Business Seeds

NBG Business Seeds - Innovation Competition

See your innovative business plans materialize.

Participate in the innovation & technology competition

Claim the financing and the exposure that will boost your idea.  
Take part in the longest-running innovation & technology competition in Greece. 

Monetary prizes

If your idea, business plan, or company is short-listed, you can claim one of the monetary prizes that amount to €49.000 in total.  

Press coverage

If you are one of the 10 winners, you will gain exposure to the press and online media. 

Mentoring for all

For you to properly grow your business, you need someone to support you. We stand by all the contestants by providing advice, mentoring, and everything in-between.

Info-days

You can participate in thematic seminars, info-days, and networking events in Fintech, health, technology, agronutrition, energy, culture, environment, programming, and tourism, organized by NBG in cooperation with our partners. 

4-Day bootcamps

Attend 1 of the 4 bootcamps that we organize, together with a series of other events, in Athens, Thessaloniki, Patras, and Heraklion. In cooperation with our executives, the program mentors will provide you with helpful advice and guidance for your next step regarding your idea or start-up.  

Online bootcamp

Aside from the bootcamps in 4 large Greek cities, we also organize an online bootcamp with a 3-month duration, in which selected teams from all over Greece can participate.

We support innovation in the sectors of the future

We are waiting for you if you have a good idea that can be applied in one of the following sectors.
AGRI-FOOD
ENERGY
INNOVATION
SOCIETY
ENVIRONMENT
HEALTH
TOURISM
CULTURE
TECHNOLOGY
FINTECH

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For people, the environment, culture and society.
Corporate governance

Our vision for a sustainable future

Our responsibility towards the environment

Our responsibility towards society

Innovative ideas that won in 2020

OptiStructure

OptiStructure – 1st prize of the 11th Competition

Advanced design services for environmentally efficient and economical constructions through optimization and artificial intelligence.

Docandu

Docandu – 2nd prize of the 11th Competition

Health in your pocket.

Gaming Brotherhood

Gaming Brotherhood -3rd prize of the 11th Competition

E-commerce Video Service.

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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

Innovation & technology competition in 3 phases

Step 1: Online submission
You can submit your proposal online starting early July until early October.
Step 2: 20 proposals will be short-listed
If your idea gets short-listed, you will be called to the specially designed laboratories to receive mentoring about your business idea. This way, you will be able to submit a complete and detailed business plan for the 3rd phase of the competition. 
Step 3: 10 proposals will be short-listed
If you make it to this phase, you have succeeded! Your proposal will be evaluated by the collaborating universities' professors and by NBG executives, irrespective of the topic. After you present it, you will win one of the five monetary prizes.  

Do you want more information?

The annual innovation and technology competition is an action in the context of the NBG Business Seeds program for supporting innovative entrepreneurship. It takes place annually to provide mentoring, highlight and reward original ideas that will contribute to the development of pioneering systems and applications, based on new technologies, the inclusion of the environmental factor in the design of products and services, the proliferation of online banking, and online transactions and to the promotion of innovation in general, in Greece.

The competition will take place, for the most part, online.
The exact schedule will be announced in the competition news and announcements section.

 
All adult Greek nationals residing in Greece, Cyprus, or abroad can participate. You can register and claim one of the offered monetary prizes. Specifically: 

 The top four winners will be awarded the following prizes:  

  • First Prize: €20.000  
  • Second Prize: €10.000 
  • Third Prize: €6.000 

  • Fourth Prize: €4.000 

The remaining six finalists in Phase C will receive prizes of €1.500 each, excluding those who received the prizes mentioned above. 
 

The innovation and technology competition is held with the cooperation of the following Universities: 

  • University of Athens 

  • National Technical University of Athens 

  • Athens University of Economics & Business 

  • Aristotle University of Thessaloniki 

  • University of Piraeus 

  • University of Patras 

  • University of Crete 

  • University of Macedonia 

  • University of Peloponnese 

  • University of Thessaly 

  • Technical University of Crete 

You, of course, as its creator. As a participant in the competition, you have the full and exclusive responsibility to patent or otherwise protect your proposal, as well as the rights that derive thereof.

Below you will find an indicative list of Laws, Organizations, and procedures that you can explore before you submit your proposal to the competition:

  • Creations that are new, involve an inventive step, and are susceptible of industrial application, can be protected by a patent, under Law 1733/1987 as amended and in force, and by the international and European conventions (Patent Cooperation Treaty and European Patent Convention). For more information, before submitting their proposal to the competition, interested parties should explore the provisions of L. 1733/1987 and, specifically, the provisions of article 7.
  • Every novel three-dimensional object capable of giving a solution to a technical problem can be protected by a Utility Model Certificate under Law 1733/1987, as amended and in force. 
    Technical innovations (new solutions) for a specific technical problem proposed by one or more persons working for an enterprise and related to the latter's activities can also be protected under Law 1733/1987, as amended and in force.
  • Designs and models that are new and have an individual character can also be protected as industrial design ("design"), either domestically or at a European Community level (P.D. 259/1997).

Finally, all intellectual creations (oral texts, fine artworks, or scientific creations expressed in any form) are protected under Law 2121/1993, as amended and in force. Indicatively, you can find more information in the following organizations:

It must be stressed that NBG is not the competent authority to answer any questions regarding patenting intellectual and/or industrial property. For relevant information, you can address the qualified organizations or to an advisor of your choice. 

You can participate on an individual or a group basis, with a maximum of five (5) participants. In the event of group participation, a representative must be designated as a contact person. In the event you win, the monetary Prize will be given to the team's representative. The members cannot participate in more than one team, nor submit a different individual proposal. 

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