The Science and Technology Park of Crete (STEP-C) was created in 1993 as an initiative of the Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas (FORTH), one of the largest Research Organizations in the country. STEP-C offers, in addition to incubating facilities and services to start up companies with new and emerging technologies, specialized professional services geared to assisting and guiding them to:

  1. Unleash their potential through innovation
  2. Assess and secure their intellectual capital
  3. Support better their business interests and needs
  4. Transfer their technological advancements into the manufacturing of innovative products and services

  • The 5th Agrifood Masterclass on Enrepreneurship, took place in Heraklion , at FORTH premises


    The annual Agri-Food Masterclass on Entrepreneurship, the intensive Masterclass on entrepreneurship in the agri-food sector, took place this year in Heraklion, Crete, June 6-8, 2018. Teams/start-ups with activities in the fields of agri-food and agro/bio-technology participated at the Masterclass. The Masterclass is initiated and supported by the Netherlands Embassy in Athens and the Wageningen-based organization StartLife. This year the co-organizers are the Foundation for Research & Technology-Hellas (FORTH), the Science & Technology Park of Crete (STEP-C), the Technological Educational Institute of Crete (TEI of Crete) with the support of the Region of Crete, the Chamber of Heraklion and the Pancreta Bank.  The first price was won by Manos Lerakis and Elena Digenaki, from AVOEL, a company producing, upon scientific research, fresh products, all made from fresh avocado pulp. See more at The winning team will have the opportunity to participate in the incubation program of Start Life at Wageningen Campus for 4-6 weeks with individual mentoring, support and seminars!

    The 3-day Masterclass supported Cretan start-ups work on their business propositions, develop entrepreneurial competences, optimize their business idea, network and explore the business possibilities of the European and world market. The Masterclass was delivered by StartLife, the leading Dutch incubator for food & agri startups. StartLife, in the past 6 years has supported more than 200 start-ups, is part of the Food Valley region, and located on the campus of Wageningen University & Research, a leading academic institution worldwide in the field of food, agriculture and life sciences.
    The company  Tropos Branding Co  trained the selected start-ups in communication skills – vital for setting up a business.

    The event is an initiative and held with the kind support of the Netherlands Embassy in Athens, as part of its aim to support youth entrepreneurship in the agri-food sector, but also share Dutch knowledge and expertise to enable young entrepreneurs strengthen the start-up eco-system in Greece, see Incubator Orange Grove.

    “Greece has the potential to become a much larger vegetable producer for Europe and beyond”, says the Ambassador of the Netherlands to Greece, Caspar Veldkamp. “But you need a boost in innovation and entrepreneurship to get there. We have the expertise available for such a boost and are happy to share our knowledge”, says the Ambassador. “There is much talent in Greece. I believe it is important to nurture such talent, which will boost the Greek economy and create business partners for Europe’s and Greece’s future. The Agri-Food Masterclass is called into life to give talent a boost and promote entrepreneurship. We want to support the regional networks by engaging them in more entrepreneurial thinking. I believe there is still a lot to do further improve”.
    Additional information is available on the Masterclass website or give us a call: +30 210 725 4932.

  • Invitation for one position in the frame of IRENE - Invitation to Researchers’ Night 2016-2017 HEllas Project Number: 722935 Funded under H2020



    Application form

  • SEMINAR: "Promoting Research Careers – Opportunities in the Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions"


    “Promoting Research Careers – Opportunities in the Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions”

    Thursday, June 29, 2017, 11.00-13.00

    Speaker: Dr. Fredrik Olsson-Hector
    Head of Unit
    European Commission
    Research Executive Agency

    Host: A. Saitakis/STEP-C
    saitakis { at }
    Seminar Room 1, FORTH main bldg


    MSCA is a EU programme financed by HORIZON 2020, which supports research training and career development focused on innovation skills. The programme funds worldwide and cross-sector mobility that implements excellent research in any field.
    There are MSCA grants for all stages of a researcher's career, from PhD candidates to highly experienced researchers, which encourage transnational, intersectoral and interdisciplinary mobility.  Endowing researchers with new skills and a wider range of competences, while offering them attractive working conditions, is a crucial aspect of the MSCA. In addition to fostering mobility between countries, the MSCA also seeks to break the real and perceived barriers between academic and other sectors, especially business. Several MSCA initiatives promote the involvement of industry etc in doctoral and post-doctoral research.


    MSCA presentation

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  • KALEAO Ltd Crete Development Center, Invitation to the Inauguration event - Thursday 30 of June 2016


    See the invitation and the agenda of the event here

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  • CheckedDaily collection and distribution of mail
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  • CheckedUse of meeting rooms and relevant equipment (upon request)
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  • CheckedLegal assistance for incorporation, drafting licensing agreements and ensuring intellectual property protection.
European Researchers Night,
28 September 2018, FORTH
Βραδιά Ερευνητή, 28 Σεπτεμβρίου 2018 στο Ίδρυμα Τεχνολογίας & Έρευνας