Entrepreneurship Conference

International Conference
"Alliance for Entrepreneurship and Development in Western Greece"
13-15 December 2017


Daily program in details

1st Day, 13/12/2017

Research findings and results on entrepreneurship and growth in Western Greece

09:00 - 09:30


09:30 - 10:00

Formal Opening

  • Apostolos Katsifaras, Head of Region of Western Greece
  • Dimitrios Mpaxtsevanakis, Vice Ministry of Education, Research and Religion
  • Nikolaos Theocharakis, President of the Centre of Planning and Economic Research (KEPE)
  • Venetsana Kiriazopoulou, Rector of University of Patras
  • Vasilios Triantafillou, Rector of Technical Institute of Western Greece
  • Vasilios Kardasis, President of Hellenic Open University
  • Platonas Marlafekas, Representative of PATRAS IQ

Coordinator: Konstantinos Karpetas, Deputy Head of Region in charge of entrepreneurship and development

Research findings
10:00 - 11:15

1st Session: The regional economy and economic conjuncture

Coordinator: Ekaterini Tsouma

  • General economic framework, monitoring and evaluating the economic juncture, Ekaterini Tsouma (KEPE)
  • Regional differences in entrepreneurship, technology, input and spending effects across Greece: 2001-11, Prodromos-Ioannis Prodromidis (KEPE)
  • Following the recent progress of Western Greece vis-à-vis other Greek and EU regions via a set of common indicators, Fotini Economou (KEPE)
  • Workforce patterns and shifts across regions and sectors in Greece during the recession (2008-2017), Prodromos-Ioannis Prodromidis, Ioanna Kountouri (KEPE)
  • Questions & answers. Discussion
11:15 - 13:00

2nd Session: Business operation in a challenging economic environment

Coordinator: Christos Triantopoulos

  • Τhe costs and burdens affected upon local businesses by policies applied during 2008-17, and the steps that (could had been or) should be taken to minimize the adverse effects, Ekaterini Tsouma (KEPE)
  • Τhe catastrophic consequences on the Greek economy of the heavy taxation of real estate, Dimitrios Christelis (University of Naples Federico II)
  • The role of local government institutions and regional development, Athanasios Chymis (KEPE)
  • Business funding in Greece: Structural problems, funding gaps, and instruments, Christos Triantopoulos (KEPE)
  • Questions & answers. Discussion
13:00 - 14:15

3rd Session: Creating a framework for supporting local entrepreneurship

Coordinator: Athanasios Chymis

  • Supporting sustainable entrepreneurship at the regional level: An in-depth case study of social entrepreneurship in the primary sector, Matina Kanaki (University of Aegean), Olivia Kyrakidou (Athens University of Economics & Business)
  • Social responsibility and entrepreneurship by local governments, Athanasios Chymis (KEPE)
  • The prospects of entrepreneurship in the region of Western Greece: Linking Business Characteristics with the Economic Environment, Maria Markaki (TEI Crete), Athanasios Bellas (University of Patras/POADEP)
  • The EER-awarded plan as an opportunity for changing the environment: a first review, Prodromos-Ioannis Prodromidis (KEPE), Spyridon Papaspirou (Region of Western Greece)
  • Questions & answers. Discussion
14:15 - 15:15 Buffet light lunch
15:15 - 16:30

4th Session: Research tools and findings at the service of policy makers and business actors

Coordinator: Georgia Skintzi

  • Investigating technical efficiency of main crop farms in Western Greece, Ioanna Reziti (KEPE)
  • Measuring comparative advantages in the Greek economy, Ioanna Konstantakopoulou (KEPE)
  • Identifying export opportunities for selected Western Greek products, Nikolaos Kanellopoulos, Georgia Skintzi (KEPE)
  • The Role of Regional Values of Social Capital, Trust, and Social Networks in Entrepreneurship in Greek regions: the Services case, Vasileios Kanellopoulos, Georgios Fotopoulos (University of Peloponnese)
  • Questions & answers. Discussion
16:30 - 17:45

