InnovEIT set the stage for inauguration of sixth Co-Location Center
The official opening of our sixth innovation hub, EIT Manufacturing Co-Location Center South-East, has taken place in Athens on 6 October. This innovation hub will be led by Dr Niki Kousi, Managing Director who helped in its establishment. Eight countries will be served by a team which will be located in Athens: Albania, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece, Moldova, North Macedonia, Romania and Türkiye.
In the opening ceremony, Professor Panagiotis Stavropoulos from the Laboratory for Manufacturing Systems and Automation (LMS) – University of Patras, Greece, outlined how EIT Manufacturing CLC South-East came into existence. Since September 2021, the foundation has been facilitated by the existing Greek EIT Regional Innovation Scheme (RIS) hub and supported by two existing EIT RIS hubs in Bulgaria and Romania, by the Greek government, and by 15 actors from the manufacturing industry.
Dr. Christos Dimas, Deputy Minister of Development and Investments from the Government of Hellenic Republic, whose support was of utmost significance for the opening of CLC South-East, joined EIT Manufacturing in the important occasion and highlighted the essence of data and innovation for the Greek ecosystem.
The new location in Athens will strengthen innovation capabilities in the South-Eastern part of Europe which has great innovation potential. Existing regional networks will be extended, attracting more stakeholders into the ecosystem and thus enabling more fruitful connections.
Ribbon cutting and CLC South-East Innauguration event by Klaus Beetz, Niki Kousi, Cecilia Warrol, George Chryssolouris, Sebastian Ioan Burduja, Boyko Takov