris has a long history and bond with Syros. Being a business owner in the past at Syros, he decided with an opportunity he came across to invest once more with AFI’s assistance in the particular island he loves very much. Recently, he founded CAOMMA a model and trendy beach bar at the beach of Vari. In addition to the comfortable sun loungers, and umbrellas, CAOMMA offers its guests top notch services and the opportunity to order and enjoy by the sea their coffee, as well as a light meal from the beach bar’s kitchen.
Elisabeth is a young mother of three children. With her partner, a Senegalese national, they decided at some point to start exporting used car spare parts to Senegal, initially using their own personal contacts as the demand for this activity was very high. AFI, stood next to them to set up a business and a process to capitalize their efforts regarding this activity.
Watchmaker and founder of Watcheck, Kostas Papadopoulos, graduated from the Greek-Swiss Watchmaking Center in 1987. His skills, his know-how and his passion for watches led him a year later to become a professor at the same school where he stayed until 1995. Two years later he started working at Rolex Hellas where he remained for 19 whole years. With his experience and expertise from the world's largest watch houses, he decided to move on and create his his own business Watcheck.
Apostolis and Petros are two young brothers with one single dream, to open a store with the best handmade cookies in Athens. Everything started when Apostolis moved to London. He got the inspiration to cook and experiment with his own recipes and matches the flavors that he tasted. When he finally made it and finished his studies in journalism came back to Greece and shared his idea with his brother Petros. He got so excited that immediately started on planning their own store of handmade cookies. They gathered all their savings and came to AFI for financing the remaining part of the budget that was missing to make their dream come true.
Nikos has been dealing with physiotherapy for years. He studied the subject in neighbouring Bulgaria, and later worked as a professional physiotherapist for 13 years, both in Greece and abroad. He needed the help of AFI to make his vision true of opening his own massage studio.
Kostas is only 22 years old he began his studies as a carpenter in 2014 but with his family together they found the opportunity and decided to capitalize as an investment the rental of a large farmland ideal for the breeding of free-range birds, egg production and organic farming products. He decided to contact AFI to set up a model organic poultry farm with his family.
Kalliopi, a mother of 2, decided at an advanced stage of her professional career to develop her skills in reflexology. For many years she has worked in a private school as an assistant educator. She came to AFI for advice and financial assistance in order to start accommodating her reflexology services she offered in her own place.
Eirini for many years lived abroad and specifically in Constantinople. Her dream was to return to her homeland Greece and create her own business. When this thought matured in his mind, together with a friend, they wanted to open a pioneer Virtual Reality space. She then contacted AFI to cover part of the initial capital she needed to make her dream come true.
Elina was unemployed for about a year before deciding with her husband to engage in the logistics industry. Together with Elias, who has 25 years of work experience in transportation companies in Greece, they decided to contact AFI to invest in the development of the Easymove online transport platform.
Joanna wanted to open her own workshop which focuses explicitly on the production of koulouria – sesame ring breads -, and approached AFI in order to receive an expert’s guidance in the early the development of her business. Having previously worked in a company that makes homemade pastries-pies, Joanna dreamt to make an entrepreneurial effort of her own. With AFI’s assistance, she gained access to much needed financing and embarked upon her business plan.
When he was young, Vasilis worked in his family’s farm and helped in the breeding of rabbits. He later became certified as a butcher and started envisioning a business path of his own. Eventually, and after developing a good understanding of market dynamics trough his business involvement and interaction with suppliers, he decided to open his own business in Porto Rafti. Vasili, we wish you the best of luck in your new endeavor!
Notice is a newly established botanical company. Stathis, a medical student in Italy, decided to follow his father's footsteps, and to go even further! So he created his own line of pharapharmaceuticals and cosmetics of his own production, which he sells in his own new store in Kapandriti, as well as in pharmacies all over Athens. All this with the contribution of AFI.
Constantinos is an environmental science specialist who has a long standing working experience in the industry. In Italy, he worked for a company involved in a wide range of recycling activities. He decided to return to Greece, import his technical expertise and set up his own company. Channelling this know-how into Binoil, he founded a company that collects used cooking oil and delivers it to partner companies that convert it into biofuel.
Konstantina decided to take the reins of her fortune into her own hands and open a Kiosk at Panepistimiou. Capitalizing on the availability of relevant knowhow in her close circle of friends and family and putting their support in good use she optimised the setting up of her kiosk and is now ready to welcome you on your Athenian walk.
Aris is a young entrepreneur, who succeeded in creating his own massage studio in Nea Smyrni, where he can offer massage and psychotherapy sessions, along with other alternative therapies. AFI granted him access to funding and entrepreneurial support services, helping him to create his business and set a steady platform for him to succeed.
An entrepreneurial spirit and love for brewing. Vasilis created his own microbrewery in Greece: Vasilis - Stergiou Microbrewery. When he needed support to expand his production line, AFI stood beside him. With a new investment in equipment and raw materials, Vasilis is equipped to meet increased demand of his product.
Female entrepreneurship and soaps made out of Greek Olive Oil. Marina combined her love for soap making with one of Greece’s best products – olive oil – and founded her own business. With AFI’s support, Cool Greek Soap managed to extend the range of products it sells in the picturesque island of Aegina and to hire an additional person, despite the depressed economic environment.
Katerina combined her love of women’s and men’s fashion in the renovated space in Ilisia. AFI provided the support needed to extend her entrepreneurial activity to men’s clothing, putting to work her long experience in the industry and expanding the production line of her business.
Female entrepreneurship and Yoga! Marika Daskalaki combined her passion for traditional Chinese medicine and Yoga with her entrepreneurial drive. Afi provided the help required to reach her goal! In the new work space of hers in Agios Dimitrios, Athens, all the love and expertise that is put into it is made obvious – and the work space is now ready to welcome novel apprentices of her art.
Maria managed to combine two of the things she loved the most, the historic and picturesque area of Plaka and high-quality traditional agricultural goods. Her project, "Camares", is a space that aims at giving tourists and locals the opportunity to discover and buy special traditional agricultural goods from small-scale producers.
Theodore Chainis is an agronomist, organic farming consultant and gardener. Aspiring to strengthen the link between agriculture and society and the economy and the environment, he acquired a perennial olive grove in Thisvi Boeotia with the aim of creating a professional multipurpose space for educating, informing and encouraging collaborations between small producers.
AZ Engineering is a company that focuses on mechanical design and also offers consulting services to other companies or individuals at any stage of the product development. Antonis came to AFI to improve his software toolkit and invest in marketing his products and services that would make his company more attractive to new, bigger scale clients.
MODU is a contemporary live events space, where people can discover new music, see their favorite bands live and attend fun events such as karaoke nights and experimental music nights. In a specially designed environment with top notch equipment, Antonis managed to create the business he envisioned long ago, with the help of AFI.
After gaining experience as a lecturer in well know fashion schools in London, Romina decided to return to her hometown, Athens and transmit her knowledge in the art of fashion design and pattern from her own studio – she named it “Fashion Seminars by Romina Karamanea” and turned to AFI in order to simultaneously revive her own brand, with a new collection for Spring/Summer ’17!
Entrepreneurship meets art… and the result is a company specializing in theater shows’ productions . Apostolos is an experienced director that was dreaming the establishment of his own production firm. AFI supported him by providing business suport services and access to the required capital for the needs of his project.
“They trusted AFI for their next steps just like so many people have trusted them”. Despoina (Social Worker) and Aggeliki (Psychologist), armed with their studies, their experience in the field and their great love for their profession, are applying new ideas to the field of mental health in order to advance their experience and promote their work.