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Our Young Start-up Talent Journey & why all start-ups should apply

We came across the Young Start-up Talent (YST) Facebook page just a couple of days before their application deadline for the competition. After discussing it over with the team, we decided to reach out and speak to some of the previous participants. Nick Musto with his company Radar and winner of the 2016 YST competition in Brighton as well as Hannah Weir from Telephonium, a participant from the 2017 competition in Chichester, had both shared how the YST helped them and their business move forward. That is when we thought; there was no way would miss such an incredible opportunity to be part of this competition. With just a day away from the competition results (15/02/2017) we just wanted to share with you just three things that the YST has helped us with since we decided to take part.

Unbelievable Networking Opportunities

It was amazing to have the opportunity to speak and share ideas with other like-minded fellow entrepreneurs which were passionate and excited about their fields. Every entrepreneur knows that running a start-up has constant challenges and it was great to share stories with each other about both our achievements and struggles. Being around people with a similar mindset helps boost your spirits and keeps you going! We also had the chance to speak with YST mentors and investors at a speed networking activity which gave us invaluable feedback on our ideas. We had never done anything like it before, and it helped us refine our pitch as we only had 10 minutes with each mentor/investor.

The Business Plan

We had been meaning to put a business plan together for a while, but it seems like we never got around to doing it because things always got in the way.  We can tell you right now if there is one thing that has changed EVERYTHING towards the better it was putting together a business plan for this competition. This gave us the ability to drill down and improve upon every single aspect of the business. It brought the team closer together because we now have a clearer and shared vision of where we are and where we are headed.  In fact, we decided to review the business plan once a month to make sure that we stay on track. We have adapted, changed and refined our business idea hundreds of times since its inception so this is why it was crucial to go back and review the plan systematically.

Pitching

One of the things we learned when it comes to startups is that investors do not just care about good ideas, they care about the team and its co-founders. At the end of the day, it is all about presenting and being able to come across confident, knowing your stuff and having the ability sell yourself, as well as the idea. It was the first time we had to pitch in front of cameras and a Dragon’s Den style pitch, but it gave us a glimpse of what future pitches might be like. We now feel more confident in presenting our idea to potential partners, sponsors and more. In fact, we left the competition and secured two sponsorships two days later thanks to the amount of time we took refining our presentation.

There is no doubt that this competition has helped Brighton Greeks immensely over the past months and we highly recommend the competition to every single entrepreneur out there that has an idea that he or she wants to take forward. Lorraine Nugent, Rob Nunn and Matt Turner, as well as the rest of the YST team, have been incredibly helpful and supportive in our journey. It is definitely worth applying because the process is invaluable, winning is a bonus, and we look forward to finding out the results tomorrow. Click here if you are interested in finding out more about the YST or reach out to us, we are always happy to help.

All Day Greek Festival Brighton

Εκδήλωση: All Day Greek Festival

Ο οργανισμός Brighton Greeks τo Σαββατο 15 Οκτωβρίου 2016, θα διοργανώσει το πρώτο στο είδος του All Day Greek Festival. Στο φεστιβάλ θα προσκληθούν να συμμετάσχουν στις αθλητικές δραστηριότητες όλες οι Ελληνικές/Κυπριακές φοιτητικές κοινότητες του Ηνωμένου Βασιλείου. Παράλληλα θα λειτουργήσει έκθεση με μοναδικές δημιουργίες των μελών της Ελληνικής/Κυπριακής κοινότητας που θα περιλαμβάνει πίνακες ζωγραφικής, χειροποίητα κοσμήματα, σχέδιο μόδας, γλυπτική, φωτογραφία και οτιδήποτε άλλο σχετίζεται με την τέχνη και δημιουργία.

Ο δημοφιλής καλλιτέχνης Αλκίνοος Ιωαννίδης αρχίζοντας την περιοδεία του στο ΗΒ θα δώσει μία ξεχωριστή συναυλία στο Brighton Dome Corn Exchange και αμέσως μετά θα ξεκινήσει η Ελληνική βραδιά (Greek Club Night) του φεστιβάλ.

