Greenhouse: Workshop of Business Ideas in Xanthi

The Greenhouse workshop in Xanthi received great interest and participation. 93 individuals applied for the free, intensive, three-day entrepreneurship workshop, while 32 people were finally selected and participated. The event took place during the weekend 16-18 of March 2018, in Hotel Elisso, Xanthi.

VentureGarden in collaboration with Democritus University of Thrace and Xanthi Chamber of Commerce & Ιndustry organized Greenhouse. VentureGarden is The Hellenic Initiative’s entrepreneurship education program co-created with ALBA Graduate Business School, The American College of Greece in Athens, and the Entrepreneurship Hub of the American College of Thessaloniki (ACT).

The purpose of Greenhouse is to familiarize participants with entrepreneurial thinking and action, encourage the development of their ideas, and offer them useful tools in their first business steps. The participants formed 9 groups, each proposing a different business idea. During the weekend each idea was examined in depth and on the last day the teams had the opportunity to present their ideas to an evaluation committee.

The local business community embraced the event which was supported by companies Sunlight, MeatCompany – Ap. Papadopoulos & Co, Ena Business Consultants, Speakt, More than (just) themes.

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Dukakis Center, Eliamep join forces to host landmark event

The Dukakis Center at ACT launched its twentieth anniversary season of public events on March 13-14 with two round tables dedicated to elections and voting in America.

The main event was co-hosted by the Dukakis Center and the Hellenic Institute for Foreign and European Policy (Eliamep) at the Museum of Cycladic Art in Athens.

Mere hours after voters in Pennsylvania voted in a special Congressional election, American election experts Charles Stewart, Professor of Political Science at MIT, and Michael Ertel, Supervisor of Elections in Seminole County, Florida, shared their insights about what happened in the elections of 2016, and what observers should expect in 2018. Their comments covered the nature of the American political system, the election in 2016 of Donald Trump, the question of Russian hacking and meddling, and the role of social media in election campaigns.

Fellow panelist Aristides Hatzis of the University of Athens focused his remarks on the balanced character of American political institutions and the long term vision of the American founding fathers. Tom Ellis, Editor-in-Chef of the Kathimerini English Edition, moderated the round tale and shared his reminiscences of the political career of Michael Dukakis, the namesake of the Dukakis Center.

A large audience including senior diplomats, political leaders, academics, representatives of the national media, and Americans living in Greece attended and interacted with the speakers in lively fashion. In the words of one of the participants, it was the best election panel he had ever attended.

The round table inaugurated what is hoped to be an annual Dukakis Center event, to take place at a venues in Athens. Thanos Dokos and David Wisner, Directors of Eliamep and the Dukakis Center, respectively, also shared their vision of value of their collaboration to kick off the debate.

On March 13, Mr Ertel and Professor Stewart appeared at round table on similar subjects in the Bissell Library at ACT. They had previously spoken via Skype to an audience at the US Consulate General of Thessaloniki in October 2016.


Interview with Dr. Spanos, MD, FACS, FASCRS - ACT MBA '18

Mr. Constantine Spanos, Associate Professor of Surgery at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, recently completed his MBA at the ACT School of Business. Mr Spanos was born in Baltimore, Maryland and moved to Greece at an early age. He is a graduate of the Aristotle University School of Medicine, and has pursued postgraduate medical training in the United States. He was a resident in General Surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota and Tufts Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. He completed a fellowship in Colon and Rectal Surgery at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He joined the ACT MBA program in 2015.

How would you describe your overall experience as an MBA student at ACT?

I have only positive things to say about my experience as an MBA student. The curriculum was of the highest quality, and all of our professors and instructors were well-prepared. The classes were focused and oriented towards interaction and discussion among students and faculty. The emphasis was on teamwork; excellent collaboration between students of varying backgrounds was the result. The teaching facilities and library are second to none. All in all, I found this to be a stimulating experience. 

In addition, I found the faculty to be characterized by a high level of professionalism.  All faculty are from the "real-world" of local and international business, with exceptional education and training. 

