Mantis BI | GreenTech Challenge

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Mantis BI | GreenTech Challenge 2022

For the sixth time in a row, the GreenTech Challenge 2022 took place in the National Technical University of Athens from December 9th to 11th. 

The GreenTech Challenge has grown significantly over the years to the largest National Program of Green Innovation that aims to educate, guide and present new innovative ideas and inventions in the fields of: Environment, Energy, Innovative Green Products & Advanced Materials, Manufacturing of the Future, Raw Materials, Smart & Sustainable Cities, Sustainable Tourism and Blue Growth.

It is a diverse program that brings together startups, innovative SMΕs, students and researchers who wish to develop innovative solutions to real world challenges and change the world for the better.

GreenTech Challenge is scientifically directed by the Environmental Economics and Sustainability Unit from National Technical University of Athens and UNESCO Chair for Circular Economy and Green Innovation. Mantis Beyond Innovation act as the organiser and Innovation Enabler of the program, with the support of Ministry of Environment and Energy.

Our role

Mantis IMS Platform

Mantis Beyond Innovation has played an integral part in the success of the program as the Innovation Enabler and facilitator. Mantis BI has provided the technology required for the digital management of the program through the Mantis IMS (Innovation Management Software) platform. Moreover, through Mantis IMS and the expertise of Mantis BI Innovation Experts, we updated the GreenTech Challenge database with new insightful data to record the status-quo of green innovation in Greece.

Educational Program

Mantis BI Innovation Experts were also responsible for the training and coaching of participants, through an end-to-end educational program consisted by an Info Day, four (4) Bootcamp Trainings, 16+ hours of mentoring for each team with the support of our large network of mentors. For their final submission, all participants had the opportunity to meet with Mantis BI Startup Analyst to review the financial analysis and sustainability of their business.


Event Management

Mantis BI was also responsible for the event management of the finals (3-day event) and the communication strategy to ensure a smooth and seamless delivery of the event.

Challenges & Milestones

Our greatest challenge was to ensure that GreenTech Challenge is accessible from all over Greece, ensuring that the participating teams had the right support from start to finish to develop their ideas into commercial business models regardless their location. To achieve that we reached out to our large network of industry experts and academics from Universities across the country, who helped us run educational activities, shared their knowledge and expertise with our participants and disseminated the program.

Last but not least, our main focus for this year’s GreenTech Challenge was the active participation of the GreenTech Partners in the program to increase its impact. All Partners were invited to share with the participants real challenges they face in their respective industries aiming to generate sustainable solutions, applicable and useful for the market.

What we achieved

Due to our effective communication strategy and simplified application process we raised awareness about the program, and its benefits both for the participants as well as the environment, and enabled participation which resulted in:

  • 202 team submissions
  • Participation from all Greek Universities
  • 95 mentors
  • 40 members of scientific committee
  • 22 GreenTech Partners supporting the program
  • 1000+ hours of training and coaching
  • 60 teams/startups progressed to the semifinals

The team of mentors and industry experts who participated in the program supported our  teams through their 2-month training and preparation and helped them develop their ideas into startups with a clear business plan.

Our proudest moment and greatest achievement, was the fact that we connected the whole green innovation community in our 3-day final event and sparked some great conversations, ideas and innovations that will be changing the world for the better.

  • 350+ participants in the final event
  • 20+ VIP Speakers
  • 3 Panels
  • 30+ Evaluators
  • 60 Bright & Innovative Ideas

Thank you all for joining us in another GreenTech Challenge by ESU NTUA.

See you soon in our upcoming green innovation challenges!

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Mantis BI | November’s issue

Hello Innovators! Check out some news & insights from Mantis Beyond Innovation.

Mantis BI | November's issue

Innovation Services

Dragons' Den Greece

Dragons’ Den is coming to Greece and we are proud to act as the Innovation Advisor of the program!

Do you have an innovative idea, a patent or a fast-growing startup? 

Pitch your idea to a panel of five investors, the “Dragons”, and get a deal; asking for financial investment and offering a stake of your company in return.

Mantis Innovation Experts support the evaluation process and provide consulting services to this year’s participants  in order to skyrocket their business. 

Meet the Dragons

Paul Eumorfidis

Maria Chatzistefani

Harry Vafias

Lili Perganta

Leon Yiohai

Innovation Programs

Smart Forest Innovation Challenge

149 innovative proposals, 44 mature technological solutions, 15 finalists, 3 winners, 6 honourable distinctions!

Smart Forest Innovation Challenge is the first national Innovation Program for forests. An open call to innovative organizations and startups, researchers and students to submit their innovative solutions and shape together the future of forests.

This pioneering program was organised by the General Secretary of Forestry, of the Hellenic Ministry of Environment and Energy, and Mantis Beyond Innovation as the Innovation Enabler. 

The Final Competition of the 1st Smart Forest Innovation Challenge for scouting and highlighting  technological solutions, connecting the Innovation Ecosystem, the academia and the research community took place on the 25th of October ending in big success and participation!

Congratulation to all teams for their participation and effort! 

Special thanks to the Research Institute of Mediterranean Forest Ecosystems and Forest Products Technology for hosting us!

Beyond Green Skills by Schneider Electric

Make the first step!
177 applications, 33 final submissions, 6 hiring’s!

Schneider Electric reunited with Mantis BI for another Internship Innovation Program “Beyond Green Skills”. The applicants claimed a 10th month internship in one of the most innovative and sustainable organisations world widely. Our goal was to scout 6 young people with passion and entrepreneurial spirit to support Schneider Electric team in Athens. The program addressed to graduates of Technical and Economic Schools.

