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In the Center of Entrepreneurship of the University of Cyprus we aspire to create a steady stream of young entrepreneurs capable of taking their innovative ideas to the market as new businesses ventures. One of our major activities is to support the participation of our students in european and global entrepreneurial activities, programs and competitions. Through the Young Scholars program, C4E aspires to facilitate students and young researchers to become exposed to world-class training programs in entrepreneurship, innovation, and creativity. This is a part of broader effort of the University of Cyprus to train a steady stream of graduates with activities that increase their employability and enterprise ability.

To this end, C4E provides partial financial support to selected students of the University of Cyprus, to attend the summer program of the European Innovation Academy (EIA) an extreme entrepreneurship accelerator program (read more).

EIA educational programs are jointly developed with professionals of world class partner universities and companies: UC Berkeley, Stanford University, Google, Amadeus, CA and many others. Future entrepreneurs and business leaders are immersed in a multicultural ecosystem of 4000+ alumni and faculty from 75 different nationalities. The entrepreneurship education at EIA gives every participant the opportunity to be immersed in the extreme international, multicultural and interdisciplinary start-up environment.

Candidates are reviewed by C4E with the following criteria:

  • Who will get the most out of the participation in the European Innovation Academy?
  • Creativity, initiative and innovation
  • Communication Skills / Science Communication
  • Willingness to learn and acquire new skills
  • Teamwork
  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • Demonstration of passion for entrepreneurship

C4E Young Scholars - EIA Scholarship Recipients



Giorgos Longinos – C4E Young Scholar, EIA 2019 Participant
Postgraduate Student University of Edinburgh
Department of Computer Science graduate

Participating at EIA was a unique and amazing experience for me. At the academy, we created teams with people from different countries, with different specializations and backgrounds. This diversity enabled us to exchange ideas in an extremely productive way and review the issues from different perspectives. Our challenge was to develop our idea in only 3 weeks and to work on every aspect required for the success of our startup, from market research to financial analysis and product development. Of course, we always had the academy's world-class mentors on our side, helping us to overcome any obstacles. Thus, we had the opportunity to expand our knowledge in all areas related to innovation and entrepreneurship. Surely, the life-changing experience of EIA is an important supply for my upcoming postgraduate studies at the University of Edinburgh.

*Student Innovators 2019 1st Place - Anonymous Social Network for Students

*Cyprus Digital Championship 2019 1st Place - UniBook


Pantelina Elina Panteli – C4E Young Scholar, EIA 2019 Participant
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
CTO Orasis, Nestfold member

Elina holds a degree in chemical engineering and currently she is studying electrical engineering at university of Cyprus. EIA is an exhaustive program for young entrepreneurs. From the very beginning you are trained to act like a business person implementing a structured professional model. Under the guidance of experienced mentors, You learn the intricacies of creating a team, getting your idea validated, creating the prototype and the developing of an economic strategy.

She is the CTO of Orasis and works on Innaton Technologies. She is a member of Nestfold, a student team that won the "Global Peoples' Choice Finalist" at Space Apps Challenge by Nasa, 2017.


Chrysovalantis Christodoulou – C4E Young Scholar, EIA 2019 Participant
Department of Computer Science – postgraduate student

Chrysovalantis is a graduate Computer Science student from the University of Cyprus. He is now starting his master degree in Computer Science and, he is also a researcher at Laboratory of Internet Computing at the University of Cyprus. EIA is going to be a "full of learning" experience for all those who are interested in entrepreneurship. Get ready yourself to meet a lot of different people and expand your horizons within a friendly environment. Portugal is an amazing country full of attractions and places to visit. Lisbon is great in the daytime and wonderful at nighttime and has a lot of amazing attractions. Don't forget to visit Sintra!

*Student Innovators 2019 1st Place - Anonymous Social Network for Students

*Cyprus Digital Championship 2019 1st Place - UniBook


Katia Kyriakoudes – C4E Young Scholar, EIA 2019 Participant
Department of European Studies graduate
Co-Founder of Shelvino, & Velox AI.

While studying European Studies Katia always had a passion for entrepreneurship, she felt that there was more she could do, so without hesitation when she passed by the Centre for Entrepreneurship she asked questions, and that was the start of a journey where today she has an amazing start up team that solves the libraries huge shelving problem, and while attending the EIA 2019 got a patent for their team idea Velox AI that early diagnoses Breast Cancer patients. Katia has proven that you don't need a relative background in the entrepreneurial field, you just need passion and the willingness to learn.