Why did you decide to pursue an MBA and what value do you think it will add to your professional development in your field? 

The main reason for pursuing an MBA was  to familiarize myself with basic disciplines in business. My family owns a major company associated with the hospitality industry, and I thought that an MBA would be of great value. It has really helped in the understanding of basic and complex concepts that pertain to most interactions and transactions of individuals and teams in the business world. 

My real "day-job" is that of a full-time academic surgeon who practices in both the public and private sector. In addition, I am a University Professor. The business concepts that I mentioned previously are applicable to my profession as well. Of note, several  medical schools in the United States have combined MD-MBA programs, such as Tufts and Boston University. I believe that an MBA is of great help to professionals who deal with a combination of decision-making, administration, as well as allocation of funds and resources. My profession is such an example.  

Was it difficult to combine your MBA studies and a demanding profession?

The ACT MBA curriculum is a demanding and high-quality program. Even if you committed yourself to it full-time, it is not easy. I pursued the part-time route, over two years. I had to combine my studies with a busy teaching and operating schedule. What made this possible was that, in the end, the MBA program was a lot of fun!  I couldn't wait to get to school, and I did not miss a single minute of class. 

If you were to describe ACT in a couple of words what would you say?

ACT: exceptional education in an exceptional setting. 


Summer Camp για εφήβους ηλικίας 15-17 ετών


Επιλέξτε ανάμεσα σε καινοτόμα θερινά εκπαιδευτικά προγράμματα που απευθύνονται σε εφήβους ηλικίας 15-17 ετών, υπό την καθοδήγηση καθηγητών του ACT.

Όλα τα προγράμματα διεξάγονται από τις 25 Ιουνίου έως τις 5 Ιουλίου 2018.



1. Συμπληρώστε την ηλεκτρονική αίτηση.

Ηλεκτρονικη αιτηση


2. Κατεβάστε την αίτηση σε .pdf και στείλτε τη με φαξ στο 2310 398 389. 

Αιτηση σε .pdf

Η προθεσμία για την κατάθεση της αίτησης είναι 1 Ιουνίου 2018. Καθώς τα τμήματα μπορούν να δεχθούν περιορισμένο αριθμό μαθητών, θα τηρηθεί σειρά προτεραιότητας στις εγγραφές.

Κόστος προγραμμάτων

  • Νεαροί Επιχειρηματίες εν Δράσει: 380 ευρώ
  • Νεανικές Κουλτούρες στη Θεσ/νίκη: 380 ευρώ
  • Εισαγωγή στη Βιοτεχνολογία: 430 ευρώ

Οι μαθητές του Ανατόλια έχουν έκπτωση 20%.

Εντός μίας εβδομάδας από την εγγραφή θα πρέπει να γίνει κατάθεση €100 και η εξόφληση μία εβδομάδα πριν την έναρξη του προγράμματος.

Τρόπος πληρωμής

Η πληρωμή των διδάκτρων γίνεται μέσω τράπεζας στους παρακάτω λογαριασμούς:

Alpha Bank:                Account: 811-00-2002-004269

IBAN NUMBER: GR82 0140 8110 8110 0200 2004 269

Eurobank EFG:          Euro Account: 0026 0520 16 0200109405

IBAN NUMBER: GR10 0260 5200 0001 6020 0109 405

Εθνική τράπεζα:         Euro Account: 895/298006-10

IBAN NUMBER: GR32 0110 8950 0000 8952 9800 610

Τράπεζα Πειραιώς:    Euro Account: 5239-072914-881

IBAN NUMBER: GR02 0172 2390 0052 3907 2914 881

Παρακαλούμε σημειώστε στο καταθετήριο το όνομα του παιδιού.

Περισσότερες πληροφορίες

ACT Admissions Office
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Δευτέρα - Παρασκευή, 09:00 - 16:00


Summer High School College


Calling all rising 10th, 11th and 12th graders!

