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Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success?

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world in 2014.

The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!

Startup Weekend Cyprus is coming! Stay tuned for more info!



Dec 6
  • IMPORTANT NOTE: The VENUE is: UNESCO Amphitheatre University Of Nicosia
  • Registration! go!
  • Networking until it STARTS!
  • Welcome - thanks to sponsors. Announcements: team, speakers, mentors, judges, prizes announcement
  • Gary Schoeniger - Redefining Entrepreneurship
  • Craig Zamary -MVP & Lessons Learned from a successful Entrepreneur
  • Gary Schoeniger - Pitching Customers & Customer Development
  • Krzysztof Kowalczyk - Business Model Canvas
  • Pitching war starts! YOU VE GOT 60 secs! Pitch!
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Stavros Messinis gives instructions for the event
  • Team building with Maria Kalafatis and Demetris Kalogeropoulos
  • Dinner, drinks, networking, think the Launch!


Dec 7
  • Arrive, breakfast & coffee
  • Teams setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Mentors are here! Mentoring! coaching!
  • Munchies :D Yeah!
  • Mentoring! mentoring! mentoring!
  • Lunch
  • Wooorkkkkkk
  • Mentors round 2! mentors in da house!
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Munchies againnnnn...
  • Coaching!
  • Work work work!
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Dinner
  • Wooorkkkkkk
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Dec 8
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Work work work!
  • Mentors are here! Mentoring! coaching!
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch
  • Coaches arrive again… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Pitch to mentors and coaches!
  • Mentors and coaches ARE BACK
  • Work work work!
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Pitching war starts!
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup - networking
  • Dinner
  • Go home!
Lydia Zannettou
Stavros Messinis
Nicholas Nicoli
Panos Tsirides
Stavriana Kofteros

Tak Lo

Program Manager at Techstars   |   LinkedIn

Tak Lo is a Program Manager at Techstars. Previously, he spent over 4 years in London and NYC startup communities, having founded and mentored several startups on both sides of the Atlantic. He’s had an entrepreneurial career – a management consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, an investment banker at Nomura, and an US Army veteran. Tak did some studying a long time ago at London Business School and the University of Chicago.
Curator Startup Genome.Customer Acquisition Hacker, FrontLyst

Tim de Broekert

Startupbootcamp Amsterdam Mentor   |   LinkedIn

Partner at ColemanBorg/ Startupbootcamp Amsterdam Mentor
Tim uses his hands-on sales and sales management experience in IT and Telecoms to produce solutions that work - immediately.
Tim is an experienced and certified sales trainer and coach. Degree in Business Science. At Startupbootcamp, Tim will challenge and coach the Startups in how to attract and retain clients, in how to deliver client value, and how to organize and leverage resources in the best way to make this so.

Krzysztof Kowalczyk

Early Stage investor HardGamma Ventures   |   LinkedIn

Early Stage investor (HardGamma Ventures) in technology startups and strategy consultant (HardGamma Consulting) - with deep expertise in Internet, software and digital media.
Recognized in The Europas 2011 as Highly Commended in 3 categories - Best VC Partner, Best VC of the Year 2011 (HardGamma) and Best European Startup Accelerator (GammaRebel).
Founder of first YC/ TechStars-like startup accelerator in Poland, GammaRebels
Mentor and investor/ LP with Springboard / Techstars London.

Lydia Morazzani

Business Operations Manager Microsoft Innovation Center   |   LinkedIn

Business Operations Manager of the Microsoft Innovation Center in GR.
Organizer, mentor & judge of Startup Weekend Athens for 5 consecutive years.
BA in Economics & International Relations from Brown University
MBA from ALBA.
Previous Sr. Associate in the Structured Finance department at Moody’s Investors Service in New York & London
Research Analyst at McKinsey & Co in Athens. 
At Microsoft, she has also held the position of EMEA Programs Manager

Gary Schoeniger

Founder and CEO of The Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative Kauffman Foundation partner.   |   LinkedIn

Founder and CEO of The Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative
Kauffman Foundation partner.
Cisco Entrepreneur Institute partner.
Background in entrepreneurship education, curriculum development and facilitator training for academic, economic development and corporate clients worldwide.
Clients include the Cisco Entrepreneur Institute, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Colombian Ministry of Education and Johns Hopkins University. 

Craig Zamary

Co-founder & Advisor for Launch In a Day   |   LinkedIn

Entrepreneurship Faculty at Kent State University
Founder, an online television platform. 
Craig is a Partner at US Wine Exports Company, Ltd. and Co-founder & Advisor for Launch In a Day.
Craig has recognized by: Cisco Entrepreneur Institute, the Kauffman Foundation,, Fast Company, Fox News, Cnet, HI Velocity Media, inside Business, Reuters, Ohio Means Business,, and Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Nominee.

