Cyprus #2

CYPRUS

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ABOUT

Share your idea, build your team and get to work: life is short, so why wasting time? Give all you’ve got and create a new business from scratch in a weekend. In a unique atmosphere, people from various backgrounds come together and develop early business concepts.

Mentors with proven experience in start-ups will guide you with first-hand tips on how to make a successful business. By Sunday, you’ll have the foundations for a functional start-up: the projects developed during the weekend will be evaluated by a panel of judges.

You can either pitch your own business idea or help a presenter develop their idea. From business guy to programmer to designer – everyone is welcome!

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Schedule

16:00 - 17:30

Registration opens!

17:30 - 17:40

Presentation of STARTup LiVE!

17:40 - 17:50

Welcome from team and sponsors

17:30 - 17:40

Idea pitching tutorial

17:40 - 18:10

Burning down the house! Idea Pitching (90 seconds per pitch, no slides)

18:10 - 18:30

Set up your STARTup Team - Find you co-startupers

18:30 - 19:30

YES you ll do it! Team Building Session

19:30 - 20:30

We do it for you! Session on The Business Model Canvas

20:30 - 20:45

Mentors - Judges announcement! Pitch them!

20:45 - 20:55

Surprise! One short talk coming up from you

20:55 - 23:00

Lets STARTup: NETWORKING-NETWORKING-NETWORKING including dinner and drinks

08:00 - 10:00

Breakfast. Get caffeine in your blood.

10:00 - 23:00

START-up or Leave! START working with your teams!

11:00 - 13:00

Boost for your startup - Mentors are in da house! Mentoring-Mentoring-Mentoring

13:00 - 14:00

Lunch and Networking with Mentors and Participants

14:00 - 19:00

Working again. Painful? Feel it. Mentors are still here with you!

19:00 - 00:00

What about fun? What about munchies? Leave it up to us! Music in da house! Please note: you are still working :)

20:00 - 21:00

Mentors never go! ASK THEM

21:00 - 22:00

YES. DINNER. YES: Networking-Networking-Networking!!!

22:00 - 23:00

Bit late work and then we go out!

08:00 - 09:00

Boost your team! Breakfast time!

10:00 - 00:00

STARTup Live final day. Get your feedback with presentation skills tutorial

10:30 - 13:00

Come on! Mentors are back! Will be by your side!

13:00 - 14:00

Lunch. Get feedback. Eat. Boost your adrenaline!

14:00 - 16:00

Final round of Mentoring - START getting ready!

16:00 - 17:30

Set-UP your presentation - Prepare! Get ready! Its time to pitch!

17:30 - 18:00

Short discussion - Short talks - Short announcements of the PRIZES

18:00 - 19:00

Let the Pitching WAR begins! Impress the JUDGES! [4 mins pitch + 2 mins Q&A with the Judges]

19:00 - 19:30

Judges Voting :) Feeling stressed?

19:30 - 20:30

Judges in da house!

20:30 - 21:00

The winner takes it all - but the STARTup-ers are having surprise discussions with Mentrors and Judges

21:00 - 00:00

Let the PARTY begin!

Participants

Global Partners

Gold Supporters

Andrew Michael
Andrew is on a mission to positively impact every family on the planet where he is the CEO and co-founder of Funifi. He is an entrepreneur with ten years experience in digital growth companies as a founder or senior manager with focus on product development, strategic planning and digital marketing. He is also an active member of Startup Cyprus and a mentor at Founders Institute.
Argyris Argyrou
Founder of AtYourService, StartupCyprus Team, Director at Founders Institute Cyprus, Hard Working, Fast Learning, Do-er. I Love Ideas - I love Bringing them to life even more
Athena Mouxouri
Athena Mouxouri is currently working as a Product Innovation Coordinator at MTN Cyprus. She has worked as a web developer specialised in e-commerce website development as well as Product designer for CRM systems. She holds and MSc in Internet Computing from University of Surrey where she graduated with a Distinction and a BSc in Computer Science from University of Cyprus.
Celia Hadjichristodoulou
Founder/General Manager, GrantXpert Consulting Ltd For the past 10 years Celia is an expert consultant in European and nationally funded programmes, assisting local and European organizations to utilise more than 6,8 mln EUR from such funds. She is the National Expert of Cyprus on the EU study “SME Performance Review Report” for 2012-2015. For the past six years, Celia has also been working as a part-time Lecturer in local universities at MBA level, teaching Organisational Behaviour and Business Strategy.
Charalampos Theopemptou

