National Bank on Thursday announced the beginning of a cooperation with Census in the framework okf encouraging and developing young entrepreneurship, innovation and extroversion of its NBG Business Seeds program.

The cooperation envisages the supply of advanced IT security services from Census to all startup companies selected by the bank to particpate in its NBG Business Seeds program, such as penetration test, application security testing.

The NBG Business Seeds program includes actions to highlight and promote innovative ideas and projects, education and group guidance and services of infrastructure, networking and funding. The program also includes an annual innovation and technology contest, focusing on supporting the implementation of selected and awarded ideas. In cooperation with the Economics University of Athens and the Federation of Hellenic Enterprises (SEB), selected ideas are included in education and business programs, get free services and products from Amazon and Microsoft, free services from Google and Census along with incubation services in cooperation with incubator 1776 (based in the US).

The program also envisages focused funding actions and participation in equity capital and guidance and networking actions in cooperation with Grant Thornton, Endeavor Greece, American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce and Watson Farley & Williams.