STARTup LiVE Cyprus was officially announced in a press conference held jointly by the CEO of MTN, Mr Philip van Dalsen, the Rector of the University of Cyprus Constantinos Christofides and the team of organizers. STARTup LiVE Cyprus is powered by MTN and will take place on 14, 15 and 16 of June at the University of Cyprus campus.
MTN announced today the support of STARTup Live Cyprus, the biggest event ever organized in Cyprus for startups and with the scope the education of the youth entrepreneurial community in producing future sustainable business.
STARTup LiVE Cyprus is a three-day event where young entrepreneurs, students and scientists have the opportunity to share their ideas and, with the help of experts from Cyprus and abroad, to compete in transforming them into real business opportunities. The winners’ prizes are chosen in such a way so as to help them promote their idea at international and European level, as well as attracting investors from around the world.
MTN Chief Executive Officer, Mr Philip van Dalsen commented: "We are committed that we will always offer more to the society. For young and ambitious people, especially nowadays, “more” means opportunities for creativity and employment. Opportunities to communicate their ideas to a bigger audience and to be successful. That's why we are at the forefront of supporting initiatives that raise awareness, inspire and educate the next generation in new technology, innovation and of course startups. With this in mind, we supported the Open Coffee Cyprus and after the Cypriots enthusiastic response, we are delighted to support STARTup LiVE Cyprus, because it provides what the local community needs most: networking, education, fair competition, coaching from experienced mentors, tangible results. We are proud because this institution will enable Cyprus to position itself dynamically to the European startup map».
STARTup Live Cyprus contestants will not exceed 100. During the three days event they have to collaborate to create business plans and present their ideas to a committee of professionals. Winners will get promotional and networking opportunities and the chance to sell their idea effectively to a broader audience of investors. At the same time, teams will have the chance to win prizes, which are ultimately opportunities for promotion and networking of their idea in pan-European level. STARTup Live Cyprus consists of networking, pitching, mentoring and selling, with the help of 30 mentors from Cyprus and abroad and all these with the support of MTN.
Registration is now open to anyone who wishes to take part at http://startuplive.in/cyprus/1/registration/
STARTup LiVE Cyprus is part of the START Europe, a pan-European institution dedicated to the transformation of a startup idea into a business opportunity in three days. It has already been implemented by the local startup communities in more than 30 European cities and it provides the necessary networking, resources and incentives to enable individuals and groups in order to realize their dreams.
MTN is one of the largest telecommunications providers in Cyprus, offering integrated mobile, fixed and broadband services. MTN has the biggest fully-owned retail network amongst telecommunications companies in Cyprus, with 20 ΜΤΝ Stores.
MTN is a member of the MTN Group, a multinational telecommunications group, operating in 22 countries in Europe, Africa and Asia and connecting 189 million customers.
MTN Cyprus is a major contributor to the economic and social developments in the country, both through its 400 employees, and also as a responsible corporate citizen in the fields of sport, education, health and culture. MTN is a proud sponsor of the APOEL football team.