Having created his own tourist-oriented company with professional drivers, and realizing the growth potential of the industry, Giannis wanted to seize the opportunity and strengthen his fleet. So he got in touch with AFI and secured the appropriate funds for his investment. Thank you, Gianni, for your trust!
Having created the first holistic educational platform for parents, Project Parenting, Marina recognized the need to develop new services so that the platform becomes a strong ally for new parents! That's why she got in touch with AFI and secured the necessary funds to create new Project Parenting services while boosting her sales.
Her huge passion for cooking, as well as her knowledge of proper and healthy nutrition, led Theodora to create the school canteen on the 8th Primaryschool of Zografou and offer the best possible quality to young students. To achieve her goal and make her dream come true she turned to AFI and secured the necessary funds.
Thodoris and Panagiotis approached AFI and secured the necessary funds to open a café grocery, called “Behold the Man”. They managed to create a welcoming store in a bright and pleasant space with their own unique interventions which serves the lively neighborhood of Exarchia.
George, after completing his studies in electrical engineering, worked for several years in car workshops gaining valuable experience in the maintenance, service and repair of hybrid and electric cars. Armed with knowledge and experience he gained, he decided to create his own car workshop in the city of Thessaloniki, Hybrid Care, which can serve conventional cars, hybrid and electric vehicles.
We could not be more proud! The production company ‘Heretic Films’ that we have supported in its first steps, participated as a co-producer in the film that won this year the Golden Palm in Cannes !! "Triangle of Sadness", by Ruben Estlund is a great success for Greece as it is a Swedish film with co-producers Konstantinos Kontovrakis and George Karnava and was shot in Chiliadou, Evia.
Vassilis through his passion for cinema and music wanted to create his own space. The idea matured and turned to AFI to create "Finos". An audiophile bar was born in early February in Agia Paraskevi, where the warmth of the analog sound dominates with giant posters that adorned the eaves of Athens, a legacy from his grandfather, Vassilis Dimitriou.
Recognizing the gap in the market of Skyros, and merging the islands’ tradition with her gastronomic love for Burgers, Katerina turned to AFI to secure the appropriate funds for the operation of her store. As a result, Katerina opened the Linaria Kafe Meze very close to the port of Skyros, which provides everything from special burgers to coffees, changed her life and moved permanently to Skyros!
Smaro, knowing the importance of reliability on home support staff, combined with her extensive working and academic experience in Greece and abroad, decided to establish a human resources company. Athens Home Service through its platform provides the necessary workforce to the houses that need services.
Margarita, having a strong passion for fashion, wanted to create unique clothes, so in 2009 she started a journey in the field equipped with the appropriate studies. An important milestone in her journey was the desire to create her own establishment and to express her love for clothing, people, and the planet.
Nikolas, as the owner of a classic cafe in Agia Paraskevi, had a dream to upgrade his space, to change its character, and to expand the products he offers. So, Nikolas got in touch with AFI and claimed the appropriate funds to renovate his space and create the Hedgehog grill corner with great success.
Nadlind’s deep organizing skills and passion for cleaning were channeled to a professional level when he recognized the gap in the market of Paleo Faliro. He has since contacted AFI and secured the funds to acquire the appropriate equipment for his laundry. Nadlind’s and his team specialize in a wide range of cleaning from consumer uses, such as clothes laundry, to business uses such as cleaning linens for ships and carpets.
Chryssa's relationship with sewing has been going on for 20 years. This love for creating a garment from the clothing die cut to its final form led her to create an online store where one can find beautiful and quality fabrics with unique die cuts and ecological fibers as well as complementary accessories and sewing items.
Triantafilos is an experienced chef who worked for several years both in restaurants and in large hotel units. Driven by the desire to create his own restaurant, and after careful consideration, he decided to open his restaurant, in the capital of Lemnos, Myrina, which will offer dishes based on creative Greek cuisine using local ingredients and raw materials from small farms.
Christina is the third generation in her family involved with the production of traditional pasta. Based on the recipes of Irene's grandmother and her mother's experience, Christina makes handmade pasta with the addition of fresh and organic ingredients. Its products are on the shelves of small traditional grocery stores and delicatessen stores, while a significant part of the production is absorbed by foreign markets.
“Prince school” is a nursery school in Evosmos, Thessaloniki, which offers care services, along with many creative activities such as painting, handicrafts, music kinetics, theatrical play, among others. Behind this business venture is Evdokia who, having gained valuable experience from her work as a kindergarten teacher, decided to take the next step and create her own nursery school.
