Innovation Services

ELTRUN has the scientific coordination of the most successful University competition on Entrepreneurship and Innovation (in collaboration with 21 other Universities in Greece and Cyprus), with the participation each year of about 400 students from 40 Greek and foreign Universities, while winners of the competition have successfully continued with their entrepreneurial activity (

The goal of this competition is to educate students and young researchers in the field of innovation and digital entrepreneurship, as also to promote young entrepreneurship in the fields of Internet, mobile business, Internet of things etc. Since 2014, the Ennovation Research Stream has also been added to the competition, focusing on research results of technological innovation and business development. This stream aims in boosting the entrepreneurial mindset and intention in academic researchers and targets to boost knowledge transfer. 

ELTRUN supports specialized Open Innovation programs in collaboration with corporate organizations in vertical sectors, entitled «IDEA – Innovation, Design & Entrepreneurial Action».


The IDEA model has to-date produced several different types of outputs including digital technologies, new services and co-branding arrangements which are formally agreed between the start-up teams and the company. These agreements have taken different forms depending on the exact details of the case including supplier contracts and revenue sharing agreements.


The open innovation model that structures the IDEA program was first put into practice through collaboration with the Athens International Airport (branded as “The Digital Gate” program), a big insurance company (branded as IDEA in Health), a fintech company (branded as VivaNest).

ELTRUN provides scientific support to the Athens Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (ACEin) that organizes the IDEA programs.

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ELTRUN supports Junior Achievement university student competition of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, a competition that aims to promote entrepreneurship among university students.

Athens University of Economics and Business and ELTRUN were one of the first to support this competition among other Greek Universities.

The Athens Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (ACEin) of AUEB organizes for twelve years now the Youth Entrepreneurship Summer School (YES) addressed to Lyceum students (last three years of high-school). The program gives scholarships to around 75 top students coming from all over Greece and runs for two weeks in July at AUEB premises.

Other Services

Team Building

We combine our extensive knowledge of team building formats and activities with focused teaching and incisive group coaching to produce tangible complementarities in entrepreneurial teams.

Mentoring & Coaching

Access to mentors with proven corporate, startup and venture capital experience and a successful track record. The services are provided in various fields, such as business planning, branding and design, and all of them are offered through personalized meetings with experts.

Exploitation of Research Output

Tackled through a concrete Technology/Knowledge Transfer methodology and a number of activities, such as providing continuous information/motivation to the research teams, adequate assessment of the prospects of scientific achievements etc.

ELTRUN provides scientific support to the Athens Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (ACEin) that is the incubation center of Athens University of Economics and Business and supports numerous entrepreneurial teams at the early stages.