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About OK!Thess

OK!Thess is Thessaloniki’s leading startup hub and a catalyst for the growth of the local innovation ecosystem. We help entrepreneurs bring innovative ideas to market through an acceleration program that includes training, coaching, matchmaking with mentors and access to capital.

OK!Thess is also the place where community meetups and open events allow like-minded peers to mix and connect.

Our mission

  • The emergence of a comprehensive and effective onnovation ecosystem through which sustainable will emerge, innovative and fast-growing businesses.
  • Creating an internationally recognizable identity for the city in the field of Innovation
  • The extroversion of the innovation ecosystem which will lead to maximization of the social and economic effect.


Creating a sequence of complementary actions promoting entrepreneurship and innovation.


Emphasis on technology transfer as an element of differentiation for innovation in Thessaloniki.


Attraction of investments, strategic partnerships and interaction between the parties involved.

OK!Thess wants to see a complete innovation ecosystem being created. An ecosystem with, on the one hand all those who are willing and able to contribute to the development of innovation in the region and, on the other, those active structures that are needed for healthy growth of the ecosystem itself. The ecosystem would have to include:

Source of people with promising innovative ideas: Such sources are the city’s many universities but also society at large: Anyone can generate bright ideas.

Processes that contribute to turn initial ideas to viable products: Processes include mentoring, seminars, competitions, training, social events promoting creativity and innovation, as well anything else that can contribute to promoting innovation at large but also of selecting the promising ideas that are worth promoting. If an idea does not seem to work, it is best abandoned sooner than later, cutting the losses to the innovative teams and allowing the more creative one to try something better sooner.

Infrastructures: These should support the processes just described and should also give startups the opportunity to be “tried out”, for many of them to survive the test before they become investment-ready or able to move on to further development.

“Destinations”: The end of the line process is the investment in the ideas that are investment-ready. Although this is an individual endeavour, attracting investment capital to the city is part of the function of the ecosystem. Matching successfully the best ideas with investment capital is a core characteristic of the ecosystem – its reputation is predicated on the quality of the investment ideas.

The ecosystem is open to all entrepreneurial and educational institution of the city and aims to integrate the separate efforts that move in the direction of innovation and entrepreneurship.

The opening of OK!Thess’ accelerator contributes by offering the following services:

  • A co-working space allowing up to 20 teams of up to 5 persons to meet and work together.
  • Access to high speed Wi-Fi (100/100Mbps)
  • Participation in seminars and lecture related to innovation at the OK!Thess premises
  • Specialised coaching on startup related matters
  • Support by a mentor in the same field of sector or/and technology economic activity as the startup team.
  • Space for social interaction with other teams working in OK!Thess’ space
  • Networking with strategic partners, investors and others

Meeting with potential investors is of course the ultimate aim and OK!Thess and this will be organised for the most promising and investment-ready teams.


Coworking space

A modern and highly flexible working environment is provided. The space can be configured for different purposes to adapt to the needs of the moment.

OK!Thess provides an open plan space with each team able to pick any work area available. There are, however, separate spaces for more private meetings too. There are also meeting rooms, ample room for social interaction and a kitchenette.

Our dedicated team

A team passionate about innovative entrepreneurship, looking for teams and people who believe in themselves more than they believe in their idea.

Our story



OK!Thess founded by important institutional organisations of Thessaloniki in order to enhance the startup community in the city.


1st Acceleration Cycle

OK!Thess run the 1st acceleration cycle with twelve startups participating in

Demo Day

OK!Thess Demo Day with most participants, both startups and investors, takes place


"Innovation in Northern Greece"

OK!Thess co-organised “Innovation in Northern Greece” initiative, an annual networking event that has already taken place three times with more than a hundred speakers in each event and a lot of networking


14th Acceleration Cycle

Currently, OK!Thess 14th acceleration cycle is running. More than 150 startups have been supported through our program so far