NBG Business Seeds - Partners

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Our partnerships in the service of Greek business

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Companies

Amazon Web Services

NBG partners with Amazon Web Services​ on the Activate program. Startups participating in the NBG Business Seeds have free access to AWS services: hosting, training, technical support and mentoring.

Google

Google will support the "NBG Business Seeds" Program by providing trainings and mentoring services to specific startup companies that have been identified by the NBG as "highpotential". More specifically, Google will: - Provide mentoring sessions, to the NBG Business Seeds Companies, on how to use Google platforms as well as walkthrough of publicly available resources that NBG has identified as highpotential during the last years. - Organize one 1-to-​many seminar for the Business Seeds Companies around the Digital Ecosystem & consumer transformation, digital media mapping, Social Media Content strategy, programmatic solutions, mobile and big data, end - Participate in the "Innovation & Technology" competition that takes place twice per year, in January and in March, as well as in the Digital Topic related workshops.

Accenture

Accenture, in the context of its corporate social responsibility initiatives in Greece, actively supports the “NBG Business Seeds” program by: • Providing consulting services to participating teams/companies with emphasis on organization, technology, innovation and enhancement of their business plans • Participating in workshops -held twice a year as part of the Innovation & Technology Competition, providing consulting support to program’s teams/companies • Participating in National Bank's initiatives to highlight and promote the business utilization of research projects of Greek state universities and research centers, as part of the NBG Business Seeds program. In addition, both parties will explore opportunities to support local start-up community and entrepreneurship initiatives, such as co-hosting events and participating in mentoring activities.

Bayer

In the context of the memorandum of understanding between NBG and Bayer Hellas, synergies are being planned in support of innovative entrepreneurship, such as joint organization of events and mutual participation in mentoring activities, participation of teams supported by NBG Business Seeds in the Company’s actions, the joint organization of actions, events and workshops aimed at fostering innovation, targeted support for, and mentoring in, business issues concerning the teams supported by Bayer, as well as the potential for Bayer to propose mature start-ups for inclusion in NBG Business Seeds and to explore financing opportunities.

CENSUS

This business cooperation involves the provision of state-of-the-art IT system security services by Census to startups that have been selected by the Bank to participate in the NBG Business Seeds program. These services include: penetration tests on the IT environment of startups, application security testing for applications supported and used by businesses, IT security consulting services, and participation in workshops held within the context of NBG’s Innovation & Technology Competition, so as to provide information and advice on issues of concern to the participating companies.​​​

Research Centers

Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas

The co-operation concerns the investigation of the specialized financial needs of FORTH, especially in areas such as capital movements and the renewal of research equipment, the exploration of the applicability of existing specialized financial instruments and/or the creation of new ones targeted at the exploitation of the research results of FORTH in order to their transfer to production and the possibility of creating and financially supporting a wider institution based on internationally recognized performance and linking the research result to production. It also aims at identifying and further promoting the results of cooperation, by communicating the possibilities offered to better link its research activity and other similar research institutions to the Greek economy. Particular emphasis is placed on FORTH's technology transfer technology in production, facilitating the creation of companies to exploit research results, and contributing to the identification of tax and other incentives to improve the institutional framework that governs collaborations between individuals and research centers.

Biomedical Sciences Research Center "Alexander Fleming"

BSRC Fleming is one of the most rapidly developing research centers in Greece. It was established in 1998 and today is actively involved in cutting edge research in biomedical sciences. The Center currently hosts 14 research groups in 4 Institutes covering the areas of immunology, molecular biology & genetics, molecular oncology, cellular and developmental biology. Fleming has gained extensive visibility in the European Research Area through state of the art research programs in basic, as well as translational and applied science in biology, biomedicine and biotechnology. Fleming is a non-profit organisation and operates under the supervision of the General Secretariat for Research and Technology (GSRT) of the Hellenic Ministry of Education.