Demetris Kalogeropoulos

TEDx Athens   |   LinkedIn

Social Media enthusiast, TEDx Athens
Editor at Large,
Social Media Analyst, The Coca-Cola Company
Community Manager, AEA Relate

Michalis Stangkos

Industry Disruptor   |   LinkedIn

Industry Disruptor. Creative entrepreneur and politically active. President and CEO of an integrated communication group of companies MSCOMM. Founder of Industry Disruptors – Game Changers, an ecosystem to enhance entrepreneurship in the Southeast Mediterranean region. Organizer and co-coordinator of GEW. Creator and chief editor of a weekly business supplement of the national daily newspaper TA NEA - “OPEN MBA”. Member of the board of Young Entrepreneurs Association, EU Business Mentor Networks, European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE), Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) Global Forum and elsewhere. He is an active communication consultant of the European Parliament & the European Commission.

Valentinos Georgiades

Developer and Platform Evangelist (DPE) Lead for Microsoft Cyprus & Malta   |   LinkedIn

He is responsible for providing technical guidance, delivering presentations and communicating the vision, strategy and roadmap of Microsoft's technologies. Responsible for driving awareness and adoption of Microsoft's developer tools and technologies. BSc and MSc in Computer Science from Rochester Institute of Technology in the USA, scholarship from Fulbright. He worked as a Developer in companies like IBM, Thomson Reuters & Paychex in the US.

Pavlos Kleanthous

Member of the Network Engineers team of Cablenet Communication Systems   |   LinkedIn

The second largest Internet Service Provider in the island of Cyprus, who provides Internet, telephony, television & now mobile services to home and business clients.
Elected as a Chair of IEEE GOLD Cyprus Affinity Group which he helped co-found in 2012.
Bachelor’s degree from the University of Cyprus and other industry certificates.

Hector Kolonas

Desk&Co founder   |   LinkedIn

Hector Kolonas is responsible for the team turning a proved idea of helping entrepreneurs and businesses in a crisis region, into a platform for connecting and assisting decision-makers across the world. Specialties:generating new marketing technologies, bridging old business with new trends

Dr. George Konnis

Founder of iGenius   |   LinkedIn

Dr. George Konnis has been involved in several Nationwide Health Care Information System Implementation Projects. Dr. Konnis has a long standing involvement in spin-offs companies which have raised funds in different countries as a co-founder, or managing director, or scientific advisor.

Konstantina Logotheti

Head of Marketing & Communications in PwC Cyprus   |   LinkedIn

BSc in Media and Mass Communication from Panteion University Aathens, Greece and an MSc in Marketing from the University of Leicester. She has experience in advertising, public relations, corporate responsibility and marketing. She was the Public Relations Coordinator at Cosmote Greek Mobile Telecommunications in Athens, the Public Relations & CSR Manager at Microsoft Hellas in Athens and now she is the Head of Marketing & Communications in PwC Cyprus.

Dr. Konstantinos Makris

Assistant Professor of Environmental Health

Focus on Water and Human Health issues. He also collaborates with Harvard faculty specializing in environmental epidemiology, risk assessment, and microbiology to address Water & Health issues in different areas of the world, most notably in Cyprus, Greece and Bangladesh. Under the auspices of the Cyprus University of Technology (CUT), Dr. Makris has been developing the Water and Health laboratory in the Cyprus International Institute for Environmental and Public Health.

Natalie Masruje

Co-founder and CTO at Teach and Go   |   LinkedIn

Entrepreneur. Hardcore Web Developer. Passionate Code lover. Worked as a Coldfusion Web Developer in several high profile projects. Responsible for the development and maintenance of complex web applications and participated in almost all the phases of system development life cycle, including preparation of detailed specifications, coding, testing, debugging,technical and end-user documentation. Solid knowledge of Coldfusion, Sql Scripting, SVN version control system, Ext JS and many others.

Menicos Mavrommatis

Senior Account Manager / Cyprus Country Leader at Cisco Systems   |   LinkedIn

More than 20 years of professional experience in the Information Technology. He has a background of business and technical acumen. Consistently achieved top results in all positions by creating opportunities, sustained revenue and achieved business growth. Started his career at Cycom/PwC as an Oracle engineer, and emphasized on database administration, achieving professional certifications and leading teams of engineers. During his Oracle career he presented papers in the US and Europe. MBA from CIIM.  Member of the board of the American Chamber of Commerce & a member of the board of the Cyprus IT Enterprises Association. He is also the vice president of the CIIM Alumni.

