Nektaria Berikou

Corallia Clusters Initiative
Inspiring Innovation. Driving Excellence
Innovation Designed In Greece
Kick off Meeting of the “Balkan and Black Sea ICT Clusters Network”
12 December 2014 - Istanbul, Turkey
Presented by:
Nektaria Berikou [[email protected]]
Prof. Vassilios Makios
Dr. Jorge-A. Sanchez-P.
Dr. Nikos Vogiatzis
[[email protected]]
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Our Philosophy
Our History
• Founders agree on common Mission to reinstantiate the significance of
entrepreneurship and the “joy of creation”, to reverse the accelerating
braindrain, and to underpin the design and fabrication of products “Innovation
Made in Greece” for the world markets
• Foundation of Corallia as the Hellenic Technology Clusters Initiative (HTCI)
• Launch of the first national cluster programme addressing emerging
technologies in exports-oriented market segments (Phase 1 in Microelectronics)
• Initiation of the first Business Innovation Cluster in Greece (mi-Cluster)
• Inauguration of the first Monothematic Innovation Center in Greece (α1innohub) at Maroussi suburb
Our History
• Certified as an Intermediate Management Body in NSRF/Certified with ISO
• National best practice within the framework of the OP Competitiveness
• Launched one of the most important interventions for the development of
clusters in Greece (Phase-2 in Microelectronics)
• Hailed among 40 European best practices by DG Enterprise & Industry
• Short-listed at RegioStars 2009 Awards
• Initiation of the Space Technologies and Applications Cluster (si-Cluster)
• Best practice in the special edition of the General Directorate of EU regions and
EU's edition "Investing in our Region“
• Best practice for the innovation cluster development in Greece by OECD
• Organisation of first Educational Trip in cooperation with the Student
Association of Stanford
Our History
• Inauguration of the second Innovation Center, this time in Western Greece (π1innohub)
• Initiation of the Innovative Gaming Technologies and Creative Content Cluster (giCluster)
• Leads the South-East European Network of Excellence for Cluster Organisations
• Awarded the Bronze Label of Cluster Management Excellence with top performance
for the mi-Cluster, the gi-Cluster and the si-Cluster
• Partnered the second generation of the European Cluster Observatory
• Launched the first and most prominent accelerator in Greece with Eurobank (the egg
– enter•grow•go)
• Successful results presented for the "Phase-2 Microelectronics" programme
• Coordinates the European Semiconductor Cluster Consortium
• Signed agreement for the establishment of the third innohub (α2-innohub) to host the
gi-Cluster and si-Cluster
Our History
• Acknowledgment among the most innovative initiatives in Greece in EC Press Release [Corallia:
“making innovation possible in your town” | egg: “bringing the start-up mindset to Greece”]
• Launched the 2nd cycle of the egg – enter•grow•go, in cooperation with Eurobank
• Mentioned as one of the most successful achievements of the EU Cohesion Policy
• Official visits at Corallia during the Greek Presidency of the Council of the European Union (J.C.
Juncker, COREPER Ι, Structural Actions Working Party)
• si-Cluster award as the most innovative initiative of 2013 at the "Tech Excellence Awards 2013"
• Specially organised conference with parallel exhibition of the products and presentation of the
mi-Cluster success stories in the frame of the "Phase-2 Microelectronics" programme
• Support and diffusion of the Greek Start-Up Manifesto (initiated by the EU Commission and in
cooperation with other stakeholders)
• Expansion of the network of InnoHubs – opening of the α2-innohub in Athens to host the giCluster and the si-Cluster
• Strategic collaborations signed between the si-Cluster, the Aerospace Valley and the Apulia
Space Cluster (DTA)
• Full member of the EΒΝ and certified EU|BIC
• European policy making for the Creative Economy extended to the sectors of Tourism and
• MoU signed between the Cross-Innovation and the gi-Cluster
Strategic Goals
Bridge research & industry
Promote Greek human capital
Repatriate talented scientists
Boost excellence
Diffuse know-how
Improve the business environment
Leverage extroversion and competitiveness
Corallia in action
Cluster Facilitator
Initiation: 2006
Sector: Nano/Microelectronics
based Systems and Applications
Members: 130
Turnover: > € 350 mill.
Exports: > € 162 mill.
Employment: > 1.000
Initiation: 2009
Sector: Space Technologies and
Members: 37
Turnover: > € 150 mill.
Exports: > € 30 mill.
Employment: > 1.500
Initiation: 2011
Sector: Gaming Technologies &
Creative Content
Members: 50
Turnover: > € 1.5 bill.
