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Programme Ambassadors

MITA Innovation Hub reaches out to various international startup community leaders - young, vibrant influencers that help shape up their local startup community. Thanks to their role and visibility, we are able to engage with budding and talented startup founders in their countries and regions.

Igor Izotov ​​​​
Co-founder of Startup Macedonia A good listener, a "doer-of-things" and, when called upon, a leader. His passion is learning and people: he likes learning about the people he meets so that he can find a way to be more helpful. In a team I don't expect to be the smartest one, the quietest one, the "next best thing" or the dumbest one. But I do expect to be the one who can ask the big questions, to not only be part of the problem solving team, but also be part of the problem finding team. Interest and Qualifications: Investment analysis, Financial risk management, Derivatives, Corporate finance, start-ups, Financial consultancy services, Consulting services, Travelling ...

Mahmoud N. Kelany ​​
Startup Community Leader in Egypt Mahmoud is a computer engineer who won a Coca-Cola competition over the MENA region and studied Entrepreneurship at Kelly School of Business at Indiana University.
He joined Stanford Technology Ventures Program and worked on projects with several entrepreneurs around the world. He has been working with many organisations and companies locally, regionally and globally such as ReachOut, Systex & EducateMe in Egypt, Arab Innovation Network in MENA region, BNP Paribas (Ace Manager) worldwide, and​ U.S.
Department of Homeland Security and, currently with, StartupDigest, Startup Genome and Startup Weekend. He co-founded a creative mobile applications platform company called "THINK" where he’s currently holding the position of a Development Captain. He is always happy to assist in boosting the entrepreneurial initiatives and student activities in Egypt. Recently, he got nominated as one of 250 entrepreneurs from 108 countries around the world, to be connected with 250 local Malaysians at Global Startup Youth event, as well as to be a delegate at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, powered by Obama administration.

Apostolos Leousis ​​​


Community Marketer-Networker & Early Startup Stage Advisor-Scout

Apostolos Leousis is a challenger, curious about all new ideas with an incredible passion for networking and discovering new unique individuals. He holds a Master degree in Marketing and Management from University of Leicester, Master in Business Management from Birmingham University and Master in European Studies and Regional Development from the University of Thessaly. He was part of one of the first entrepreneurship accelerators (Ekkinisi Lab) in Greece where he was responsible to coach various teams and a total of 40 ideas to be shaped into startups. With Saleboxie, he was the 2nd Winner of the “Market Impact and Extroversion” award at the 8th edition of and shortlisted for the "E-commerce Startup of the Year" award. Currently he is running Fashionboxie - a network for new fashion professionals, aiming to combine fashion, tech and business to create new theme events.
Apostolos is a community leader and lead organizer for Startup Weekend Volos in the last four years and other entrepreneur events such as entrepreneurship feasts and Volos Startups

Mohamed Amine Ouni ​​
Startup Community Leader in Tunisia
With his short yet intensive professional experience Mohamed worked on a number of IT development projects, managed the initial establishment of a local coworking community and coordinated the Entrepreneurship Platform DEP. ​He currently works as the North African Business Developer for SME/Entrepren​eurship consulting firm and pursues the launch of the first local crowdfunding platform, The founder of a new free speech concept, Nawarni™ and international coordinator of Webdays™, a new concept of Technological and Entrepreneurship events and Lead-organizer of the Tunisian editions, TNWebdays.
He is always eager to share his experience by taking part in main regional events as a speaker, coach and as trainer also for Kids with Injaaz el Arab Initiative​

​                                                                Antonis Spyridakis ​​

​​​​Founder & CEO of Travelgogo​

Antonis is a Greek self-starter based in Prague. He was born in Thessaloniki, raised in Heraklion and studied in Kavala Business Administ​ration with an emphasis in Digital Marketing. Antonis was a pro-active co​mmunity leader of the local startup ecosystem in Kavala. He organized several local startup events that empower young people to turn their ideas into reality, such as Startup Weekend Kavala and Open Coffee Kavala. Antonis is now a dedicated Social Media Executive with over three years of experience in Social Media Marketing, Community Building & Management