The official inauguration of Climate Kic Greece Hub!

On the 1st of October 2018, the official inauguration ceremony of EIT Climate-KIC Hub Greece will take place at Hilton Hotel, Athens !

EIT Climate-KIC is EU’s largest public-private partnership focused on climate innovation to mitigate and adapt to climate change and has established hubs in all European Countries ( It aims to address climate change across four priority themes: urban areas, land use, production systems, decision metrics and finance. Education is at the heart of these themes to inspire and empower the next generation of climate leaders. EIT Climate-KIC runs programmes for students, start-ups and innovators across Europe via centres in major cities, convening a community of the best people and organisations.The Greek EIT Climate-KIC Hub has been officially active since May 25, 2018, and is composed by a consortium of various organisations across the knowledge triangle: “Αthena”Research & Innovation Center (, the Academy of Athens -Research Centre for Atmospheric Physics and Climatology(, (, European Regional Framework for Co-operation (, UN SDSN Greece (, IOBE ( and Eunice Energy Group ( Professor Phoebe Koundouri is the Director of EIT Climate-KIC Hub Greece.The newly established hub will be a focal point for organisations across business and entrepreneurship, higher education and research, supporting knowledge sharing and accelerating the journey of solutions from the lab through to market. In particular, the EIT Climate-KIC Hub Greece aims to bolster a regional climate innovation movement that will initiate and catalyse strategic innovation within society at large. This expanding movement will eventually bridge the knowledge gap in Clean Tech development between Western Europe and the South-East Mediterranean, guiding Greece towards the creation of a climate-resilient society founded on a circular, zero-carbon economy. The long-term impact will be to prevent catastrophic climate change implications through innovative climate-smart solutions. In 2018, EIT Climate-KIC Hub Greece will focus on engagement and networking activities with local actors. Raising awareness and establishing synergies will be the primary mission of the Hub. On the 1st of October 2018, the official inauguration ceremony of EIT Climate-KIC Hub Greece will take place at Hilton Hotel, Athens. The Director of the Greek EIT Climate- KIC Hub, Prof. Phoebe Koundouri, will introduce the Hub, while the Director European Affairs,EIT Climate-KIC, Dr. Mike Cherrett, will present the European EIT Climate-KIC Platform.Directors from European EIT Climate-KIC Hubs will share successful innovation practices fromEuropean and Greek start-ups. The event is invitation-only and it is addressed to Clean Tech start-ups, Businesses and Investors, Researchers, Policy-Makers, Politicians, and civil society.

EIT Climate-KIC Hub Greece
Launch Event
October 1st 2018
Hilton Athens Hotel
Room: Erato

15:30 Arrival & registration of participants

16:00 Opening remarks, Chair Prof. Phoebe Koundouri (7 minutes each)

– Mr. Socrates Famellos, Alternate Minister of Environment & Energy

– Dr. Mike Cherrett, Director European Affairs, EIT Climate-KIC

– Mr. Thanh-TâmLê, Climate-KIC Director for France and for the Mediterranean

– Prof.Yannis Ioannidis (President & General Director, Athena Research & Innovation Center)

16:30 Official presentation of the Greek EIT Climate-KIC Hub
(4 minutes each)

– Prof. Phoebe Koundouri (Director EIT Climate-KIC Hub Greece,Prof. Athens University of Economics and Business and LSE, Co-Chair UN SDSN Greece)

– Academy of Athens, Prof. Christos Zerefos

– Uni.Fund, Prof. Katerina Pramatari

– ERFC, Director Nikolaos Petropoulos

– UN SDSN Greece, Co-Chair, Prof. Andreas Papandreou

– IOBE, Director Prof. Nikos Vettas

– Eunice Energy Group, Mr. Zisimos Mantas

17:00 The EIT Climate-KIC Acceleration Process and Start-up success stories across Europe
– EIT Climate-KIC Program officer (Ms. Julia Panny)
– EIT RIS Mediterranean officer (Ms. Annalisa Spalazzi)

17:20 Empowering synergies, Chairs Prof. Katerina Pramatari

Panel discussion with:

– Greek Incubators & Start-Ups (3 minutes each: total 20 minutes)
10 start-ups will share their experience with the audience

– Success stories from EIT KIC Hubs (2 min each, 10 minutes)
EIT Climate Cyprus: Mr. Alexandros Charalambidis
EIT RawMaterials: Dr. Anna Gaki
EIT Digital: Mr. Filippos Zakopoulos
EIT InnoEnergy: Mr. Paris Rallis
EIT Health: Mr. George Megas

17:50 Presentation of AthensClimathon2018
– Ms. Eleni Petra (Project Manager, “Athena” Research & Innovation Center)

17:55 Closing Remarks
– Prof. George Katrougalos, Alternate Minister of Foreign Affairs, Greece

18:00 Networking Cocktail Reception

19:00 2nd Sustainability Summit Gala Dinner



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