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Piraeus Blue Growth Digital Innovation Hub (BG-DIH)

Hub Information

Hub Name
Piraeus Blue Growth Digital Innovation Hub (BG-DIH)
Local Name
Κέντρο Ψηφιακής Καινοτομίας στη Γαλάζια Ανάπτυξη (ΚΨΚ-ΓΑ)
Evolutionary Stage
In preparation
Geographical Scope


What is BG-DIH

Piraeus is Greece’s most important harbor and it is considered as Greece’s maritime capital and one of the leading maritime clusters worldwide.

However, in the last decades the city has been declining. Like many other influential metropolitan areas in Europe, it suffered from a de-industrialization and trade shrinking consequences. As a result, many wholesale companies were closed and unemployment rate started to progress.

At this end, the Municipality of Piraeus is deploying a comprehensive strategy in order to meet the challenges that the city faces due to the rapid changes of the last years, as well as the opportunities that are opening up in the coming years. This strategy is based on a long-term planning aiming to combine effectively a dynamic business environment with the concern for business development and new job creation in competitive and innovative sectors of the Blue Economy.

Piraeus Blue Growth Digital Innovation Hub (BG-DIH) goal is to inspire and help young entrepreneurs to realize innovative business concepts relating to marine and freshwater resources. It promotes creative disruption in the maritime sector and introduces promising business opportunities, create new jobs, and transform traditional processes into more productive and sustainable activities. In other words, BG-DIH hosts an umbrella of actions to promote business ideas relating to the sea and aquatic resources through a range of environmental, economic and social responsibility initiatives.

BG-DIH is a regional multi-partner cooperation (including organizations like research and technology organizations, universities, industry associations, chambers of commerce, incubator/accelerators, local and regional development agencies, etc.) serving as one stop-shop that helps Blue Economy companies to become more competitive with regard to their business/production processes, products or services using digital technologies.

In this context, BG-DIH will soon include a technologically advanced hosting and demonstration space (Key enabling technology) for acquainting and familiarizing the local population with new technologies and their capabilities. More specifically, the exploitation of advanced technological equipment (3D Printing manufacturing technology etc.), under the guidance of properly educated consulting staff, promotes experimentation and creation of new innovative products and services. At the same time, it will also be shortly able to provide business support to implement these innovations across the value chain. Another block of actions is relevant to the development of skills and knowledge of human capital, in order for Piraeus companies to maintain access to a highly ICT skilled workforce and to enable the labor force to acquire new knowledge regarding the Blue Economy and the new technologies sectors.


Organisational form of BG-DIH

BG-DIH is a nonprofit institution. Actually it operates under the Municipality of Piraeus’  Blue Growth Initiative hosted at 91, Iroon Polytechneiou street with the perspective to be relocated to new premises with advanced technological equipment (such as 3D Printing manufacturing technology, Sensors & Actuators, Microelectromechanical Systems, Robotics & Automation Systems, High Performance Computers, Cloud Computing etc.) in Agios Dionysios area, within the first quarter of 2019.


Customers' number supported annually

The main outputs that have resulted from the implementation the Hub include: the creation of 20 new businesses of 45 jobs and 55 networking events, as well as the BLUACT Transfer Network for the implementation of BlueGrowth from 7 other European cities.

The number of customers (receivers of Hubs’ incubation services) per year is the following: 2014-2015: 5 groups of startupers, 2015-2016: 8 groups, 2016-2017 :10 groups, 2017-2018: 16 groups.


Partners information section and website link

Once the key partner contributions to deliver Hub’s support services have been secured and agreed, the necessary collateral is developed to enable the these services be widely known. This can include the establishment of a dedicated web-presence and the necessary marketing material (banner stands, flyers etc.). The web-presence explains the goals, terms, structure of Hub’s services and includes an interactive form to enable future beneficiaries to submit their project idea. In addition, the emerging entrepreneurs and the concept of entrepreneurship are celebrated and widely promoted. All beneficiary teams are required to participate in promotional media and networking events. Until now there have been organised 55 networking events.

