In Greece, a Challenge for Olive Sector Innovators

A contest for olive oil industry innovators in Greece will begin November 15.

Organizers of the 'Olive Challenge' contest for innovation in the Greek olive sector
Nov. 10, 2017
By Nick Tsakanikas
Organizers of the 'Olive Challenge' contest for innovation in the Greek olive sector

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The Friends of Olive Oil” in Greece announced the Olive Challenge, the first inno­va­tion and entre­pre­neur­ship com­pe­ti­tion” for the olive sec­tor last week at a press con­fer­ence in Athens.

A con­test designed to con­tribute to the cre­ation of new ser­vices and prod­ucts and enhance sus­tain­able entre­pre­neur­ship prac­tices in the sec­tor.- Vaggelis Divaris, FILAIOS

Vaggelis Divaris, the pres­i­dent of the Olive Oil Scientific Society FILAIOS, said the point of the com­pe­ti­tion is to develop and upgrade the olive oil sec­tor through the intro­duc­tion of inno­va­tion, sus­tain­able devel­op­ment and sup­port for start-up com­pa­nies.

Olive Challenge, he said, was designed to con­tribute to the cre­ation of new ser­vices and prod­ucts and enhance sus­tain­able entre­pre­neur­ship prac­tices in the sec­tor, by enhanc­ing the extro­ver­sion of olive oil and table olives and the growth of syn­er­gies and inter-sec­toral coop­er­a­tion.”

Olive Challenge, is a con­test about inno­va­tion,” said Panagiotis Karantonis, deputy direc­tor of SEVITEL. We believe, that this way we will assist the olives and olive oil sec­tor, as the con­test cov­ers all the stages from the fields to the shelves — and inno­va­tion will pro­vide the nec­es­sary boost for the prod­ucts of the indus­try.”

We will moti­vate young entre­pre­neurs and start-ups to enter the mar­ket or improve their exist­ing busi­ness,” he added.

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Some of the area the com­pe­ti­tion wel­comes ideas for are:

  • New tech­nolo­gies imple­mented in the pri­mary, sec­ondary and ter­tiary sec­tor
  • Green tech­nolo­gies
  • Usage of new, envi­ron­men­tal-friendly prod­ucts
  • The reduc­tion of car­bon foot­print in the cul­ti­va­tion, stan­dard­iza­tion and dis­tri­b­u­tion of olive-oil prod­ucts
  • Reduction of energy con­sump­tion in one or more stages of the pro­duc­tion and mar­ket­ing of olive prod­ucts
  • Total waste man­age­ment sys­tems
  • Methods to track and con­trol loads
  • Waste exploita­tion sys­tems
  • The process of pro­duc­ing inno­v­a­tive final prod­ucts for the shelf

The appli­ca­tion for the con­test, as well its reg­u­la­tions, advi­sory com­mit­tee mem­bers and spon­sors, are posted online.





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