13th Innovation and Technology Competition

Stand out with your proposal!

Get to know our comprehensive support program

For innovative and outward-looking entrepreneurship

Participate in the competition

If you have a business plan, an idea or an innovative company and you wish to take the next step, we are waiting for you. Discover the annual innovation & technology competition: An opportunity to get to know us and our partners, to receive mentoring and if you are short-listed, to win monetary prizes and extended press exposure.

Finance your endeavor

The credit lines offered by the program are the following:

  • Grant through significant monetary prizes awarded via the competition
  • Equity financing, with participation in the company’s equity
  • Bond loans that can be converted into shares
  • Special purpose loans to develop new activities

Obtain a start-up package

We support entrepreneurship through a special package of banking products. This way, you can receive, free of charge, the option to accept e-commerce transactions for a year, discounts for products and services, as well as provision of services by experts.

Come to the 4-day bootcamps

Attend 1 of the 4 bootcamps that we organize, together with a series of other actions in Athens, Thessaloniki, Patras and Heraklion. The mentors of the program will provide useful advice.

Strengthen your Fintech startup

We actively support your initiatives pertaining to financial products and services.  If you are involved in Fintech innovation and wish to take the next step, come and meet us.

Gain great press exposure

If you are one of the 10 winners of the competition, if you have received any financing from us or if you have received a distinction in any of our bootcamps, then you will receive great exposure.

Our partners

We support your outward-looking and innovative business through the appropriate means and the right allies.
Accenture
Biomedical Sciences Research Center "Alexander Fleming"
AmCham GR American Hellenic Chamber of Commerce
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Bayer
CENSUS
National Centre for Scientific Research "Demokritos"
National Documentation Center (EKT)
National & Technical University of Athens
ENDEAVOR GREECE
Enterpreneurs’ Organisation
Centre for Research and Technology Hellas
Agricultural University of Athens
Grant Thornton
Hub to Business Hub
Israel Advanced Technology Industries (IATI)
Onassis Foundation
Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas
Center of Volunteer Managers - Greece (KEMEL)
Center Archimedes
McKinsey & Company
Microsoft
Thessaloniki's Innovation Ecosystem (OK!Thess)
Athens University of Economics & Business
OTE
National & Kapodistrian University of Athens
University of Piraeus
PATRASIQ
University of Crete
University of Macedonia
Technical University of Crete
University of Peloponnese
University of Thessaly
PWC
Junior Achievement Greece
SEV - Hellenic Federation of Enterprises
THE PEOPLE’S TRUST
Watson Farley & Williams

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Business Seeds in numbers

For the last 13 years, nothing has been giving us more joy than seeing you evolve. Because you implement innovative ideas that take all of us one step forward. This way, we can support outward-looking entrepreneurship, the creation of employment positions and ultimately, our country, together.
  • 13 years

    in operation
  • €578.000

    in prizes
  • € 5,5 mil.

    in investments and loans
  • 41

    startups
  • 2.000

    jobs
  • 4.512

    proposals
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NBG's digital transformation always takes mature and stable steps. This way it becomes a catalyst for us, aiding our operations.
Gianna Ioannidou
Managing Director at All Web Solution SA

How can I participate in the program?

Through our activities
You can participate in the Business Seeds program by attending our open events, online seminars, as well as the “Innovation in Greece: current situation” seminar. You can also fill out the enquiry form
Participating in the competition
In order to sign up for the annual Business Seeds competition, you can submit your application from early July until early October. If you have an innovative idea, we want to hear all about it.

Do you want more information?

The NBG Business Seeds is a program supporting innovative and outward-looking entrepreneurship. At the same time, it highlights ideas and projects, educates and mentors teams, but also provides infrastructure, networking and financing. All the participants of the competition receive information and mentoring by the Bank’s executives and the executives of our partners. Furthermore, everyone has an opportunity to present their idea, meet the other participants, as well as to learn more about the innovation support programs provided by our partners. Aside from the competition phase and the awarding of the proposals through the annual Innovation & Technology Competition, emphasis is given to supporting selected proposals that received a distinction.

Furthermore, special emphasis is given to the mentoring of the teams by experienced NBG executives, who, having a professional experience of more than 20 years in various sectors, will suggest targeted solutions to improve every innovative endeavor.

Additionally, there are targeted actions for providing financial support to companies in cooperation with The People’s Trust. There are selected companies that participate in lending and equity financing actions, as well as mentoring and networking actions in cooperation with Google, Grant Thornton, Watson, Farley & Williams, Israel Advanced Technology Industries (IATI), American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce, Census, ΜcKinsey, KEMEL, Endeavor Greece, InnoEnergy, KiNNO, National Documentation Centre, the Onassis Foundation, Amazon, Microsoft, PriceWaterHouseCoopers (PwC), Accenture, (HIGGS) Higher Incubator Giving Growth & Sustainability, OK!Thess, CapsuleT, H2B Hub, the ΕΙΤ Climate-Kic Hub Greece and the ARCHIMIDES Center.

How can I participate in the program?

  1. By attending our events.
  2. By applying to our annual NBG Business seeds competition, from early July to early October.

The companies we are looking to support should be:

  • Innovative, namely, to offer pioneering solutions in relation to online or social entrepreneurship, the environment, culture, biotechnology, agriculture, transportations and energy.
  • Original, i.e., to set a standard for the other companies in their sector with respect to the creation of employment positions, exports and technological innovation.
  • Dynamic, which means to have a long-term positive financial, developmental and social impact.
  • Sustainable, namely, to be based on financially sustainable business models, ready for development.
  • Attractive, which translates to having an exciting vision and a potential to attract the required partners.
  • Compatible, which means to go hand in hand with the values and the goals of NBG Business Seeds.

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