Despite studying accounting, George was eventually won by the fashion industry. With studies in fashion design and styling, George presented his first collection at Athens Xclusive Designer Week in March 2019. The great impact of the collection on the audience of the event led him to the decision to establish his own company Yiorgos Michoudis Fashion. George also participated in November 2019 in the same event where he won the Best Trendsetter award.
Dora's Art Cakes, based in Serres, is a special sweet shop that focuses on desserts with sugar paste and buttercream. Behind the imaginative sweet creations is Dora, who, having theoretical and practical experience in the field of candy making, had a lifelong dream to create her own confectionery.
The Kanel cafe of Iakovos Xenos brings a great idea to Thessaloniki, with the support of AFI. Kanel Café informs Thessaloniki about Fika. The term "Fika" is very common in Sweden and means nothing more than a break for coffee and snacks. Kanel offers the perfect conditions for this. It is one of the small, sweet corners of the city that cannot go unnoticed.
The "Aspro Dentro" store is the dream of Antonis Fotiadis that came true with the contribution of AFI. Antonis is a cook, actor and director and had the "bright" idea to combine all his qualities to create something new, fresh and original that together with the beauty of Spring creates delicious moments with joy for art and love for man. and nature. In the restaurant area you will find complete menus and in the theater area you will be able to participate in artistic activities or attend a theatrical performance with your children.
Dimitris, having many years of experience in teaching philological courses, decided to establish his own academic tutoring center "Enavsma". The modern tutoring center, with a friendly environment for its students is in the city of Drama and focuses on teaching philological subjects such as ancient Greek, modern Greek, Latin, and history.
Despina’s love for nature and the beneficial properties of herbs and plants led her to create a professional laboratory, Paggea Professional Laboratory, which produces tinctures and essential oils with plant-based raw materials collected by her. The raw materials in use are wild, rare, or ordinary, native herbs from mount Paggaio, which Despina handles with innovative methods to benefit from their healing properties without any chemical additives.
Christodoulos decided to put his love for the environment into practice! Thus, with the contribution of AFI, he created Hellas Eco Products, a company wholesaling biodegradable consumables. Based in Thessaloniki but addressing its products throughout Greece, Christodoulos and Hellas Eco Products provide smart and eco-friendly solutions to make catering businesses independent from plastic. Hellas Eco Products is specializing in biodegradable and compostable disposable items that are environmentally friendly and reduce the environmental footprint for catering businesses.
Delio is an original platform for evaluating, collecting and distributing products of small Greek producers in restaurants, tourism and grocery stores. Founded by Harris, at Delio there is no limit to a list but a dynamic and ever-growing collection of products from small Greek producers. These products come to meet the needs for the provision of higher quality in catering and tourism, offering opportunities for differentiation and experience. Locality, identity, uniqueness, quality are just some of the advantages of these products.
Mother Vegan Cafe open its doors into being with a strong desire to share, to offer, to claim a warm and meaningful daily life. ????? you will find delicious & nutritious soul "food" food that can change your body, your mood, your life in its truest form. Food mostly unprocessed. With no animal derivatives. For the planet, for the animals, for our health. For every reason.
Ioanna's Bita Pharmacy is a modern pharmacy in the area of Korydalos. Ioanna's goal from the beginning is to express a sense of uniqueness to her customers. She believes that health is directly related to well-being. In its physical store one can find a wide variety of selected items in a space of high aesthetic standards.
Peri?lis is a professional football player. He took the decision to invest in creating his own restaurant and specifically with traditional homemade food. OO Mammy, is found in Panormou street and is a restaurant with ready meals, homemade flavors and excellent quality. Food options rotate on a daily basis.
Lifeme.gr is a pillar that aims to improve the quality of life of modern man. The aim is to promote and establish a healthy lifestyle in an enjoyable way through the proposed integrated solutions and in particular the promotion of reputable products and services. Zoe evolved her online portal and after 4 years Lifeme from an online magazine became an online store (e-shop) and an online magazine together (Lifeme Magazine). Lifeme is, therefore, a healthy guide that aims to bring to the surface the best version of ourselves.
