MTN, the all-time big sponsor of startup entrepreneurship at Startup Live Cyprus

Posted on: June 10, 2015

MTN is the all-time big sponsor of the international Startup Live Cyprus institution, within the context of its dedicated program that aims to reinforce innovation, technology and startup entrepreneurship.

MTN is the greatest supporter of the Cyprus technological community, enhancing a series of platforms and events, such as the Open Coffee Cyprus, Startup Live Cyprus, Startup Weekend Cyprus and the innovative, MTN Innovation Challenge competition.

The CEO of MTN, Philip Van Dalsen, stated: “We were the first to pave the way for the digital future of Cyprus and to support startup entrepreneurship. We continue to provide resources and opportunities, training and networking. By supporting institutions such as Startup Live, we highlight the financial and business solutions of the digital era, especially for a crucial segment of public, like young university students and scientists.”

For years MTN has played a leading role in the education, guidance and smooth transition of citizens in the digital era through both its investments and services. MTN was the first to bring 4G network in Cyprus, the only one offering integrated ICT solutions for businesses, and the first to launch innovative digital applications, such as Akazoo and educational tools, like Techblog.

STARTup LiVE Cyprus, that will take place on 19-21 June, is an international event for the business startup community. This pan-European institution came to Cyprus in 2013 with the exclusive support of MTN and in the past five years, it has gained a foothold in 61 towns and 20 countries all over Europe, with more than 6000 participants implementing their ideas, 500 mentors and 600 final startups. It is part of START Europe, a pan-European institution dedicated to the transformation of startup ideas into reality within three days.

During the three days of STARTup Live Cyprus contestants, who will not exceed 150 in total, will learn to design, collaborate, create business plans and showcase their ideas to investors and specialist businessmen. The teams will have the chance to win prizes that translate into pan-European opportunities.

MTN always offers more: by investing in the potential of young Cypriots and enabling them to utilize technology, in order to build sustainable businesses, generate profit and create job opportunities.