Sotirios Ptochos, a graduate of the MBA International Program of the Athens University of Economics and Business, has won the MBA Startup of the Year 2022 Award of the world-renowned Association of MBAs (AMBA) and Business Graduates Association (BGA) Excellence Awards 2022, for his company PEOPLE.
The AMBA & BGA Excellence Awards, which were held virtually on the 21st of January 2022, brought together leading lights from the global business education community to celebrate excellence and commend achievement among Business Schools, MBA students and graduates, suppliers and employers. The ceremony was attended by more than 350 Business School leaders, as well as category finalists, judges and media representatives.
“As showcased by the winners of this year’s Excellence Awards – the AMBA & BGA Schools network continue to manage magnificently in spite of the challenges caused by Covid-19, with determination and innovation”, Andrew Main Wilson, Chief Executive of the Association of MBAs and Business Graduates Association (AMBA & BGA).
Mr. Sotirios Ptochos with his Startup PEOPLE earned the Gold Award in the category Startup of the Year, placing his company and the Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB) in the elite of the initiatives presented in the AMBA & BGA Excellence Awards for 2022. PEOPLE proposes to the world a green solution that concerns us all. This startup represents a revolutionary approach to one of the most significant climate challenges by proposing sustainable transportation and supply chain solutions. The company combines lightweight technology, the Internet of Things, and advanced analytics with the aim of revolutionising the standards of global freight transport by saving over 205 million trees; reducing C02 emissions by more than 800 million tonnes every year; saving over 250 billion litres of fossil fuel yearly; and be able to move moving hundreds million tonnes of cargo at no additional cost or additional C02 emissions every year.
“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children. The combination of People and Technology provides all the tools we need to give back a 100% sustainable and fully connected world. It’s simply a matter of having the will to deploy them. We are a team of passionate people, we are giving our best, we enjoy the journey and we would like to thank the MBA International team of Athens University of Economics and Business; and the Association of MBAs (AMBA) and Business Graduates Association (BGA) team for being a significant in it.” Sotirios Ptochos, Co-founder of PEOPLE.
So, Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB) has a big reason to celebrate. During these turbulent times that the world is experiencing, positive stories continue to flourish in Greece about entrepreneurs developing innovative technological solutions with a positive sustainable impact globally.
“Among strong competition from AMBA accredited MBA Programs across the globe, the MBA International of AUEB, which combines the best of both academic and practical knowledge, was honoured through its graduate Mr. Sotirios Ptochos, with this prestigious AMBA & BGA Excellence Award. Besides awarding the innovative thinking and business acumen of Mr. Ptochos and the PEOPLE team, the award is a recognition of the consequent and strong integration of entrepreneurial skills, innovation, technology and sustainability in the curriculum of the MBA International, equipping its graduates with strong skills to thrive as managers, entrepreneurs, and business and organisational leaders”. Professor Eric Soderquist, Director, MBA International Program, Department of Management Science & Technology, School of Business, AUEB.
You can watch the AMBA & BGA Excellence Awards Full Ceremony here.