Dr. Stephanos Mavromoustakos

Vice-Chairperson, Assistant Professor, Computer Science   |   LinkedIn

BSc and an MSc in Computer Information Systems and an MIBA in International Business. PhD is in Computer Science with emphasis on Web Engineering. Vice Head of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at European University Cyprus. Director of Web Engineering and E-Business Research Center (We2b). Stephanos has published more than 40 research papers in international refereed conferences, than one million euro in R&D projects.

Michael Page

The Global Partnership Group   |   LinkedIn

Senior executive with over 30 years management, consulting and board advisory experience in leading financial institutions, technology companies, and consulting firms in the UK, USA and Middle East, including Accenture, IBM Global Services, Hewlett Packard and JP Morgan Chase. He is experienced in marketing, business development, commercial negotiations, deal structuring, business planning, investment advisory and program management. His industry sector experience includes financial services, technology, real estate and telecommunications.

Charalambos Patatos

Founder - Managing Director at Forex Growth Funds Ltd.   |   LinkedIn

B.A in Finance and Economics and an M.B.A in Financial Management and International Business, from the University of South Florida, U.S.A. He has been a pit trader and an investment consultant for more than 10 years with portfolio management experience in various financial organizations. He has been an active trader for 2 decades and a Technical Analyst developing Trading System strategies with Algorithms. Holds all the professional licenses issued by the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySec) with CN. 2514. He is a Certified Management Consultant (CMC) since 2004 – member of the International Council of Management Consulting Institutes.

Haris Petrasitis

Co-founder and CEO at Teach 'n Go   |   LinkedIn

Co-founder and CEO at Teach 'n Go, an Innovative Learning Management System for Edu-preneurs. Teach'nGo is one of the 9 startups selected from all over the world to participate in the StartupBootcamp Amsterdam 2013 accelerator program. Teach ‘n Go is the simplest, most essential and at the same time most capable Learning Management System in the market, which has set out to redefine how technology is used in professional education.

Antonis Petrou

Senior Manager of the Local Compliance Services (LCS) department PWC   |   LinkedIn

Member of the ICAEW (ACA) since July 1994. Auditor with KPMG, in Leicester for 6 years. LCS services comprise of set-up services, accounting and fiscal compliance services ( including payroll, provident funds, direct tax and indirect tax compliance services), corporate support services, family business services, general advisory services and audit services, where applicable. The aim is to assist the growth of new/existing businesses through practical efficiencies. He is also actively involved as an instructor/facilitator in PwC training programmes for newly promoted managers of PwC and with non-profit and charitable Associations outside work

Nicholas Roussos

Manager at PwC, in Risk Assurance Consulting   |   LinkedIn

He completed his undergraduate and graduate studies in Information Technology, and worked briefly as programmer/analyst as part of his degree requirements. He joined PwC in 2003 and trained as a Chartered Accountant within Financial Services. He qualified and became an Associate member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) in 2005. He then specialized in performing reviews of IT General Controls and Data Assurance using the ACL application. Nicholas has been in charge of the Data Assurance team and helped develop offerings in Data Analysis/Computer-Assisted Audit Techniques (CAATs).

Mary-Lou Stavrinou

Marketing Manager for Microsoft Cyprus   |   LinkedIn

Responsible for all marketing activities and assisting in growing and driving the Cyprus business across all segments. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and has over 10 years of experience of working in large enterprises. Prior to joining Microsoft Cyprus in December 2007, Mary-Lou worked in a regional management role at The Nielsen Company.

Pavlos Symeou

PhD Lecturer in the Department of Hotel and Tourism Management at Cyprus University of Technology.   |   LinkedIn

PhD from Judge Business School of the University of Cambridge. Degrees from the London School of Economics and the University of Cyprus. Upon completion of his studies he received a postdoctoral fellowship from the Institute for Strategy, Technology, and Organisation of the University of Munich. He has taught at the University of Munich, the University of Cambridge, and the Cyprus International Institute of Management. His teaching portfolio includes courses in the areas of marketing, corporate technological innovation, management in the network industries, and research methods.

Charalambos Theopemptou

Lecturer at the Department of Environmental Science and Technology of the Technological University of Cyprus   |   LinkedIn

Has served as an elected member of the Board of Governors of HTI & has also been elected for three subsequent terms as the president of the Union of Academic Staff of HTI. He served as the President of the Central Technical Committee for the procurement of computer systems and consultants for the whole of the civil service up until 2004. Active member in the environmental NGO "Ecological Movement“. Member of the central political committee of the Cyprus Green Party. He was the first ever Commissioner for the Environment appointed in 2006.

