How it Works

Prove the need and describe your solution

Prove the pain points your target audience is experiencing (i.e. the passengers, the company's employees or a new market the company could reach) and describe your solution.

Meet the experts and pivot your idea

Present how you envision the solution working and get feedback by experts. Learn by their reactions and responses on how to adapt your idea.

Validate your idea in a real environment

Get 3000 € to run your POC and demonstrate the feasibility of your solution and confirm the value proposition by exposing a realistic, functional implementation of a subset of functionality.


Bridging Airport with the
Innovation Space

The competition 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.




A support by AIA’s experts and mentors


Coaching and incubation services by ACEin

Proof of Concept

A deployment of your project on AIA’s infrastructure as a pilot experiment

Kick Start

A 3.000€ endowment to kick-start your proposal (up to 3 teams)


A 10.000€ award for the best proof-of-concept project

Prepare for your next
big adventure.
Athens International Airport introduces The Digital Gate competition for the Third 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 award we partnered with the Athens International Airport, which proved a success and helped us build our brand and approach global companies like Booking.com 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 award gave us the opportunity to approach strong partnerships.

Konstantinos Diamantopoulos
Co - Founder, MyLayover


The Digital Gate

Airport Innovation Challenge

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