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Sir Stelios to launch bi-communal meeting point ahead of 2015 business awards

EasyJet founder and philanthropist Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou is launching a weekly bi-communal meet with coffee on offer, where Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot entrepreneurs can get together to discuss business ideas.

The first ‘Bi-Communal Brown’ is being launched in Old Nicosia on Tuesday, March 10, according to a statement from the Stelios Philanthropic Foundation.

The new initiative, which is part of the annual Stelios awards, now in its 7th year, aims to strengthen the socioeconomic links between Greek and Turkish Cypriots.

The Bi-Communal Brown will be open from 5pm to 6pm every Tuesday until the next Stelios awards in October. It is designed to be a meeting point and a means of networking between Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots in order to exchange business and other concepts.

The building of the Stelios Philanthropic Foundation is located at the Corner of Electric & Eptanisou 57 in Old Nicosia.

Winners and older participants in the Stelios Awards will discuss their experiences and be able to apply again for this year’s awards, and entrepreneurs who want to try for the first time will be able to find partners from the other community.

Since 2009 the Stelios Awards have been awarded to 40 bi-communal groups with cash handouts worth €1.2 million. This year, Sir Stelios is offering for the first time the amount of €300,000, rewarding a total of 30 business groups comprising Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, with the amount of €10,000 each to kickstart their businesses.

For information and registration for the 2015 awards visit: .


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