Center of Digital Innovation
The “Center of Digital Innovation” (CDI) aims to provide coordination and facilitation services to the digital economy and innovation ecosystem in Greece. CDI is positioned between the Ministry of Digital Governance and the Ministry of Development and Investments, connecting and supporting a network of Digital Innovation Hubs and acting as the public interface in a Quadruple Helix Model bringing together academia, the start-up community, the public and the private sector in order to accelerate digital innovation and digital transformation.
More specifically, CDI focuses on two axes:
A. Digital Innovation of the Public Sector, via supporting Open Innovation initiatives that connect public authorities, corporations, small businesses, start-ups and the research/academic space to come up with digital innovations that none alone can do by themselves and encouraging networking and collaboration among all the stakeholders.
B. Digital Transformation of the Economy, via facilitating the development and monitoring of the Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs) network; securing access of startups and mid-caps to technology-testing, financing advice, market intelligence and networking opportunities; and supporting the early adoption of digital technologies to make Greek businesses more competitive and productive and grow the country’s economy.
Stakeholders & Beneficiaries
- Public sector: This stakeholder group includes policy makers and regulators who are active in the digital ecosystem, along with others such as international organizations and members of civil society.
- Financial actors: This category includes the range of investors that support enterprises and different stages of the startup life cycle, from prototyping for start-ups to initial public offering (IPO) for more mature companies. Academia: Academic actors include primary, secondary and tertiary institutions, as well as research institutions and training centers. Academic institutions support the ecosystem by conducting primary research, helping to build the capacity of human capital, and encouraging the development of young innovators.
- Private sector: The private sector refers to large, mature corporations, established SMEs, and groups such as chambers of commerce that represent the interests of the private sector.
- Entrepreneurial support networks: These are the organizations within the ecosystem, such as digital innovation hubs, incubators, accelerators, and associations, which support entrepreneurs. They impact the ecosystem by providing guidance, inspiration, open spaces and digital tools to support local start-ups, entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs in their digitalization efforts.
Digital Transformation Process
- Foster digital innovation and promote the digital transformation of the public sector through Open Innovation initiatives that bring together the public sector with the start-up and innovation community, research and academia, and the private sector
- Accelerate the digital transformation of the Greek economy via leveraging the full potential of Digital Innovation Hubs (DIH) to ensure that every company, small or large, high-tech or not, can grasp the digital opportunities
- Coordinate efforts of all involved stakeholders towards digital innovation, supporting the setup of a Greek ecosystem and cultivating a digital innovation mindset