How it Works

Describe the need and the solution

Identify the problem your target audience is facing (eg travelers, airport staff or a new target audience) and describe your solution.

Meet the experts and shape your idea

Present your solution and receive valuable feedback from industry experts to improve your business idea so that it responds in the best possible way to the requirements and needs of the airport.

Implement your idea in a real environment

Present the feasibility of your idea and confirm the value proposition by testing it in a real environment.


Bridging the Airport with the Innovation Space

The Program is based on the “open innovation” principle, meaning that AIA intentionally opens up its innovation processes to generate external knowledge for the development of innovations. ACEin provides the methodology and problem-solving network to crowdsource solutions and maintains a level of quality and trust.

Thanks to its value-for-money services, Athens International Airport has earned numerous international awards and distinctions. Today, it forms a unique entrepreneurial entity of economic and social development ...

As part of its strategy towards innovation and entrepreneurship, Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB) has recently established the Athens Center of Entrepreneurship and Innovation...


Motivated by a sound focus on technological advances to enhance operational efficiency and improve the passenger experience, here are some of the innovations that have the potential to reshape the airport today and in the near future.




Support from AIA for the implementation of the prototype of your service with the participation of specialized industry experts and mentors.

Proof of Concept

Grant to implement your prototype (MVP) at the airport facilities.


Coaching services by the Athens Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (ACEin) of the of the Athens University of Economics and Business for the further development of innovative business models.

Prepare for your next
big adventure.
Athens International Airport introduces The Digital Gate competition for the Fourth Time! What kind of services or solutions designed for the airport’s operations and passengers’ experience could you provide to be part of this?
“Building a proof-of-concept gives exposure to the startups at a level of detail required for achieving a deep understanding on all important aspects of their innovation. They get to feel the pressure of performing at a high level. This competition is an indicator that all of the teams involved are willing to go above and beyond regular expectations”.
Konstantinos Gogos
Project Manager


Thanks to The Digital Gate program we partnered with the Athens International Airport, which proved a success and helped us build our brand and approach global companies like or Trip Advisor Experiences.

Yiannis Nikolopoulos
Co - Founder & CTO, Clio Muse Tours
We feel really fortunate that through "The Digital Gate" program we had the opportunity to turn a profound idea into viable action. In fact, "The Digital Gate" team and AIA' premises enable our product development, by serving as the interim lab space for all the development activities.

George Stengos
CEO / Co-Founder, Recytrust & Cyclefi
Athens International Airport proved to be the perfect partner to help us make an idea into something real by validating and adjusting our concept into the airport environment. The Digital Gate program gave us the opportunity to approach strong partnerships.

Konstantinos Diamantopoulos
Co - Founder, MyLayover


The Digital Gate

Airport Innovation Challenge

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