Σκοπός του Φεστιβάλ

Σκοπός του φεστιβάλ είναι κατά κύριο λόγο η δημιουργία ενός ταμείου υποτροφιών το οποίο θα στηρίξει τις σπουδές ενός Κύπριου και ενός Ελλαδίτη φοιτητή. Η 1η υποτροφία θα αφορά αποκλειστικά φοιτητή ο οποίος σπουδάζει σε πανεπιστήμιο στην περιοχή του Brighton και η δεύτερη για φοιτητή ο οποίος σπουδάζει σε οποιοδήποτε πανεπιστήμιο στο υπόλοιπο ΗΒ. Οι υποτροφίες αυτές θα είναι αξίας £2000 η κάθε μία.

Τα κριτήρια χορήγησης των υποτροφιών θα βασίζονται στις ακαδημαϊκές επιδόσεις αλλά και στις πραγματικές οικονομικές ανάγκες των υποψήφιων φοιτητών. Η διαδικασία επιλογής θα γίνει από κατάλληλο φορέα εκτός του οργανισμού. Τα χρήματα θα συγκεντρωθούν τόσο από τις εκδηλώσεις του φεστιβάλ όσο και από εισφορές που θα γίνονται μέσω ειδικής διαδικτυακής πλατφόρμας. Αν καλυφθεί ο αρχικός μας στόχος, το επιπλέον ποσό που θα συγκεντρωθεί θα διατεθεί αναλόγως είτε για επιπλέον υποτροφία είτε για την κάλυψη των δράσεων του οργανισμού με την Ελληνική/Κυπριακή κοινότητα.

Στόχος του Φεστιβάλ

Στόχος του φεστιβάλ είναι τόσο η επικερδής συνεργασία των ελληνικών κοινοτήτων και η αλληλοβοήθεια, όσο και η αλληλεγγύη και οι σύσφιξη σχέσεων μεταξύ των Ελλήνων/Κυπρίων κατοίκων του Η.Β.

Μέσω των αθλητικών δραστηριοτήτων που διοργανώνουμε σκοπεύουμε να αναδείξουμε την αξία της αθλητοπρέπειας και του αθλητικού ήθους με κύριο σύνθημά μας το ‘Ευ αγωνίζεσθε’. Οι αθλητικές δραστηριότητες έχουν σκοπό να κεντρίσουν το ενδιαφέρον όλων των φοιτητών με σκοπό όλο και περισσότεροι νέοι να ακολουθούν το δρόμο της άσκησης και να αποδεικνύουν στην πράξη το «νους υγιείς και σώματι υγιή».

Τα ήθη και τα έθιμα μας είναι η βάση του ελληνισμού, έτσι κι εμείς θα προσπαθήσουμε με όλα τα δυνατά μέσα να προβάλουμε την Ελληνική/Κυπριακή κουλτούρα που όχι μόνο θα τραβήξει το ενδιαφέρον όλων των Ελλήνων/Κυπρίων του Η.Β. αλλά και ξένων. Θα έχουν την ευκαιρία να παρακολουθήσουν αλλά και να διδαχτούν ελληνικούς και κυπριακούς παραδοσιακούς χορούς, καθώς επίσης και να γευτούν εδέσματα από Έλληνες και Κύπριους απόδημους.

Μεγάλος μέρος της ιστορίας μας διαχρονικά βασίζεται στην τέχνη. Με τη σειρά μας θα θέλαμε να προσφέρουμε και σε αυτό το τομέα, δίνοντας την ευκαιρία σε καλλιτέχνες να εκθέσουν τα έργα τους και τις δημιουργίες τους με απώτερο σκοπό να διευρύνουμε τον επαγγελματικό κύκλο και την επαγγελματική συνεργασία μεταξύ των Ελλήνων/Κυπρίων του ΗΒ. Στην έκθεση ζωγραφικής και δημιουργίας θα δώσουν το παρόν τους υψηλόβαθμα στελέχη εταιριών και υπεύθυνοι διάφορων χώρων που αναλαμβάνουν εκθέσεις ζωγραφικής που πιθανόν να δώσουν διάφορες ευκαιρίες στους καλλιτέχνες και όχι μόνο.

