Thursday, 25 February 2021

E - Exports Academy & eBay Partnership


E - Exports Academy & eBay Partnership

Athens, 24 February 2021 | Enterprise Greece, the official agency of the Greek State for trade and investment promotion in Greece, along with eBay, a global leader in e-commerce, announced the expansion of their strategic partnership to support Greek enterprises and their access to global markets, during an online event organized today, Wednesday, February 24, 2021.

During the first phase of their cooperation, which started in September 2020, they implemented a targeted program aiming to promote a set of mature and e-commerce savvy Greek export enterprises in the 190 markets where eBay platform operates.

Upon the completion of this first phase, both parties identified the significant opportunities for the Greek market. Currently, approximately 12.500 Greek sellers are present on eBay. During the past year they exported over 900,000 items, while there was a 10% growth in new sellers, following the pandemic of Covid-19. Although this is a significant number, the first phase indicated that there is much larger potential via the provision of training and consultation to a larger segment of Greek SMBs and thereafter further support, for the creation of online stores and B2C exports channels.

In this context, Enterprise Greece, announced the Second Phase of its cooperation with the global e-commerce platform, supporting more Greek enterprises and SMB’s, by strengthening their digital transformation and their global promotion, sealed with eBay’s signature.

During this second phase, Enterprise Greece and eBay, will provide a specialized training program, along with customized consulting and technical support, so that Greek enterprises develop the necessary skills and tools for a successful digital presence on global e-platforms.

The Greek business community embraced this initiative, since the online event: “e-exports Academy: an Enterprise Greece initiative in collaboration with eBay” gathered more 625 registered participants.

Enterprise Greece, with its rich expertise in supporting Greek export enterprises via a multitude of iniatives including training programs, as well as its use of the most innovative digital tools, has created this customized training program. eBay strengthens this effort of its  eBay expert trainers to ensure that Greek SMB’s receive the best and most updated practices for success on eBay, in addition to  its enormous global network which offers access to 185 million active buyers worldwide.

This training program addresses all Greek companies addressing mainly the consumer products sector that wish to expand to international markets, regardless of their prior export activity and e-commerce experience. The program is tailored to the needs of each enterprise, and will offer consulting, guidance and technical support services. eBay will train the program trainers while monitoring the development of the companies in the program, preparing  them for a successful digital presence and related revenues on its platform.

The participation of Greek enterprises which fulfill the requirements of the program, is free-of-charge, and their registration may take place at the following link:  

 Ms Betty Alexandropoulou, Executive Director and Board Member of Enterprise Greece,  stated after the event: “E-commerce has shown a special dynamic in recent years, with the pandemic, accelerating  this trend. Its impact on global trade is enormous and expected to also impact exports in a positive way. Enterprise Greece, the State agency, under the supervision of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, responsible for trade and investment promotion, takes immediate action and plays a leading role in helping Greek companies to take advantage of e-commerce benefits, as it did when it accelerated the digitalization of its own services portfolio, resulting in a great response from export companies. In this second phase of our strategic partnership with eBay, through an innovative training program, we are equipping the Greek enterprise ecosystem with the necessary knowledge and resources in order to enter global markets and expand their exports via e-commerce”.

 Mr. Ilya Kretov, GM global emerging markets, eBay, commented that: “We are proud to cooperate with our colleagues from enterprise Greece in order to enable Greek sellers create new revenue streams and business continuity during this turbulent and uncertain times. Greece is one of our top markets target, and we wish to further extend our support to grow local sellers. With over 185M buyers from all over the world, 250M product searches a day and access to more than 190 markets worldwide, eBay offers Greek SMB’s the opportunity to go global from their own laptop – we encourage you to visit us at to learn more and start selling globally”.