ivoluntry is one of the 17 startups selected to participate in the 2024 edition of S3E Charge, the EU-funded accelerator program fostering deep tech innovation and entrepreneurship in Southern Europe.

We spoke with Andreas Kountouras, CEO and Co-founder of ivoluntry, to learn more about how this Greek startup is building an online community platform for volunteering activities, their reasons for joining S3E Charge and their ambitions to grow the business in the next 5 years.

Hi Andreas! Tell us about ivoluntry, the mission behind the business and the technology you’ve developed.

Antypas Azoidis and I co-founded ivoluntry in January 2023 with the aim to digitally organise and maximise volunteering activities around the world. The idea came from my personal experience volunteering as a lifeguard.

We’ve created a digital platform that connects volunteers with opportunities provided by NGOs and non-profit organisations, creating an online space where they can explore available activities and people interested in contributing to them. It also helps to digitally capture and maximise the volunteer footprint of companies, maximises the sample of scientific research in this area, and contributes to develop voluntourism.

We are currently in the development stage of our website and we are looking for volunteers and NGOs who would be interested in connecting through our platform.

How would you define your entrepreneurship journey so far?

Being an entrepreneur is an exciting adventure. It constantly forces you to get out of your comfort zone which, in turns, make you grow professionally and personally.

In our case, we’re always willing to learn and collaborate from other professionals and fellow entrepreneurs, and we’re constantly evolving to get the business to the stage where we’d like it to be.

Why have you decided to enrol in the S3E Charge accelerator?

We’d like to introduce our platform to volunteers and NGOs based in many different countries, and we believe this accelerator can help us achieve that goal. Through the help of our mentor, we hope to get feedback on our plans of expansion and start growing an international network; we’re also very interested in improving our pitch presentation for when we’re ready to introduce ivoluntry to investors and new audiences.

What are the key ambitions for your DataFruit IIoT? Where would you like to see the business in 5 years?

In the next 5 year, we want to achieve our set financial goals and reach European citizens and organisations looking to develop their volunteering activities. We also plant to integrate educational interaction features within the platform to continue spreading the ivoluntry philosophy.

Drawing from your experience, what piece of advice would you give to an entrepreneur who’d like to launch their own startup?

My advice would be to observe the national ecosystem to be aware of what’s happening at a social, economical or even cultural level and see how it all ties in with your business idea, and to take part in entrepreneurship programs which can help develop your startup. And don’t be afraid of failing — it’s all part of the journey!

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