Andronicos Zer

The Global Partnership Group   |   LinkedIn

Senior executive with 30 years of management, sales &international consultancy experience. IT advisory roles with major companies such as the infraWise/IRC Group, operating worldwide. Successful sales, consultancy and training companies, and taught a number of specialized courses for IBM Europe.
Worked for Cyprus Republic and at the United Nations New York. Has established patents for payment processes and technologies and is an Accredited Mediator in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR).

Panos Markopoulos

Lecturer in the department of Business and Public Administration, University of Cyprus   |   LinkedIn

PhD in the University of Pennsylvania studying the mechanism by which consumers receive information about products and services in electronic markets. Professional experience includes the Athens Stock Exchange, IBM Research, elite management consulting firm McKinsey & Co, where he consulted for the top management of leading corporations in Europe, USA and Canada. He has taught in Cornell University and the Wharton Business School. He was a co-founder of Media Society, a technology development firm for electronic media, and holds patents in the field of targeted advertising.

Andreas Dermosoniades

General Manager, Business Development at Logicom Solution   |   LinkedIn

General Manager, Business Development at Logicom Solutions
He worked as a General Manager of HD Data one of the leading providers of Total Information Technology Solutions in CY. Master’s Degree in Business Administration, concentrating in Management of Global Information Technology (MoGIT) and Finance at Kogod School of Business, American University. Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park. Diploma of Technician Engineer in Electrical Engineering from the Higher Technical Institute (HTI), Nicosia, Cyprus, where he was the president of the Student Association.

Antonis Skoullos

Managing Director of Oracle Cyprus   |   LinkedIn

Involved in the Cyprus market of ICT and possesses a holistic understanding of the Information Technology needs of the public, private and financial institutions of Cyprus. Participated in the analysis, design and procurement of integrated solutions to all sectors of the economy.
He led large departments of local leading IT companies such as PricewaterhouseCoopers-Cycom, Demstar Information Group and Logicom Group. BSc University degree in Economics and Business Administration. Masters MSc in Marketing and Management Information Systems.

George A Danos

NASA   |   LinkedIn

Enterpreneur, Visionary, Technologist - Head of Cyprus Space Exploration Organisation. Founder of Virgin Biznet (London) and former Director of Virgin Enterprises (UK), of Sir Richard Branson. Graduate of Imperial College, London in Information Systems Engineering. Specialised in Computer Graphics, Simulations and Visualisations (Masters). Currently CEO of ArtFX, a leading company in the field of IT in Cyprus, Greece and Ireland. Chief Technology Officer of Future Media Technologies, Ireland / Europe. Head of Students for the Exploration of Space of Imperial College (IC SEDS). Committee Member of the UK Students for the Exploration of Space (UK SEDS). Member of Planetary Society.Strong ties with multinational space organisations (NASA, ESA, ROSCOSMOS).

George Makkoulis

Co-founder and Executive Director at Avocarrot   |   LinkedIn

Co-founder and Executive Director at Avocarrot, Technology platform connecting large brands with premium app developers to enhance experiences on mobile.
Passionate for applying code to big challenges.  Co-founder of mobile rewards network and a OYW Ambassador.George Degree in Physics and Sustainable Energies from Imperial College London.


Symeon Kassianides

Founder, CEO and Chairman of Hyperion   |   LinkedIn

Founder, CEO and Chairman of Hyperion responsible for the overall management, strategic direction, growth and financial control of the company. PhD and DIC in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, London (UK) and a BSc from MIT (USA). Extensive experience in project execution and management in the process and manufacturing industries. He presently serves as a Director on the Board of a number of companies and organizations including the Employers and Industrialists Federation of Cyprus and the University of Cyprus. 

Phanos Pitiris

Business Development Manager Global Markets & International Banking   |   LinkedIn

Business Development Manager Global Markets & International Banking
He has a diverse and long international business experience in the areas of high technology and innovation in the United States, Europe and Israel which in the past few years has been expanded into the area of banking. Solid foundation and experience in venture capital, strategic management, sales, marketing and international relations. He has 20+ years international experience with start-ups as either a founder of high tech start-ups or as a Venture Capitalist/Innovation Practitioner/Mentor focused on start ups in genera and 15+ years international executive management experience in technology and innovation related companies.

