Cyprus Seeds celebrated the successful completion of its first year, on the 16th of October 2020. During the 1st Innovation Showcase, the 6 Grantees of the first cycle presented their technological innovations to a small group of stakeholders from the Cypriot start-up ecosystem including policy-makers, the Ambassador of the US, Israel and Greece, university representatives, business leaders and investors. The Event was live streamed and was attended virtually by a very large number of Greeks of the Diaspora, the US based mentors of the Cyprus Seeds program and potential investors from the network of Cyprus Seeds in Greece, Europe and the US.
The Innovation Showcase gave to the 6 Cyprus Seeds grantees who participated in the first 12M Funding program, the opportunity to present their work for the first time to the public and to potential investors from Greece and the UK. The Event took place at the open Amphitheatre of the Cyprus Institute. The CyI has supported Cyprus Seeds several times this year by hosting some of its networking events and training workshops.
At the Event, the Deputy Minister of Research, Innovation and Digital Policy, Mr. Kyriacos Kokkinos, praised Cyprus Seeds for its unique work and noted the government’s support for the initiative, through matching funds. Dr Costas Markides, Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at The London Business School, shared his thoughts on using entrepreneurship to drive the competitiveness of Cyprus. The team of the AID4All project who won the National and European 2020 competition of the Junior Achievement was also invited to the Cyprus Seeds 1st Innovation Showcase Event, to present their innovation, evidencing the true potential of the Cypriot youth.
The Managing Director of Cyprus Seeds, Maria Georgiadou, introduced the Program and its achievements of the first, pilot year and gave a very optimistic message for the potential to create a pipeline of technology companies in Cyprus, capitalizing on the talented research teams in the universities of Cyprus. The Minister of Foreign Affairs also congratulated the promoters of Cyprus Seeds and announced an award of €10,000 from ‘INVEST CYPRUS, towards the cost of two of the 2019/20 Cyprus Seeds to attend the very successful, 3 -month accelerator program for startups of the MIT Enterprise Forum Greece (MITEF) in Athens.
Professor George E. Georghiou, University of Cyprus
SOLEX Project: Innovative early detection of faults in Photovoltaic (PV) Systems
Assistant Professor Maria Antoniou, Cyprus University of Technology
CYANOCONS Project: Novel physical-chemical oxidation processes for mitigating toxic cyanobacterial blooming.
Professor Christakis Damianou, Cyprus University of Technology
ABLASONIC Project: MRI-guided robotic system for non-invasive focused ultrasound surgery.
Assistant Professor Panayiotis Kolios, University of Cyprus.
AIRMOS Project: Artificially Intelligent Real-Time Drone Monitoring Tactics to Safeguard Sensitive Facilities
Associate Professor Julius Georgiou, University of Cyprus
Professor Vasilios Tanos, Aretaeio Hospital
DIMEC Project: Direct In-vivo Monitoring of the Endometrial Cavity
Kleopas Kleopa, Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics
CSMM Project: Gene Therapy for Inherited Neuropathies
Anastasios Christoforou, Aid4All, Winner Team of the European StartUp 2020, Junior Achievement Competition
Professor Costas Markides, Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, London Business School (LBS)