It’s quite inspiring to be at an international conference and get the chance to exchange ideas, see what others do, find possible collaborators and even listen to important people giving you insight on important matters, or how they solved problems.
What bothers me the most and keeps me up at night, is how we can make a positive impact and make rights out of the wrongs we have in our country. For you that don't know me, I'm a doer. I never sit down discussing about the possible impact something would make, but rather, roll up my sleeves and get cracking on it, gather results, learn and if feasible continue doing. This is how we all work at the Cypriot Enterprise Link.
The EYE (European Youth Event) was the first European Event for CEL. We were one of the organizations that represented Cyprus and we sure hoped we treated it as the platform it was meant to be. Eight representatives, couple of dozen events and 3 days later, the delegates parted ways with a lot to share on an individual but also on a team perspective. So here is mine…and a glance of what will follow.
I write this article from a personal standpoint and as a reply to all those good folks, who regard the entrepreneurial growth in Cyprus as slow moving. You see if you examine things at the macro level, you will come to realize that this little Mediterranean dot has made tremendous leaps in entrepreneurial development during the recent years, despite its economic meltdown and political turbulence.
Below you'll find some very helpful terms that will be used during the "Show me the Money: Raising Funding for Startups" event. We thought you would find useful having these terms with you.
A personal view on CEL's journey over time, its milestones and the most valuable lesson learned.
Today was meant to be a special day... Exactly one year ago the Cypriot Enterprise Link (CEL) opened its arms to the world via our Facebook page (now on 700+ likes and rising)! The reaction received was and continues to be encouraging; and at times, absolutely amazing! CEL began when a group of young, highly motivated individuals set out with the simplest and purest of goals: to provide a platform for connecting the young leaders of the future and to explore how the fate of our little island can be transformed and improved through collaboration, creativity and innovation.
“Ordinary People doing Extraordinary things”…
This is how Rebeca Hwang commenced her speech at the Game Changers event, and she then went on to discuss the creation of identifiable role models as well as a support network for female entrepreneurs.
Note: The article was prepared for and published in the December issue of Legacy Magazine.
The success stories of Cypriot entrepreneurs are neither new nor something unordinary - Ranging from giants, such as Sir Stelios Hadjioannou to the younger generation of Xenios Thrasyvoulou, founder of PeoplePerHour, which currently runs on a $7.32 million venture funding (CrunchBase). Indeed, Cyprus has its fair share of talent - conquering the world, creating, innovating and leaving a legacy. But what about entrepreneurship at the local level – what happens within the Cypriot boundaries?
Game Changer Talks – The sequel.
After requests, I decided to switch to English (it’s the right thing to do after all when talking about global subjects such as entrepreneurship).
So, what you’ve missed up till now: not THAT much.
A small discussion about Women and Entrepreneurship, another one based on Education and Entrepreneurship, all wrapped up with my (not so) crazy ideas about the subjects.
In the picture: CEL Co-founder, Michael Tyrimos, speaking about the technological readiness of Cyprus as part of his presentation on CEL. The presentation was hosted by the IEEE GOLD Cyprus at their event “Learn StartUp”, which was held at the University of Cyprus and covered the creation, growth and progress of CEL as well as the lessons learned. All the presentations from the event are available at http://www.slideshare.net/ieeegoldcyprus/
Game Changer Talks.
Ένα ακόμα event στα πλαίσια της παγκόσμιας εβδομάδας επιχειρηματικότητας στην Ελλάδα. Οργανωμένο, καταρτισμένο, ετοιμοπόλεμο ας πούμε. Ο κάθε ομιλητής είναι ένας πραγματικός Game Changer στον κλάδο, στη χώρα, στο θέμα του. Ένιωσα πραγματικά τυχερή που είχα την ευκαιρία να βρίσκομαι σε εκείνο το αμφιθέατρο όπου με απλά λόγια “έζησα επικές στιγμές”.
Το LadyBizIT είναι το πρώτο από μία σειρά event τα οποία πραγματοποιούντε στα πλαίσια της Παγκόσμιας Εβδομάδας Επιχειρηματικότητας στην Ελλάδα. Δεν είναι όμως το πρώτο event το οποίο έχει ως θέμα τη γυναικεία επιχειρηματικότητα. Η προετοιμασία του διήρκησε σχεδόν ένα ολόκληρο χρόνο με τη συνεργασία 4 εταίρων, Ελλήνων και λοιπών Ευρωπαίων.
Η αλήθεια να λέγετε, το line-up των ομιλητών ήταν τεράαααστιο….Ήταν όμως και ανοργάνωτο… Απογοητευτικό θα έλεγα για τα δεδομένα.. Ένα μικρό κομμάτι αναταραχής μπορεί και να οφειλόταν στην απεργία που ακόμα και τώρα, 3 μέρες μετά, συνεχίζεται.. Και πάλι όμως, αυτό δε δικαιολογεί την προχειρότητα με την οποία είχε ετοιμαστεί αυτό το κατατάλλα πολυαναμενόμενο event για τη γυναικεία επιχειρηματικότητα με τα δημιουργικά website και με το call για κατάθεση απόψεων κλπ.
We are entrepreneurs, they say. This is the time for entrepreneurs, they cry. And we listen. And we like.
Look at it a bit closer, however, and this cry for entrepreneurship is more often than not interpreted as a cry for more tech companies, a cry for more programmers, a cry for more and more codes that will give the world the next Instagram, to be sold for billions and be part of the glamorous entrepreneurial landscape that has been flourishing for the past decade. This is excusable, and expectable. We are the generation of Facebook, of LinkedIn, of Twitter, and entrepreneurship has hit us, in its most successful and most popular form, in the guise of tech-start-ups-turned-billion-making-giants. In our minds, ‘Entrepreneurship’ as an idea has been yoked to technological innovation.
And that is more than fine. You see, I love the apps, the programs and the software, and I acknowledge their power – I feel it every day. But I know nothing about them, and keeping on wishing that I had chosen Computer Science as a course at university is not exactly the best use of my time in my path towards entrepreneurial success.