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 network of thematic InnoHubs, in order to boost innovation exhibited in Greece and abroad. It currently operates three InnoHubs, in Athens and in Patras: the α1•innohub established in 2007 as the innovation and cutting-edge technology node in Maroussi – Athens, the π1•innohub in operation since 2011 as the innovation, research and high-tech bridge in Patras – Western Greece and the α2•innohub, which opened in 2014, also hosting Corallia’s headquarters, positioned as the innovation, networking and high-tech ring in Maroussi – 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, the 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development, the South East Europe Transnational Cooperation Programme and donations from the private sector, foundations and other benefactors.
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