GREECE: “Connect the dots” with the support of the US Embassy
The official launch of the “Connect the dots” program, a start-up program run by The Hellenic Initiative with support from the Hellenic Initiative, took place today at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens. USA in Athens, as part of the “USA-Greece: Celebrating 200 Years of Friendship” campaign, while it is also under the auspices of the “Greece 2021” Commission.
Through this program, successful Greeks up to age 40 offer online mentorship to talented and promising entrepreneurs from Greece, who are now starting their careers.
The American Ambassador to Greece, Jeffrey Payat, in his greeting to the event, expressed his pride for the Embassy’s support for this innovative program, while thanking the “Greece 2021” Commission for placing it under its control. auspices.
The Commission has done important work, said Payat, celebrating Greece’s history, honoring its people and highlighting their many achievements during a difficult year.
Mr Payat then noted that, as US President Joe Biden told Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis during their phone call on Greece’s Independence Day, the US will work closely with Greece. to pursue a sustainable economic recovery after the pandemic.
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“In this regard, we look forward to the strategic dialogue between the United States and Greece next month as an opportunity to reaffirm and accelerate the considerable progress we have seen in the trade, investment and technology relationship between the United States and Greece, ”he said.
At the same time, Mr. Payat stressed that the support of the “Connect the Dots” program is based on the long-term cooperation with the Hellenic Initiative to support the Greek economy, helping to cultivate the commercial ecosystem of the Greece.
In addition, Mr. Payat underlined the role of Greek Americans in strengthening the ties that unite the two peoples and in supporting the strategic relationship between Greece and the United States which “… has never been as strong “.
“As we look forward to the next two hundred years of US-Greek relations, I am confident that the contributions of diaspora organizations such as the Greek Initiative will deepen our friendship and advance our efforts to build an even greater Greece. stable and prosperous ”, concludes the Ambassador.
For her part, the President of the Greece 2021 Commission, Gianna Angelopoulou-Daskalaki, personally thanked the American Embassy and Mr. Payat for their participation in the 200th anniversary celebrations, adding that the support given by the American Embassy to the program ” Connecting the Dots “is a modern expression of Philhellenism.
Ms. Angelopoulοu stressed that most of the actions under the auspices of the committee are aimed at development and prosperity.
Technology can be a gateway to the third century of modern Greek life, the Commission President said, adding that Greek talent must stay put and “not have to travel abroad in search of of opportunities “.
Greece can attract digital nomads, Angelopoulou continued, and develop its technological ecosystem.
“The connection with the Greek community will be a catalyst for extroversion and development, and the Greek Initiative, which operates in the United States, Canada and Australia, is well aware of this and has contributed to a valuable network of contacts. for this special initiative. ” said Mrs. Angelopoulou.
At the same time, Ms Angelopoulou referred to two emblematic actions carried out by the “Greece 2021” Commission, which target the future of Greece. The first is the “Greece in 2040” Forum where representatives of the productive classes and social partners attempt to document the opportunities and challenges their industry will face over the next 20 years. The conclusions of the Forum will be reflected in a “White Paper” according to which the ambition of the Commission is to be a valuable tool and will be accessible to all, said Ms Angelopoulou.
The second is the creation of the Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence, which is done in collaboration with (Konstantinos Daskalakis from MIT, Christos Papadimitriou from Columbia University and Timo Celis from Melbourne University of Technology.
The event was also attended by the Deputy Minister of Research and Technology, Christos Dimas, and the Secretary General of Research and Innovation, Athanasios Kyriazis.