Forest Starter – Acceleration Program for Forest Tech, designed to support innovation and internationalization of companies already established in the European market, to build a more sustainable future.

This program will run for the first two weeks of June.

Startup Leiria, together with the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Hubs: Sampo (Finland), BizMaker (Sweden), Patras Science Park (Greece), Arca (Italy), have created Forest Starter – a Forest Tech Acceleration Program, designed to support innovation and internationalization of companies, to build a more sustainable future. Forest Starter will propel forest technology into the future. Our goal is to discover and help the next generation of forest technology-focused startups achieve long-term success through processes and mechanisms from the tech startup culture with enthusiasm from the startup world.

Forest Starter is a two-week accelerator program that supports everything from idea creation to the creation of an entry-level solution.

Participation in the program is completely free of charge and without any costs. This program is aimed at startups that want to do a pilot project in an EU country, have a proven solution working in their home country and work in forestry related fields. Participants will have access to the business and forestry experience of all mentors from the different organizations, as well as forestry data and insights to help address the current challenges of one of the biggest forestry players in the region.

At the end of the program, companies will be able to present themselves to investors.

For more information, contact us by e-mail  or by phone (+351) 244 859 460.

Forest Starter Acceleration Program – Startup Leiria Press release.pdf

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Evangelia Gralista

Web Design Internship

Evangelia Gralista from Trikala,Greece is in her senior year at University of Patras in the department of mathematics. She is currently working as a web design intern at Patras Science Park (PSP).

Vicky Tomara

Development Director

Vicky studied Business Administration at Athens University of Economics and Business and she got a M.B.A. from University of Patras. Her experience and background focus on supporting businesses-academia partnerships. Especially, she has been primarily activated in innovation supporting tools, while she worked in the past as an economist and research project manager in the industry. She has a good knowledge of the Greek innovation ecosystem actors, including academia, research institutes, regional and central governmental organizations, entrepreneurs and industry. She contributed to the launch and development of the Innovation and Technology Transfer Office of the University of Patras where she served as a Technology Transfer Consultant for 4 years. She acted as the principal organizational officer on behalf of the University of Patras for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Patras IQ Innovation Exhibition. Also, she contributed to the launch and development of the Technology Transfer Office of Patras Science Park and she involved in the building of the collaborative network between both CERN procurement and CERN Technology Transfer Group with the Greek start up community & enterprises. She is currently the Development Director in Patras Science Park, she is member of the Advisory Board of the Proof of Concept and she participates in the selection committee in various regional innovation competitions.