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

“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.
For more information visit: https://cyprusinno.com/virtual-forum-2021/ and to register directly visit https://lu.ma/forumcy
​Day 1: Wednesday May 26 at 10:00 EEST – 13:00 EEST
​Day 2: Thursday May 27 at 10:00 EEST – 13:00 EEST
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.
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 Center for Social Innovation – CSI
​10:30 – 10:45 – Natasa-Uniquecorn 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 – Dimağ Özgüm, Founder & CEO of VacationWolf
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, Growth 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 & Θκυό Λόγια / 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.

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