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Closing Date for Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award 2017 Approaches

– Applications deadline of 16th February approaches

– HEA runs business start-up roadshow across Greece

Athens, January 24, 2017. The applications for the fifth cycle of the Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award (HEA) are still open, with less than a month remaining for those with a new business idea for Greece to submit their business plans and compete for a share of the €1,250,000 in business start-up funding, mentorship and a range of support services. The closing date for this year’s award is 16th February.

In the two months since the launch of HEA 2017, more than 300 business plans have already been submitted by budding and experienced entrepreneurs, in several business sectors, from agriculture, and education to financial services and transportation with the top three sectors represented being innovative digital services, tourism and food and beverage. There have been around 25% more applications compared with the same stage of the competition last year, with business plans coming in from right across the country, notably Attica, Western Greece, Central Macedonia and Crete.

This year HEA has launched “Ideas in Progress”, a business start-up education roadshow travelling throughout Greece and aimed at sharing insight, tips and best practice for would-be entrepreneurs. HEA’s representatives will be joined by former winners, finalists and members of the Greek entrepreneurship community to present experiences and success stories, while highlighting all the key elements that make a new business idea come to fruition, evolve and attract investors and supporters.

The first “Ideas in Progress” event of HEA 2017 will be hosted in Thessaloniki on Wednesday, 25th January under the auspices of the Municipality of Thessaloniki, at the City Hall. Further events will take place in:

  • Athens on 1st February
  • Patras on 3rd February
  • Heraklion on 7th February and
  • Chios on 10th February.

Additionally, a webinar with a live Q&A session will be hosted on 9th February so that everyone in Greece can have a chance to learn from the experts. Those interested can find more information about the dates and locations of the events in Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award  website.

Commenting on the growing interest in the HEA competition, Alexandros Nousias, Director of the Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award stated: “In the last four years we have seen business ideas of exceptional quality submitted to the HEA. They are a testament to the innovative, forward-thinking approach of entrepreneurs in Greece. With a few weeks remaining until the submission deadline, we relish the task of reviewing this year’s applications and drawing up a short list for in-depth analysis.”

The deadline for applications is 16 February 2017. Finalists will be announced in May 2017 and winners will be announced in June 2017.

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