The Squeeze By Orange Grove

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The Squeeze By Orange Grove
Orange Grove's thrilling pitching competition "The Squeeze" is back on Tuesday 14th of May, at 18:00, co-organized by the Netherlands Embassy and the U.S. Embassy in Greece! And this edition of “The Squeeze” is even more exciting as it features innovative startups from the Food and Agri-tech sector.

Eight Agrifood startups will go head-to-head on Orange Grove’s stage, pitching their business ideas to a panel of distinguished judges from the U.S., the Netherlands and Greece. This is a unique opportunity to be part of one of the top startup competitions in Greece that attracts investors, journalists, successful entrepreneurs, ambitious startuppers and members of the startup ecosystem, all offering inspiration and connections.

This is the international judges’ panel for this year's "The Squeeze":

- Alphons van Broekhoven, Director at Reggeborgh
- Amu Fowler, Managing Director at ViveDC
- Arjan de Jong, Specialist Lead Data & Analytics at Vattenfall
- Marisa Antonopoulou, Business Development Manager at Action Finance Initiative

We are also excited to welcome back as our presenter Jan Franke, a Dutch journalist in the field of Technology and Innovation and a startup enthusiast and mentor based in Tel Aviv.

This year, “The Squeeze” is an official “Road to GES” event, highlighting the strong partnership between the Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the U.S. Government in organizing the Global Entrepreneurship Summit ( in The Hague, June 4-5, 2019. The theme of GES 2019 is The Future Now, and it will attract 2,000 entrepreneurs, investors, policymakers, and innovation ecosystem partners in five focus sectors: Agri-Food, Connectivity, Energy, Health, and Water. Access to finance, job creation and women’s economic empowerment will be overarching themes.

Once “The Squeeze” winners are announced, the event continues with networking, lots of beer, courtesy of Heineken, main sponsor of Orange Grove, and delicious pizza offered by the event’s sponsor L’ Artigiano. Media sponsors of the event are Kathimerini newspaper and SKAI TV channel.

“The Squeeze" competition is open to the public and entry is free.

And as always, on the day before “The Squeeze,” you will have the opportunity to meet the judges at the “Orange Stories” event, during which the judges will discuss their experiences and the challenges they faced during their path to success, and answer questions from the audience.

The event open to the public and entry is free, so please sign up HERE