Christophoros Tzirtzipis
CEO / Founder Diyful Entrepreneur, Startup Maniac, DIY enthusiast. Christophoros is part of the Diyful team that is revolutionising the DIY home Improvement industry and a proud member of Startup Cyprus. He is a web developer with an e-business background. He is also a mentor at Founders Institute.
Denis Constantinou
Denis is the Art Director and a co-founder at Funifi. He studied Animation Production at the Arts Institute at Bournemouth and then a Master's degree in 3D Animation at Bournemouth University. He has worked as an animator and designer on series for CBeebies, advertisments for Nickelodeon and contributed work for Disney XD.
Elena Georgiou Strouthos
Elena is a software engineer & the CTO & co-founder of Cocoon Creations. Before founding Cocoon Creations she worked for many years in the IT sector of the hospitality business. She is a member of Cypriot Enterprise Link and the team lead for hack {cyprus}. She is in love with technology, everything Apple, rock music, band t-shirts and her high heels.
Erato Aristotelous
A software junkie with a splash of biz! Passion for business and innovation. 2 failed start-ups. And 1 brewing. Am a business software consultant (15 years of experience) by day specializing in business processes. Worked in over 8 multi-nationals. Grew up in beautiful South Africa and lived a nomadic life within the borders of Europe, ever since.
George K. Georgiou
Co-Founder & CEO, NOVATEX SOLUTIONS LTD George is a mechatronics engineer (mechanical + electrical) with extensive experience in the fields of sensors, wireless sensors networks, automation, automated image processing, robotics, machine design with a a great passion for ICT. Founder among others novatexsolutions.eu, netcy.com Co-founder of Yubiz.org, and CARIE (acting as the secretary). George is also the coordinator of the European Robotics week in Cyprus.
George Vou
George is a Co-Founder and COO at Funifi where's he's on a mission to positively impact every family on the planet. He has years of experience as a marketeer, communications strategist and a builder of awesome teams and is an active member of Startup Cyprus, a mentor at Founders Institute. He has a sweet spot for all things tech, nutrition and culture.
Ioannis Stavrinides
Ioannis works at Microsoft Cyprus as a Technical Evangelist. He has several years of industry experience working in Cypriot and Multinational companies as a Developer and Infrastructure Expert
Masoud Kamali
CEO, WestTech Venture, Founder, S&S Media Group Masoud is an international entrepreneur by heart who has built the media group from scratch since 1995. With his fine sense of finding new trends he played a big part in giving new technologies and new trends the right amount of attention in publishing. Masoud Kamali is one of the most influential figures in international tech from Germany. He studied computer science and philosophy in Frankfurt am Main, lived and worked in Singapore and Silicon Valley and now lives with his family in Berlin.
Michael Oikonomou
Co-Founder of Ideas2life & AtYourService, an online Marketplace for Local Services. Managing Operations and leading Sales at AtYourService. Bsc Technology Management, Master in Web Science.
Michalis Stylianou
Michalis holds a BSc and MSc in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from NTUA and is currently following CIIM MBA Course. He is currently the business development manager of CyRIC and the coordinator of YuBiz.org platform. His main competences are business develoment, e-commerse, business planning, market deployment and market acquisition.
Michael P. Poirazi
Mike Poirazi is a Freelance Consultant specializing in Card Payment Processing Infrastructure and business strategy. He has served as an evaluator of the Geostatic Orbit Telecom Satellite project is a Co-Founder and former Managing Director and Chairman of IMSP and DSP Netway.
Mick Hagen
Mick founded Zinch, an ed-tech company connecting students globally with opportunities in higher education. Mick helped Zinch grow to an international, 8-figure revenue-run-rate startup that served millions of students and 800+ colleges & universities worldwide. Mick is currently re-imagining digital communication (email) with his latest startup, Spatch. Mick has been named to the v100 (Top high tech entrepreneurs) and Top 40 business persons under 40 by Utah Business Magazine.
Panayiotis Philimis
Dr Panayiotis Philimis is the CEO of CyRIC, Cyprus Research and Innovation Center, a private center specialised in R&D services, design of disruptive products and provides product solutions for global markets. His expertise expands in the design and development of innovative products,software development, image analysis, computational geometry, metrology, 3D rapid prototyping, patent writing etc. He is the Leader of the non-profit initiative Yubiz - a Youth Business Platform and invests in Cypriot startups as business angel.
Peter Lazou
An accomplished Creative Ideator, Digital Strategist, Serial Entrepreneur, Startupbootcamp Fintech Mentor, Statup Grind Chapter Director Cyprus, Founder Institute Cyprus Chapter Director, who inspires change in the way people think and do by pushing the boundaries of creative innovation, with a focus on shaping the future of connected convergence.
Phanos Pitiris
Start Up & VC Expert, Various Phanos Pitiris has 25 years of international experience with startups in a number of roles such as founder, venture capitalist, mentor, coach, innovation practitioner, advisor, business angel (United States, Europe, Israel). In addition, he has 15+ years of international executive management experience in technology and innovation related companies.
Sergios Charalambous
Hardcore developer with working experience in Silicon Valley. Worked for 4 years in Cisco Systems as software engineer. Currently I am the founder and CEO of SoftwareCy (http://www.softwarecy.com).