National Centre for Scientific Research "Demokritos"

The National Center for Scientific Research “Demokritos” (NCSR “Demokritos”) is the largest multidisciplinary research center in Greece, with critical mass in expertise and infrastructure in the fields of Nanotechnology, Energy & Environment, Biosciences, Particle and Nuclear Science, Informatics and Telecommunications.

Centre for Research and Technology Hellas

The Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH) was founded in March 2000 and directly reports to the General Secretariat for Research and Technology (GSRT). CERTH has important scientific and technological achievements in many areas including: Energy, Environment, Industry, Mechatronics, Information & Communication, Transportation & Sustainable Mobility, Health, Agro-biotechnology, Smart farming, Safety & Security, as well as several cross-disciplinary scientific areas. Today CERTH includes the following five institutes with indicated major fields of research: •Chemical Process & Energy Resources Institute (CPERI): Sustainable & Clean Energy, Environmental Technologies, Chemical & Biochemical Processes, Advanced Functional Materials; •Information Technologies Institute (ITI): Informatics, Telematics and Telecommunication Technologies; •Hellenic Institute of Transport (HIT): Land, Sea and Air Transportation as well as Sustainable Mobility services; •Institute of Applied Biosciences (INAB): Agri-biotechnology, Health Translational Research, Informatics for big bio-data; and •Bio-economy and Agro-technology Institute (IBO): Agrotechnology, Mechatronics, Biomedicine and Kinesiology. More than 700 people work at CERTH with the majority being scientists. CERTH has received numerous awards and distinctions such as the European Descartes Prize, the European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant, Microsoft International Contest Prize, the Trading Agents Competition Award and many more and is listed among the Top-20 of the EU’s Research Centres with the highest participation in HORIZON 2020 competitive research grants. CERTH has participated successfully in more than 1.200 competitive research projects financed by the European Union (EU), leading industries from USA, Japan and Europe and the Greek Government via the General Secretariat of Research and Technology (GSRT). CERTH’s research results have significant scientific impact.

Bodies

HIGGS (Higher Incubator Giving Growth and Sustainability)

The collaboration with HIGGS focuses on 5 main areas: - Participation of the teams supported by the Organization in the "Innovation & Technology" competition under the auspices of NBG Business Seeds. - Participation of the teams supported by NBG Business Seeds in the actions run by the Organization. - Joint organization of actions, events and workshops with a view to promoting innovation, with a special focus on social entrepreneurship. - Targeted support for and mentoring of business issues concerning the teams supported by the Organization. - Ability of the Organization to propose mature start-ups for inclusion in NBG Business Seeds and to seek out relevant financing.

ΕΙΤ Climate-Kic Hub Greece

The partnership with EIT Climate-Kic Hub Greece and its coordinator Athena Research & Innovation Centre in Information, Communication and Knowledge Technologies focuses on 6 main themes: -Exploration of the potential for synergies between the actions of the Organization and the Bank. -Support for innovative entrepreneurship by co-organizing events and participating in mentoring actions. -Participation of teams supported by the Organization in the Innovation & Technology Competition run by NBG Business Seeds. -Participation of teams supported by NBG Business Seeds in the actions of the Organization. -Targeted support and mentoring in business issues by specialist staff of the NBG Business Seeds programme for groups supported by the Organization. -Exploration of the potential for including mature start-ups supported by the Organization in the NBG Business Seeds programme.

AmCham GR American Hellenic Chamber of Commerce

NBG's cooperation with the Hellenic American Chamber of Commerce aims at the development of a framework for collaboration with American incubators and accelerators so as to open the way for selected Hellenic startups participating in the NBG Business Seeds program to join the AmCham, besides through the usual selection and membership procedure. NBG officers participate in the evaluation committees of the Make Innovation Work (MIW) competition as well as in mentoring actions by teams working on financial matters. Selected companies that won distinctions will be considered for inclusion in the NBG Business Seeds financing and mentoring program. Similarly, companies participating in NBG Business Seeds will be considered for inclusion in the programs, events and roadshows of the Hellenic American Chamber of Commerce.

