Ste­lios to open first bi-communal cafe in Ni­cosia

Financial Mirror (Cyprus) - - FRONT PAGE -

The Ste­lios Phil­an­thropic Foun­da­tion, the char­ity backed by easyJet founder Sir Ste­lios Haji-Ioan­nou will open the first Bi-Communal cafe in Old Ni­cosia next week. This new ini­tia­tive is aimed at build­ing sup­port for busi­ness re­la­tion­ships be­tween the Greek and Turk­ish com­mu­ni­ties and en­cour­age ap­pli­ca­tions for the Ste­lios Bi-Communal awards in Cyprus.

The cafe will be open 5-6pm ev­ery Tues­day from March 10 un­til the awards cer­e­mony in Oc­to­ber. Based at the Foun­da­tion’s build­ing on the cor­ner of Palias Ilek­trikis and Ep­tanisou 57, it will be a meet­ing and net­work­ing point for Greek and Turk­ish Cypri­ots, al­low­ing the ex­change of busi­ness ideas and strat­egy devel­op­ment for bi-communal co­op­er­a­tion.

Win­ners and past Ste­lios Award par­tic­i­pants will be able to dis­cuss their ex­pe­ri­ences and can re­sub­mit ap­pli­ca­tions for this year’s com­pe­ti­tion. More­over, en­trepreneurs who want to connect for the first time will be able to find po­ten­tial part­ners from the other com­mu­nity.

The Ste­lios Bi-communal Awards have now opened for the sev­enth con­sec­u­tive year and since 2009 Ste­lios has handed out EUR 1.2 mln to 40 bi-communal teams. This year, he is giv­ing away more prize money than ever, of­fer­ing EUR 300,000 to 30 bi-communal teams.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit the Foun­da­tion web­site http://www.ste­lios.com

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