Award Ceremony for the winners of the 1st Innovation Competition on Maritime Economy,“Blue Growth”
BLUE GROWTH, A SEA OF INNOVATION…IN PIRAEUS!
The award ceremony for the winners of the 1st Innovation Competition on Maritime Economy under the name “Blue Growth” was held on Wednesday 12 November 2014 at the Passport cultural venue in Piraeus and it was a great success. The Competition lasted for four months and during its two evaluation stages, innovative business proposals submitted throughout Greece were evaluated. The proposals had to do with innovative ideas in all five subject areas of the Competition, which were the following:
Information & Communication Technologies
Energy & Environment/ Green Shipping
Innovation in the Marine Primary Sector – Aquaculture
The SOL-BRINE project is a Greek innovative approach for the production of zero liquid waste from desalination, producing useful end products (water and salt) at the same time. Desalination is recognised as a promising solution to address the upcoming challenge of water availability. However, there are some issues which have remained unsolved causing serious concerns, the most important of which is the environmental problems caused by liquid waste (brine), currently discharged into bodies of water. The SOL-BRINE project addresses these issues effectively, by promoting the development of marine circular economy at the same time.
The project was developed by the National Technical University of Athens and more specifically by the Unit of Environmental Science and Technology, at the School of Chemical Engineering. The team that received the first prize at the competition was represented by Mr. Dimitrios Xevgenos (design and development of the project) and Mr. Athanasios Bounas (financial and strategic planning). The technology developed is part of the LIFE+ European programme (SOL-BRINE: LIFE09 ENV/GR/000299) and part of the engineer’s PhD dissertation, supervised by professor Maria Loizidou.
Members of the Team: Dimitrios Xevgenos, Athanasios Bounas
2ND PRIZE: PHEEMADE
Pheemade is a company which uses an environmentally precious material (seaweed) transforming it in a series of precious products with multiple attributes. Our company uses the dead leaves of Posidonia algae, Posidonia oceanica, washed ashore along the Greek coastline in large quantities. An estimated quantity of 20-25 tons is collected by every municipality each year and is buried at the dumping ground adding a lot of extra cost to municipal budgets. This particular type of seaweed can be found in some coastal Mediterranean areas and in some parts of the Gulf of Mexico. Pheemade has the knowledge to create recyclable, reusable surfaces (panels) that are 100% biodegradable, using Posidonia algae as their main raw material. The adhesives used are natural and non-toxic and the manufacturing process is protected by patent. Pheemade is the driving force of change in the field of design, having as its highest priority the fusion of innovative design with science to improve the environment and people’s health. www.pheemade.com
Members of the Team: Tsompanidis Stavros, Ninios Haris, Papadaki Sofia, Tzovenis Ioannis
3RD PRIZE: NOSTIMO SALT
Nostimo, a new ambitious startup, aims to promote natural crude salt coming from the Greek seas and introduce it to foreign markets as a Greek product of high quality, unexploited until now.
The demand for gourmet salt of high quality has been booming during the last years in the global market. The team of nostimo aims to rekindle the ancient art of natural salt harvesting, while protecting many small salt producers throughout Greece through its commercial success.
The company’s immediate aim is to become the first business in Greece introducing an innovative contractual harvest programme with micro-salt producers supporting them to achieve higher returns and quality and placing the history of local harvesting at the centre of its communication strategy. www.nostimosalt.com
Members of the Team: Vivian Karavia, Swaffer Felicity
SPECIAL PRIZE – “LIVING SEA”: INNOVATIVE BALLAST WATER TREATMENT SYSTEM
Ships store sea water in special tanks for stability reasons when sailing away from a port and this is a major environmental issue with multiple repercussions for the marine ecosystem. When the ships empty this water to a different location, micro-organisms such as bacteria, germs, small invertebrates, eggs, larvae and other micro-organisms are released into the water causing ecological imbalance to the new ecosystem. We oxidation p.c. company has developed an innovative ballast water treatment system with a patented electrolysis system that can offer extremely effective solutions for practically all types of ships.
Members of the Team: Pavlopoulos Adam, Ninolakis Markos
The first three winning groups were awarded cash prizes totalling 15.000 euro to be used as seed capital for the commercialisation of their idea while they will also have the chance to be hosted and incubated at the model programme of Aephoria.net supporting startups. The above mentioned provision covers a very important parameter for the implementation of a business idea, that is, having a working space and being connected with young entrepreneurs. The fourth team received the “LIVING SEA” honorary prize.
The prizes were awarded to the winners by the Competition’s sponsors:
1st Winner Award – Award by the Piraeus Port Authority, Mr. Dimitris Spyrou, Piraeus Port Authority (OLP) Administration Manager
2nd Winner Award – Capital Ship Management – Award by Mr. Kalogiratos, Capital Ship Management Chief Operating Officer
3rd Winner Award – Celestyal Cruises Award by Mr. Pythagoras Nagos, Celestyal Cruises Sales Director
Award of “living seas” Special Prize – Central Markets and Fishery Organization (OKAA). Award Mr. Panagiotis Stampoulidis, OKAA CEO
The ceremony was coordinated by Mr. Nikos Ververidis, co-founder of ελculture.gr and Aephoria.net. The welcome speeches were delivered by the Mayor of Piraeus Mr. Giannis Moralis, Mr.Petros Kokkalis, President of the “Blue Growth Piraeus” Competition Organising Committee and Municipal Counsellor of Local Economic Development & Entrepreneurship of the Municipality of Piraeus. The keynote speech was delivered by Dr. Andreas Georgoulias, Lecturer at the University of Harvard GSD and founder of the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure.
The evaluation committee included Mr. Gregory Yovanof (Professor of Innovation & Entrepreneurship at Athens Information Technology (AIT), Mr. Andreas Georgoulias, Lecturer at the University of Harvard GSD and founder of the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure, Mr. Stefanos Lalousis (Entrepreneur active in projects related to lifeboat operations), Ms. Demi Karagianni (Capital Ship Management Media Manager), Mr. Dimitris Memos (Managing Director, MarineTraffic), Mr. Themistoklis Lousis (Technical Director, DL, AUTOMATION P.C.), Ms. Xenia Ziouvelou (Professor/ Innovation and Entrepreneurship Researcher, Athens Information Technology (AIT), Mr. Aristotelis Alexopoulos (Professor, BCA Business College of Athens Department of Shipping Studies)
Hosts: Athens Information Technology (AIT), Aephoria.net
Under the auspices of: Ministry of Shipping and the Aegean, Municipality of Piraeus, Federation of Hellenic Associations of Young Entrepreneurs (OESYNE)
Prize Sponsors: Piraeus Port Authority (OLP), Capital Ship Management, Celestyal Cruises, Central Markets and Fishery Organization (OKAA).
Supporters: Athens Tech College, Business College of Athens-Economic College of Athens (BCA), European Parliament’s Office in Greece
Media Sponsors: nooz.gr, epixeiro.gr, foititikanea.gr, ελculture