OVERVIEW

The Centre for Entrepreneurship (C4E) of the University of Cyprus and The Hellenic Initiative (THI) announce the organization of the 2017 Innovation & Entrepreneurship Forum for the commercialization of innovative research and technology startups (IEF2017). The event is being supported by the MIT Enterprise Forum Greece (MITEF Greece) and PwC Cyprus.

IEF2017 will take place at the University of Cyprus on the 28th of November 2017.

IEF2017 will showcase the most promising innovations incubating in Cyprus and support these ideas towards commercialization bringing together world experts and leading minds in innovation, successful entrepreneurs and venture capitalists from the USA and Europe.

GOALS

  • Showcase cutting-edge university research in Cyprus which has the potential to be commercialized and launch as a startup.

  • Present successful examples of mature technology startups from Cyprus and the region.

  • Connect university researchers with expatriate innovation leaders and successful entrepreneurs from Cyprus and abroad.

  • Stimulate partnerships between the researchers and respected venture investors from the USA, Europe and the region.

  • Provide opportunities for sharing experiences and know how on best practices in research commercialization through structured and unstructured networking.

LATEST NEWS

  • Competition Track Deadline Update:
    Companies do NOT have to be incorporated less than 3 years ago. More information about the Competition Track are available here.

  • Competition Track Eligibility Criteria Update:
    Companies do NOT have to be incorporated less than 3 years ago. More information about the Competition Track are available here.

  • Competition Track:
    Information, Guidelines and the Competition Track Form are available here. For the Competition Track Form only, click here.

  • Research Capacity Track:
    Information, Guidelines and the Research Capacity Track Form are available here. For the Research Capacity Track Form only, click here.

  • Student Track:
    Information, Guidelines and the Student Track Form are available here. For the Student Track Form only, click here.

  • Leon Sandler Presentation:
    "Technological Innovation- commercializing university technologies for impact. The experience of the MIT Deshpande Center". Click here for the abstract.

  • Panel Of Judges:
    Have you met the Forum's judges yet? Just head over to the Judges' section here and learn more about them!

THE FORUM

KEYNOTE SPEAKER & PANELISTS

PANEL OF JUDGES

ORGANISING COMMITTEE

HONORARY CHAIRS

Marina Hatsopoulos, Levitronix Technologies

Yiannis Monovoukas, Helios Global Investments LLC

GENERAL CO-CHAIRS

Marios D. Dikaiakos, Univeristy of Cyprus

Michael Printzos, THI

George Saveriades

MEMBERS

Program Chair: Maria Markidou Georgiadou, University of Cyprus

Competition Track Chair: Katerina Saridaki, MITEF Greece

Student Track Chair: George Kassinis, University of Cyprus

Research Capacity Track Chair: Theodosis Trypiniotis, Univeristy of Cyprus

Local Arrangements Chair: Elena Tanou, Top Kinisis

Communications and Outreach Chair: Ioanna Tsioutsioumi, University of Cyprus

Web Site: Andreas Andreou, University of Cyprus

PARTICIPATION

Participation to the Forum is open to teams and individuals consisting of faculty, researchers and doctoral candidates from Cyprus universities. Cypriot startups will also be eligible to apply for participation in one or more of the tracks described above.

  • Training: Applicants to the Competition Track will have the opportunity to receive training and mentoring before the Forum to better prepare their business case and presentations/pitches. To this end, training workshops featuring world-class trainers will be hosted by the Centre for Entrepreneurship on: Business Modeling, Pitching, Design Thinking, Introduction to Accounting Principles, Incorporating a company in Cyprus, and the Intellectual Property regime of Cyprus.

  • Evaluation: All applications will be evaluated by a committee of top level international business executives, including innovation experts, angel investors, venture capitalists, successful entrepreneurs from Cyprus and abroad, representatives of The Hellenic Initiative (THI) and the MIT Enterprise Forum Greece.

  • Competition Track Selection Criteria: Applications to the Competition Track will be selected based on a number of criteria, the main ones being innovation and competitive advantage, technological readiness and potential for scalability. Details of applications will not be shared with any third parties. Even if an application reaches the final shortlist of the Competition track, no details of the proposed business idea will be published without prior consent by the applicants. For more information, visit Competition Track page. Please check Terms & Conditions for participation.

  • Research Track Selection Criteria: Applications for the Research Track will be selected based on maturity of work and commercial potential. Particular attention will be given to the scientific basis of the work. Applications that showcase the capabilities of research laboratories (e.g. specific equipment, unique know-how, etc) are encouraged. For more information, visit Research Capacity Track page. Please check Terms & Conditions for participation.

  • Student Track Selection Criteria: Applications to the Student Track will be based on novelty, scientific or technical merit, presentation quality, and potential for business or social impact. For more information, visit Student Track page. Please check Terms & Conditions for participation.

PRIZES

Competition Track: The panel of judges will select the best three cases presented in the Competition track. The winning teams will win prizes and in-kind services offered by the organizers as well as other corporate supporters. In particular:

  • THI will offer monetary prizes to the three (3) winning Participants; $8,000 to the 1st team, $5,000 to the 2nd team and $2,000 to the 3rd team.

  • A Prize will be offered by the MITEF to the best Participant; it will consist of free participation of at least two (2) members of the winning team in a three-month business skills accelerator program offered by MITEF in Athens, Greece, to the semi-finalists of the annual MITEF Greece Startup Competition, as well as a placement to the semi-final round of the MITEF competition. The travelling and other expenses related to the participation of at least two (2) members of the winning team to the 3 month Accelerator programme of MITEF will be covered by the monetary prize of €8,000 offered by THI.

  • PriceWaterhouseCoopers will offer as prize to the 3 winning Participants four days of exclusive training on business strategy, costing and budgeting, key financial principles, people management and presentation skills.

Student Track: The panel of judges for the Student Track will select the best three cases presented in the track. The winning teams will win prizes and in-kind services offered by the organizers as well as other corporate supporters. In particular:

  • 1st and 2nd prize offered by C4E: a maximum of 4 scholarships offered to UCY students for attending the 2018 European Innovation Academy Summer program.

  • 3rd Prize offered by PWC: Access to 4 days of intensive, exclusive training offered by PWC Cyprus on business strategy, costing and budgeting, key financial principles, people management and presentation skills.

TIMELINE   

Call for submissions (Competition & Research Track)

11 August 2017

Submission deadline

25 September 2017

Announcement of results on C4E Web Site

10 October 2017

Teams undergo training (3-4 workshops)

October – Mid November

Innovation & Entrepreneurship Forum

28 November 2017