Cyprus Mail

First bi-communal startup mentorship programme connects across the divide

CyprusInno, the first and largest bi-communal digital platform connecting Cypriot entrepreneurs, has concluded its first bi-communal startup mentorship programme, it said.

The programme connected some of the most successful Cypriot business leaders with entrepreneurs islandwide.

Entrepreneurs gained access to Skype sessions and email exchanges with their mentors, as well as marketing via CyprusInno’s website and social media channels.  In some cases, the entrepreneurs and mentors met in person. They worked together with mentors to tackle business challenges, explore growth opportunities, and seek advice on upcoming projects.

As a result, the entrepreneurs launched websites, adjusted their pricing strategies, enhanced their social media presence, and expanded their product lines.

“Working with Pangratios gave me a much clearer picture and vision about the future of MISIRiX,” said Co-Founder of MISIRiX Ali Furkan Cetiner, who was mentored by KPMG Cyprus board member Pangratios Vanezis.

“It was a great experience, a tremendous opportunity to be able to assist in any way possible and more importantly to see that there is impact based on the process. We will definitely stay in touch and will be available to Ali to continue this process,” Vanezis said.

Other Greek and Turkish Cypriots also commented on the programme for which entrepreneurs from all over Cyprus were invited to apply.  Six entrepreneurs were selected from a large pool of applicants, each paired with one of six mentors, all successful Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot business leaders.  Selected Greek Cypriot entrepreneurs were paired with Turkish Cypriot mentors and selected Turkish Cypriot entrepreneurs were paired with Greek Cypriot mentors. The programme also saw participation from bi-communal teams and other Cyprus-based entrepreneurs.

The project also featured a bi-communal web TV project whose team was mentored by Gunperi Sisman, as well as Founder of Roads & Keys Angela Kashina mentored by Loacal Founder Aysem Zorlu.
To learn more about all the mentors and the entrepreneurs, and to stay up-to-date on the next call for applications, visit:


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