The Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB) is the third oldest University in Greece and the oldest one in the general fields of Economics and Business. AUEB is an institution, which provides education both at the undergraduate and postgraduate level mainly in the fields of Economics, Business Administration, Marketing, Accounting and Finance, Management and Technology, Informatics, and Statistics. AUEB is a distinguished public learning institution which is a leader among the higher education institutions of economics and business in Greece and the broader region, based on the quality and excellence of its students and teaching staff, quality and range of education programs offered, as well as its high impact research activity. Further to its academic excellence, during the last ten years, the Athens University of Economics and Business has put significant emphasis and effort in promoting, encouraging and supporting entrepreneurship and innovation within its wider academic community.
Role of organization in the project
As part of its strategy towards innovation and entrepreneurship, AUEB has recently established the Athens Center of Entrepreneurship and Innovation (ACEin), the University’s new incubation center. Key strategy of ACEin is to support newly established very small and small companies, operating in innovative fields, such as e-commerce, ICT, social entrepreneurship, etc. Within the framework of ACEin these companies are offered training on how to establish and run a start-up, services from experts in fields such as accounting and taxation issues, legal issues, etc., mentoring and networking.
AUEB through the ACEin center also participates in the EU-XCEL project (2015-2016, European Virtual Accelerator), which is an EU-Horizon 2020 funded project and part-of Start-Up Europe. EU-XCEL aims at aspiring information and communication technology (ICT) entrepreneurs to participate in an innovative virtual accelerator programme focused on creating new teams of ‘incubator ready’ ICT tech entrepreneurs.