An insight into Greek start-ups and enterprise in Athens

Opportunity type:

Ref: 10003687


All first and second year undergraduate students from all faculties and programmes are eligible to participate in this opportunity. The maximum number of places on this opportunity is 25 and the minimum the trip will go ahead with is 10. DMU staff will be accompanying the group. We encourage all eligible students to apply, and particularly welcome applications from:

  • Students with a demonstrable interested in innovation and enterprise
  • Students with a demonstrable interest in start-ups
  • Students that can articulate the benefits of the opportunity from an employability perspective

DMU students are only eligible to receive one extra-curricular trip bursary per year. Please check our eligibility criteria for further details.


In participating on this opportunity, students will see how enterprise is the life blood of an economy. Furthermore, how enterprise is instrumental to regenerating a country after it has faced political challenges and minimal growth over several years of hardship. Students will listen to advice from Greek entrepreneurs who have succeeded and failed through tough economic times in Greece.

Activities in this opportunity will include an international start-up business pitching and consultancy session, utilising the experience and creative minds of Greek innovation centres. Other activities will include learning about developing your business or business idea to stand out in an international environment, given the difference in culture to that of the UK. Greek business experts will share their knowledge in a Q&A session on technology and the future of business leadership. Additional enterprise activities are still to be confirmed but will be focused around students developing their entrepreneurial potential.

The purpose of this enterprise trip is to give first and second year undergraduates students the chance to learn and develop their understanding of enterprise in a practical format. Through meeting entrepreneurs and understanding how they became successful or failed through the challenges of the 2008 recession, they will learn how to create a start-up which is more robust and recession proof. The entrepreneurs in Athens will also help to inspire DMU students which have business ideas, to take the leap and start their enterprise.

In terms of outcomes, this trip will help students from all faculties see that they have the opportunity to turn their creative ideas into operational start-up businesses. This can be through utilising the support available from DMU works enterprise. It will hopefully broaden the horizons of students and raise their level of cultural awareness. Whatever course you study, background you are from or upbringing you have had, remember, enterprise is inclusive and this experience will demonstrate that with an international perspective.

Cultural activities

While in Athens, students will have time to experience the world-class historical and archaeological sites and museums. We will march through the breath-taking paths of the Acropolis and visit the Parthenon, the impressive Herodeion Theatre and the Ancient Agora and its surroundings. There will also be the opportunity for students to do a walking tour in the districts of Plaka and Monastiraki beneath the Acropolis, where they will experience the uniqueness of Athenian history and culture.

Students may choose to hike Mount Lycabettus to capture 360 magnificent views of Athens and astonishing sunsets or visit the old grandiose Olympic Panathenaic Stadium, the Temple of Zeus, the National Garden, the Museum of Illusions or any of the many attractions that Athens has to offer.

Travel and accommodation

Travel and hostel accommodation will be booked by DMU for this opportunity, and students will be expected to pay the remaining amount via the DMU Online Store within 14 days of receiving an offer of acceptance. The DMU Global bursary will be deducted from the cost of the trip.

Contact details

Visa information

In order to participate in this trip you are responsible for ensuring that you meet the immigration requirements for Greece. EU nationals will not require a visa to travel to another EU country.

Non-EU nationals will require a visa to travel to Greece and are responsible for obtaining a Schengen visa. Further information related to obtaining a visa can be found here.

The Global Mobility Office can provide visa support letters as required, and proof of enrolment can be obtained from the Student Gateway. You must ensure that you apply for your Schengen visa as soon as you have been formally accepted to this opportunity by DMU Global. You are responsible for checking processing times and meeting all application requirements in order to ensure that you receive your visa prior to departure. Be aware that immigration decisions are made by individual embassies.

Key Information

  • Departure date: Monday 8 June 2020
  • Return date: Friday 12 June 2020
  • Estimated cost of flights, accommodation and transfers: £450
  • Students will also be required to pay for: cultural activities, food & drink and visa (if applicable)
  • DMU Global bursary: £150
  • Deadline for application: Monday 17 February 2020 9am