Simon Schäfer
Simon Schaefer began as a designer in 1997, working for German startups from inside interactive agencies. Since then he has created several successful brands, invested in angel- and seed-stage companies as a partner of JMES Investments, and launched his own startup, totalCommerce. In 2011, Simon co-founded Factory, a campus for startups and mature technology driven companies in the heart of Berlin.
Anastasia Constantinou
Anastasia is the Director of the CIIM Entrepreneurship and Innovation Centre, ENTICE and the IDEA programme CIIM coordinator. She combines academic, industrial, business and consulting background in the fields of Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Research for more than 20 years, including playing instrumental role in the creation of academic spin-offs and in the faciliatation of technology transfer deals.
Celia Ierodiaconou
Celia is the Happiness Relations Officer at Funifi and is on a mission to positively impact every family on the planet. She studied Primary Education and then went on to an MSc in Human Resource Management at CIIM.
Emanuele Musa
International startup trainer with an engineering and business background as well as proven experience in strategy consulting, project management, business modeling and Lean startup. Trained over 400 social entrepreneurs through numerous workshops and bootcamps around the world - in Tokyo, Paris, Budapest, Milan, Berlin, Prague, Brussels, Bratislava, Bucharest and Rome. Emanuele is cofounder of Babele.co : open-innovation platform that interconnects the key actors supporting social innovation initiatives (from foundations to universities and impact accelerators), in order to open-source innovative business models, spread awareness of the best practices while enabling social entrepreneurs to crowd-source feedback and validation from a wide spectrum of international stakeholders and peer-entrepreneurs. The platform was launched on September of 2013 and gathers together 5300 experts, who give feedback, share ideas and provide solution for 750 social enterprises coming from 99 countries. Previous work experience includes: Program management for Procter & Gamble in Paris, financial analysis at the Fund Manager "AE Global Investment Solutions ltd" in London, strategic analysis at Bombardier Transportation in Brussels, strategy consulting at Advention Business Partners in Paris and management consulting for IBM Global Business Services in Paris.
George Konnis
Over the last 20 years George has been actively involved in the setup and running of High-Tech spin-off companies, which have raised funds in different countries for the exploitation and commercialization of high-tech Research prototypes. Additionally, his career in ICT sector includes a strong professional experience in managing from beginning to end, complex multifactor Nationwide ICT projects and consultation of Telco in launching new products and services. Due to his academic and professional IT, he has received a Marie Curie Fellowship as an Experience Researcher
Maria Gregoriou
Maria is a Designer at Funifi focusing on Graphic and UI work mainly. She studied Psychology, Fine Arts and then did her Master's Degree in Graphic Design. She loves everything tasteful, meaningful conversations and randomness.
Michael I. Loizides
Dr Michael I. Loizides is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of ISOTECH Ltd. Dr Loizides is a Chemical and Environmental Engineer.He is chairman of the Environmental Committee of the Technical Chamber of Cyprus (since 2005) and he is representing the Chamber in several National Committees (eg National Committee for the Waste Management Strategy etc) and in the Environment Committee of the Parliament. He is Accredited Environmental and ISO14000 Consultant with the Institute of Technology, Cyprus.
Poppy Aristidou
As of 2003-presently, Poppy Arstidou has been a lecturer at the University of Nicosia under the Department of Design & Multimedia. She holds the degrees of: HND degree in Graphic and Advertising Design from Frederick Institute of Art & Design (Cyprus), a BA Degree in Graphic Design, from the University of West of England (UWE Bristol), and an MA Degree in Interactive Multimedia from Bath Spa University College (Bath School of Art and Design, Bath). Her main interests/specializations and research areas include interaction design and animation.
Xenia I.Loizidou
Xenia I. Loizidou is a graduate of the Civil Engineering Department of the National Technical University of Athens (Hydraulics Section, Harbour and Coastal Works Laboratory) and of the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine of London (MSc, DIC in River, Estuary and Coastal Engineering). Since 1990 she has been working with issues relevant to Integrated Coastal Zone Management, coastal erosion control, coastal adaptation to climate changes, decision support systems, peace-building and blue growth.
Xenia Poulli
Currently holding the Product Innovation Coordinator position at MTN Cyprus, focusing on product management and project management for the development and launch of various products and digital services (including content related services, data and VAS). She has previously worked as a Product Designer in Software Development for CRM and billing B2B platforms. She holds a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Sheffield, UK as well as an MSc in Information Systems and Management from the University of Warwick, UK (Warwick Business School)
Maria Christoforou
Master of Arts in interactive Multimedia | BA in Graphic Communication | Associate degree in Science. She studied at the London School of Printing & the University of Nicosia. She had 4 solo exhibitions & participated in conferences in UK, Germany, France, Portugal. Since 2004, she lectures in the Department of Design & Multimedia at the University of Nicosia.