National Documentation Center (EKT)

The collaboration with EKT focuses on 8 main areas: Organization of two workshops in the Bank's venues, focusing on the presentation of targeted EU financing tools for which EKT serves as a National Contact Point (Horizon 2020, COSME), the presentation of services for accessing international markets for the dissemination and transfer of technology via the Enterprise Europe Network, as well as exploring potential partnerships regarding research, innovation, technology or commercial issues. Support and guidance during preparation and pre-evaluation of proposals relating to EU financing tools for which EKT serves as a National Contact Point (Horizon 2020, COSME) for eligible businesses supported by the Program. Diagnostic services (First Company Visit, Business Review, Technology Audit) regarding the needs of eligible businesses supported by the Program, with a focus on innovation and international markets. Diagnosis and comparative evaluation of the innovation needs of businesses supported by the Program (https://www.improve-innovation.eu/our-services/assessments/improve-assessment/). Raising awareness among the public and targeted audience about the businesses supported by the Program, via actions implemented in cooperation with EKT or via other actions related to innovative business activities (via newsletters, press releases, references to the Enterprise Europe Network, day conferences and other). Building EKT's network with business teams and/or other organizations involved in the Program. Cooperation so as to define the evaluation criteria for high-tech related investments. Provision of specialized data and analyses depending on the Bank's needs in the sphere of R&D (R&D metrics) and innovation (CIS) on the basis of official national research conducted by EKT.

Hub to Business Hub

The collaboration entails the development and planning of synergies between the Organization and the Bank, within the framework of actions aimed at fostering new entrepreneurship and the innovation and extroversion of Greek start-ups. Specifically, it involves the participation of H2B Hub teams in the Innovation & Technology competition; the joint organization of actions, events and workshops aimed at fostering innovation in Crete; targeted support for, and mentoring in, business issues concerning the teams supported by the Organization; and the potential for the Organization to propose mature start-ups for inclusion in NBG Business Seeds and to explore financing opportunities.

Universities

University of Patras

By decision of the rectorate, members of the University research and teaching staff will participate in the evaluation of the proposals submitted to the Innovation & Technology Competition of the NBG Business Seeds program.

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

By decision of the rectorate, members of the University research and teaching staff will participate in the evaluation of the proposals submitted to the Innovation & Technology Competition of the NBG Business Seeds program.

National & Technical University of Athens

By decision of the rectorate, members of the University research and teaching staff will participate in the evaluation of the proposals submitted to the Innovation & Technology Competition of the NBG Business Seeds program.

Agricultural University of Athens

The aim of this collaboration with the Agricultural University of Athens is to identify, promote and ultimately implement innovative ideas and projects that will help develop sustainable SMEs in the agricultural sector of Greece as well as individual producers of agricultural and livestock produce. In the frame of the collaboration, the Bank and the Agricultural University of Athens will jointly develop the following actions: networking, promotion of innovative ideas and projects, exchange of information, and promotion and support of business ventures to apply the research of teachers and researchers at the Agricultural University of Athens through training and mentoring, provision of networking infrastructures, and financing.

Center Archimedes

NBG’s cooperation with the center ARCHIMEDES focuses on 8 main areas: - Updating of specialist Bank staff regarding visits by researchers to businesses, and visits by business and banking representatives to the UoA Archimedes Center for Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship and/or regarding workshops and conferences that promote the subject of cooperation. - Co-organizing actions, events and workshops aimed at promoting innovation. - Targeted support and guidance on business and financial issues for teams supported by the Archimedes Center. - Participation by expert staff of the Bank in mentoring and consulting actions involving business leaders, business advisors and researchers regarding business plans that seek to leverage research outcomes. - Enabling the Archimedes Center to propose mature start-ups to be considered for inclusion in the NBG Business Seeds program and/or for possible financing. - Participation of teams supported by the Archimedes Center in the Bank's business innovation actions, such as the Innovation & Technology Competition of the NBG Business Seeds program. - Participation of teams supported by the Bank's business innovation actions in the actions of the Archimedes Center, when this falls within its goals, planning and priorities. - Participation of the Bank's specialist staff in the Advisory Committee, as "members of the business community" (with a purely the advisory role), the task of which will be to propose ideas and actions to promote the goals of the Center.

