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Inaugural “Elevate Greece” Business Startup Event Held in Athens

Elevate Greece, an event sponsored by the Greek Ministry of Development and Investment, was addressed by Prime Minster Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Tuesday. Credit: AMNA

A new event promoting Greek business innovation, called Elevate Greece, sponsored by the Ministry of Development and Investment, was held on Tuesday.

The new platform, meant to be “the gateway to our country’s innovation ecosystem”, was presented by Minister of Development and Investments Adonis Georgiadis, Deputy Minister of private investments and public-private partnerships Giannis Tsakiris and Deputy Minister of research and technology Christos Dimas.

“Something new is starting and being created in our country and it is our duty to support this ‘ecosystem’ in every way,” Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said during his speech at the event.

The new platform aims at strengthening, developing and exporting Greek start-ups. Its main goal is to promote networking between them and enlarging opportunities for international expansion.

The platform will also record the businesses’ progress on the basis of critical indicators, making the start-ups attractive for companies in Greece and abroad.

Prime Minister Mistotakis stressed that supporting the start-up ecosystem sends a very important message to young people who had moved abroad during the crisis. “They are starting to think for the first time that they can return to their homeland,” he stated, “because their homeland has the potential to create new jobs and meet their professional concerns.

Their interests include, he said, “Not only their financial ambitions, but mainly their willingness to work in a business environment that will reward cooperation, ingenuity and new ideas.”

The platform will include companies that meet two key characteristics — innovation and scalability — and they will be judged by reputable evaluators in the fields of innovation and entrepreneurship. The participating companies will be able, in addition to their networking and promotion, to enjoy benefits and sponsorships from the official supporters of Elevate Greece.

Greek Minister of Development and Investments Adonis Georgiadis stated during the event that Elevate Greece is “the gateway where all companies that innovate, that do research, can be registered and (take advantage of) government policy.”

He noted that with the help of this new entrepreneurship tool, Greece will be able to benefit from the comparative advantages it has, including the “brilliant minds who have stayed here — and we must fight for them to stay here, with good jobs in Greece — and the brilliant minds who left, and we are fighting to get them back.”

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