Opportunity from Crisis - Launching Your Innovative Idea in a Post-Pandemic World (Virtual Forum)

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Opportunity from Crisis: Launching Your Innovative Idea in a Post-Pandemic World is a two-day virtual forum on Zoom and Facebook Live featuring an amazing, diverse lineup of expert speakers from Cyprus and around the world who will discuss topics to help inspire a new generation of young, post-crisis entrepreneurs in Cyprus.

A crisis unveils new needs, new pain points, and intensifies existing problems, leading to new opportunities for young entrepreneurs, particularly university students, to position themselves at the forefront of an era of crisis-driven innovation. The pandemic slow-down, the birth or sudden surge of specific industries, and the prospective “ushering in” of a more prosperous post-pandemic decade creates the ideal conditions for young entrepreneurs or aspiring entrepreneurs to turn their innovative ideas into a reality. As history shows, many new, innovative companies that we know of today were born in a time of crisis.

For more information visit: https://cyprusinno.com/virtual-forum-2021/

  • Day 1: Wednesday May 26 at 10:00 EEST - 13:00 EEST

  • Day 2: Thursday May 27 at 10:00 EEST - 13:00 EEST

Detailed Agenda:

DAY 1 - WEDNESDAY, MAY 26

10:00 - 10:15 - Welcome and Overview

Session 1 - Discovering New Startup Opportunities in a Crisis 

Overview: Creating ideas that solve problems and where to begin!

10:15 - 10:30 - Demetris Hadjisofocli, Managing Director of the Center for Social Innovation

10:30 - 10:45 - Natasa Christou, Co-Founder of Gardens of the Future

10:45 - 11:00 - Session 1 Q&A

11:00 - 11:05 - Coffee Break / Poll / Stretching

Session 2 - Launching a Business from University

Overview: You have a great idea and are ready to launch, now what? Hear it from those who have done it before!

11:05 - 11:20 - George Vou, Co-Founder & CEO of The Mighty Kitchen

11:20 - 11:35 - Dimag Ozgum, Founder & CEO of Vacation Wolf

11:35 - 11:50 - Session 2 Q&A

11:50 - 11:55 - Coffee Break / Poll / Stretching

Session 3 - How to Attract Investment/Fundraise

Overview: What you need to consider before raising funds, the different types of ways you can fundraise, and other considerations when it comes to startup capital.

11:55 - 12:10 - Tunya Irkad, Analyst at Galata Business Angels

12:10 - 12:25 - Monica Ioannidou Polemitis, CEO of MAP Innovation

12:25 - 12:40 - Session 3 Q&A

12:40 - 13:00 - Day 1 Closing and Final Thoughts

DAY 2 - THURSDAY, MAY 27

10:00 - 10:15 - Welcome Back, Recap Day #1, and Overview of Day #2

Session 1 - Building Locally, Scaling Globally

Overview: Considerations for how to build a product/service and/or team locally and scale it globally to other countries/regions.

10:15 - 10:30 - Muhit Ince, Owner & Founder of HMI Glocals Trading Limited

10:30 - 10:45 - Aysem Zorlu, Founder of Loacal

10:45 - 11:00 - Session 1 Q&A

11:00 - 11:05 - Coffee Break / Poll / Stretching

Session 2 - Digital Marketing in the New Virtual World

Overview: Tips, tricks, how-tos, and what not to do, things to consider when marketing online.

11:05 - 11:20 - Maria Papadouri, Digital Content & Social Media Trainer

11:20 - 12:00 - Fireside chat with Panis Pieri, Digital Marketing Specialist

Session 3 - Women in Entrepreneurship

Overview: What’s the reality in Cyprus? Identifying the main challenges and opportunities women face when they choose an entrepreneurial path in Cyprus.

12:00 - 12:30 - Panayiota Polykarpou, Co-Founder of Be an Ally Foundation and Thkio Logia

12:30 - 12:45 - Session 3 Q&A

12:45 - 13:00 - Closing and Final Thoughts

*The event will take place on Zoom and also be streamed through Facebook Live on the CyprusInno Facebook account.

**This virtual forum is organized by CyprusInno and supported by the U.S. Embassy Cyprus.