Meet our co-organiser from Nicosia, Cyprus: Pangratios Vanezis from KPMG Limited (twitter: @kpmgstartupscy)
Why did you apply for SEW?
The KPMG Startups Hub was established to facilitate entrepreneurial change in Cyprus. In other words, to raise entrepreneurship awareness and mentor inspired startup ideas, adding value to the Cyprus entrepreneurial ecosystem. The Hub is very active member of wider startup ecosystem in Cyprus and takes part in various initiatives at local level, from organising and sponsoring entrepreneurship and networking events, to mentoring startups and initiating changes at policy making level. However, to achieve the overarching goals of the Startups Hub and really make an impact, it is necessary to bridge the gap between the Cyprus and EU startup ecosystems and participate in mutually beneficial initiatives, share ideas and exchange innovate practices which can help entrepreneurship grow across Europe.
What is your goal in organizing an event for Startup Europe Week?
-Bring together various actors of the wider startup ecosystem in Cyprus such as entrepreneurs, startups, enterprise-enabling organisations, business accelerators, investor associations etc.,
-Achieve the participation of local authorities and public sector stakeholders in an effort to bridge the gap between the entrepreneurship community and the policy making actors,
-Showcase initiatives, examples and best practices for supporting entrepreneurship,
-Raise awareness among the local ecosystem about existing opportunities for them,
-Connect with SEW co-organisers across Europe and exchange ideas to support the EU startup ecosystem.
What would you give to your local community?
The SEW Nicosia Event 2017 will be an opportunity to learn about existing and potential new opportunities to support entrepreneurs both at local and European level, liaise with different actors of the Cyprus ecosystem, share ideas and views, motivate local entrepreneurs and contribute to strengthening initiative and innovation amongst the local ecosystem. Overall, this will be an opportunity for the local community to celebrate entrepreneurship.
What do you think your area needs in order to be a startup-friendly zone?
-Enhance the National Policy for Entrepreneurship in line with policies, initiatives and targets set at EU level,
-Promotion of entrepreneurship among young people by strategically adopting an entrepreneurial curriculum in education,
-Incentives and funding schemes for young entrepreneurs and startups,
-Enhancement and enlargement of local startups ecosystem,
-Increase of networking initiatives for startups,
-Increase of support and mentoring from experts,
-Enhance the awareness and capacity of investors.
What could Startup Europe and the European Commission do more to develop the startup ecosystem?
-Help bridge the gap between the different local ecosystems by providing incentives for cooperation and mutual exchange and transfer of knowledge,
-Develop sustainable ways of exchange and cooperation in addition to pan-European wedding events, such as tools and bodies,
-Motivate European entrepreneurs and startups through more funding opportunities,
-Foster entrepreneurial change through education so as to increase tendency towards self-employment and innovative practices,
-Open capital borders and access to funding throughout the European capital markets.