The dissemination of information is given to the audience through the website links:,


Ο Πειραιάς είναι το σημαντικότερο λιμάνι της Ελλάδας και θεωρείται ένα από τα κορυφαία ναυτιλιακά πλέγματα παγκοσμίως. Ωστόσο, τις τελευταίες δεκαετίες η πόλη δείχνει σημάδια μείωσης της παραγωγικής της δραστηριότητας. Όπως πολλές άλλες μείζονος σημασίας μητροπολιτικές περιοχές στην Ευρώπη, υπέστη σημαντική αποβιομηχάνιση και συρρίκνωση της εμπορικής και παραγωγικής της δραστηριότητας με αποτέλεσμα το κλείσιμο πολλών εταιριών και την αύξηση του ποσοστού ανεργίας.

Στο πλαίσιο αυτό, ο Δήμος Πειραιώς αναπτύσσει μια ολοκληρωμένη στρατηγική για να ανταπεξέλθει στις προκλήσεις που αντιμετωπίζει η πόλη λόγω των ταχέων αλλαγών των τελευταίων ετών, καθώς και για να αξιοποιηθούν οι ευκαιρίες ανάπτυξης που θα προκύψουν τα επόμενα χρόνια. Η στρατηγική αυτή βασίζεται σε ένα μακροπρόθεσμο σχεδιασμό που στοχεύει, μεταξύ άλλων, στη δημιουργία ενός δυναμικού επιχειρηματικού περιβάλλοντος που θα δίνει έμφαση στην ανάπτυξη των επιχειρήσεων και τη δημιουργία νέων θέσεων εργασίας σε ανταγωνιστικούς και καινοτόμους τομείς της Γαλάζιας Οικονομίας.

Στον αναπτυξιακό αυτόν σχεδιασμό του Δήμου εμπίπτει η επικείμενη ίδρυση και λειτουργία του Κέντρου Ψηφιακής Καινοτομίας στη Γαλάζια Ανάπτυξη του Πειραιά (ΚΨΚ-ΓΑ). Στόχος του Κέντρου είναι να εμπνεύσει και να βοηθήσει νέους επιχειρηματίες να υλοποιήσουν βιώσιμες επιχειρηματικές ιδέες σε καινοτόμους τομείς της θαλάσσιας οικονομίας. Προωθεί την επιχειρηματική δημιουργικότητα, και εισαγάγει πρωτοποριακές επιχειρηματικές ευκαιρίες που αναμένεται να οδηγήσουν στη δημιουργία νέων και βιώσιμων θέσεων εργασίας. Στο πλαίσιο αυτό, το ΚΨΚ-ΓΑ υιοθετεί μια σειρά πρωτοβουλιών περιβαλλοντικής, οικονομικής και κοινωνικής ευθύνης και φιλοξενεί δέσμες δράσεων για την προώθηση επιχειρηματικών ιδεών σε τομείς προτεραιότητας για την Γαλάζια Οικονομία.

Το ΚΨΚ-ΓΑ αποτελεί μια περιφερειακή συνεργασία με πολλούς εταίρους (συμπεριλαμβανομένων οργανισμών όπως κέντρα έρευνας και τεχνολογίας, πανεπιστήμια, βιομηχανικοί σύλλογοι, εμπορικά επιμελητήρια, εκκολαπτήρια νεοφυών επιχειρήσεων / επιταχυντές νεοφυών επιχειρήσεων, τοπικοί και περιφερειακοί οργανισμοί ανάπτυξης κ.λπ.)

Προκειμένου να βοηθήσει τις επιχειρήσεις που δραστηριοποιούνται στην Γαλάζια Οικονομία να γίνουν ανταγωνιστικές όσον αφορά επιχειρηματικές / παραγωγικές διαδικασίες, προϊόντα ή υπηρεσίες που αξιοποιούν ψηφιακές τεχνολογίες, το ΚΨΚ-ΓΑ θα αναπτύξει άμεσα έναν τεχνολογικά προηγμένο χώρο φιλοξενίας και επίδειξης (Key enabling technology) με σκοπό την εξοικείωση των χρηστών των υπηρεσιών του με τις νέες τεχνολογίες και τις δυνατότητές τους.