Andreas Koupparis

Founder & CEO, Cyprus Business Angels Network (CyBAN)   |   LinkedIn

Andreas Koupparis is the Founder & CEO, Cyprus Business Angels Network (CyBAN) Cyprus Business Angels Network (CyBAN) is the only Angel Investment Network in Cypru, connecting innovating fast growth companies to equity finance through the membership of experienced angel investors.

Dr Alexandros Michaelides

Chairman of the incubator organization RTD Talos   |   LinkedIn

Dr Alexandros Michaelides, (Co-Founder - Executive Director), is acting chairman of the incubator organization RTD Talos. Before creating Talos in 2000, he served as a staff member of the Cyprus Technology Foundation (CTF), being responsible for the general coordination of the Foundation’s activities. He also has considerable experience as coordinator and/or partner in 23 national and 35 transnational European (FP 5,6,7) funded research projects. Talos was inaugurated as the best Cypriot SME for 2008 (InBusiness). Board of Directors Cypriot Business Angels Association.



50.000 euro to potential application!

GPG will select, at its discretion, a software application presented at the Startup Weekend which has promising commercial potential. In this case, GPG will offer a Special Award comprising up to six man-months of offshore resources, provided through a subsidiary partner company, for project management, development and testing, and will provide ongoing mentoring, advice and guidance to help launch and make the business successful.

Commercial value (waived charges): up to €50.000

Techstars experience!

1st Winner

Techstars London!! Mentoring, meeting & pitches experience! Over 75 top venture capital firms & angel investors who are vested in the success of your startup!
Prize includes: flights, accommodation.
Value: GUESS!

Cypriot Business Angel Association pitch!

1st winner

Cypriot Business Angel Association pitch to investors! Cyprus Business Angels Network (CyBAN) is the only Angel Investment Network in Cyprus. We connect innovating fast growth companies to equity finance through our membership of experienced angel investors.
Value: GUESS!

MA Scholarship from University of Nicosia

1st winner

University of Nicosia scholarship: 1 winner with 50% off the tuition fees for the MA in Digital Media & Communications
Value: €4.500

MBA Scholarship from University of Nicosia

1st winner

University of Nicosia scholarship: 1 winner with 50% off the MBA programme
Value: €5.000

Desk&Co free office!

1st Winner

Desk&Co: 4 free months to the winning team at Desk&Co Nicosia. Each desk includes bills, fast internet and free supplies of coffee. Just what any startup needs.
Value: €3.000

Startupbootcamp Amsterdam!

2nd Winner

Startupbootcamp Amsterdam pitching to investors, founders and mentoring! Startupbootcamp Amsterdam proven to be THE accelerator program for startups around the world! Flight tickets and accommodation included!
Value: Can you calculate the opportunities?

Desk&Co free office!

2nd Winner

Desk&Co: 4 free months to the winning team at Desk&Co Nicosia. Each desk includes bills, fast internet and free supplies of coffee. Just what any startup needs.
Value: €3.000

MA Scholarship from University of Nicosia

2nd winner

University of Nicosia scholarship: 1 winner with 50% off the tuition fees for the MA in Digital Media & Communications
Value: €4.500

The Cube Athens trip!

3rd winner

Trip in  Athens at The Cube coworking space with round table meetings and pitches to investors, founders. You’ll have workshops from the BESTS too!
Value: GUESS!!!

MBA Scholarship from University of Nicosia

3nd Winner

University of Nicosia scholarship: 1 winner with 50% off the MBA programme
Value: €5.000

Helix Incubator mentoring!

3rd winner

Helix Incubator mentoring: 2 months mentoring & coaching from CEO Helix Incubator from the CEO Demetris Hadjisofoclis!
Value: €3.000

TEAM Prize! ScreenTag for each team!

Each team of Startup Weekend Cyprus

ScreenTag for each team!
ScreenTag is the new, easier and faster way to share your contact details, just like you do with your printed business cards, only now this is done through your smartphone, with your contact details stored where it matters most

Special Prizes for Techies!

Selected attendees win from University of Nicosia

School of Sciences & Engineering will provide the following three scholarships for the Startup Weekend Cyprus techies:

1. A 50% scholarship for one person for the MSc in Electrical Engineering program

Microsoft Prizes!!!

1 team who will develop games or game related services (platforms etc) is pitching to the final round of the 1st Gaming accelerator in Europe - gameofunders.!
Value: guess!!!

1 team is pitching to the largest and most aggressive (46 investments in 12 months) technology accelerator in Europe
Value: guess!

Disrupt, Startup, ScaleUp

Pitch to Athens :)

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