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Zoi Giavri, TomoTech

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Two software engineers from the National Technical University of Athens and an economist from Athens University of Economy and Business — Zoi Giavri, 25; Dimitris Rozakis, 27; and Paris Ziogkas, 26 — launched TomoTECH, a company that makes a cloud-based software service for the processing of MRI exams. The software uses 3-D technology that reconstructs the nerve fibers in the brain to allow doctors and radiologists to more accurately reconstruct the anatomical structure of the human brain and pinpoint damage from diseases, such as a brain tumor.

According to CEO Giavri, the global market for the product is $1.2 billion. TomoTech's software is 90 percent accurate versus software on the market today that is 65 percent.

That may be why their one-year-old company has won a series of entrepreneurship competitions in Greece, including Ennovation 2014 and MITEnterprise Forum Greece, and a spot in the coveted EGG incubator in Athens.

The company is now in discussions with angel investors in the U.K. and Greece to raise 200,000 euros to scale up R&D, hiring and marketing efforts.

Pictured: Zoi Giavri, co-founder and CEO of TomoTECH

Marios Polyzogopoulos | CNBC