Συγκεκριμένα, η εκμετάλλευση προηγμένου τεχνολογικού εξοπλισμού (τεχνολογία παραγωγής τρισδιάστατων εκτυπώσεων κλπ.), υπό την καθοδήγηση κατάλληλα εκπαιδευμένου συμβουλευτικού προσωπικού, θα προωθήσει τον πειραματισμό και τη δημιουργία νέων καινοτόμων προϊόντων και υπηρεσιών. Παράλληλα, θα παρέχει επιχειρηματική στήριξη για την υλοποίηση αυτών των καινοτομιών σε όλη την παραγωγική αλυσίδα. Μια άλλη δέσμη ενεργειών του Κέντρου σχετίζεται με την ανάπτυξη δεξιοτήτων και γνώσεων που αφορούν στο ανθρώπινο κεφάλαιο, προκειμένου οι πολίτες του Πειραιά να έχουν πρόσβαση στους τομείς της πληροφορίας και επικοινωνίας (ICT) καθώς και να επιτρέψουν στο εργατικό δυναμικό να αποκτήσει νέες γνώσεις στους τομείς της Γαλάζιας οικονομίας και των νέων τεχνολογιών .

Contact Data

Coordinator (Other)
Municipality of Pireaus
Year Established
91, Iroon Polytechniou Ave, 18536, Piraeus (Greece)
Social Media
Contact information
Mr. Petros Kokkalis


Organizational form
Project (formalized end time)
Number of employees


  • Sensory systems
  • Screens and display technologies
  • Robotics
  • Internet of things
  • Big data, data analytics, data handling
  • Additive manufacturing
  • Laser based manufacturing
  • Logistics
  • Internet services

BG-DIH is, among others, a support facility that helps candidate companies to become competitive by improving their business/production processes as well as products and services by means of digital technology. It acts as a one-stop-shop, serving companies within their local region and beyond to digitalize their business.

The services available through a BG-DIH enables any future business to access the latest knowledge, expertise and technology for testing and experimenting with digital innovations relevant to its products, processes or business models. In addition, BG-DIH provides connections with investors, facilitate access to financing for digital transformations, and help connect users and suppliers of digital innovations across the value chain. These services are of particular relevance to future companies which have a relatively low level of digitalization and which do not have the resources or personnel to address the digitalization challenge.

In this scope BG-DIH is related to the following initiatives for digitising industry:

•         In 2016, the European Commission launched the Digitizing European Industry initiative (DEI) which aims to reinforce the EU's competitiveness in digital technologies and ensure that every business in Europe can draw the full benefits from digital innovation. BG-DIH’s mission and support services provided to young / future entrepreneurs are closely related to the second Pilar of DEI  given the fact that it operates as one-stop-shop where companies –especially SMEs, startups and mid-caps– can get help to improve their business, production processes, products and services by means of digital technology. One of the key DEI priorities is to support a strong network of DIHs to ensure that every company in Europe can take advantage of digital opportunities: BG-DIH’s is, between others, an open infrastructure to all potential entrepreneurs who want to be supported to mature business ideas and develop them into entrepreneurial undertakings by using advanced ICT means.

•         The (Greek) National Digital Strategy (NDS) 2016-2021 is the road map and framework for the country's digital development. It puts forward the vision and specifies the areas of intervention to which the effort should focus, so that Greece, by 2021, joins with the European digital map. Ιt focuses on seven areas of intervention with specific priorities for each sector. The priorities correspond to acknowledged gaps in the Greek public administration, the economy and society and form a coherent framework of ICT interventions, focusing on producing results and optimizing the use of available public resources.

In this context, BG-DIH is closely related to the following NDS’s Priorities:

-          2. 1 Promotion of SMEs Digital Operationality: According to this Priority, it is imperative to systematically and continuously encourage SMEs to adopt ICTs, especially at the current time when their potential for access to sources of finance is limited.

-          3.2 Exploit ICT innovation in the priority sectors of the economy. According to this Priority a focus on ICT innovation is needed as a supportive tool for generating value in the economy  which will offer to the ICT business ecosystem a test environment for generating new specialized innovative products, which in turn will create significant prospects for economic extroversion.

