Micro and small enterprises generate a lion’s share of new jobs in Europe.
Especially the green economy offers a lot opportunities and makes up a growing portion of new enterprises. The EU Commission focuses the macroeconomic coordination to implement the United Nation’s sustainable development goals and offers a lot of support structures for green start-ups. This is a key aspect of the New Green Deal.
The figure below illustrates the various elements of the Green Deal and the scope in which creative project ideas for sustainable business ideas can be developed.
However, start-ups often struggle with specific challenges in the different phases of their development. Incubators, accelerators and other support organizations play a key role in connecting green entrepreneurs with vital resources, to help them get started, grow and sustain their businesses.
To help unleash the untapped potential for growth and social inclusion that lies in green entrepreneurship, the GTL initiative accompanies existing incubators, accelerators and other support organizations in the development of new or adapted products or services to green entrepreneurs and it generates new structures in 4 European regions. The initiative offers local and regional support services (local and mobile GTL) and an international web network of organisations, institutions and experts (virtual GTL). GTL inspires you to recognise the potential of the green economy, motivates to take the adventure of founding a start-up. GTL offers you broad network of stakeholders, experts and other green start-ups who are able to support the implementation of your idea. You can count on exciting events on the green start-up scene and many interesting training sessions and materials that introduce you to the most important basics of setting up a business. Mentors accompany you from the beginning of your journey and help you realise your idea adapted to their needs and your different stages of your start-up.
The GTL initiative is implemented in Greece, Spain and Slovakia and it is funded by the European Climate Initiative (EUKI) during the first three years.
You want to know how to
successfully implement your business idea and become a successful green
Find motivating success stories of green start-ups and entrepreneurs, as well as inspiring trends of the green economy.
You want to work in a team to develop your business idea or network with other start-ups? We offer you the opportunity to collaborate via MS Teams.
You want to expand your knowledge and skills in the field of green entrepreneurship? Here you will find training materials for all phases of business idea development. From classic entrepreneurship training to technical training and market entry evaluation.
Mentors provide start-up assistance. Here you find technical experts and experienced entrepreneurs who can support you in the different stages of your project. Learn from their experience.
The GTL programme defines three stages of support. These phases adapt to your needs. You can become part of the project at any stage. The services of the three stages are open to all participants.
General Manager of the German- Hellenic Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Athens
Athanassios Kelemis is since October 2012 the General Manager of the German- Hellenic Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Athens and since September 2013 he is a member of the Board of Directors. In 2002 he accepted the position of Director of German- Hellenic Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the Department of Northern Greece and at the same time, he was Representative in Greece of the Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce, focusing on issues about transferring technology and knowledge on the environment and energy fields between Greece and Germany.
Director of the department of Education at the German- Hellenic Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Sarina Thiele is the director of the department of Education at the German- Hellenic Chamber of Commerce and Industry since 2018. Before she was senior project manager at the same department of the German-Hellenic Chamber. Since 2017 Sarina coordinates activities and projects regarding the implementation of Elements of the German dual vet System in Greece.
German- Hellenic Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Athens
Nikolas Kokkosis has been a member of the department of the German- Hellenic Chamber of Commerce and Industry since 2013. As a member of the department, he has expertise in business development, project development and implementation in order to promote Dual Education in Greece.
Founder and CEO of PEDAL Consulting and Tenderio
Robert Miskuf, Founder and CEO of PEDAL Consulting and Tenderio. Optimist. Received €10,1 M in EU/US grants. Managing two kids and a portfolio of projects worth € 51M EUR. Robert has been involved in over 50 FP7/H2020 projects and coordinated several international tenders including the $ 3M USAID contract, which is an unprecedented effort on the EU territory. Frequent speaker at high level events on public procurement organized by the European Commission or under the EU presidencies.
Senior Project Manager at PEDAL Consulting
Miroslav Polacek, Senior Project Manager at PEDAL Consulting. Miro has more than ten years of professional experience in developing, implementing and managing International and EU funded projects in areas such as innovation in SMEs, start-up support, cluster support and innovative learning. Until recently, Miro has been the Head of the International Projects Department at the Slovak Business Agency where he served also as the H2020 National Contact Point for the Innovation in SMEs.
Project and Expansion manager PEDAL
Innocent Mateeka joined Pedal in 2016. He is a lawyer by profession and has been involved in various Pedal Activities since joining. With qualifications from Uganda Christian University, Law Development Centre, Munich University of Applied Sciences and the University of Geneva, his main role in the team is a Project and Expansion manager. Innocent speaks English and German.
