About Us

Are you a start-up or a scientist with a great tech solution for airports and looking for a platform to present your idea? Then you have to enter the Digital Gate III!

Mission & Goals

What does the future hold for the aviation industry given the pace of technological advances? Sponsored by the Athens International Airport (AIA) with the support of Athens Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (ACEin), the purpose of this program is to activate the startup community and detect the diverse network of scientists proposing a technology or a concept that will transform the airport industry. We look for innovations that:

  • Can be introduced and make a noticeable improvement to airport’s operations and/or passenger experience

  • Can be technical or operational in nature

  • Use cutting-edge technologies that can be implemented in the airport environment

  • Can be ready to be pilot tested in a live working environment

We offer

The network, methodology, and expert support to accelerate your innovation within 4 months. The winners of the final stage will gain the possibility of experiencing their services or innovative products, under real conditions, on the airport (proof-of-concept). The Digital Gate will culminate in a demo day, where the participating teams will present their PoCs and the progress they’ve made throughout the program. Demo day may also provide a chance for the startups to secure future partnership opportunities or investments from AIA to continue enhancing the operations and/or passenger experience.

The Digital Gate

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 in the Attica region. The airport community employs over 13,000 people and hosts approximately 300 companies, making it one of the largest employment engines in Greece. In fact, a relevant study by the Athens University of Economics and Business published in 2013, showed that AIA contributes to the national and local economy by 2.63% of the GDP.

Athens Center of Entrepreneurship and Innovation (ACEin)

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 (commonly initialized as ACEin), the University’s new incubation center. Key strategy of ACEin is to support newly established very small and small companies, operating in innovative fields, such as e-commerce, ICT, social entrepreneurship, etc. Within the framework of ACEin these companies are offered training on how to establish and run a start-up, services from experts in fields such as accounting and taxation issues, legal issues, etc., mentoring and networking.


The Digital Gate

Airport Innovation Challenge

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