•         RIS3 for the Attica region aims to strengthen innovation activity in three areas of specialization: Creative economy, Blue economy and Sustainable Needs Economy. In these three areas, Attica faces significant challenges and, at the same time, has the potential to strengthen existing and promote new activities to become a metropolitan center with international reach. BG-DIH is mainly appertain to the RIS3’s  Blue Economy area, but it is also connected to the priority actions of the other two specialization areas. BG-DIH can be related to the following indicative actions-objectives of the Attica RIS3’s Action Plan:

- Incubators’ development in order to create new innovative businesses or products

- Increase in the number of new or diversified market products

- Development of ICT products and services

 - Strengthening start-ups

- Development of innovative products and services in areas of high added value

- Creating new and sustainable jobs and reducing high youth unemployment

- Support the dissemination of new products and services, with a focus on start-ups

Market and Services


  • Maritime and fishery
  • Tourism (incl. restaurants and hospitality)
  • Transport and logistics
  • Public administration
  • Education
  • Community, social and personal service activities
  • Other Manufacturing

TRL Focus

  • TRL6 - System/subsystem model or prototype demonstration in a relevant environment
  • TRL7 - System prototype demonstration in an operational environment
  • TRL8 - Actual system completed and qualified through test and demonstration

Services provided

  • Awareness creation
  • Ecosystem building, scouting, brokerage, networking
  • Visioning and Strategy Development for Businesses
  • Collaborative Research
  • Concept validation and prototyping
  • Testing and validation
  • Incubator/accelerator support
  • Access to Funding and Investor Readiness Services
  • Mentoring
  • Education and skills development

Service Examples


The SOL-BRINE project aimed to develop a solar–driven brine treatment system in order to eliminate the current practice of brine disposal. The development of such a system is an innovative approach to finding a feasible solution to brine elimination. The proposed SOL-BRINE prototype system for brine treatment produce two by-products: dry salt, which can be easily handled and used commercially, and water to be used for irrigation or other purposes. The SOL-BRINE project developed a solar–powered brine treatment system, designed to eliminate the current practice of brine disposal into aquatic environments. This brings added value in that the significant environmental problem of brine disposal can be solved, while at the same time marketable products (salt and water) can be generated. The project’s energy-autonomous brine treatment system is in operation on Tinos, a Greek island situated in the Aegean Sea within the Cyclades archipelago, at the existing desalination plant in the Agios Fokas area.

Openichnos Hellas Private Company

Openichnos is an energy autonomous, global tracking and IoT gateway, achieving the realisation of the Connected Yacht vision. A Yacht at sea involves great risks for all parties involved. Owners risk their assets, Charterers risk having damage disputes and unhappy customers while the crew risk their own lives. Openichnos uses cutting-edge technology to provide a complete fleet management solution for the yacht industry globally. With Openichnos, the asset owner/ charterer is able to monitor in real time the environment of their asset (weather, depth, etc) through with data received from the yacht’s sensors.So by using Openichnos they can: Take instant action, Keep their assets and people on board safe, Manage their fleet remotely and accurately.

More details:


PHEE exploits waste to develop bio-materials and end products that will challenge conventional materials in every aspect; from cost effectiveness to customer satisfaction and global footprint. The resource that PHEE is currently harnessing is the dead leaves of the sea plant Posidonia Oceanica. PHEE’s team came first in converting what once was considered to be waste and a socioeconomic burden into an innovative sustainable material. The first marketable application of PHEE’s bio-based composite material is the PHEE-board. It’s a highly aesthetic cellulose-based material can be utilized to develop high value-added products such as accessories and furniture. PHEE’s activity encloses sustainability and the social economy at its core.PHEE aspires to reduce waste by producing eco-friendly products that will be integrated at people’s everyday life.

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  • Horizon 2020
  • European Regional Development Fund
  • Regional funding
  • Private funding


  • Regional Authority of Attica
    Regional government
  • University of Piraeus
  • Technological Education Institute of Piraeus
  • Hellenic Institute of Transport –Institute of Centre for Research & Technology
    Research & Technology organization
  • Greek Institute of Maritime Technology
    Research & Technology organization
  • Piraeus Chamber of Commerce and Industry
    Chamber of Commerce
  • Piraeus Chamber of Small Industry
    Industry association
  • Hellenic Chamber of Shipping
    Industry association
  • Aephoria
  • Hellenic Marine Equipment Manufacturers & Exporters (HEMEXPO)
    Industry association
Last updated: 03/09/18 12:11