5th Session: Economic analyses on R&D, innovation, and the use of new technologies

Coordinator: Alexandra Kontolaimou

  • Determinants of inter-firm R&D collaborations: Evidence from a survey of 3500 SMEs in Greece, Ioannis Giotopoulos (University of Peloponnese), Alexandra Kontolaimou (KEPE), Efthymia Korra (General Secretariat for Industry), Aggelos Tsakanikas (National Technical University of Athens)
  • Exploring the factors constraining and facilitating Greek entrepreneurs' innovative behavior and company performance, Konstantinos Vasileiou (Western Greece University of Applied Sciences)
  • E-Invoicing: Present and Future, George Nathanael (Hellenic Federation of Enterprises)
  • E-commerce adoption by Greek SMEs: The importance of digital identity management, Alexandra Kontolaimou, Georgia Skintzi (KEPE)
  • Questions & answers. Discussion
17:45 - 19:00

6th Session: Innovative entrepreneurship - modern research approaches

Coordinator: Konstantinos Tsekouras

  • Cultivating an "entrepreneurial spirit": Insights from the OpEn online course, Victoria Daskalou (University of Patras), Margarita Komninou (University of Patras/National Centre for Social Research)
  • Measuring the Innovative Performance of EU Regions, Αfroditi Sdraka, Konstantinos Kounetas (University of Patras)
  • Analysis of Top R&D investors performance under a Technology Heterogeneity Regime, Ηariklia Katsigianni, Konstantinos Kounetas (University of Patras)
  • Do Financial Constraints hinder the persistence of R&D activities?, Αreti Gkypali (University of Warwick, United Kingdom), Gabriele Pelegrino (World Intellectual Property Organization/École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne), Konstantinos Tsekouras (University of Patras), Marco Vivarelli (Catholique University of Milan, Italy)
  • Questions & answers. Discussion
19:00 - 19:15

Discussion – Conclusions

  • Georgios Aggelopoulos, President of the Regional Council of Western Greece
  • Prodromos-Ioannis Prodromidis, Senior research fellow, KEPE
19:15 - 20:30

Clusters and methods/vehicles of promotion of entrepreneurship are self-presented:

  • Corallia, Vasilios Makios, President of CORALLIA hub
  • Science Park of Patras, Vasilis Anastasopoulos, President and Managing Director
  • Orange Grove Patras, Alexandra Sarma, incubator co-founder
  • Open Coffee Patras, George Melissaropoulos, co-founder
  • Aroma hub, Foteini Lamari, hub director
  • Mazinnov Hub, Christophe Chantepy, Embassy of France in Greece, Olivier Dovergne, project director
  • Efimerida ton Syntakton: Experiences in the field of information, Ioannis Smyrlakis Director of Drafting, Dimitris Kanellopoulos President of the Employee Cooperative, Tasos Pappas Head of the weekend publication
  • Mindspace, Odysseas Lamtzidis, Chief Operating Officer
20:30 Closing of 1st day

2nd Day, 14/12/2017

Alliance for Entrepreneurship and Development

09:00 - 10:00


10:00 - 10:15 Welcome by Apostolos Katsifaras, Head of Region of Western Greece
10:15 - 10:30 Official opening by the President of the Hellenic Republic, his Excellency Mr Prokopios Pavlopoulos
10:30 - 11:30
Presentations of official guests:
  • Ioannis Dragasakis, Deputy Prime - Minister
  • Corina Cretu, European Commissioner for Regional Policy
  • Alexandros Charitsis, Deputy Minister of Economy and Development
  • Markku Markkula, Vice President of Committee of Regions
  • Konstantinos Agorastos, President of Association of Greek Regions
  • Anna Danti, Acting Head of the sector "Communication/Partnerships & Networks"
  • Kleomenis Barlos, Professor, President of Association of Entrerprises & Industries, Peloponesse & Western Greece, Member of National Council for R&D of Greece
  • Konstantinos Michalos, President of Union of Hellenic Chambers