Exports: > € 1.2 bill.
Employment: > 5.000
Business Innovation Centers Operator
Initiation: 2007
Area: 2800m2
Hosted companies: 11
Residents: > 150
Clusters: mi-/si-/gi-Cluster
Services: Incubation, Business
Center, Exhibition Area
Initiation: 2011
Area: 2400m2
Hosted companies: 10
Residents: > 150
Clusters: mi-/si-/gi-Cluster
Services: Incubation, Business
Center, Exhibition Area
Initiation: 2014
Area: 2500m2
Hosted companies: 12
Residents: > 150
Clusters: gi-/si-Cluster
Services: Incubation, Co-working,
Biz Center, Exhibition, R&D Lab
Youth Entrepreneurship Accelerator
Initiation: 2011
What: career
orientation in
innovation &
high tech
innohubs &
When: on a
regular basis
Initiation: 2012
What: match
making for
internships in
innohubs &
When: twice a
Initiation: 2010
What: lifechanging visit
in renowned
Stanford, U.C.
Berkeley, MIT,
When: once a
Initiation: 2007
What: sectorspecific
innohubs &
When: twice a
Initiation: 2012
business plan
and investors
When: once a
Initiation: 2013
What: most
accelerator for
When: annual
International Networker
Policy Making
Target: Strategic collaborations,
promotion of world-class clusters,
Geographical coverage: Europe,
Japan, Korea, Israel
Partnerships: European
Semiconductor Cluster Consortium,
InVio, MOU with Sophia Antipolis,
EU-Japan Cluster Collaboration
Target: Active involvement in policy
making (advisory boards, reflection
groups) for effective cluster policies,
raise the level of cluster excellence,
transfer operating model
Policy Bodies: EU Secretariat for
Cluster Analysis, DG Enterprise, EU
Cluster Alliance, TACTICS, EU Cluster
Target: Transnational and
interregional cooperation, impact on
cluster development and knowledge
Geographical coverage: Europe with
emphasis in SEE and Med and Israel,
Projects: ClusterPoliSEE, INCOMERA,
Cluster Excellence in South-East Europe:
The SEENECO Initiative
Raise the Excellence of Clusters and Cluster Organisations in South-East Europe
The main objective is to promote cluster management professionalism in SEE by applying advanced
training and benchmarking tools developed under the European Cluster Excellence Initiative (ECEI).
SEENECO brings together a number of key national institutions from SEE countries, having the official
mandate to develop and implement cluster programmes, and that undertake and focus their efforts on
the following action lines:
Transfer of knowledge, material and methodologies developed by ECEI (on cluster management,
benchmarking, etc) to the SEENECO partnership.
Development of sustainable training structures that can replicate and localise the material and
transfer the knowledge further in SEE cluster organisations and clusters.
Contribute to the development of a European portfolio of “excellent” cluster organisations.
Support the international cluster cooperation by offering SEE cluster organisations the opportunity
to network at European and international level, both through the European Cluster Collaboration
Platform and through direct interaction between cluster managers in SEE and experienced peers in
other CIP countries.
Smarter Cluster Policies for
South East Europe
Develop new strategies to maximize regional innovation potential that will point South East
Europe towards more strategic cross-border and trans-regional cooperation
Short term
• provide an in-depth assessment of the regional cluster policies, based on consideration of past actions,
visions of the future and analysis of current contexts
• develop and test of new policies and initiatives in specific priority areas to allow for proof of new cluster
policies for SE Europe
Long term
• improve the framework conditions supporting cluster development in SE Europe by delivering a Joint
Policy Plan and Initiative based on common policy learning and evidence from pilot actions
• set up an online, web-based collaborative learning platform that will support result-oriented
transnational good practice exchange, cooperative learning, policy transfer among stakeholders and policy
makers engaged in cluster promotion and funding initiatives
The consortium consists of 25 partners covering 11 different SEE programme countries (Austria, Bulgaria,
Greece, Hungary, Italy, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Albania, Croatia, Serbia)
Access to Finance
