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Corallia’s Cluster Development Programme: An ERDF-funded Initiative Supporting Smart Specialisation in Greece

Nikos Vogiatzis, Jorge-A. Sanchez-P., Vassilios Makios


Corallia is a Unit of the Research and Innovation Centre Athena, under the auspices of the General Secretariat for Research and Technology, established in Greece for the management and development of Innovation Clusters. Corallia’s activities focus on knowledge-intensive and exports-oriented technology segments, where Greece has the capacity to build sustainable innovation ecosystems, thus effectively supporting Smart Specialisation strategies in those regions. In the last decade, Corallia has implemented successfully several milestone national development programmes for cluster development, utilising European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). This paper describes the cluster development programme that Corallia managed in the 2000-2006 and 2007-2013 programming periods that were co-financed by ERDF via the National Operational Programmes of the 3rd and 4th Community Support Frameworks respectively.

Dr. Nikos Vogiatzis is the Co-founder and Chief Development & Operations Officer of Corallia. He holds a Ph.D. in Communication & Information Systems and a Dipl.-Ing. in Electrical & Computer Engineering (NTUA, Greece), and a Master in Project Management (Stevens Institute of Technology, USA). For correspondence: n.vogiatzis@corallia.org.Dr. Jorge-A. Sanchez-P. is the Co-founder and Chief Strategy and Financial Officer at Corallia. He holds Dipl.-Ing. & Dr.-Ing. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering (NTUA) and a Master’s Certification in Professional Program & Project Management (Stevens Institute of Technology). For correspondence: j.sanchez@corallia.org.Prof. Vassilios Makios is the Co-founder and General Director of Corallia. He holds an electrical engineering degree from the Technical University in Munich, Germany and a Ph.D. from the Max Planck Institute for Plasmaphysics and the Technical University in Munich. For correspondence: v.makios@corallia.org.The views expressed in this article are personal and do not necessarily express the views of Corallia.

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