Influenced by the beneficial properties of activated charcoal and inspired by the authentic homemade recipe of lemonade, we created the product Evenos, the first Greek black lemonade. Its characteristic black color is the result of the herbal activated charcoal addition (which comes from the coconut shell). It is produced and bottled in Greece, while top ingredients such as organic honey from Taygetus mountain, salt from Messolonghi, Greek herbs, ginger and many more are used for the making of the product.
Orias guesthouse and farm is located in the village of Kerpini. Just a few kilometers outside of Kalavrita. It is a real dream place for nature lovers. Giannis started the operation of Orias Guesthouse and Farm, at the beginning of 2019. In an area of 15 acres which is covered by a natural landscape full of cherry trees, firs, plane trees, gardens and many herbs. Having been involved in the tourism industry for many years, he managed to create a unique holiday experience, combining activities that fulfil visitor with energy and unforgettable images.
Paraty Nature Lingerie is the creation of two friends from Greece, Anna & Katerina. The brand name was inspired by the location ‘Paraty’, one of the beautiful places in Brazil, which since 2019 has been included in Unesco’s World Heritage Sites. Also, the word “Para ti” which means “for you” in the spanish language The idea was conceived from Anna’s & Katerina’s need for comfortable, health ensuring lingerie, yet at the same time, impressively elegant. Each collection is developed by a Greek designers. All products are 100% Greek and the lace in the Romantic collection is from France.
Marilena, having worked for a number of years in the accounting department of substantial companies, decided to move forward and establish her on accounting services provision office. Utilizing her knowledge and experience gained throughout her career Marilena is now proud to offer her services to corporate and private clients in Kimina Thessaloniki and the surrounding villages.
Charalabos is an electrical engineer with big working experience in the repair service of photovoltaic installations’ inventers and the maintain service of cooling heating systems. His idea was to establish his own workshop where he can provide his services with high professionalism using high-tech equipment.
Alexandros, an experienced professional on the field of pharm and parapharmaceutical product decided to embark on his own business journey by establishing Vitamed, a parapharmaceutical e-shop. Vitamed’s continues growth lead Alexandros to AFI’s doorstep in order to accommodate his business’s increased capital needs
His love for the sea pushed Babis from an early age to embrace amateur fishing, a hobby that with the pass of years provided moments of relaxation and escape. Turning his long life hobby into a profession was a no brainer for Babis especially when your best friend offered to be your business partner.
Stavros always has the entrepreneurship thinking and his dream was to create a business on his own. The right opportunity occurred when he and his mother spotted an old hair salon in Volos. They decided to fully renovated the shop using eco-friendly materials. The hair salon would be managed by Stavros whereas his mother, an experienced hairdresser, would undertake the provision of the hairdressing services.
Olga is the type of person that has the gift to transform a simple material to an imaginative object. Having the talent of the handicraft but also the passion to offer her creations to the people at large, Olga took the decision to open her own company, Mpon Mponier. Olga manufactures and sells different kind of handicraft accessories and favors for wedding and christening events and also provides decoration services.
For Charis the formation of a proper and functional body is the outcome of a thorough procedure which will combine altogether the proper practice, the suitable diet and the constant psychological support. Being a personal trainer for the last five years in several fitness centers in Thessaloniki and Chios and having a specialization in pilates, aerobic and healthy diet, Charis believed that he was ready for the next step. His dream was to create his own fitness personal studio.
Antonia is a true fan of natural raw materials and she has a long-time practical experience on producing organic cosmetics. Her company “Herbalwave.gr” sells natural raw materials for the production of natural skincare products and soaps through her shop in Thessaloniki (98, Makedonias str.-Martiou area) but also through her e-shop. Antonia is also organizing seminars regarding the production of organic cosmetics and soaps.
Zoe’s love for baking and pastry combined with her relative working experience was the reason for taking the decision to open her own bakery-pastry shop “Stin Poli” in 26, Acropoleos str in Ano Poli Thessaloniki. Zoe worked for many years in several bakery shop and large chains of pastry shops but she always feeling that her creativity was restricted. At some point, when Zoe became jobless, the right chance occurred. An old bakery shop, closed for a long time, was the ideal spot to host her business. The timing was perfect.
Black Gold hair extensions is active in the hair industry and provides high quality products with 100% natural hair with Indian origin. The idea came to Giouli and her husband after frequent trips to India, where they worshiped as a destination. The hair they sale in the market comes exclusively from the temples of India. Long hair, black and precious like gold, which are the so-called "black gold" of India, from which they also inspired the brand, Black Gold hair extensions.
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.