Πρόγραμμα του Φεστιβάλ

  • Αθλητικές Δραστηριότητες – The University of Susseχ
  • Συναυλία Αλκίνου Ιωαννίδη – Brighton Dome Corn Exchange
  • Ελληνική Βραδιά (Greek Club Night) – Alduomo Italian Restaurant
  • Έκθεση Τέχνης – Brighton Dome  ΔΗΛΩΣΤΕ ΕΔΩ!

Περισσότερες πληροφορίες για το Φεστιβάλ Θα ανακοινωθούν σύντομα στο www.brightongreeks.co.uk

Open Call for Entries of Greek & Cypriot Artists

Brighton Greeks and the Hellenic Society of Sussex is excited to announce an Open Call for all Greek and Cypriot artists, to take part in our art exhibition at the Brighton Dome that will be held during the All Day Greek Festival in Brighton on Saturday the 15th of October 2016.


Disciplines Film / Handmade Jewellery / Ceramics / Craft / Textiles / Fashion / Fine Art / Photography /  Sculpting / Paintings and anything else related to art and creation.

Who can enter: We are inviting Greek and Cypriot individuals who either live or study within the UK, to join us by sharing and inspiring the public with their unique creations.

Stand fee: £40 which includes a table to exhibit your creations and pre-event promotion on our social media pages. Payments will have to be arranged via bank transfer to the Brighton Greeks with a reference code of the artists name, prior to the deadline of the application.

Selling: There will also be the opportunity to sell your products directly at the exhibition (No Commision)

How to enter: Upload a selection of 5 images from your portfolio and answer a few simple questions!   CLICK HERE

Deadline for applications: 1st October 2016 (Subject to change)

All the artists are responsible for the transportation and collection of their work from and to the exhibition 

Marketing & Promotion

This will be an amazing opportunity for the selected artists to promote both themselves by networking with all festival attendees but also by expanding their artistic circles, paving the way for future collaborations.

All selected artists will:

  • Have their work photographed by a professional.
  • Have a personal artist profile on our website www.brightongreeks.co.uk to portray their work for a whole year!
  • Be promoted on our social media platforms of Facebook, Instagram, Youtube & Snapchat.
  • Be included in the exhibition video recorded by a professional videographer.

Taking part in this exhibition will be a great way to build an artistic community that will be able to collaborate on future projects all around the United Kingdom. We always aim to promote and maintain the Hellenic culture, language, history and customs through everything that we do.

For more information about the festival click here. There a only a limited amount of positions available so If you are interested to take part in the exhibition, please fill out our form and answer a few simple questions. For more information please contact our Art Director and Lead Organizer Souzana Petri at spetri@brightongreeks.co.uk

Brighton Greeks – £2,000 Prize Winners of The Santander Junior Bursary of 2016

Santander Junior Associate Entrepreneurship Bursary winners:  Marios Petri, Andreas Georgiades

We are so humbled to have been awarded the £2,000 from University of Sussex Santander Junior Associate Entrepreneurship Bursary scheme.  Andreas & Marios

Myself, Andreas Georgiades and my co-founder Marios Petri will receive bursaries to help us develop the Brighton Greeks Organisation with the support of experts at the Sussex Innovation Centre, which manages the scheme on behalf of the University.

Brighton Greeks was founded in 2014 and is an organisation that has the Greek community’s interest at heart in the wider Brighton area. Brighton Greeks is dedicated to the mission of “creating a home away from home”, by connecting Greeks and Cypriots, organising events and cultural activities as well as offering consultation services such as housing and employment opportunities, in order to make the acclimatization process of immigration as seamless as possible. What makes Brighton Greeks unique are the strong relationships we have actively built and continue to grow with local businesses, societies and the Greek Orthodox Church. Members of the community truly feel that they have a voice and that their ideas and opinions are valued and heard. We have made giving back an integral part of our organisation with our not-for-profit community activities, our work on humanitarian projects and through Hellenic Society sponsorships. We always aim to promote and maintain the Hellenic culture, language, history and customs..