Miguel Torres Garcıa is Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering. He obtained his Tech Degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Seville in 2000. Between 2001 and 2005 he worked at various project sites in Spain and Italy. He joined the Thermal Power group of University of Seville in 2005 where is currently is a senior lecture. … [more]
José Manuel Salmerón Lissén is assistant professor in the Department of Energy Engineering at the University of Seville. Since 2002, the research activity carried out by the Jose Manuel has been fundamentally linked to the Thermotechnics Research Group (TEP-143). … [more]
GTL Research Assistant
Romina Große works as a research assistant and project manager at FIAP e.V. She has been active in several national and international research and development projects to improve career path planning, biography management and the development of innovative educational opportunities. In the framework of the GTL project, she will contribute to research activities, Public Relations and support of the implementing Teams and Entrepreneurship training.
GTL Project Manager
Silke Steinberg is founding member of FIAP and since 2013 part of the managing board. Before she led an institute for intercultural competence development for 17 years. Since 2010 Silke coordinates FIAP activities and projects regarding employment, entrepreneurship and education. FIAP works with a co-creative, systemic approach in all its projects. Within the GTL projects she is responsible for designing the virtual, for establishing the international structures and support of international knowledge Transfer, as well as for the Support of the implementing Teams.
Katja Saric joined FIAP e.V. in 2020 as a commercial employee and is responsible for supporting the administration. She has also worked in the trades, football, freight forwarding and electrical sectors. In 2014, Katja Saric completed further training in human resources and accounting. Within the GTL project, she is responsible for administration and is happy to answer the GreenTecLab partners’ questions and provide assistance.
Director of FIAP
Dr. Rüdiger Klatt has been the institute director of FIAP (Gelsenkirchen) since 2010, and has been researching and publishing in a responsible position since the 1990s on issues of innovative work design and prevention, digitalisation of the world of work, service development and vocational training export. He has been working as coach and trainer for innovative, sustainable start-ups for several years in different Co-Working spaces in Germany. He coordinates different research projects regarding the framework conditions of start-ups in the sustainability economy. … [more]
José Manuel Salmerón Lissén is assistant professor in the Department of Energy Engineering at the University of Seville. Since 2002, the research activity carried out by the Jose Manuel has been fundamentally linked to the Thermotechnics Research Group (TEP-143). His research tasks have been developed in collaboration to other groups from both the University of Seville, national institutions (Eduardo Torroja Institute of Construction Sciences-CSIC, Ministry of Development, Ministry of Housing, Institute of Diversification and Energy Saving-Ministry of Industry, Valencian Institute of Building), international universities (Universidad Pontificia y Católica (Chile), National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (Greece), University of Nottingham), as well as R&D Departments of several national private companies (AZVI, ENDESA, CIATESA, DETEA , INTARCON, KEYTER, WSP, Davis Langdom consultancy, Mario Cuccinella Architects, Ford Associated, Certimac, IRENA among others).
His main line of research in the last 18 years can be described as the study, analysis and improvement of energy efficiency in buildings. This line can be divided into several sub-lines, depending on its applications, which are the following:
In his 18 years of experience he has been the co-author of 8 books and book chapters, 33 articles in indexed international journals, he is a reviewer of 5 high-impact journals and guest editor of a special issue of a second quartile journal, he has published more than 50 communications in congresses.
In 2018 he received the University of Seville award for works of special scientific relevance in the area of Engineering and architecture for his contribution aimed at the comparative study of energy consumption and CO2 emissions of a building that integrates energy generation systems. hybrids for their conditioning in front of the same building without said systems.
Miguel Torres Garcıa is Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering. He obtained his Tech Degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Seville in 2000. Between 2001 and 2005 he worked at various project sites in Spain and Italy. He joined the Thermal Power group of University of Seville in 2005 where is currently is a senior lecture. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Seville in 2007. He has eight years of experience in teaching laboratories. His main research interests are a new mode of combustion called homogeneous charge compression ignition applied in alternative internal combustion engines, energy engineering and Knowledge transfer. He has been Director of Knowledge Transfer of the University of Seville of 2016 until 2021.
Dr. Rüdiger Klatt has been the institute director of FIAP (Gelsenkirchen) since 2010, and has been researching and publishing in a responsible position since the 1990s on issues of innovative work design and prevention, digitalisation of the world of work, service development and vocational training export. He has been working as coach and trainer for innovative, sustainable start-ups for several years in different Co-Working spaces in Germany. He coordinates different research projects regarding the framework conditions of start-ups in the sustainability economy.
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