Thessaloniki Innovation Zone to “Thessaloniki Summit 2017’’

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Thessaloniki Innovation Zone invites you to “Thessaloniki Summit 2017’’ in the session “Innovation Funding” on Friday 6 October at 13:00 in the conference room Ioannis Vellidis.

Marina Hatsopoulos, entrepreneur and investor and Walter Stechel, General Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany in Thessaloniki will share with us their experience, and afterwards a dialogue will follow in a round table with fund-experts!




Moderator Pantelis Angelidis, President, Alexander Innovation Zone


Introductory remarks

The role of policy making and international cooperation

Walter Stechel, Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Thessaloniki


Funding dos and dont’s

Marina Hatsopoulos, Entrepreneur, Investor


Ioannis Papadopoulos, Chairman of the Hellenic Venture Capital Association

George Karantonis, General Partner, Metavallon Fund

Nikolas Takas, Vice President, Thermi Ventures SA

Lazaros Papadopoulos, Founder, Athlenda SA





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Those who will attend in the Innovation Zone’s session, would have free access in the rest sessions of the summit.

It is necessary to register for access to the Summit by completing the following form and sending it to

Thessaloniki Innovation Friendly Destination To Re:Publica 17

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For the first time in Thessaloniki, 11-13 of September, is presented the conference that connects hackers, bloggers, scientists, entrepreneurs and NGOs in Europe.

In this event, Thessaloniki Innovation Zone would have an important session on Tuesday 12/09 at 15:00 and we will discuss about success stories of the startups: Athlenda, Thessaloniki Innovation Friendly Destination, Baresquare, Chimar Hellas S.A. and Fieldscale about how they “survived” until their success.

Come and talk about the entrepreneurship activities of our city and interac.

The event will take place in Warehouse 1, at the Port. # Zoni2Republica.

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On November 10th and 11th, the French Embassy is organizing the second French-Greek network of innovation forum in Athens: MAZINNOV. It will be an opportunity to listen to and meet major French and Greek innovators, to participate in the Mazinnov programs dedicated to innovators: ADOPT a STARTUP, IMAGINE THE GREECE OF TOMORROW … Follow us on Facebook @MAZINNOV and on our website: And apply using the attached form.

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Global Entrepreneurs Project: How Can the Greek Startups Grow

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AIESEC, is the largest student-run organization, with more than 70.000 active members aiming to have a positive impact on society.

Global Entrepreneur is a cross-cultural program where our young talents brings added value to your venture with their entrepreneurial spirit. It is a non-paid professional internship for 6-12 weeks for young people from around the world.

Most startups don’t have enough money to support their functions and not enough HR to handle their operations. Therefore, the program offers in an affordable way young talents to help startups boost their performance in fields such as International Sales, Social Media Management, Digital Marketing and Information Technology.


The total program fee is 150€ per student, if the accommodation is provided, which can be reduced respectively to the number of interns that every startup wants to collaborate with. If the accommodation of the student cannot be covered, there is an extra fee of 120€ per student.

For more information, you can contact with Antonis Papagelis through his personal mail:

Application Form for the OK!Thess pre-incubation program

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Submissions from individuals or groups with innovative ideas, are accepted anytime, regardless their stage, who would like to benefit from the services of the OK!Thess pre-incubator in order to set up a startup business or accelerate the one that has been already set up.

Proposals shall be evaluated at regular intervals, the exact dates are being announced on the website.

The current submission period closes on September the 13th 2017. Results will be announced on September the 19th 2017. The incubation period starts with a compulsory bootcamp that starts on the 2nd and lasts until the 13th of October.

To participate, you either fill in the following form, or just answer the questions in the body of an e-mail and send it to

NEWBITS – Through an improved understanding of ITS services towards innovative business models

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The European Commission sees an important role for Intelligent Transport Systems – short ITS – in order to enhance greening transport and improve transport efficiency, safety, and security.[1] However, there is a lack of robust and innovative business models for ITS services, such as in-vehicle safety and traffic monitoring systems.

