Panagiota Pouliou & Lasse Grønnerup Johanne  - Erasmus entrepreneurs

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New entrepreneur:
Panagiota Pouliou (Greece)
Age: 27
Company name: LAb 42 (Start-up)
Sector of activity: Architectural, construction, engineering and inspection services

"Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs is a very challenging and exciting programme at the same time. It was a pleasure being part of it and having the opportunity to become a better entrepreneur myself.”

Host entrepreneur:
Lasse Grønnerup Johanne (Denmark)
Age: 37
Company name: WERKT APS (12 years of experience)
Sector of activity: Architectural, construction, engineering and inspection services

"Working with a new entrepreneur is always very refreshing and can make you realise what is happening all over the world. It provides new market perspectives and ideas.”

Period of exchange: 10/2019 until 04/2020
Duration of exchange: 6 months


Lasse is a well-accomplished architect located in Copenhagen. He studied architecture at the Royal Academy of Arts and started his career as project manager at COBE one of the most renowned architectural studios in the world. After some time in the city, he and Tobias Mürsch decided to pursue their career goals together and create their own company. WERKT is a hybrid of contemporary architecture new construction materials and the elegance of the Nordic design.

Panayota Pouliou is a recent architecture graduate who specializes in 3D printing and modeling. She is very familiar with coding and her goal is to open "LAB 42” which will be her own studio/workshop. Panayota has worked in the past in other offices as an architect both in Greece and abroad and her dream is to apply innovation to architecture. She considers technology very important and suggests the use of computational mechanisms for the creation of concepts buildings and facades.

Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs gave them the chance to work together and broaden their efficiency, their perspective and develop new skills and ideas. The goal of this project was to gain experience and share knowledge in both parties. Panayota levelled up her business and communication skills. She learned how to promote her work and how to attract customers. She also managed to understand the procedure of setting up a company as a whole, the importance of teamwork and the importance of  leadership (keeping balance in the work environment and employees productive and happy). Lasse on the other hand also gained a lot through this collaboration. He found Panayota to be inspiring and very professional. He thinks her ideas a revolutionary in the field of architecture and he believes that her practices can be in good use.

Panayota used to believe a lot in architectural competitions. Now she is embracing the idea of trying to achieve direct communication with customers instead. Werkt studio now has a 3D printing department so they can produce their own models and experiment with new strategies and materials. Both Panayota and Lasse gained a lot of experience through the programme and have decided to extend their collaboration after the end of it. Even though Panayota gained a lot from this experience, she believes that extending her visit in Denmark allows her to learn and evolve more as a person and as a business woman.

For more information, please contact the local contact points involved in the exchange:

New entrepreneur's contact point:
DTU Skylab (Kgs Lyngby, Denmark)

Host entrepreneur's contact point:
Foundation for Research & Technology - Hellas (Iraklio, Greece)

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