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Paris Kokorotsikos

Biography Dr. Paris Kokorotsikos (Greece)
Dr. Parik Kokorotsikos
Dr. Parik Kokorotsikos

Dr. Paris Kokorotsikos is CEO of Athens Stock Exchange listed Management and Technology Consulting Company EUROCONSULTANTS S.A. with subsidiaries in most of East European countries and owner of i4G incubation for Growth Technology and ETEP Incubators, as well as shareholder to numerous technology start ups in the sectors of IST, life sciences and environment.

Dr. Kokorotsikos through EUROCONSULTANTS Group participates in the development of Technology Infrastructure and funds Initiatives in SE Europe (Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Czech Republic), and GCC countries (Technology Parks in Bahrain and Oman).

Dr. Kokorotsikos was member of the board of the Technology Transfer Association of EU. He has coordinated technical assistance teams at top government level on planning, management and evaluation of Operational and Development programmes for more than 40 countries and regions aiming at Private Investments increase, for SMEs, for Technology Transfer, for Quality in industry, for Interregional and Cross-Border Cooperation and especially for promoting entrepreneurship from Research Institutes, in the framework of EU, WB, EBRD and government programmes. He has been author at several papers on development issues and addressed in many relevant conferences in the EU.

Dr Kokorotsikos started his career (in parallel in PhD research) as industrial liaison officer of the Chemical Process Engineering Research Institute (CPERI) of the National Foundation for Research, and has taught courses on the Energy technologies and Technology Transfer at the Engineering School of the Aristoteles University of Thessaloniki.


Contact details

Paris Kokorotsikos Euroconsultants S.A.
e-mail: P.Kokorotsikos@euroconsultants.com.gr   21 Antonis Tritsis st.
tel. +30 2310 804 000  P.O. Box 22461/GR 55102
fax +30 2130 804 100  Thermi, Thessaloniki
   GREECE


MODULE – Innovation Entrepreneurship Enabling Environment

Objective

The course’s objective is to analyze and evaluate various tangible and no tangible parameters that create a better innovative entrepreneurship-enabling environment.

The students will be introduced into the concepts of incubation, science parks, early stage financing, business angels networks, early VC and to the roles of the various stakeholders of these entrepreneurship start up support mechanisms.

The students, as future entrepreneurs, will get the appropriate knowledge to evaluate such mechanisms, the various pros and cons while working with them, what they could expect from the various forms of incubators and seed capitals, what they would have to prepare themselves, prior approaching them, what are the models currently in the market and the variations from region to region.

In addition, enabling mechanisms design parameters and procedures will be analyzed, for students, whose future career will mainly follow the path of creating and developing innovative entrepreneurship environment ie. students that will work for governments and innovation support institutions as well as in the actual management of incubators, seed capital and science parks. Finally the course will deal with the EU and other IFIs policy and programmes, aiming at boosting innovation entrepreneurship and commercialization of research, so that students are aware of funding opportunities and the procedures for taping them, on behalf of their future enterprises or institutions they will work.

Short description

1. Innovation Entrepreneurship Support Instruments

  • Incubators: Pre-incubation, proof of concept, technology clinics, incubation.
  • Models of incubation. Combination of Incubation with seed capital, equity participation to the incubatees, couching, internationalization support.
  • The death valley of financing and the existing solutions Business Angels, Seed Capital, early VC. How they work, how to approach them, what are the benefits of engaging them at early stage; exit strategies.
  • Technology/ Science Parks: Design and Operation Parameters. Networking with R&D Institutions. The merits of being inside them.

2. EU Innovation / Entrepreneurship and R&D Policy. Other IFIs, activities for developing countries

  • Working with EU institutions
  • CIP: Competitiveness and Innovation programme of EU. Financing of early stage and demonstration projects in energy, environment, ICT.
  • The 7th framework programme of EU. Being part of networks. Opportunities for SMEs.
  • Structural fund initiatives at National / Regional level (JEREMIE etc.). How to benefit if you are located in a EU Region.
  • Initiatives of other IFIs (EBRD, WB, bilateral aid schemes for developing countries)

The modules will look at case studies of science parks, incubators, seed capital structures as well as at early stage companies that have benefited by working with them. Case studies will examine the stories and the specific business approaches of them. Case studies of EU and IFIs, financing early stage innovation companies, will also be presented.

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