Menelaos Menelaou
Intrapreneur, Entrepreneur, Husband, Father, Friend, Citizen Menelaos is the CEO of Diogenes Business Incubator and the Operations Manager of the Centre for Entrepreneurship at the University of Cyprus. He has worked with and mentored startups in Cyprus, UK and the MENA region. Loves to help ideas turned into startups. He has studied Marketing and Business Administration at the University of Cyprus and Cardiff University.
Iraklis Vladimirou
Professor - Department of Business and Public Administration University of Cyprus
Marios D. Dikaiakos
Professor of Computer Science at the University of Cyprus He serves as Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship of the University since January 2015. He was Head of the Computer Science Department between 2010-2014. He is also the Founding Director of the Laboratory for Internet Computing. Dikaiakos received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Princeton University (1994). His research interests focus on Internet Computing and large-scale Distributed Systems.
Masoud Kamali
CEO, WestTech Venture, Founder, S&S Media Group Masoud is an international entrepreneur by heart who has built the media group from scratch since 1995. With his fine sense of finding new trends he played a big part in giving new technologies and new trends the right amount of attention in publishing. Masoud Kamali is one of the most influential figures in international tech from Germany. He studied computer science and philosophy in Frankfurt am Main, lived and worked in Singapore and Silicon Valley and now lives with his family in Berlin.
Mick Hagen
Mick founded Zinch, an ed-tech company connecting students globally with opportunities in higher education. Mick helped Zinch grow to an international, 8-figure revenue-run-rate startup that served millions of students and 800+ colleges & universities worldwide. Mick is currently re-imagining digital communication (email) with his latest startup, Spatch. Mick has been named to the v100 (Top high tech entrepreneurs) and Top 40 business persons under 40 by Utah Business Magazine.
Phanos Pitiris
Start Up & VC Expert, Various Phanos Pitiris has 25 years of international experience with startups in a number of roles such as founder, venture capitalist, mentor, coach, innovation practitioner, advisor, business angel (United States, Europe, Israel). In addition, he has 15+ years of international executive management experience in technology and innovation related companies.
Simon Schäfer
Simon Schaefer began as a designer in 1997, working for German startups from inside interactive agencies. Since then he has created several successful brands, invested in angel- and seed-stage companies as a partner of JMES Investments, and launched his own startup, totalCommerce. In 2011, Simon co-founded Factory, a campus for startups and mature technology driven companies in the heart of Berlin.
Stavriana Kofteros
Startup Mentor. Entrepreneurship Evangelist. Mentoring, teaching catalyzing startups, evangelizing entrepreneurship and startups in politics. Director Founder Institute Cyprus Chapter, Evangelist Startup Cyprus, Curator Cyprus Startup Digest, Organizer Startup Live Cyprus, Startup Weekend Cyprus, Founders' Meetups, Venture Academy, Startup Academy, Mentor Startup Live Academy & Pioneers Festival, Startup Manifesto Policy Tracker National Coordinator, Board Member Research Promotion Foundation. Experience in senior management positions in technology, telecommunications, startup support and business incubation. She has a background in Business Administration and Political Science, in Entrepreneurship Development (MIT) and in Business Incubation Management (NBIA). Day Job: Deputy Press Spokesperson and Special Entrepreneurship & Development Adviser @Democratic Rally
Constantinos Pyrkettis
Fascinated by entrepreneurial strategy, innovation and business deployment since early professional carrier. A technology fan and advocate of Change. 18+ years professional experience in various areas and roles (private and public sectors) including manufacturing engineer, operations, systems and data analyst, project manager, business developer, strategic planner, entrepreneur, integrator and expert evaluator in start-ups (technology) and in securing/granting business funding. “Finance is a means, if not also the objective, to an end in the business ecosystem. Planning with risk awareness and ‘getting the numbers’ do matter but only half the way; the other half is what YOU are made of!”
Marios D. Dikaiakos
Professor of Computer Science at the University of Cyprus He serves as Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship of the University since January 2015. He was Head of the Computer Science Department between 2010-2014. He is also the Founding Director of the Laboratory for Internet Computing. Dikaiakos received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Princeton University (1994). His research interests focus on Internet Computing and large-scale Distributed Systems.
Vassilis Papadopoulos
Project Management with experience in delivering innovative products and services for mobile telecommunications. Experience and familiarity in mobile broadband data applications ( 3/3.5G mobile data, BlackBerry solutions, M2M connectivity ) Experienced with technologies, regulatory environment and business logic involved in fixed broadband and telephony services (xDSL, optic fiber, WLR, VoIP, ethernet) Specialties:Business Administration, Telecommunications & Engineering (UMTS/GSM--xDSL technologies experience), Web technologies (web developing, Linux web server (Apache) experience), team leading and training)

