The FMRS 2018 is a series of conferences, held in 40 European cities this year, spearheaded by the Austrian Economic Centre, an independent research institute dedicated to disseminating the ideals of the Austrian School of Economics.
The FMRS Athens 2018 was organized with the local support of the NGO “Organization for the Rights of Future Generations”, the support of ‘Europe Direct, City of Athens’, and i) Crisis Monitor, ii) Financial academy, iii) Liberal and iv) Fileleftheros as media sponsors.
This year topic was “European values as an element for economic and business development”. The event took place on the 26th of April from 18:00 to 20:30, it was in English and there were two panels.
Dr Richard Zundritsch of the Austrian Economic Centre and Mr Themistoklis Kossidas of the Organization for the Rights of Future Generations, made the opening speeches of the event.
The moderator of the first panel was Ms Yanna Pavlopoulou, Founder and Managing Partner of CommonLawgic, who pointed out that accountability, the assessment tool of pre or post investment for decisions and partnerships create shared value for business.
The second speaker was Mr John Chrisholm, who marked, how people can grow their own business. He said that it is really important not to start with cool technology, but with a real customer need.
Mr Dan Denning, the Founder of Southbank Investment Research, closed the first panel, with his speech. According to Mr Denning, there is a big connection between freedom of Speech and Freedom of Action. If you do not protect the one, you may lose the other.
The second panel was consisted of the moderator, Mr Harry Papasotiriou who is Professor at Panteion University, Mr Apostolos Apostolakis, Entrepreneur of Venture Friends and Mr Kosmas Theodoridis, Entrepreneur of Polis Real Estate.
These two speakers discussed about their own experiences of the market and the situation in Greece. Especially, they mentioned that things in our country are not as bad as they could be. Although a big problem is that entrepreneurship in Greece is undergrounded. Moreover, business activity in Greece is highly restricted.
It was an interesting and fruitful event with a lot of interaction among the speakers and the audience. The event was in English, thus speakers from both panels were able to participate at the discussions during the event and at the network session at the end of it.