We plan to use these funds to develop a business plan around the future plans for the organisation, including a mobile application and a proposed All Day Greek Festival that will raise money to provide financial grants for Greek and Cypriot students. We also hope to extend the concept to other areas around the UK.

The judge’s’ decision to award us with the bursary was influenced by the design of our business model, which they felt had the potential to be replicated across similar communities linked by nationality and culture.

It’s amazing news, we are so excited to have been awarded the bursary, and we are eager to begin our relationship with the Sussex Innovation Centre. Through the Brighton Greeks organisation we hope to help Greeks in the UK, like ourselves, to feel belonging and a connection with their own culture and people..

“The purpose of this award is to offer students at Sussex the chance to develop their ideas and realise an entrepreneurial experience,” said Peter Lane, who manages the Business Support Team at the Sussex Innovation Centre..

“The Winners’ success was also partly by virtue of being ‘at the right moment’ in their journey – we’d encourage applicants who were unsuccessful this time to apply again next year, given more time to develop their ideas to reach the point where they are best placed for us to support them.”.

Four prizes of £2,000 each are awarded across every academic year as part of the StartUp Sussex Enterprise Programme, a joint initiative delivered by the Sussex Innovation Centre and the University of Sussex Careers and Employability Centre. To find out more about how to apply for one of next term’s bursaries, contact the StartUp Sussex team by email. 

About us

About us

Brighton Greeks was founded in 2014 and is an organisation that has the Greek community’s interest at heart in the wider Brighton area. Brighton Greeks is dedicated to the mission of “creating a home away from home”, by connecting Greeks and Cypriots, organising events and cultural activities as well as offering consultation services such as for housing and employment opportunities, in order to make the acclimatization process of immigration as seamless as possible.

What makes Brighton Greeks unique are the strong relationships we have actively build but continue to grow with the local business, societies and the Greek Orthodox Church. Members of the community truly feel that they have a voice and that their ideas and opinions are valued and heard.

We have made giving back an integral part of our organisation with our non for profit community activities, our work on humanitarian projects and Hellenic Society sponsorships. We always aim to promote and maintain the Hellenic culture, language, history and customs.

Our Story

We would like to begin by telling you the story of our friend Antonis who had just arrived in Brighton for his first year at the University of Sussex. On his first night out Antonis, or Tony as his flatmates started calling him, went to his first club night. At some point during the night Michelle, one of his flatmates turns to him with a big smile and asks “Are you Tipsy”? He turns to her with wonder and disappointment and says “No..I’m Tony”.

The reason I wanted to share this story, other than for its humorous nature, is because it highlights a very basic problem – the language barrier. It takes time to integrate ourselves in a new country and there usually is an inevitable language and cultural barrier which can present many challenges. However, it goes beyond those. Our friend Ioanna had moved to Brighton for work on a very short notice. Her mother, panicked as any mother would be, reached out to us and asked if we could please help Ioanna integrate smoothly but also help her find housing. We can still remember the mother’s response, full of love and genuine appreciation, when we informed her than Ioanna not only had a house to stay, but has already been introduced to the community and has made many new and caring friends.

From personal experience, and by communicating with our people, we gathered that preparing for UCAS applications, finding housing, building a CV and finding part time job opportunities are challenges that most students including ourselves had and still have to face. It was evident that there was a clear need to help people during this sensitive transitional period, which led to the inception of Brighton Greeks. We reached out to our peers and put together a strong and passionate team determined to make an impact. In our early meetings we all agreed that “This is going to be tough, but if we all pull together and hang in there, we’ll achieve something amazing”. Even though we are still at our humble beginnings, we are blessed to have reached this far. We truly feel the love and support from the community but also from our amazing mentors. We are proud with what we have achieved and we hope to continue to change lives, grow, and inspire others with the help of like-minded people and organisations.

For more information about the organisation visit www.brightongreeks.co.uk