“It is exceptionally crucial to realize that we must speed up, because other countries speed up as well, on the issues of funding, human resources,” Dimitris Papalexopoulos, president of the Confederation of Hellenic Enterprises (SEV) said on Monday, adding: “In the harsh global competition of investments on innovation and high technology, we can and must be able to have a firm foothold.”
Speaking to reporters, during a press conference to present SEV’s actions on innovation and the goals of an investment congress on “Reinventing Greece Through Investments in Innovation”, Papalexopoulos underlined that prosperity depended on the upgrading of the country’s collective ability to innovate, and stressed that SEV was the home of the most dynamic start-up technology companies in Greece. He added that Greece has entered the international track for innovation and high technology with dynamism and that the ecosystem was rapidly growing.
Papalexopoulos said that Greece has not yet got out of the woods and that the country needed to find balance in an uncertain and extremely competitive environment. He noted that technology and innovation were at the core of economic growth today and in the future. He also noted that SEV was working systematically with focused actions and initiatives to upgrade the innovation ecosystem, to bring large enterprises closer to startups, and to interconnect enterprises with universities and academic research to boost technological abilities and performance.