The big winner was Mr. Marios Konstantinidis, 34 years old, founder of the business Package.comwho received the top prize of 50,000 euros. It is a large online furniture store based in Thessaloniki that offers complete and innovative solutions, with an emphasis on design, functionality, quality, and of course affordable prices, with more than 5,000 products for the home and household. Within five years of operation, Mr. Konstantinidis achieved an annual turnover of over 10 million euros and a good profit margin. Pakketo.com even saw a huge increase during the pandemic era, which has been maintained, as its upward trajectory continues to this day.
The second prize, worth 30,000 euros, was received by Mr. Angelos Ioannidis, 38 years old, creator of e–shop Kooqi.com, a popular shopping destination that offers the most modern, smart and functional gadgets from around the world. This is yet another example of a business that developed significantly in the conditions of the pandemic, reaching a turnover of 2 million euros per year.
That third prize, amounting to 20,000 euros, was received by Christos Tsounis, 33 years old, for his business Financial Greeks. His media business is an original and successful digital marketing and influencing platform based on YouTube, which aims to strengthen the financial and investment culture in Greece. Christos Tsounis has built a significant business in a few years, leveraging his momentum and experience as a YouTuber.
Recognizing the importance of combining sustainable technology with the traditional art of ship carpentry, Sir Stelios Hatziioannou created and awarded this year the fourth, expert BSustainability prize, amounting to 10,000 eurosin Mr. Thanos Koboyorga, 27 years old and his brother Gianno Kobogiorga, 17 years old Shipbuilding Company of Spetsosn, who created “Zoi”, the first electric-powered sailing boat (e-kaiki) of the traditional type of boat. It is worth noting that Thanos and Iannos are 3her generation of ship carpenters, after their grandfather founded the business in Spetses in 1965.
Sir Stelios Hatziioannou said: “I am proud that the Awards institution came back this year stronger than ever, highlighting and rewarding the leading businesses in the field of young entrepreneurship. And this year, the applications we received impressed us, as once again we saw the vision, dedication and passion of young entrepreneurs in Greece.
This year, in fact, I wanted to win the special Sustainability award to also reward a family business, which found a way to transfer the traditional art of ship carpentry in the new era, in the most innovative and sustainable way. The example of all the winners and participants fills us with optimism for the future. Congratulations to everybody!”
It is noted that the 13a Stelios Awards for Young Entrepreneurs in Greece were addressed exclusively to young men and women Greek businessmen up to 40 years old (born in 1982 or later) who have established their company in Greece and started their business activity in last 5 yearsgathering total turnover of at least 30,000 euros per year. Their business must employ at least 3 people and the entrepreneur must own at least 50% of it. If there are two owners, they must own more than 80% of the company between them.
Including this year’s event, since 2008 and with a short pause in the years 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic, the Stelios Awards for Young Entrepreneurs in Greece will have strengthened the country’s new businesses with the a total amount of 1,020,000 euros.