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Drake Behrakis Speaks to 20 Young Professionals from Greece

BOSTON – Drake G. Behrakis, Chair of the Maliotis Cultural Center  Board and president of Marwick Associates, gave an inspirational speech about his company and his career to 20 young professional who came from Greece through the Mindspace program. It was followed by an Q&A and fellowship.

According to its web site, Mindspace:

“Designs, builds, and runs entrepreneurial educational tours specifically for aspiring student entrepreneurs, early-stage teams, and student startups.

“Mindspace’s mission is to show students and early-stage teams of potential entrepreneurs USA’s business ecosystem and innovation, so as to strengthen their connection to the USA, inspire entrepreneurial thinking and provide them with unparalleled expertise and knowledge overall.

“Mindspace’s vision is to contribute to the creation of a framework that would enable people in Greece and the Balkan region to act entrepreneurially in their personal and professional life.

Drake Behrakis speaks to young professionals at the Maliotis Center. (Photo: Maliotis Cultural Center)

“This mindset would enable them to act as catalysts in society’s sustainability, empower them to successfully tackle problems in their lives and systematically drive economic development.

“To that end, Mindspace’s activities and mission focus on university students, who have the lowest opportunity cost if they pursue any business attempts, while significantly developing their soft skills in a safe environment, even in case of failure. In particular, Mindspace’s main target group is students without a former entrepreneurial exposure, who are included in projects that will help them become familiar with entrepreneurship in various contexts.

​“Mindspace’s wide scale international programs connect these beneficiaries with the market needs and open up new career and employability pathways, while showing them the business challenges and opportunities that exist in different industries. Moreover, the goal is to educate them on how to utilize their academic background and soft skills to think in a more entrepreneurial way, regardless of whether they decide to start their own business or follow another path.

Drake Behrakis answers questions of young professionals from Greece. (Photo: Maliotis Cultural Center)

Under this umbrella, Mindspace has organized several entrepreneurial programs for early stage student entrepreneurs, acting as a pre-incubator with activities that include educational trips with business and academic interest in the USA, personnel exchange projects, mentoring & training courses on entrepreneurial topics, educational programs for early stage teams and students without a business idea, series of meetups and networking sessions to connect students with academics and stellar entrepreneurs in Greece & the USA.

“Currently there are have chapters in Athens, Patras, Thessaloniki, Kalamata and Xanthi. They have also organized in-person activities in Corfu, Ioannina, Volos, Chania, Boston, New York and San Francisco.”

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