The Athens Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (ACEin) is the incubation center of Athens University of Economics and Business offering support to researchers and potential young entrepreneurs in order to develop innovative business ideas and bring them to the market. ACEin puts significant effort in supporting students pursuing either undergraduate studies and executive master’s or doctoral degrees and researchers who wish to turn their innovative entrepreneurial ideas or scientific research results into a sustainable business model and subsequent start-up company. The Center offers more than just physical resources. The key strategy is to offer training on how to establish and run a start-up, services from experts, mentoring and networking. In parallel, the Centre organizes innovative actions in the context of its wider synergies with the market in certain sectors, in order to introduce innovative solutions in specific market segments.
Knowledge Transfer Unit
An important part of the Centre's approach is the systematic exploitation of the research produced within university and research laboratories. This is 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, collaborative identification of the most appropriate exploitation plan per research result (e.g. setting up a business, selling research and development services, concession permits) and providing specialized consulting services, depending on the business readiness, maturity and needs of each research team.
Scientific Coordinator: Associate Professor Katerina Pramatari