Call it an accelerator. | Call it a co-working space. | Call it an incubator. | Call it whatever you want.
But one thing is for certain – ARIS is A Really Inspiring Space!
ARIS is a home for innovation in the heart of Limassol and provides the space, support, inspiration and community needed for a strong and vibrant innovation culture. It’s a space that has been specifically designed to assist startups transform innovative ideas into successful business ventures.
What is ARIS?
ARIS is a startup accelerator, founded by Deloitte and the Bank of Cyprus with the sole purpose of offering entrepreneurs with the structure, mentorship and network needed to launch successful business ventures. The acceleration programme has been designed and is being curated by Deloitte’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre.
The accelerator targets startups that want to speed up the execution time of their projects and accelerate their go-to market speed. As a result, ARIS is looking for startups with an existing proof of concept or prototype and ideally an MVP, and which are serious about building a scalable and investable business.
We want ARIS to be a meeting point between corporates and startups. Large organizations will have the opportunity to harness the operational speed, unconventional approach and creativity of innovative startups, whereas startups will gain a natural point of entry into the market. Our objective is to spark innovation and facilitate the creation and development of ideas, products and services that will be solving real problems through the utilization of technological means. We envision to create impactful startup businesses that grow with our assistance, matching our residents with potential clients and investors.
What is the structure of the programme?
From assisting you to present your financial information in a coherent manner, to helping you bootstrap your startups’ cash flow and approach potential stakeholders/clients/investors, ARIS, can give you the right footing.
The acceleration programme has been specifically designed to enable startups speed up their go-to-market strategy. As such, the programme is built on four pillars and provides entrepreneurs with a practical roadmap to design, test and launch their product and/or service offering. Depending on each startups’ development stage, startups begin their acceleration journey by either pillar, whereas the duration of the ARIS residency is discussed and agreed upon with each startup at the very beginning of their acceleration journey. Irrespective of the duration however, the progress, responsibilities and deliverables will remain the same for each resident. Founders that do not complete their assignments or meet a minimum rating from the Mentors may be asked to leave from the programme.
What we offer
- A solid go to market strategy: Providing direct support to fine-tune your go to market strategy and its execution.
- Networking opportunities: Develop connections with industry partners, mingle with like-minded people, build a network.
- Mentorship: Find mentors in your niche that will guide you with their expert insides throughout your product development phase.
- Access to investors: Master your pitching skills and be prepared to meet with potential investors for their startup.
- Shared working space: A fully furnished office space, hot desk and conference rooms
Who is ARIS for?
ARIS welcomes applications by startups from anywhere in the world. Anybody who is passionate about solving today’s problems through innovative solutions and by utilizing technological means is welcome to apply. We do however prioritise B2B solutions in the fields of renewable energy, shipping and fintech. Of course, we do not exclude ideas which do not fall into these categories, as long as they:
- Have solid growth potential in the global market;
- Propose innovation disruption;
- Have the team capabilities required to launch a product/service.
Pitch us your project!
If you believe that your ideas are breaking grounds, we want to hear them!
ARIS residents enjoy the transfer of knowledge, exposure to various stakeholders and access to the startup ecosystem. Join us, if you are highly motivated and have a passion to make a difference. Throughout your residency, ARIS will offer you structured mentoring and guidance, a shared working space, access to mentors for technical assistance, peer-to-peer support and networking!