Adapting for The Future: iED’s Inspiring Transformation

As the Institute of Entrepreneurship Development (iED) celebrates its 18th anniversary this year, we reflect on our journey of growth and transformation in an ever-changing European landscape. Our theme for this year’s celebration is “Adapting for the future“. It is a fitting tribute to our commitment to recognizing entrepreneurship as crucial for sustainable development, growth, and a brighter future.

As a Center of Excellence in European Entrepreneurship and a promising Digital Innovation Hub, iED has shown exceptional resilience, adaptive and transformative qualities in meeting the new challenges innovators and entrepreneurs face today. Our accumulated expertise through a diversity of EU-funded research and innovation projects has created an all-inclusive Knowledge Hub covering the needs of the pan-European entrepreneurial ecosystem and beyond. At iED, we are proud of this journey, and we look forward to more opportunities where we’ll put into action our know-how and thrive in the future.

Celebrating iED’s Achievements and Impact on European Entrepreneurship

Since our inception in 2005, iED has seen tremendous growth and achieved significant milestones. Here are someone of our achievements and success stories that we are proud of:

iED has grown from a very small organization to one with 45 employees across five departments, covering an entire floor at JOIST Innovation Park, which demonstrates our commitment to success. We’ve implemented over 300 EU-funded projects, are active members of 48 networks and are recognized with 7 awards for our HR practices, gender equality efforts, and contributions to sustainability and entrepreneurship. Meanwhile, we’ve trained over 14,000 participants and sent more than 180 persons abroad for upskilling. Our digital presence is equally impressive, with 8.5 million website visitors, 55,000 social media followers, 16,000 social media posts, and 173 developed websites and digital platforms. Finally, having already 3 internally developed digital products, we will continue to innovate and strive for excellence in the future.

One of our most significant achievements so far has undoubtedly been Health Hub, the designated European Digital Innovation Hub in Thessaly that we coordinate, which acts as a reference point of Digital Health at the regional, national and European levels, having received a Seal of Excellence by the European Commission. Health Hub uses cutting-edge AI technology to digitally transform the health and pharma sectors and lead to the future. If you are interested, learn more about Health Hub.

The Faces Behind Our Success

At iED, we recognize that our success would not have been possible without our teams’ and key members’ dedication and hard work. Even though our achievements are nothing more than the result of teamwork between our diverse teams, certain people have played a critical role in mapping our organization’s growth and success:

A Headshot of Tasos Vasiliadis, CEO of IED

Tasos Vasiliadis: As the founder and CEO, he has played a critical role in establishing the organization’s vision and mission. With his leadership and entrepreneurial spirit, he has been instrumental in shaping iED’s growth and success and preparing us to meet future demands.

Our Team

Our experienced teams of administration, planning and implementation, marketing, software development and IT, products and services have played a vital role in implementing our numerous National and European projects. Their expertise and dedication have helped ensure our projects’ success and the organization’s positive impact and contributed to building iED’s reputation across Europe and beyond.

Our Partners

Our network of partners and collaborating organizations have also been critical to iED’s success. Through their support, contributions and collaboration, we have established a wide-ranging network of resources that have helped us boost our impact across Europe. Become our partner to discover the benefits of collaboration and work together towards a successful future.

Our Goals for the Future

1. Support Entrepreneurship and Innovation

As we celebrate our 18th anniversary, we feel pride in our accomplishments. However, we also know that much work still needs to be done. One of our primary goals is to continue supporting entrepreneurship and innovation across Europe. To do this, we plan to launch a series of new initiatives and projects focused on providing resources and support to aspiring entrepreneurs.

2. Promote the Adoption of Digital Technologies

Further, we also plan to continue our work as a Digital Innovation Hub, helping to promote the adoption of digital technologies across Europe. We believe that digital innovation is crucial to the success of European entrepreneurship. That’s why we commit to continue our work to ensure that entrepreneurs have access to the latest digital tools and resources.

3. Expand Our Network of Partners

Another one of our goals is to expand our network of partners and collaborating organizations. We believe working with other like-minded organizations can have a greater impact and reach more entrepreneurs and innovators across Europe.

4. Stay Focused on Research and Innovation

Finally, we plan to continue our focus on research and innovation. Through our involvement in EU-funded research projects, we aim to produce and transfer knowledge that will help to shape the future of entrepreneurship and innovation in Europe.

We remain committed to promoting innovation and enhancing the entrepreneurial spirit through these and other initiatives. We believe that entrepreneurship is the key to sustainable development, growth, and a better future, and we look forward to continuing to work towards this goal in the years to come.

Thanking Those Who Made 18 Years Possible

We want to take this opportunity to express our heartfelt gratitude to our supporters over the past 18 years. Without our teams’ dedication, hard work, and our partners’ collaboration, we would not be where we are today. With our partners’ continued support, we are confident that we can achieve even greater success in the years to come.

Thank you once again for your support and dedication to our mission. We look forward to continuing to work together for a bigger impact on the European entrepreneurial research and innovation ecosystem. We are excited about the opportunities ahead, and we invite you to join us on this journey for a prosperous, sustainable and equitable future.

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Vasilis Bouronikos
Content & Communication Manager

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