To support the development of innovative business models and effective policy incentives, a better understanding of the factors affecting the deployment of ITS services is required. The Horizon 2020 project NEWBITS (‘NEW Business models for ITS’) aims to contribute to this improved understanding by assessing the barriers and enablers for the deployment of such services. Furthermore, it explores the impact of external factors and trends on the future relevance of barriers and enablers.

A deeper understanding of the described factors has been achieved by the recently published project deliverable ‘D 2.2: Assessment of main barriers and key performance indicators (KPIs) for the implementation of ITS services’. Based on a literature review and the results of an EU-wide online survey among relevant stakeholders, supplemented by the assessment of 94 ITS services currently applied in the EU, US and Australia, the most relevant barriers and enablers for specific market segments and service types were determined.

The results of D 2.2 illustrate that the relevance of barriers and enablers for the deployment of ITS services differs significantly between market segments. It also turned out that a lack of attractive business models, political prioritization, cooperation between stakeholders and interoperability between services are relevant barriers within all market segments. The opposite of these ‘general barriers’ were identified as cross-market enablers, for instance increasing political commitment. In addition, an enhanced popularity of ‘Mobility-as–a-Service’ (MaaS), more public-private partnerships and a higher level of end-user involvement were recognized as further important enablers for ITS services.

The study also emphasizes the expected change of the mentioned barriers and enablers influenced by trends like urbanization, increased attention for sustainability, emerging technologies (e.g. 5G), demographic changes and an increased demand for multimodal transport. These trends may lead to increased political commitment and more attractive business models.

Find out more about NEWBITS and the project results under


Inquiries should be addressed to:

Mr. Xavier Leal

Project Manager NEWBITS

[1] EC (2008): Action Plan for the Deployment of Intelligent Transport Systems in Europe, COM(2008) 886 final:

< > [31.05.17].

Digital Innovation Hub – The AgroFood Case

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14 March 2017, Thessaloniki, Greece

The EUROPEAN COMMISSION recently published a communication promoting Digital Innovation Hubs (DIH) as ecosystems that support bottom-up innovation in a specific industrial sector benefiting of the competitive advantage offered by digital technologies. Ideally such hubs consist of SMEs, large industries, startups, researchers, accelerators, and investors. They aim to create the best conditions for long-term business success for all involved. The EC plans to focus 500M€ investment from Horizon 2020 on digital innovation hubs and mobilize an estimated 5 B€ for regional investment.

Thessaloniki Innovation Zone (TIZ), is an innovation facilitator promoting the Thessaloniki region as an innovation friendly destination. It is a unique project in Greece, intending to the attraction and establishment of innovative enterprises and research bodies in Thessaloniki, thus contributing to the economic development of the region. Thessaloniki, the youngest city in Europe, enjoys a vibrant ecosystem of people and resources, highly receptive to international cooperation. In EC terminology TIZ is an innovation hub and it goes without saying that digital technologies, as KETs, are on top of our list.

The workshop will explain to the local innovation ecosystem the notion of DIHs presenting European best case examples and addressing a range of questions, indicatively: What are the main characteristics of the innovation hubs? How are they created? How the EC can help? What works well and what does not? How do the hubs achieve sustainability?

Stay tuned to Thessaloniki Innovation Friendly Destination website for more information.

DEVit Conference 2017

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Get ready to step out of your comfort zone! Learn about the latest trends and techniques for Frontend, Backend, DevOps and Mobile! Meet the experts, the evangelists, the masterminds!

Sat 20 – Sun 21 May 2017, Thessaloniki, Greece

DEVit is the 360° Web Development Conference, frontend, backend, DevOps, mobile. We want to get you out of your comfort zone and cross pollinate all arts and crafts that make today’s World Wide Web possible.

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