Want to get a first-hand experience on college life? Sign up for one or more of our available Summer High School College courses.

June 13 - July 13, 2018



Art 130

Introduction to Photography from analog to digital era

Rising 11th or 12th graders

Computer Science 130

Robotics & Programming


Rising 10th graders with good math grades

Rising 11th or 12th graders

Economics 101



Rising 11th or 12th graders

Economics 102


Rising 11th or 12th graders

Nutrition 130: Fundamentals of

Human Nutrition

Rising 11th or 12th graders

Politics 101

Contemporary Politics

Rising 11th or 12th graders

Sociology 101

Contemporary Society

Rising 11th or 12th graders

Academic Writing   091

Rising 10th or 11th graders

Course Descriptions

Please note

  • Rising 11th or 12th graders may take a course for credit or as an audit. ACT will issue an academic transcript if the student takes the course for credit. Credits may be transferred to US colleges or universities.
  • All credit-earning courses may fulfill either General Education Requirements and/or Major Requirements at a US college/university.
  • Courses will be offered during the normal ACT Summer term (June 13-July 13).
  • Academic Writing 091 will be offered as a non-credit, three-hour Pass/Fail Course for three weeks (June 13-July 3), a total of 36 hours at a cost of 720 euros. The weekly schedule for the course is Monday through Thursday 11:00-14:00.
  • Rising 10th graders may take a course only as an audit. All courses will be offered in English


840 euros per course if taken for credit; 420 euros if taken as audit.
Anatolia High School students or recent alumni receive a 50% discount.

For more information

Ms. Roula Lebetli
ACT Admissions Office
2310 398239
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Guest Speakers


Entrepreneur, Former Managing Director of Uncle Stathis (Frozen Foods)

Dimitrios Takas has a long and extensive experience in the Greek and European Food Industry.
Mr. Takas has run many leading Greek food companies, from the position of the President or Managing Director, among which are, Uncle Stathis SA (Frozen Foods), Alesis SA (Frozen Dough Products), Greenfood SA (Fresh Vegetables – Salads), etc.
He has served on the Board of Directors of many other food companies in Greece and in Hungary, among which, Goody’s S.A., Hellenic Catering S.A., Mirelite Plc (Hungarian Frozen Foods Co), etc.
Mr. Takas has also served as the General Secretary of the Federation of Industries of N.Greece, as the Vice President of the Federation of the Associations of the E.U. Frozen Food Producers, as a Member of the BoD of the Chamber of Commerce of Thessaloniki and as the President of the Hellenic Management Association of N.Greece.
He studied El. Engineering (BsEE, MsEE) in Washington St.U. and he is currently the President of Inteco SA (Land Development), General Manager of IRI (Solar Energy) and serves as a Member of the BoD in several N.Greek companies.
Mr. Takas is the Honorary Consul General of Hungary for N.Greece and has been twice decorated for his services by the President of Hungary.

petrossepetascvPetros Sepetas
President & CEO of Epirotic Bottling Industry S.A. ("Vikos S.A.")

Petros Sepetas is the founder, owner, President and CEO of Epirotic Bottling Industry S.A., which is the most renowned and reputable company in the bottled water market and soft drinks. Mr. Sepetas is a Greek national residing in Ioannina, Greece. He is a Civil Engineer, graduated from National Technical University of Athens (1979) and holds an MBA degree from Hostra University New York (1986) in Banking and Finance. Prior to founding Vikos S.A., Mr. Sepetas was a General Manager of Konzak S.A. (1979-1982), a juice and canned fruit company with head office in Arta, Greece. He is also the founder of companies under the names "Siti Estate S.A.", "Petcom Hellas S.A.", "Imperial Quality Brands S.A.", "Golden Brands S.A.", co-founder and 1st Vice President of PROBANK as well as 3rd Vice-President of SBBE "Federation of Industries of Northern Greece" and President of SEFYMEN "Association of Bottling Companies", both based in Greece. He is married with 3 sons.

