ATHENS – Greece is at the cusp of a major technological transformation. The last decade, and 2020 in particular, have positioned Greece for a massive economic turnaround powered by a new crop of tech-based enterprises. Interest in Greece as a tech destination is gaining new steam with recent announcements of Microsoft’s $1.17B investment in new data centers, its latest acquisition of Softomotive and Delivery Hero’s purchase of InstaShop for $360M. The conditions for the turnaround are being sowed by one of the EU’s most educated young adult cohorts who are eager to innovate and develop world-class tech products domestically. The past year has also demonstrated to global-level executives that work can continue across national boundaries and in particular that there is now a higher value placed on being in a locale with greater lifestyle options.
Endeavor Greece, the Greek chapter of the global organization supporting the rise of new ecosystems, has announced this week that they will be launching a new platform targeting skilled tech experts abroad, both Greek and non-Greek, looking to connect and break into the local tech scene. Available at WorkInTech.gr, applicants can demonstrate their interest in working in the Greek tech industry by filling out a 3-step application form, which is then passed onto hiring managers and recruiters across the country.
The launch of this centralized registry of international executives in tech looking to move to Greece comes at an opportune time for the country’s fastest-growing startups, while aiding savvy tech executives who are increasingly putting location and lifestyle first and looking to contribute to the country’s digital transformation.
WorkInTech.gr is not the only initiative within the Greek tech ecosystem to attract talent and reverse brain drain. Last November, the Greek government announced a 50% income tax cut to “digital migrants” for their first seven years, when immigrating in 2021. This is on top of an existing flat tax rate for investors who decide to shift their tax residency to Greece.
Endeavor has a strong thought leadership platform where high-impact founders communicate and push the Greek transformation narrative. Through Endeavor’s platform, a new generation of innovators is inspired and influenced by these tech trailblazers. Through WorkinTech.gr, anyone can register their interest to be reached out directly and potentially work for the entrepreneurs and their missions. This global registry is inline with Endeavor's efforts to foster an environment that enhances growth prospects for entrepreneurs and rapidly developing Greek companies.
“Last year, our content and our initiatives reached more than 70,000 people, where an estimated 30% of them are diaspora Greeks. There are thousands of people out there, intrigued by the mission driven, globally disruptive, fast-growing, Greek tech founders,” said Panagiotis Karampinis, Managing Director at Endeavor Greece, and continued: “The year 2020 was an all time high for the Greek tech industry, with major, world -class exits and a record-breaking total of funds raised. Combined with the growing foreign direct investments from big-tech companies, a business-friendly government and as location becomes irrelevant, Greece is truly staring at a transformative period ahead. We are excited to launch a call-to-action for all those who want to be part of this narrative and part of the fast rising tech ecosystem in Greece. In WorkinTech you can send over their profiles and be matched with our portfolio companies. We will also make sure to keep you involved, engaged and updated with all the developments of the Greek ecosystem.”
Interested applicants can get their candidate profile in front of hundreds of Greek startups in tech by completing an application in three easy steps on WorkInTech.gr. Thereby shortening the steps to recruitment and connecting leading candidates to the country’s fastest-growing employers.
More information is available online: https://workintech.gr.
Endeavor is a mission-driven, global organization leading the high-impact entrepreneurship movement to drive long-term economic growth and build strong entrepreneurship ecosystems in growth markets by selecting, mentoring, and accelerating the best high-impact entrepreneurs. Since 1997, more than 2,089 Endeavor Entrepreneurs from 1,200 companies have been selected worldwide, who have created more than 4.1 million jobs and in 2019 they generated more than $24B in revenues. Endeavor Greece was launched in 2012 and now supports 106 companies at the scale-up stage, offering them a best-in-class seal of approval, an unrivaled personal and professional network, frictionless co-investment capital and peer-to-peer idea exchange in a truly global setting.