Vamvakou: Stavros Niarchos’ birthplace is an incubator for aspiring startuppers

"It takes a village to raise a child" says an African proverb. However, in the picturesque Vamvakou, a small village on the slopes of Mount Parnon in Laconia, at an altitude of 903 meters, the first child born after 30 years creates the conditions for the place itself to "grow".

Vamvakou, which in its heyday had 200 large families, today has very few residents, as it was "hit" by the immigration wave of the 1950s and 1960s and the economic crisis. In fact, in 2008 the village school was also shut down because of a lack of students.

Four years ago a group of young people, Haris Vasilakos, Anargyros Verdilos, Eleni Mami and Tasos Markos, with origins and strong ties to the village, created the organization Vamvakou Revival, aiming at the revival of Vamvakou, having the exclusive support from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (as Vamvakou is the village of origin of the Foundation's founder, Stavros Niarchos).

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Today the Vamvakou Revival team invites people with ideas and vision, nature-minded persons, business groups, startups or businesses under formation with a business idea, service or product to develop to apply to join the first round of the Business Support and Hosting Program in the Vamvakou Incubator structure.

Applications at www.vamvakourevival.org open on Monday, October 10, 2022 and will last for two months.

Business Incubator high on the mountain

OT talked to the group about how a place comes back to life, not just in terms of visitor traffic - an area in which the results are already noticeable - but also economic activity such that we can talk about a place for someone to live permanently , with all this implies.

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