State Aid - Grants
Initiation: 2006
Sector: microelectronics
Title: Phase 1 Cluster Development
Programme (microelectronics)
State Aid: EC 68, 69, 70/2001
Public Funding: 2.500.000€
Private Funding: 2.200.000€
Co-financing : European Regional
Development Fund, National Funds
Initiation: 2008
Sector: microelectronics
Title: Phase 2 Cluster Development
Programme (microelectronics)
State Aid: EC 800/2008, de minimis
Public Funding: 33.000.000 €
Private Funding: 20.000.000 €
VC Funding: 20.000.000 €
Co-financing: European Regional
Development Fund, National Funds
Initiation: 2013
Sector: aerospace
Title: Phase 1 Cluster Development
Programme (space)
State Aid: EC 800/2008, de minimis
Public Funding: 3.000.000€
Private Funding: 3.000.000€
Co-financing : European Regional
Development Fund, National Funds
Initiation: 2013
Sector: gaming
Title: Phase 1 Cluster Development
Programme (gaming)
State Aid: EC 800/2008, de minimis
Public Funding: 3.000.000€
Private Funding: 3.000.000€
Co-financing : European Regional
Development Fund, National Funds
Private Sector
Tel Aviv (2006)
New York & Boston (2007)
Yokohama (2008)
San Francisco (2009)
Sophia-Antipolis (2010)
Athens (2011)
London (2012)
Seoul (2013)
Educational Trip 2010-2014: American Process,
Atypon, gi-Cluster, Marfin Foundation, Bodossaki
Foundation, Olympus Dairy, 7L Capital Partners,
si-Cluster, Silicon Valley Greek Seed Funding
Group, Sunlight, Titan
Business Acceleration Programme 2010: 7L
Capital Advisors, Piraeus Bank
E-Bootcamp 2012-2013: Bodossaki Foundation,
Internship Day 2014: Citrix Bytemobile, Samsung
Nanoradio Design Center, Dialog Semiconductor
Services to Cluster Members
Financial Engineering
R&D and non R&D projects
Access to VCs, BAs
Access to Loans
Office space and amenities
Data center and management
Business Center
Exhibition Area
R&D Lab
Teleconferencing facilities
Partnering Member meetings
University-Industry meetings
Customer/User days
Open days
Social Responsibility
Customized training/Certifications
Career development
Business & Technical
Information on large R&D
Organisation of Roadshows
Participation in Exhibitions and Trade
Organisation of Match-making Events
Contacts with Big Customers
Website, Social Networks
Knowledge base
Career days
Career matchmaker platform
Internship days
Collaborative Projects
Matchmaking SME, large firms,
Research and Training organizations
“bring to market” actions
Corallia’s cluster development model
Phased development model
Mapping of
thematic area
of pilot program
based on Go-NoGo decisions
A phased
& escalating investments
development model
with Go-NoGo
decisions and
escalating investments
Phase-1 Cluster Development Programme
Output to date
mi-Cluster figures [12 SMEs]
[2006] 13 companies
% growth rate [2006 – 2008]
16 -> 24m€
Employment: 152 -> 286
Patents: 8 -> 20
Phase-2 Cluster Development Programme
Output to date
• mi-Cluster members:
• mi-Cluster revenues:
5.7 billion €
• mi-Cluster employment: 12.4 thousand
% growth rate [2009-2011 vs. 2006-2008]
[Figures (30 SMEs 2008-> 2011)]
39.2m€ -> 54.5m€
430 -> 522
Joint PhD
mi-Cluster to date
mi-Cluster figures [from 2006 to 2013]
mi-Cluster members
€ 23 million
mi-Cluster revenues
€ 350 million
€ 12 million
mi-Cluster exports
€ 162 million
% growth rate [2009-2011 vs. 2006-2008]
Joint PhD
mi-Cluster employment
Success Stories
Strategic acquisition of
Elxys Innovations @2010
VC (Piraeus Taneo Capital Fund)
VC (Alpha Venture Capital)
VC (Odyssey Venture Partners)
8.5 mil. €
1.6 mil. €
5 mil. €
1.5 mil. €
1.1 mil. €
Success Stories
VC (Alpha Venture Capital)
Jeremie Openfund
2 mil. €
430.000 €
Export expansion- access to new markets of many potential
Acquired Sitel - over 40 top notch engineers
Strategic Investors, VC & Business Angels
7 mil. $
Success Stories:
International Design Centers
25 engineers up to date
+ 50
+ 11
Acquisition of ELXYS
> 20 engineers
+ 10
50 enginners
100 employees
30 engineers
+ 25
Greek Success Stories in the EU
1. Athens Metro Network
2. Acropolis Museum
3. Corallia
“When miracles speak Greek” – “Technology clusters in the middle of an economic crisis: When miracles speak Greek”
Borrowing from Michael Porter’s concept of clusters, professors and other experts began attempting to solve Greece’s
brain-drain problem by forming knowledge and technology clusters.
