Blue Growth


Blue Growth is aiming to inspire and help young entrepreneurs realize the innovative concepts relating to marine and freshwater resources. Creative disruption in the maritime sector can introduce promising business opportunities, create new jobs, and transform traditional processes into more productive and sustainable activities.

Blue Growth is the long term strategy to support sustainable growth in the marine and maritime sectors as a whole. Seas and oceans are drivers for the European economy and have great potential for innovation and growth. It is the maritime contribution to achieving the goals of the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.

BlueGrowth’s vision is to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs to  create sustainable economic, social, and environmental growth in the maritime sector 

BlueGrowth’s Mission is to enable, equip, and educate nascent entrepreneurs, through collaboration with the Maritime Industry and Research community.


Municipality of Piraeus

Ministry of Development of Greece

Federation of Hellenic Associations of Young Entrepreneurs

Academy of Entrepreneurship

Global Entrepreneurship Network Greece

University of Piraeus

Greek-Azerbaijani Chamber of Commerce

Office of European Parliament in Greece

Piraeus Port Authority SA (OLP)

Central Market and Fishery Organisations (CMFO SA)

Athens Tech College

Strategis Maritime Cluster

Ideaspace Global

Technological Education Institute of Piraeus

University of Patras

  • More that 700 people attending BG events in Greece since 2014.
  • 40 projects were incubated by the incubation programme.
  • 20 projects successfully established on the market.
  • 9+ products and services developed by the academic community and commercialized by the specific industry

Petros Kokkalis is currently a municipal councilor at the city of Piraeus in Greece, and leader of the ‘Blue Growth’ initiative that promotes maritime-related innovative entrepreneurship. He is an impact investor and the co-founder of social enterprises such as the environmental NGO ‘Organization Earth,’ and ‘,’ a sustainable-business startup incubator. He is frequently active as a mentor to aspiring entrepreneurs, and a judge on Greek and international entrepreneurship competitions.

Mr. Kokkalis has also instigated the 'Citizens for the Global Goals’ campaign, an initiative aiming to inform the public on the Global Goals for Sustainable Development, as well as methods for the goals to be met locally.

Furthermore, following the recent coordination of all NGO efforts for refugee support at the port of Piraeus, Mr. Kokkalis launched 'Earth Refugee,' an initiative consisting of basic but often overlooked emergency, mitigation, adaptation, integration tools and developmental services for refugees, in cooperation with state authorities, international & national NGOs, foundations, grass roots groups, individual volunteers, entrepreneurs & corporations.

Mr. Kokkalis currently serves as Vice President of the ‘Kokkalis Foundation,’ a non-profit organization whose mission is the promotion of a peaceful, democratic and prosperous Southeastern Europe, President of ‘Athens Information Technology,’ a non-profit academic and research institution, sits on the board of ‘Athens Tech,’ a technology, innovation and entrepreneurship private College, and is a member of the Endeavor Senior Advisors’ network.

In the past, he has served as Vice-President of Intracom Holdings, one of the largest multinational technology groups in South-Eastern Europe, Vice-President of Intralot S.A., a gaming technology supplier and lottery licensed operator, and Vice-President of the Greek football club Olympiacos CFP from 1995 to 2008.

Mr. Kokkalis has already presented "Blue Growth" initiative during the Global Entrepreneurship Congress 2015 in Milan and he is a prospective member of GEN Greece.

Mr. Kokkalis has been nominated as one of the four finalists of the 2016 Startup Nations Award for Local Policy Leadership.


We support new and experienced entrepreneurs of Blue Growth area by using the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs exchange programme.