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Elevate Greece: Almost 10% of Registered Startup Companies Are Active in Tourism

Almost 10 percent of the companies registered in Elevate Greece, the official platform for the Greek startup ecosystem, are involved in the tourism sector, according to Michael Dritsas, chief of staff of Deputy Development and Investments Minister Christos Dimas.

Speaking during a recent online tourism conference organized by, Dritsas said the platform included a total of 511 Greek startups with over 4,800 employees. Forty-eight of them are active in the tourism sector.

Launched in 2020 by the Ministry of Development and Investments, Elevate Greece aims to identify promising startups and support their growth.

By joining the platform, Greek enterprises can be registered and certified as startups as long as they meet the criteria of innovation and scalability.

Furthermore, Elevate Greece looks to provide startup companies with networking opportunities and international promotion, and offer access to funds and sponsorships from the platform’s official supporters.

Meanwhile, it was announced that the application deadline for a funding scheme supporting startups affected by the coronavirus pandemic has been extended. Interested companies can now submit their applications by November 10 (instead of October 29). The initiative aims to support startups/innovative medium-sized enterprises active in the field of Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisation – RIS3.

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Eleftheria has worked for several financial newspapers, magazines and websites during the past 19 years. Between 2004 and 2014 she worked as a radio producer, reporter and presenter for the Greek and English language program of “Athina 9.84 FM”. She also has hands-on experience in the MICE industry.

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