UCy to host in­no­va­tion fo­rum on re­search com­mer­cial­i­sa­tion and start-ups

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The Univer­sity of Cyprus is or­gan­is­ing the 3rd In­no­va­tion and En­trepreneur­ship Fo­rum (IEF2017) ‘Re­search Com­mer­cial­i­sa­tion and In­no­va­tive start-ups’ which will be held in Novem­ber and the dead­line for ap­pli­ca­tions is Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 9.

This year the C4E/UCY fo­rum is be­ing co-or­gan­ised in col­lab­o­ra­tion with The Hel­lenic Ini­tia­tive (THI), the MIT En­ter­prise Fo­rum Greece (MITEF Greece) and PwC Cyprus, in the con­text of its wider co­op­er­a­tion with the Univer­sity of Cyprus. The Fo­rum is also sup­ported by the US Em­bassy in Cyprus.

The pur­pose of IEF2017 is to show­case promis­ing in­no­va­tive re­search and star­tups in­cu­bat­ing in Cyprus or by Cypri­ots abroad. To this ef­fect, it will bring to­gether Cypriot re­searchers with world ex­perts and in­ter­na­tion­ally recog­nised lead­ing minds in in­no­va­tion, and will pro­vide the op­por­tu­nity for pitch­ing in­no­va­tive ideas in front of suc­cess­ful en­trepreneurs and ven­ture cap­i­tal­ists from the USA and Europe. The fo­rum is a nec­es­sary and im­por­tant step to help us make a case in or­der to es­tab­lish a Grant Pro­gramme, with fi­nan­cial con­tri­bu­tion from mem­bers of THI, with the aim to sup­port the com­mer­cial­i­sa­tion of in­no­va­tive re­search in Cyprus.

Speak­ers at the fo­rum in­clude Leon San­dler, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of MIT’s Desh­pande Cen­ter for Tech­no­log­i­cal In­no­va­tion, USA; and, Her­bert Chen, COO of Tush­old­ings (TusPark) Co. and Vice Dean of TusPark Re­search In­sti­tute for In­no­va­tion, Ts­inghua Univer­sity, China. The fo­rum will fea­ture pan­elists and judges from abroad and in­clude suc­cess­ful en­trepreneurs in­vestors in star­tups and in­no­va­tion lead­ers such as Ma­rina Hat­sopou­los, Di­rec­tor, Le­vit­ronix Tech­nolo­gies, USA; Aris­tos Dox­i­adis, Gen­eral Part­ner, Open­fund, Greece; Alexis Pan­tazis, Co-Founder and Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor at Hel­las Di­rect, Greece; Jeremy Down­ward, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor and Chief In­vest­ment Of­fi­cer of Aris­teus As­set Man­age­ment, Cyprus; Vas­silis Pa­pakon­stanti­nou, Chair­man of MIT En­ter­prise Fo­rum Greece and Anna Pro­topapa, CEO, Mer­sana Ther­a­peu­tics.

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