Core Innovation

Working together since 2012, we have developed a strong understanding of the innovation value chain. Our network of partners include high profile researchers, technology providers, industries, business consultants, investors and end-users from the public and private sector. 

We believe that innovation is a journey and not a destination. Therefore a strong diverse team is needed, to encourage multiple views and experiences.

We believe that real innovation can change the way we live our lives for the better; towards a greener, smarter and more sustainable world. A world where everyone will be equal and safe, encouraged and supported to pursue their dreams and share their innovative ideas to improve our world further.

Some of the greatest breakthroughs of our era either remain in the laboratories or do not attract a proper customer attention. We aim to enable these technologies through appropriate management and thorough research, so that they can reach the right markets and on time.



35% overall success rate (H2020)

65% above threshold (H2020)

7 H2020



The Team


Nikos Kyriakoulis, PhD, Msc
Managing Partner

Nikos has been active in EU proposal writing and EU projects implementation since 2006. From 2015 to 2017, he worked as European Proposals Manager in Brunel University London, supporting 20 professors in their quest for funding research. He has always been a thinker, curious and aware of the current technological trends, keen in identifying the technologies missing and concerned of how innovation can be applied to modern society bringing together peoples’ needs and the market sector. 


Stefanos Kokkorikos, Msc
Managing Partner

Stefanos is an Electrical & Computer Engineer, involved in EU project management and proposal development since 2011. He is looking to use his experience to bring to life more innovative ideas. His CORE vision is to provide the appropriate tools bridging the gap between research, market and society. He considers enabling technologies, like artificial intelligence, data analytics, augmented reality, etc. as the tools to better understand the world around us.


Apostolos Chondronasios, PhD, MSc
Technical Manager 

Apostolos holds an M.Eng in Production and Management Engineering from Democritus University of Thrace, an M.Sc in Advanced Manufacturing Technologies and a PhD in Machine Vision & Learning in Manufacturing from University of Portsmouth. Since 2016, he has participated in many European projects (FP7 and H2020) as a Senior Researcher, involving Machine Learning, Machine Vision, Deep Learning, Simulation, Optimization and Data Analytics. His expertise includes programming in Python, TensorFlow, PyTorch, Matlab, simulations in Simscape for complex systems and Halcon Vision Software. He is the Technical Manager of Core Innovation.


Nikos Monios
Data & IoT Engineer

Nikos is a Data and IoT engineer with a professional and academic background in embedded systems and IoT. He holds a Master's degree in Internetworked Electronic Systems from the University of West Attica, where he graduated with distinction. Between 2015 and 2017 he participated in an H2020 project working in the embedded and cloud domains, interfacing sensors with microcontrollers, writing firmware, creating GUIs and implementing machine learning algorithms. His expertise includes C, C++, C#, Java, Python, Matlab, VHDL and Verilog.

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Marilena Stathopoulou
Business Innovation Consultant

Marilena had been part of a multinational consumer goods organization from 2007 to 2016, in the areas of sales, marketing and category management. Her contribution has been the design and the deployment of strategies that enable category growth and create value to all stakeholders involved in this category. At this point she cultivated the thinking of ecosystems’ development and sustainable growth and applied this knowledge to her collaborations from 2016-2018 as a mentor for new entrepreneurs and as a Sponsorship Program manager of the Aegean University. She had always been an explorer of new ideas and fields and currently aims to nurture innovations that create value to various ecosystems.

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Christos Papatheologos
Technology Innovation Consultant

Christos holds a Master’s degree in Electric and Computer Engineering from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and an M.Sc. in Management Technology and Economics from the Swiss Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich). Prior to joining Core Innovation he was working as a Management Consultant at the Swiss Federal Railways (SBB AG), being involved in several digitalization projects including the set-up of SmartRail4.0 and Building Information Modeling for Rail infrastructure. His CORE vision is to accelerate the development of new technologies, that tackle the economy’s and society’s most challenging and urgent problems.


Dr Nikos Makris
Innovation Project Leader

Nikos combines technology engineering expertise with a solid business background. He spent his early professional life on basic research and the rest on helping organizations to fund their innovation projects. Nikos believes that technological progress is the basic building block for a better future. With many years of grant writing experience under his belt, he focusses on helping breakthrough technology projects that create value for the society to reach the market.

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Eleni Kolovou
Innovation Project Leader

Eleni earned her diploma in Architectural Engineering from the University of Patras and completed her Masters’ studies in Advanced Architecture at IaaC Barcelona. Before getting involved in proposal writing and project managing of EU funded projects in 2014, she was designing and developing architectural projects of various scales and uses running her own firm. What has drawn her to the innovation sector was her research interest in urban games, smart cities and ICT. She is an out of the box design thinker fascinated by creative collaboration contexts


Natalia Mavridou
Communication Consultant

Natalia holds an M.Sc. in Arts and Cultural Management and a BA in Economic Sciences. She has been working as a communications professional and production assistant since 2010. Important collaborations include documenta 14, Athens Biennale, European Observatory on Children’s Television and more. Her approach and understanding of communication theories aims to discover areas of improvement and opportunity in the H2020 projects


Sotiris Vasiliou, Msc
Concept and Communication Designer

Sotiris has been active in expressing abstract concepts and ideas visually since 2010. He has been developing concepts through performance, video, graphic design, text and webpages. He has closely worked with artists Andreas Angelidakis, Angelo Plessas, Danai Anesiadou, Vasilis Vilaras, Lenio Kaklea and Alexandra Bachzetsis.