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CEO, Tsatsoulis Bros S.A., Royal Mediterranean

Aggelos Tsatsoulis is the CEO of Tsatsoulis Bros S.A., Royal Mediterranean, one of the largest vegetable and olive processing companies in Greece. He graduated from the School of Geotechnical Sciences of the Department of Agriculture of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, specializing in Agricultural Industries & Food Sciences. Mr. Tsatsoulis is also a shareholder and Vice President of ISCHYS S.A., an alternative energy forms company, Managing Director of Paggiou Ydor S.A., and member of the board of INTERFOODS, among others. He has served as President of the Kavala Chamber (2006 - 2017), Vice President of the Central Union of Chambers of Greece (2012 - 2017), and Member of the European Parliament of Entrepreneurs (2014 - 2017). He is married with 2 children.


Students of the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia visit ACT

On June 2, 2017 students of the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia visited the American College of Thessaloniki (ACT). The Academy Students were accompanied by the Honorable Ambassador Dr. Stanisa Ostojic, Serbian Ministry of Foreign Affairs; the Honorable Mr. Pavic Sinisa, Consul General of the Republic of Serbia; and Mr. Kostas Georgakos, President of the Hellenic-Serbian Chamber of Commerce in Thessaloniki. The students had the opportunity to tour the ACT campus and attend a lecture by Dr. Stamos Karamouzis, ACT Provost, on the history of ACT and Greek-Serbian relations.




JFLORENTINJack Florentin, President & CEO of Sarah Lawrence S.A.
MBA from Columbia Business School

Jack Florentin is the founder, President and CEO of Sarah Lawrence S.A., a women’s apparel manufacturer and retailer, that today distributes Sarah Lawrence Jeans and the Danish brand Fransa.
Mr. Florentin is a Greek national residing in Thessaloniki. He holds a BS (1970) and MS (1971) in Civil Engineering from the School of Engineering, Columbia University, and an MBA degree from Columbia Business School (1975).
Prior to founding Sarah Lawrence, Mr. Florentin was Sales Director for northern Greece at Aigaion Textiles S.A. (1979-1982) and civil engineer at Treadwell Corporation in New York (1971-1973).
He is a Trustee of Anatolia College since 2006 and served as President of the Anatolia College Alumni Association (1996-2000). He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Fulbright Foundation since 2003 and a member of the Executive Committee of the Cultural Society of Entrepreneurs of Northern Greece since 2013.

The seminar's instructor will be joined by guest speakers Petros Sepetas, Dimitrios Takas, Aggelos Tsatsoulis and others who will be analyzing case studies along with you, based on their experience and expertise.


Indicative Case Studies


Learn from past examples and global leaders through Harvard Business Review Cases, such as:

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  • What was the success of Wal-Mart?
  • How was Wal-Mart defeated when she moved away from home?


  • Why did Google overtake Yahoo?
  • What is Google to do with Microsoft?

Boeing airbus

  • How did Airbus steal India from the hands of Boeing?
  • What should have Boeing done?

Discuss and analyze local cases with the help of guest speakers from leading companies in the Greek market.


Seminar Description


Could you define competitive advantage? How about barriers to entry?
If so, how can one quantify and measure it?

Executives often confuse strategy with planning. Never losing sight of your competition will help you avoid wars that you cannot win. It will also direct your attention to protecting your competitive advantage, which is the real basis for your success.

Competition is the monster that every business is afraid of. In this seminar, competition is demystified, explained, and handled as the enemy or ally, as the case may be.

This enlightening ACT business seminar is based on the hugely popular Executive MBA course at Columbia Business School and follows the highly-acclaimed book "Competition Demystified", where leading economist Bruce C. Greenwald and co-author Judd Kahn "offer an easy-to-follow method for understanding the competitive structure of your industry and developing an appropriate strategy for your specific position." You will also be studying real world Harvard Business Review cases, gaining valuable insight that will help you distinguish the facts and fiction about competition, and the secrets of coming out a winner.


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Thessaloniki, Greece
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