For this purpose, Mantis Innovation Experts created a unique innovation experience; applicants were asked to submit an innovative idea upon 4 thematic scopes, relevant to Schneider Electric’s initiative for greener and high-tech products and services.  The submission and evaluation forms & system were provided by our Innovation experts, while the whole process was digitalized through Mantis IMS platform.

Through multiple activities in our network of innovators, we sourced 33 innovative solutions by young innovators, with a background in engineering or business and we reached the goal of 6 new hires for our partner, Schneider Electric!

GreenTech Challenge 2022 | Opening Ceremony

GreenTech Challenge is back for the 6th time, calling innovators, researchers, teams and startups propose innovative ideas and solutions towards environmental challenges with the use of technology.

The official launch of the greatest National Green Innovation Program, GreenTech Challenge by ESU NTUA, took place in October 25th 2022.
After 5 years and a community of 5.000 GreenTech Innovators, the participation of startups, students, student organizations, the business and university community exceeded any previous year!
6 of the Program’s major GreenTech Partners presented technological challenges each of them faces in the field of environment, energy, circular economy and sustainability. 

This year’s opening ceremony was a source of inspiration for those who will submit their ideas to the Program!

Sharing experiences & insights

The startup that accelerates innovation!​

Our CEO, Christos Nikoloudis gave an interview to discussing about Mantis Business Innovation success story as well as the future plans of the company contributing to innovation export to the rest of the world. 

“Opportunities for young professionals and entrepreneurs: Business creation support programs of EIT RM & competencies and skills required from the side of Industry”

Our CIO, Niki Karali, participated and provided useful insights for the startups in the RawMaterials sector through Mantis BI experience as the EIT RM Greek Incubator. 

Looking forward to seeing you all again in the finals of the Regional Innovation Competition for startups, 17th of December, taking place in Athens.

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Tenders Call

Call For Tenders

Label: Procurement Opportunity
Publication Date: 10/10/2022
Application Deadline: 14/10/2022 15:00 CET

Project Description 

EIT RawMaterials Lab2Market Programme is a new program with the objective to generate start-ups and new sustainable solutions through the outcomes of research, knowledge and experience of EIT-Labelled Master Programs students, EIT- Labelled Master Programme Alumni and the European Ph.D. student community in the raw materials sector.  

The EIT RawMaterials Lab2Market Programme is a long training programme consisting of three phases: Ideation, Start-up Development, and Incubation. Each phase has specific objectives and deliverables, aiming to support the participants with generating innovative ideas, transforming them into sustainable products and commencing with business and product development. 

For that, EIT RawMaterials requests by your company a series of IT & marketing services to help digitalize and automate the processes of the programme as well as raise awareness and disseminate the program both at the applications’ phase and the execution phase. The deliverables requested are: 


  1. IT Infrastructure Management 
  2. Helpdesk (Installation, License & Support) 
  3. Implementation of Communication Strategy & Marketing plan  


Duration of activities should be concluded by latest 31st December 2022  

IT Infrastructure Management requirements: 

  • Applicants’ Journey, Submission, evaluation and cohorts’ digitalization 
  • Registration of evaluators in the system
  • Evaluation and management of the applications for final approval 
  • Assignment of evaluation of the applications to the Evaluators (according to the procedures) 
  • Management of the data and export of reports for approval to the Programme Manager 
  • Creation of the new calls that are opened during the programme 
  • Setup of application and evaluation forms in the system 
  • Monitoring the proper functioning of the system 
  • System Manager  

Requirements for HelpDesk & Ticketing System operation for candidates’ needs – FAQs for the platform: 

End users turn to help desks in order to resolve issues they may experience with the system facilitating the Lab2Market Programme. As such, help desk support staff are tasked with answering questions and providing on-site help to users experiencing a problem. The offer must include: 

  1. Reply to the special messaging system to serve anyone who needs either clarifications or help for the submission or for the use of the other services of Elevate Greece for 8 hours per day (5/7). 
  2. Telephone service for anyone who needs either clarifications or help for submitting an application or other stakeholders of Lab2Market Programme for 8 hours per day (5/7). 
  3. Reply to emails for anyone who needs either clarifications or help for the submission or other stakeholders for 8 hours per day (5/7). 
  4. Creation of a guide and supporting material for all involved parties using the system 
  5. FAQs system to resolve inquiries for stakeholders of the Programme 
  6. HelpDesk Manager Support  

Requirements for Implementation of Communication Strategy & Marketing plan  

To ensure the outreach and the visibility of the Programme’s activities towards the Stakeholders as well as the broader public, the implementation of a communication and marketing strategy and plan are necessary. The offer must include the following topics: 

  • Development of a promotional campaign for the interested parties for the programme so as to maximize applications 
  • Management of Social Media accounts and implementation of the campaign 
  • Implementation of the campaign with SEO and Google AdWords 
  • Analytical Reports of Google Analytics 
  • Create all assets for communicational plan (copy & visuals) 
  • Campaign spend up to 2,000€ 
  • Newsletters 
  • SoMe Posts 
  • Email Marketing 
  • Dedicated Marketing Account Manager  


  • Main scope. Budget should be up to 25,000€ and will be approved according to Activities-Deliverables proposed. 
  • Breakdown description of costs and categories 
  • The payment method will be deployed 10 days upon delivery 

Please send us  an official original offer based on the above requirements at the following address:

Mantis Beyond Innovation
Irakleiou Avenue 350
2nd Floor, Office B20
Nea Ionia, 14231
Attica, Greece

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