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Alexia Kotsi and Grigoris Stamatopoulos decided to found Funkmartini in 2013. Funkmartini is an online booking platform that gives users the opportunity to book online any beauty service they want, 24/7. At the same time, it is a unique instrument for the entrepreneurs who want to upgrade the way they organize their appointment calendar and to develop their businesses.
Funkmartini is currently collaborating with more than 1000 beauty salons and professionals in Athens and Thessaloniki and aims in expanding in more regions of Greece, as well as abroad.
At the same time, the company aspires to leave its social footprint, so it supports a social institution, so that it can be financially aided.
I came up with the idea of Funkmartini about 3 years ago, when I worked for several hours in an open office environment. I decided to find a way to be able to book silently and quietly any beauty appointment I want via my computer.
As for the beauty businesses, it’s the first platform that connects their management, so as to have a full appointment calendar, customer information... The Funkmartini platform enables users to search for a beauty service, check the availability of the preferred beauty salon and book a service.
At the beginning of our company, stress was the biggest obstacle. But I believe that we have managed to overcome those obstacles and to work correctly as a very good team.
The sustainability of any start-up depends on the money that it can raise from the market. Market means investors, private investors and some funds that can invest in a company. We are in discussions with several funds from abroad and depending on the plans we present to the investors, they decide whether and to what extent they should invest again in us.
There is a secret to the success of Funkmartini. That’s hard work and passion.
At the beginning, we practically tried to finance the project of Funkmartini with our own funds. Then we realized that it was too difficult, so we appealed to investors.
The truth is that our company’s values are still being shaped. But teamwork is definitely something that has brought us this far apart, hard work, concentration, the goal to go further every time.
At Funkmartini there is a program called “Ethos”. It’s a social responsibility program which started from the first day we founded the company. A part of the percentage we get from the booking is sent directly to the non-profit organization “Make A Wish” and this is something we do 365 days a year.
As Funkmartini, our future goal is for our network to cover the entire national territory. And we are clearly interested in foreign markets as well. We are very interested in Cyprus, in Romania. We would like to show abroad the values that are related to the Greek character, such as the passion that we show for our work. I believe that Greeks are very hard-working, as long as they have the appropriate working conditions to be able to prove it.
I actually believe that our generation is the one that will change our country. And everyone should try to do so.
Passion is the most important thing. Passion for what you want to do. You fall, you rise... You must never stop chasing your dream and if you take your dream seriously, some day it will come true.