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Συναντήσεις Επιχειρηματικότητας Τεχνοβλαστών Υψηλής Τεχνολογίας.

Ημερομηνία Εκδήλωσης: 4/2/2012

Το Ινστιτούτο Πληροφορικής (ΙΠ) του ΙΤΕ και το Επιστημονικό Τεχνολογικό Πάρκο Κρήτης (ΕΤΕΠ-Κ) ξεκινούν την τακτική διοργάνωση συναντήσεων με σκοπό τη γνωριμία και την ανταλλαγή απόψεων, εμπειριών, και πληροφοριών μεταξύ των ασχολουμένων και των ενδιαφερομένων για την επιχειρηματικότητα τεχνοβλαστών υψηλής τεχνολογίας (high-tech start up entrepreneurship) στο Ηράκλειο και την Κρήτη γενικότερα. Σκοπός είναι, μέσα σε φιλικό και χαλαρό κλίμα, με τη συνοδεία καφέ και βουτημάτων, να προωθηθεί η αλληλοενημέρωση και να καλλιεργηθεί γόνιμο έδαφος για την ανάπτυξη τέτοιων τεχνοβλαστών στην Κρήτη. Ομιλητής θα είναι ο Αθανάσιος Καλέκος, συνιδρυτής της Odyssey Venture Partners , (http://odysseyvp.com). Μαζί του και ο συνιδρυτής Σπύρος Τραχάνης. H εκδήλωση «Συναντήσεις Επιχειρηματικότητας Τεχνοβλαστών Υψηλής Τεχνολογίας» που συνδιοργανώνεται από το ΕΤΕΠ-Κ και το Ινστιτούτο Πληροφορικής του ΙΤΕ την Παρασκευή 3 Φεβρουαρίου στο ΙΤΕ, ώρα 17.15, θα μεταδίδεται ζωντανά από το http://www.ustream.tv/channel/forth-ics. Πατήστε εδώ για να μεταβείτε στη σελίδα του Επιστημονικού Τεχνολογικου Πάρκου Κρήτης(ΕΤΕΠ-Κ). Profile of Odyssey Venture Partner Odyssey Venture Partners (OVP) invests in Greek information and communication technology (ICT) start ups addressing global markets. OVP specialize in helping early stage companies reach customers and partners around the world and seed stage companies prove their business ideas, develop early customer references and produce fundable business plans. Odyssey is raising the largest venture capital fund exclusively focused on ICT investing in Greece . Thanasis A.K. Kalekos brings thirty years of executive management and venture capital experience to the Odyssey team. His operating experience spans product R&D, marketing, general management, corporate officer and CEO responsibilities with Computervision, Xerox, Mentor Graphics, Cadence Design Systems, CoWare and Conformiq, Inc. As general partner with Telos Venture Partners, a Silicon Valley information and communication technology venture firm, A.K. focused on the emerging internet market opportunities for business to consumer and business to business solutions as well as the technologies that enabled the internet infrastructure. He invested in and held board positions in companies like: Khimetrics, Conduct, VPNX, Intraspect, Coventor, Theta Microelectronics, and YY Technologies among others.

 

Πόρισμα

The Institute of Computer Science of FORTH in collaboration with the Science and Technology Park of Crete organised a seminar on high tech start ups and spin offs . The presentation was given by Mr Thanasis Kalekos from Odyssey Venture Partners and attracted 30 experts, researchers and potential techno-entnepreneurs. Mr Kalekos explained the conditions for a TRIPLE A investment in the VC market based on his experience with the US market. Based on the presentation of Mr Thanasis Kalekos and the experience of Help-Forward in national and European Research and innovation funding (including VC and business angel funding) the following conclusions can be drawned: a)There is strong evidence that the problem the EU faces is a problem of lack of growth amongst its firms and not a lack of startups. European public policy in relation to entrepreneurship needs to shift its focus from quantity to quality and enhance the performance of the small minority of firms that drive economic growth and job creation(More jobs, less Einstein). US policy tends to focus on growing starts ups and spin offs to create national champions b)There is evidence that there are a number of highly ineffective schemes for supporting SMEs operating in Europe. At the EU level, the main financing initiatives are: the Risk Sharing Finance Facility (RSFF), the High Growth and Innovative SME Facility (GIF) and the SME Guarantee Facility (SMEG). In addition, the Structural Funds, through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and various supporting initiatives (JEREMIE) has led to a significant investment in national and regional early stage and venture capital funds(with mixed results). The introduction of the SBIR type of innovation funding in Horizon and COSME will bring European start ups and spin off more closer to public procurement and real ecomony solutions. c)Developing a viable VC and venture investing sector is a long term project that has taken over 50 years in the USA. Europe seems to be learning faster, but policy makers should be thinking on the long run supporting competitive European clusters that will solve grand challenges facing Europe and the world and not thinking about next day profits d)The existance of new generation VC schemes. These should be large, never regionally focused (as this constrains deal flow and the benefits of specialisation, there is recent experience with the PanCretan VC fund where there was no investment despite the high research and innovation potentail in the region of Crete ), and properly aligned with realistic commercial incentives. This last point might be a reflection to the current consultation of the GSRT towards the participation of VC funds in innovative SMEs( Διαβούλευση για την πράξη: «Επενδυτικές Συμμετοχές σε Καινοτόμες Επιχειρήσεις)