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Greek Innovation Lab


On Friday, 16th of April 2021 the Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, Mrs Maria Syregela and the European Centre of Women and Technology, have in Athens together announced the launch of the Greek Innovation Lab for Women – #GIL4W. The alliance constituted for implementing this bold plan includes 5 Ministries, Enterprise Greece, the European Centre of Women and Technology – ECWT, 3 Universities, 5 Research Centers, Google, Oracle, Microsoft, Cisco and 2 Social Partners (including the American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce).

The initiative aims, on the one hand, at thematic cooperation between governmental and social actors and market participants, and, on the other hand, at their strong commitment to diminish the gender gap in Greece and contribute to strengthening the Post-COVID Greek economy through nurturing of the Greek female talents adoption of technology and innovation.

 The new innovation lab will:

  • link the entire EU package for innovation: EIC, the Digital Innovation Hubs, Digital Investment Plan for Europe, EU Green Deal, and the Post- Covid Recovery Plan;
  • incorporate the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals and the UN Wome´s Innovation Strategy and
  • build on a transfer of knowledge of the Norwegian model for innovation clusters under the leadership of the Norway based European Centre for Women and Technology – ECWT.

The goals of #GIL4W are:

  • To design and implement innovative actions to enhance the attraction of more women to study in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and to increase the participation of women in STEM careers
  • To create a platform for women´s innovative tech start-ups and support of women´s growth enterprises
  • Monitoring, evaluating, and improving the impact of gender-based policies in digital transformation, innovation, and entrepreneurship.

#GIL4W activities will rest on four pillars: CONNECT – COLLABORATE – GROW – IMPACT. On Friday´s inaugural meeting representatives of the following organizations expressed their commitment and support to #GIL4W:

  • Minister of Education and Religions, Mrs. Niki Kerameos,
  • The Ambassador of Norway to Greece Mr. Frode Overland Andersen,
  • The Secretary-General of International Economic Relations and Extroversion and President of Enterprise Greece, Mr. Ioannis Smyrlis,
  • The Secretary-General of the Ministry of Interior Mr. Michalis Stavrianoudakis,
  • The representative of the Deputy Minister of Research and Innovation Mr. Christos Dimas,
  • The Commander of OAED Mr. Spyros Protopsaltis,
  • Mrs. Anne Havnør, Senior Adviser of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • ECWT – The European Centre for Women and Technology represented through EU Affairs Manager Dimitris Raftopoulos,
  • The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, the University of Patras, and the University of Peloponnese
  • The Chamber of the National Network of Greek Women Entrepreneurs
  • Representatives of the companies: Google, Microsoft, Oracle, CISCO
  • The Hellenic American Chamber

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