STARTup LiVE Cyprus powered by MTN!

Posted on: June 17, 2013

The first STARTup LiVE Cyprus powered by MTN has been completed. 24 Cypriot startup businesses have emerged from the event and three winners now have the opportunity to participate in the respective pan-European start-up competitions.
 
The three-day event was attended by a record number of 115 contestants, who were divided into groups and trained by 30 experts from Cyprus, Europe and the U.S. within approximately 3 days.

The teams turned their ideas into business proposals and presented them to 7 judges from the business and investment community. The three ideas that stood out from the rest, sharing prizes of €36.000 total value, are:

Offera - trading platform of local items and services
Pollfish - investigation platform on growing sample
Funifi - converting everyday tasks into a game

Following the STARTup LiVE Cyprus success, Cyprus will be officially represented in 2 pan-European competitions for startups for the first time in its business history. Pioneers Festival is being held annually at Vienna Palace and attracts a crowd of investors and Tech Open Air Berlin is the international entrepreneurship festival of Berlin. The three missions’ funding will be carried out by MTN.

“We thank MTN for giving us the opportunity to organize STARTup LiVE in Cyprus as well, so that the country’s youth can have the opportunity to gain experience, networks and contacts, in order to create their own business.” stated the spokesperson of the institution, Mrs. Florina Dumitrache.

MTN is proud to support STARTup LiVE Cyprus, because it contributes to the emergence of the young Cypriot entrepreneurship community and promotes the values of technology and innovation as pillars of development in Cyprus.

STARTup LiVE Cyprus sponsorship is the natural continuation of MTN’s steady support towards other similar initiatives, like Open Coffee Cyprus. It falls within the broader social responsibility program of MTN and aims to further familiarize citizens with the digital world and its limitless potential.