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On Thursday, May 25, the Secretary General for Research and Innovation, Mr. Athanasios Kyriazis, participated in the European Business Angels Network (EBAN) Annual Congress 2023, held in Thessaloniki.

In his speech on “Financial tools for boosting Innovation and Entrepreneurship”, Mr. Kyriazis first pointed out that the Congress agenda was aligned with the GSRI priority to ensure promotion and networking of the start-up ecosystem, and to attract investments not only from public sources but also from the private sector.

He went on to say that the GSRI has managed, within a short period of time, to become a leader, both in Greece and abroad, in the field of research and to make innovation a cornerstone of growth and progress; he also pointed out that the GSRI is provided with all the necessary financing tools, e.g. under the NSRF, the RRF and the EIB, in order to move further in the same direction and, more importantly, to ensure that research results of major Greek higher educational institutions and institutes are taken up by the market.

In this regard, he highlighted the contribution of the “Research-Create-Innovate” Single Action under the 2014-2021 programming period, which received 600 million euros, and announced the imminent call for its successor “Research-Innovate” Action, scheduled to receive 300 million euros.

Finally, he pointed out that other GSRI actions, such as the “Elevate Greece” National Startup Registry which has established tax and other incentives for individual investors, the so-called “Angels”; the Innovation Clusters; the Competence Centres; the European Digital Innovation Hubs (EDIH); and the Technology Transfer Offices (TTOs), together with the now completed procedure of drawing up the National Research & Innovation Strategy 2021-2027, have ensured a high ranking for Greece in the field of linking research and entrepreneurship, an essential condition for sustainable growth.