The Institute of Entrepreneurship Development (iED) is a Greek Organization committed to the promotion of innovation and the enhancing of the spirit of entrepreneurship. This organisation has just been added into the StartUp Europe Awards Alliance, being the Greek representative in this European competition rewarding entrepreneurship in the EU. This Alliance aims at gathering all the startups awards organisers around Europe in four levels (local, provincial, regional and national). The winners from each member state’s national contest in the eight categories (Cities, Creative Industries, ICTs, Green, Energy, Tourism, Social Innovation and Water) will come to the European final ceremony to be held in December 2016.

The iED’s main mission is to recognise entrepreneurship as a crucial factor for the development and cohesion of societies, by developing research and being in a position to provide innovative solutions that ease the growth of healthy entrepreneurship and promote employment. They adopt an anthropocentric approach and cooperate with social, academic and business partners, from Greece and abroad, aiming at producing know how, promoting entrepreneurial culture and enhancing the effectiveness and viability of enterprises.

StartUp Europe Awards is an initiative promoted by the European Commission and implemented by the Foundation Finnova, with the support of the StartUp Europe, aiming at rewarding and promoting the entrepreneurship in the European Union.