PRIZES

Participation in The Founder Institute, the world's largest entrepreneur training and startup launch program, helping aspiring founders across the globe build enduring technology companies.
2 tickets for Pioneers Festival 2016
Mark Tuttle 4 hour mentoring session via skype
Pitch to investors at Startup Bootcamp
Pitch to investors at Cypriot Business Angel Association
Mentoring, meeting & pitches experience at Techstars London
Free hosting for 6 months and free domain for 1 year for each team at SoftwareCy
Free Business web hosting with email services for 2 years (Netcy.com)

Organizers

Contact person

Lydia Lydsjannet Zannettou

Lydia brought the idea of Open Coffee in Cyprus, a networking event dedicated to startups. She is a PR practitioner at V+O Cyprus. She is also a TEDx curator and lead organizer of Startup Weekend Cyprus.

Stavriana Kofteros
Startup Mentor. Entrepreneurship Evangelist. Mentoring, teaching catalyzing startups, evangelizing entrepreneurship and startups in politics. Director Founder Institute Cyprus Chapter, Evangelist Startup Cyprus, Curator Cyprus Startup Digest, Organizer Startup Live Cyprus, Startup Weekend Cyprus, Founders' Meetups, Venture Academy, Startup Academy, Mentor Startup Live Academy & Pioneers Festival, Startup Manifesto Policy Tracker National Coordinator, Board Member Research Promotion Foundation. Experience in senior management positions in technology, telecommunications, startup support and business incubation. She has a background in Business Administration and Political Science, in Entrepreneurship Development (MIT) and in Business Incubation Management (NBIA). Day Job: Deputy Press Spokesperson and Special Entrepreneurship & Development Adviser @Democratic Rally
Konstantinos Soteriou
Business Intelligence analyst in combination with data analyst with sophisticate methods. Mathematical modeling of any mathematical problem. Startup lover. Love to live and get experience from failures.
Nick Malekos
Nick Malekos is a serial volunteer, interested in Startups, Social Entrepreneurship and Continuous Learning. He studied Communication (BSc) and Management (MSc), currently he works as a Social Media Manager and Marketeer, while being involved in the startup community of Cyprus, NGO sector and self-improvement. Fun fact: Learning German
Nicholas Nicoli
Assistant Professor in the Department of Communications at the University of Nicosia Nicholas is also coordinator of the Public Relations, Advertising and Marketing B.A. Programme. Dr. Nicoli is a Charter Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) Approved Trainer and a member of the European Media Management Association (EMMA), the European Sociological Association (ESA), the International Association for Media and Communication (IAMCR), the Re-Visionary Interpretations of the Public Enterprise (RIPE), and a co-founder of The Institute of Mass Media and Communications, Cyprus (IMME). Dr. Nicoli is also a certified facilitator of the Ice House Entrepreneurship Program, a TEDx curator and an organizer of Startup Live, Cyprus and Startup Weekend, Cyprus.