|PROFILE OF THE ORGANISATION|
Corallia Clusters Initiative
|Short Description||Corallia is the first organisation established in Greece for the management and development of Innovation Clusters, in specific sectors and regions of the country, aiming at boosting competitiveness, entrepreneurship and innovation, in knowledge-intensive and exports-oriented technology segments, where Greece has the capacity to build a sustainable innovation ecosystem. To date, 3 highly-specialised clusters have been developed in knowledge-intensive thematic sectors with a strong exports-orientation: the mi-Cluster (nano/microelectronics-based systems and applications) established in 2004, the si-Cluster (space technologies and applications) established in 2009 and the gi-Cluster (gaming technologies and creative content) established in 2011. Corallia has performed preparatory actions and largely contributed to the kick-off of clusters in other sectors as well.Additionally, Corallia promotes the hyper-concentration of industrial members of clusters in the InnoHubs, in order to boost innovation exhibited in Greece and abroad. It currently operates two InnoHubs, in Athens and in Patras. Both of them offer a variety of specially designed services. The α1•innohub was established in 2007, as the innovation and cutting-edge technology node in the Greek capital, Athens. The π1•innohub has been in full operation since 2011, as the innovation, research and high-tech bridge in Patras, the third largest urban area and regional capital of Western Greece. Additionally, the α2•innohub is about to open (2014) and be positioned as the innovation, networking and high-tech ring, strategically located in the business district of Athens.
Corallia also implements a series of initiatives to stimulate and promote Youth Entrepreneurship, in collaboration with high-profile partners and supporters in Greece and abroad and organizes programmes to accelerate youth entrepreneurship including the most prominent accelerator programme currently operating in Greece, the egg – enter.grow.go, in cooperation with Eurobank. Among other actions, it is responsible for the programme Educational Trip, co-organized with the student associations from Stanford, Berkeley, MIT and Georgia Tech.
Aiming at achieving transnational and interregional cooperation, Corallia demonstrates a strong engagement in European cluster policy bodies and has established key-strategic International Collaborations with all innovation stakeholders, regional and national development offices around the world with the ultimate goal to ensure a strong impact on cluster development in the participating countries (and beyond).
Corallia’s activities are financed by the private sector, the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and National funds under the National Strategic Reference Framework (NSRF), the Operational Programme Competitiveness and Entrepreneurship, the Regional Operational Programmes, the Hellenic Public Investments Programme, and donations from the private sector, foundations and other benefactors.
|Contact person||Mrs Nektaria Berikou
Corallia Clusters Initiative
International Collaborations Manager
Kifissias Ave. 44, GR-15125, Maroussi, Athens, Greece
E: [email protected]
|We offer||Expertise in the following areas:
– cluster development policies
– creation and development of innovation clusters
– assessment and monitoring of (cluster) policies and programmes
– development of regional policies focusing on RIS3, regional policy analysis
– initiatives to stimulate and promote entrepreneurship
– management of large-scale and complex collaborative projects
|We ask for||
We are interested in building collaborations with other clusters and/or cluster organisations as well as developing partnerships for projects within the frame of Horizon 2020 and other Programmes.