egg - enter-grow-go, the most prominent business accelerator in Greece designed and implemented by Eurobank and Corallia of the RC Athena since 2013, announces new agreements with strong international footprint and undertakes important development initiatives seeking to further strengthen and expand the innovation ecosystem. egg has a successful ten-year track record in the Greek market, already, were presented today at EGG Hub, egg's new premises at Moschato, at an event inaugurated by the Minister of Digital Governance, Mr. Kyriakos Pierrakakis.
Mr. Fokion Karavias, Eurobank's Chief Executive Officer, underlined the Bank’s firm commitment to supporting innovation that promotes business extroversion. "egg’s successful ten-year course signals the strong dynamics of Greek innovative entrepreneurship" he said during his opening remarks at the event, in the presence of Eurobank’s Chairman of the Board of Directors, Mr. George Zanias and the Bank’s Deputy CEOs, Mr. Andreas Athanassopoulos, Mr. Konstantinos Vassiliou and Mr. Stavros Ioannou. Before the event a workshop with three sessions took place, with the participation of, the Deputy Ministers of Research & Technology, Mr. Christos Dimas and of Tourism, Ms. Sofia Zacharaki as well as representatives of Toronto Metropolitan University, Cyprus Seeds, and the Israeli start-up entrepreneurship ecosystem. Representatives of institutional bodies, including The Hellenic Federation of Enterprises – SEV, the Greek Tourism Confederation - SETE, Enterprise Greece and Elevate Greece, with whom egg has strategic partnerships and distinguished academics from Greece and abroad, as well as members of the Advisory Board and the egg Steering Committee attended the inauguration ceremony of egg’s new premises.
The Minister of Digital Governance, Mr. Kyriakos Pierrakakis, stated: "egg has proved to be a point of reference for start-ups, acting as a solid ground for them to take their first steps. Today, at the inauguration of the EGG Hub, we witness the egg organization grow and make tremendous progress, just like the many startups that have also done so in the past thanks to its assistance. I sincerely hope that the new premises will host a dynamic and extrovert innovation ecosystem, which through international synergies will bring out the next generation of Greek startups.".
Eurobank’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Stavros Ioannou, presented egg’s new initiatives and partnerships which aim to strengthen the Greek innovation system and its international character on the basis of 3 (three) main pillars: Extroversion, Financing and Business Networking.
In the context of its new initiatives, egg:
- Extends for an additional five (5) years the partnership that began in 2018 with the internationally renowned Toronto Metropolitan University (ex-Ryerson University), focusing on synergies with the leading business accelerator DMZ. Through this partnership participants in egg’s cycles will have access to enhanced advisory services and the opportunity for networking with investment capital in Canada and North America, given the establishment of the new DMZ in New York, one of the top three innovation ecosystems in the global rankings. Particular emphasis will be placed on supporting spin-offs of Greek Universities & Research Institutions with women as founding members.
- Signs a cooperation agreement with Cyprus Seeds, aiming at linking innovative academic research conducted in Cypriot universities and research institutions with the real economy, creating networking opportunities for young Greek and Cypriot entrepreneurs.
- Supports the first Greek Cooperative Innovation Cluster in Digital Technologies for Tourism & Culture. This cluster, consisting of thirteen (13) companies, has secured funding from the General Secretariat for Research & Innovation of the Ministry of Development and Investment for the implementation of a technological project with a budget of €2.3 million with the aim to modernize the tourism and cultural product.
- Secures the possibility to extend the extroversion program in Israel, for three years focusing on business consulting, knowledge transfer and international partnerships.
- Expands initiatives for connecting the Greek academic and research community with the market, through Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) with the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, the Agricultural University of Athens and the University of Patras, to support spin-offs with emphasis on the empowerment of female researchers, students and entrepreneurs.
Eurobank will participate as a private investor in five (5) Venture Capital funds, supported by the Hellenic Development Bank and will invest additional €5 million, doubling its participation in such VCs. It will also participate, initially with €19 million in the new Enterprise Fund (Loan Fund and Guarantee Fund), managed by HBD in cooperation with the Greek Ministry of Development and Investment.
The opening of the conference was announced by Mr. Michael Vlastarakis, Chairman of the egg Steering Committee and General Manager of Marketing & Corporate Communications at Eurobank Group, Ms. Roula Bachtalia, Director of egg and Mr. Nikos Vogiatzis, Co-Founder & Member of the Management Board of Corallia, members of the egg Steering Committee.
The three thematic panels, "Internationalization & Extroversion", "Innovation Cooperative Formations Tourism/Culture and "Interface between Research, Innovation & Entrepreneurship", as well as the opening ceremony of the Egg Hub, were attended by more than 1.000 guests._
Left to right: Mr. Andreas Athanassopoulos, Eurobank’s Deputy CEO, Mr. Fokion Karavias, Eurobank's Chief Executive Officer, Ms. Roula Bachtalia, Director of egg, The Minister of Digital Governance, Mr. Kyriakos Pierrakakis, Mr. George Zanias, Eurobank’s Chairman of the Board of Directors, Mr. Stavros Ioannou, Eurobank’s Deputy CEO, Mr. Michael Vlastarakis, Chairman of the egg Steering Committee and General Manager of Marketing & Corporate Communications at Eurobank Group, Mr. Nikos Vogiatzis, Co-Founder & Member of the Management Board of Corallia and Mr. Konstantinos Vassiliou, , Eurobank’s Deputy CEO