Date: Saturday, November 12, 2023j, 08:00 AM
ATHENS, GREECE - Univation is proud to announce that its Founder and CEO, Minas Marios Kontis, has been recognized as one of the most influential young leaders by Forbes, making it to the prestigious Forbes 30 Under 30 list for 2023. This recognition is a testament to Minas Marios's remarkable journey as an innovator and entrepreneur, marking a significant milestone in his career and for Univation as a company.
Minas Marios's journey began at the age of 12, when he developed his first application for OASTH routes, which swiftly garnered over 100,000 downloads. This early success was a precursor to a series of innovative ventures, including the creation of the "brikibot" at 13 - a robotic Greek coffee machine that won accolades at the ACSTAC 2013 competition.
The drive to innovate led Minas Marios to found Univation during his university years. Univation, under his leadership, emerged as a beacon for student entrepreneurs, helping them transform ideas into viable businesses. Today, Univation's impact is global, with a presence in over 40 universities across Europe, America, and Australia, and has supported over 35,000 students in realizing their entrepreneurial dreams.
2023 marked a pivotal year for Univation with the launch of its Online Platform, now a vital SaaS tool for Incubators, Accelerators, and VCs globally. Prestigious programs like Google for Startups and Harvard's student entrepreneurship programs are testament to its widespread adoption and efficacy.
The Forbes 30 Under 30 selection process, spearheaded by an esteemed jury including Spyro Theodoropoulos, Nikos Karamouzis, Michalis Bletsa, and Theoharis Filippopoulos, underscores the rigor and prestige associated with this recognition. Minas Marios's inclusion in this list is not just a personal achievement but a clear indication of Univation's growing influence and contribution to the entrepreneurial ecosystem.
As we celebrate this momentous occasion, Univation is set to reach new heights, aiming to expand its reach to 100 universities worldwide and inspire every student to turn their ideas into reality. This honor from Forbes is a beacon of encouragement and a reminder of the potential that lies in young, ambitious minds.