|Dimitris Tsingos at the European Young Leaders |
(EYL40) Program Lisbon Seminar in March 2017
I received my Computer Science diploma from the University of Crete in 2002. As a student, I was the President of the University's Student Union in 1999 and 2000. Earlier, in 1998 while participating to the Erasmus student exchange program at the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, I was an undergrad guest researcher at Computational Vision & Active Perception Laboratory. After that, I was an undergrad member of the Networks & Telecommunications Research Group at the Institute of Computer Science, FORTH [1999-2000].
In September 2000, as an undergrad student and with four more fellow undergrad students as co-founders, I launched Virtual Trip, considered as the first student startup in Greece, at the Science and Technology Park of Crete. Later, in 2005, I received my MBA from the Athens University of Economics & Business and in November 2009 I published my definition of an "Entrepreneurial Ecosystem", as a venture development and growth model on which I had been working since 2003 and which has been the foundation of the venture building program implemented later by Starttech Ventures.
I am native in Greek, fluent in English and conversational in French. My parents were bilingual (and, to the best of my knowledge, that was the case fort their parents and grand-parents, too) speaking Arvanitika, on top of Greek. Unfortunately, however, I only know a few words and phrases in this beautiful language.
I love Computer Science, Mathematics and Contemporary Management while I also identify as a Philosophy and Psychology aficionado. As of January 2016 I abide by the rule of reading at least one book per month, ranging from business books to mathematics and from programming to poetry.
As a teenager, I used to be a Judo athlete, having won a bronze medal in a nation-wide championship in 1993 at the age of 16, while also practicing weight-lifting. Around the age of forty, I became interested in aerobic exercising and in endurance training. I managed to finish the Marathon de Paris in April 2018 as well as the Athens Authentic Marathon in November 2018. Between those races, in August 2018, I successfully completed an 180 km cycling race as a relay-team member at Tallinn IRONMAN 2018.