In 2006, Corallia, the Hellenic Technology Clusters Initiative, received seed money from both the Greek government and
European Union to launch a cluster focused on microelectronics. To date, Corallia has grown from 13 to over 130
members, consisting of start-ups, companies, academic labs and other institutions. As a group, the cluster produced
more than $260 million in exports in 2011, including items such as sensor networks and solar energy equipment.
European Commission:
Cohesion Policy Success Stories
Corallia Clusters Initiative is a public-private partnership, 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. Corallia's vision is the promotion of "Innovation Made in Greece" in order to fuel
growth and boost competitiveness in business sectors where Greece can attain a world-wide competitive advantage
through the establishment of innovation clusters.
In 2006, Corallia, with seed money from the Greek government and the European Union, tested this clustering idea with
13 micro-electronics companies (mi-cluster). There are now more than 60 companies and 30 universities involved in the
micro-electronics cluster. Together, they are responsible for more than €188 million in exports, according to March 2012
results. The products range from sensor networks and mobile technology to solar energy equipment and micro-chips for
studying DNA. Other clusters are now developed following the Corallia micro-electronics model, such as the Hellenic
Space Technologies and Applications Cluster (si-cluster) and the Innovative Gaming Technologies and Creative Content
cluster (or in short gi-cluster).
Moving forward the EU policy agenda
on cluster excellence (DG ENTR)
In 2014 Corallia was mentioned in the input paper for the workshop “Moving forward the EU policy agenda on cluster excellence”, by ESCA,
as a very successful model. Corallia was mentioned as a model which is an “another good example for combining services following a
strategy that aims at the promotion of cross-sectoral fertilization”.
“Another good example for combining services following a strategy that aims at the promotion of cross-sectoral fertilization is provided by
the Greek Corallia – Hellenic Technology Cluster Initiative. Corallia host three different clusters: gi-Cluster (Innovative Gaming Technologies
and Creative Content cluster), mi-Cluster (Nano/Microelectronics-based Systems and Applications Cluster) and si-Cluster (Space Technologies
and Applications Cluster). In order to make sure that each cluster benefits from the potential of the others Corallia has organised four key
service portfolios with specific individual services.”
CORALLIA – making innovation possible in your town:
Start-ups in Greece can nowadays increasingly benefit for the rise of co-working facilities, which provide them with basic
infrastructure where they can start off, but, most importantly, offer them direct access to other like-minded professionals,
with whom they can exchange ideas on a daily basis. Corallia, the Hellenic Technology Clusters Initiative, is the first such
platform to have been established in Greece with a view to helping innovation clusters start and grow
THE EGG – bringing the start-up mindset to Greece:
The egg (enter/grow/go) is a programme which helps innovative entrepreneurs start their business, develop their
business idea over a period of 12 months and then, hopefully, capitalise on the value of their idea with their own
resources or through leveraging other investment funds
Neelie Kroes, EC Vice-President:
Corallia gets the EU|BIC certificate
In 2014, Corallia joins the EBN Network, gets the EU|BIC certificate and is successfully benchmarked against qualitycertified business support organisations, which dedicate their efforts and resources to help entrepreneurs with innovative
ideas, turn those ideas into viable, successful and sustainable businesses.
“We are very proud to see Corallia Clusters Initiative joining EBN as a full member and to add another EBN certified hot-spot where
innovative entrepreneurs and SMEs can find an accredited EU|BIC. Corallia Clusters Initiative has demonstrated, through the deployment of
an independent audit, its compliance and full alignment with the EUIBIC quality mark criteria, the standard of reference in business and
innovation small-business support. The EU|BIC trademark is, and has been for the latest 30 years, a sign of distinction and excellence among
the innovative-business support organizations, because we believe supporting start-ups and SMEs is a very serious job, one that needs to be
undertaken with high level of professionalism, with serious teams, processes, tools and with committed partners. Combining a double mission
of both public and private sector interest, we are confident that Corallia Clusters Initiative will contribute to the virtuous transformation of the
Greek entrepreneurial and innovation economy”
CEO, Philippe Vanrie
Corallia Clusters Initiative is hosted at the Research Center "Athena",
under the auspices of the General Secretariat for Research and
Technology of the Hellenic Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs.
Corallia’s activities are supported and co-financed by the European Regional
Development Fund (ERDF) and National funds under the National Strategic Reference
Framework (NSRF), the private sector, the Operational Programme Competitiveness and
Entrepreneurship, the Regional Operational Programmes for 2007-2013, the Hellenic
Public Investments Programme, the 7th Framework Programme for Research and
Technological Development of the European Union, the South East Europe Transnational
Cooperation Programme and donations from private organisations and benefactors.
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