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Do you want to join a new team and provide solutions to existing problems in the airport community? Then all you have to do is sign up for the open innovation program, “The Digital Gate”!

Mission & Goals

Athens International Airport (AIA) recognizing that innovative business ideas can enhance traditional activities by creating new services or even different ways of working with the contribution of technological development, organizes the program “The Digital Gate” with the scientific support of the Entrepreneurship Center and Innovation (ACEin) of the Athens University of Economics and Business.

The aim of the program is the co-creation and implementation of business proposals that solve significant “challenges” in the field of transport and tourism. The program is looking for talented people who, with the participation of experienced airport staff, will propose innovative solutions that:

  • Can be implemented and improve airport operation 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 implemented in the form of a prototype in a live working environment

The benefits of the program

The teams that will be formed will have the opportunity to develop their business proposals in a period of 3-4 months with the significant contribution and support of the experienced executives of AIA, as well as the methodology and the support of specialized members of the ACEin team. The teams that will reach the final phase of the Program will have the opportunity to design and pilot their product or service in a real environment. The program will end with a special event (demo day) during which participants will present their innovative solutions, their prototypes and the progress they have made throughout the program. Finally, they will have the opportunity to claim future collaborations and / or funding from AIA to continue to improve the operations and / or experience of airport passengers

The Digital Gate

Athens International Airport, officially known as Athens International Airport “Eleftherios Venizelos” (AIA), is located between the cities of Koropi, Markopoulo and Loutsa, 30 km east of downtown Athens. AIA started its operation in 2001 and replaced the Hellinikon International Airport. AIA hosts passenger and freight traffic from more than 40 regional and international airlines and is a hub for airlines such as Olympic Air and Aegean Airlines.

Athens Center of Entrepreneurship and Innovation (ACEin)

As part of the overall strategy for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, the Athens University of Economics and Business (AUA) has established the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Support Center (ACEin), the University’s incubator. ACEin Center’s main strategy is to support start-ups operating in areas such as e-commerce, information and communication technologies, social entrepreneurship, etc. The ACEin Center offers these companies training on how to create and operate a startup, services from experts in areas such as accounting, tax and legal issues, etc., guidance and networking.


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