Coordinator: Katia Makri, Journalist

11:30 - 12:00 Coffee Break
Round table / Panel Discussions

Coordinator: Katia Makri, Journalist

12:00 - 13:30

1st Thematic Session "The enterprising state and the enterprising region – Role, fables and reality"


  • Costas Fotakis, Alternate Minister for Research & Innovation
  • Napoleon Maravegias, Professor ,Vice Rector National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, ex Minister
  • Efstratios Zafiris, General Secretariat of Industry
  • Stavros Arnaoutakis, Head of Region of Crete
  • Taina Tukiainen, Professor, Corporate Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Aalto University
13:30 - 15:00 Buffet light lunch
15:00 - 16:30

2nd Thematic Session "Building the future regional systems of Entrepreneurship and Innovation"


  • Lois Lamprianidis, General Secretariat of Strategic and Private Investments
  • Dimosthenis Polyzos, Deputy Rector of Patras University and President of PATRAS IQ
  • Vasilios Makios, President of CORALLIA hub
  • Georgios Peroulakis, Representative of the Directorate for Regional Policy & Development of the European Union
  • Georgios Strogylopoulos, Technology Transfer Officer NCSR "Demokritos"
  • Panagiota Bithoulka, Businesswoman at Western Greece, Althea Apartments
  • Dimitrios Ladikos, Director of Development, Quality and Supply of JOTIS S.A. (Food industry at Western Greece)
16:30 - 17:00

"Strategy for a sustainable economic growth"

John Podesta, Director and Founder of the Center for American Progress, Chairman of Hillary Clinton for America, Chief of Staff to Bill Clinton, Counselor to President Obama

17:00 - 18:00

3rd Thematic Session "Alliance for Entrepreneurship and Development in Western Greece. Network members comment on the presence and future of the alliance"

  • Kleomenis Barlos, Professor, President of Hellenic Federation of Enterprises, Branch of Western Greece
  • Achaia Chamber of Commerce
  • Aitoloakaranania Chamber of Commerce
  • Ilia Chamber of Commerce
  • Georgios Telonis, Western Greece association touristic offices
  • Petros Mantas, President of Hellenic Federation of Industrial Parks Established Enterprises
  • Vasilis Burganos, Director, Institute of Chemical Engineering Sciences Research, Vice President of Regional Council of Research and Innovation in Western Greece
18:00 - 18:30

Discussions - Conclusions

Coordinator: Katia Makri, Journalist

Closing of 2nd day

3nd Day, 15/12/2017

European Regions share experiences

09:00 - 10:00 Registrations
10:00 - 10:30

Opening speeches:

  • Panagiotis Skourletis, Minister of Interior
  • Apostolos Katsifaras, Head of Region of Western Greece
  • Konstantinos Agorastos, President of the Association of Greek Regions
  • Georgios Papanastasiou, President of the Regional Union of Municipalities of Western Greece
European Regions exchange experiences

Coordinator: Dionysia Maratou, Executive Secretary of the Region of Western Greece

10:30 - 10:45 Derek Mc Callan, Northern Ireland, European Entrepreneurial Region 2015
10:45 - 11:00 Annabelle Favreau, Extermadura, European Entrepreneurial Region 2017
11:00 - 11:15 Christine Chien-Hui Chang, Helsinki-Uusimaa Region, European Entrepreneurial Region 2012
11:15 - 11:30 Konstantinos Michailidis, Head of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Support Division of Central Macedonia, European Entrepreneurial Region 2018
11:30 - 12:00 Coffee Break
Round table / Panel Discussions

Coordinator: Konstantinos Magnis, Journalist

12:00 - 14:00

Greek Regions, Entrepreneurship and Reconstruction


  • Apostolos Katsifaras, Head of Region of Western Greece
  • Rena Dourou, Head of Attica Region
  • Apostolos Tzitzikostas, Head of Region of Central Macedonia
  • Kostantinos Mpakogiannis, Head of Region of Central Greece
  • Kostantinos Agorastos, Head of Region of Thessaly
14:00 - 14:30 Conclusions - Discussions
14:30 Buffet light lunch
Closing of 3nd day