The Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award (HEA) announced Tuesday the four 2014 award recipients who will receive up to €700,000 in funding for the successful implementation of their proposed business venture, as well as business support services and a personal mentor.
According to the press release, the submitted business ideas increased in 2014 by 67 percent, as the 1047 people registered on the Award's website resulted in 488 submitted business plans, which were carefully scrutinized by judges before choosing the final winners.
During the selection procedure, the award judges were looking for ideas that demonstrated innovation, financial discipline and responsibility, job creation and sustainability.
The HEA, which was launched in 2012, is a program funded and administered by the Libra Group on behalf of The Hellenic Initiative (THI), and aims to help experienced and budding entrepreneurs bring new businesses ideas to fruition through the provision of funding, business support and mentoring.
The 2014 HEA winners are:
• ANASSA ORGANICS – A new range of premium, herbal teas and infusions. Anassa Organics selects the finest quality organically farmed Greek products with exceptional taste and fragrance. The products come with highly creative contemporary branding and unique, engaging presentation packs that turn preparation of aromatic herbal drinks into a ritual. The Anassa Organics range is targeted at international markets. (Applicants: Afroditi Florou,Yanna Matthaiou)
• e-satisfaction – The first, independent platform that records e-shoppers' entire online shopping experience from browsing through ordering to delivery. e-satisfaction seeks to become a widespread, trustworthy reference and information source for consumers – and a valuable interactive feedback mechanism for online retailers globally. (Applicants: Stelios Eliakis, Xenia Kourtoglou, Katerina Pramatari)
• Open Circle – A web-based community where visionary entrepreneurs present their business concepts and engage with investors who may wish to participate. Unlike traditional crowdfunding this 'equity crowdfunding' provides a clear pathway for equity participation in target companies. (Applicant: Socratis Ploussas)
• RTsafe – The result of extensive scientific research, RTsafe is designed to optimize the safety and effectiveness of radiotherapy for cancer patients. With RTsafe personalized radiotherapy cycles can be carried out with optimal clinical outcome and reduced treatment side effects. (Applicants: Evangelos Pappas, Thomas Maris, Nikolaos Stergiopulos)