International Investment Forum successfully held in Limassol by ARIS – A REALLY INSPIRING SPACE

The third and final International Investment Forum was organised with great success by ARIS – A REALLY INSPIRING SPACE), in collaboration with the Cyprus University of Technology, at ASBIS High Tech Cluster in Limassol on Wednesday, the 19th of October of 2022.

More than 70 participants attended the Forum, held in the framework of the EU-funded project “Organizing acceleration for high-potential innovative SMEs-(Gazelle)”, funded by the Interreg Balkan-Mediterranean Programme 2014-2020.

The event was a unique opportunity for seventeen innovative start-ups and SMEs from the Balkan MED region (Greece, Cyprus, and Bulgaria) to pitch in front of a wide audience, including business angels and investors and participate in matchmaking and networking activities. During the event the different activities of the Gazelle project were presented, such as the business acceleration and technology transfer for innovative SMEs, the supporting and networking activities and the start-up toolkit platform. Several public and private stakeholders from the innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystems of the three countries were also among the attendees.

Eliza Loucaidou, Director at Deloitte Cyprus’ Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre and Manager at ARIS Accelerator acting as the Support Centre for Gazelle project in Cyprus, opened the event, by stressing the importance of European funds which facilitate the execution of important projects such as Gazelle, playing a catalytic role in boosting the acceleration of innovative companies and development of startups, and in enhancing transnational cooperation in Europe and especially the Balkan MED area. Moreover, keynote speaker Marie-Therese Fam, a Partner at Silicon Badia, provided valuable insights about the fundraising journey of innovative tech companies.

Overall, the Gazelle project provides a coherent mechanism for accelerating the development process for innovative companies, facilitating the transfer of knowledge and best practices, including the development of tools for business angels and entrepreneurs.

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