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Greek micro-electronics cluster: big opportunities for small businesses

December 2012

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One of Greece’s first micro-electronics clusters is opening new horizons for Greek small businesses by linking innovation and sustainability. It helps market innovative solutions – to the benefit of the economy and the environment.

A Greek small business specialised in communication and control systems has been selected to monitor one of the country’s biggest solar energy farms, located north of Athens.

Infrastructure monitoring solutions provider InAccess Networks, which has grown from 10 to over 50 employees over the last two years, forms part of one of the first Greek micro-electronics clusters in Athens.

Set up by non-profit organisation Corallia in 2008, the cluster offers a wealth of opportunities to small companies with an innovative edge, thanks to a helping hand from the EU. It received €40 million in funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

“Through the cluster, we have been given the opportunity to promote and to improve our control and monitoring solutions,” says Vassilis Nellas, director of InAccess Networks. He explains that the support provided covers diverse fields including patents, intellectual property rights (IPR) management, marketing and product management.

The cluster initiative is a public-private partnership aiming to boost entrepreneurship and innovation with a view to strengthening Greece’s competitiveness.

Two other clusters have been set up recently in Greece, bringing together a total of over 130 businesses.

The EU recognises clusters are powerful engines of economic development and innovation, and assists EU countries in fostering cluster initiatives.

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