Organizations

Innoenergy

The collaboration between the NBG Business Seeds program and InnoEnergy, an international body in the sustainable energy sector, pertains to the following: •Investigation for synergies between actions organized by InnoΕnergy in Greece and abroad, and similar actions carried out by NBG (e.g., Innovation and Technology Competition, NBG Business seeds program, etc.). More specifically, in relation to actions carried out by InnoΕnergy in Greece, synergies can be achieved through KINNO as well, since KINNO is InnoΕnergy ’s representative in Greece. •Regarding the InnoΕnergy Powerup! Country Final Greece competition, it is agreed that the Bank is authorized to recommend the participation of teams that had taken part in he Innovation and Technology Competition organized by the NBG Business Seeds program, given that the topics of the competitions are similar. •The employees of NBG will participate in evaluation committees, as well as in team mentoring actions regarding financial issues. • InnoEnergy can recommend the inclusion of companies that participated in the InnoΕnergy Powerup! Country Final Greece, in the context of the NBG Seeds financing and entering program of the Bank. NBG will examine the recommendations and will decide based on the criteria applied for the participation of companies in the NBG Business seeds program, pursuant to the needs and the prospects of the business. • NBG can recommend to InnoEnergy groups from the NBG Business Seeds program for networking, information, investment or co-investment purposes, as well as for their participation in incubators or other InnoΕnergy programs. • Communication between contracting parties regarding actions and initiatives aiming to encourage youth entrepreneurship, innovation and outward orientation in the energy sector.

KiΝΝΟ

KINNO Consultants ltd is InnoEnergy’s HUB in Greece and in Cyprus.

THE PEOPLE’S TRUST

Collaboration with privately funded non-profit organization The People's Trust, which provides microfinance and business development services to small enterprises in all sectors, includes financial support to teams participating in the NBG Business Seeds program for the development of their business plans. In addition, the The People's Trust can propose the inclusion of two mature business teams/proposals that have distinguished themselves in its actions directly in the second phase of the Innovation & Technology Competition, as well as the inclusion in the NBG Business Seeds program of two mature startups that participated in its programs.​​​​​

ENDEAVOR GREECE

The collaboration between NBG and Endeavor Greece​ aims at supporting innovative and developing businesses. The input of NBG and its staff, in the framework of this partnership, includes: •​​mentoring for entrepreneurs on issues related to financial management and operations, and •financing of healthy companies that present a high level of extroversion, are in a growth phase, and are seeking the means to grow, create more jobs, and expand in Greece and abroad. The supported innovative activities include technology, the rural economy, green energy, and tourism with a focus on standardisation, accreditation, innovation in the production process and, thereafter sales in Greece and abroad. The collaboration between NBG and the Endeavor program involves: •​the participation of the CEO of NBG on the Board of Endeavor Greece, •the participation of NBG officers in Endeavor Greece's network of mentors, and •the granting of loans (in line with the applicable credit policy) for the nominated companies participating in the Endeavor Greece network.

Enterpreneurs’ Organisation

The aim of the partnership is to generate synergies between actions organized by the Organization, such as the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA), and the corresponding actions of NBG, such as the Innovation & Technology competition; the joint organization of events and workshops, and the mutual participation in mentoring activities aiming at fostering innovation; the inclusion of teams supported by NBG Business Seeds in the Organization’s actions; targeted support for, and mentoring in, business issues that are of direct interest to the teams supported by the Organization; and the potential for the Organization to propose mature start-ups for inclusion in NBG Business Seeds and to explore financing opportunities.

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