Rafael Andreou – C4E Young Scholar, EIA 2019 Participant
Department of Computer Science graduate
Full Stack Web Development

EIA is an exceptional opportunity for expanding your horizons, gaining multidimensional knowledge and co-operating with people all around the world. Daily keynotes and workshops give you a great experience of how a well-structured and powerful startup team is built. Currently working as Web Developer.

*Student Innovators 2019 1st Place - Anonymous Social Network for Students

*Cyprus Digital Championship 2019 1st Place - UniBook

The EIA 2019 experience:




Odysseas Economides – C4E Young Scholar, EIA 2018 Participant
Electrical & Computer Engineering
Co-Founder Teembly LTD

EIA is going to be an amazing experience for all those who are interested in entrepreneurship. It is a practical and intensive course/competition of all the main subjects regarding entrepreneurship. Odysseas is an attendant of hackathons in Cyprus and member of Nestfold, a student team that won the "Global Peoples' Choice Finalist" and "Local Peoples' Choice Winner" at Space Apps Challenge by NASA (April 2017). He currently works in KIOS Research Center and in his startup named Teembly, one of the 3 top teams that won Invest Cyprus Competition for Startups 2018.

Daniil Sourianos

Elena Keliri – EIA 2018 Graduate

Elena studied Chemistry at the University of Cyprus and graduated in 2018 having also successfully obtained the Minor Degree in Entrepreneurship. She is currently PhD Candidate/Researcher at Cyprus University of Technology. She is an exceptional multi tasker with admirable drive, energy and a science communication charisma. Besides her academic and other activities, Elena has been volunteering and giving back to the community from a very young age.


Elena Koutoukou – EIA 2018 Graduate
Computer Science

European Innovation Academy (EIA) is an entrepreneurship school with experiental learning. It is an immersive, once in a life time experience which allowed me to explore the actual process that an entrepreneur would go through. I am currently completing my master's degree in Data Science which will enable me to learn how to turn data into inteligence and thus optimize the performance of my company.

Odysseas, Elena and Eleni talk about their experience in EIA entrepreneurship summer program:



Giοuliana Kalaitzidou

Giouliana Kalaitzidou – C4E Young Scholar, EIA 2017 Participant
Computer Science: Web Development (website + DB), Data Expert
Founder of Logouconn

Giouliana considers that Startups have always been hard and that having an idea is not enough. You should know how to start and all about finance strategy, branding and pitching. You need the right guidance. She feels very lucky to join the European Innovation Academy team in 2017and be a step closer to the dream! She recently graduated from the Computer Science Department of UCY. She is the CEO of her own startup idea Logouconn for which she gained the 3rd place in Digital Championship Cyprus 2017.

Daniil Sourianos

Daniil Sourianos – C4E Young Scholar, EIA 2017 Participant
Electrical & Computer Engineering: Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Robotics, Biomedicine
Founder of TraCar LTD, Nicosia

Daniil believes that EIA is a great opportunity for mentoring, multidimensional knowledge and networking with potential team members, users and partners. This intensive summer program, developing and testing your idea in the short period of 15 days would be a rewarding challenging experience. He has a degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from UCY. He is the founder of TraCar LTD and a member of Nestfold, a student team that won the "Global Peoples' Choice Finalist" and "Local Peoples' Choice Winner" at Space Apps Challenge by NASA (April 2017). He won several other awards and scholarships within his entrepreneurial activity.

Giouliana and Daniil share their EIA experience and why you should follow their example:


Nikos Mouzouras

Nikos Mouzouras - C4E Young Scholar, EIA 2016 Graduate
Computer Science, Web Development, IoT and more
Founder of DernaTrack, Co-Founder of Logouconn

Nikos has a degree in Computer Science from University of Cyprus. He is the founder of DermaTrack is a mobile suite of tools for identifying and preventing skin cancer with the utilization of smart technologies and the co-founder of Logouconn, a web platform that bring the speech therapist and the parent closer with the ultimate purpose of contributing to the treatment of the child. Expertise: Computer Science Web Development Green Energies IoT Automation

Andreas Proxenos

Andreas Proxenos – C4E Young Scholar, EIA 2016 Graduate
Computer Science, Web Development, Programming
EIA 2016 Graduate

Andreas is currently a student at the Computer Science Department in University of Cyprus and he doing his internship in VisorSurf project. During the Innovation Academy (EIA) he worked with a team consisted of 5 people from different countries. He has been working on a startup idea about free WiFi everywhere creating profit through ads and been to an interview with Orange mobile for sponsorship. He aspires to continue working with innovative ideas and create his own start-up company soon!

Nikos and Andreas share their stories about their EIA experience, what changed them, what make them better and why you should follow their example:




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