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6th Cyprus Innovation & Entrepreneurship Forum

Updated: Dec 3, 2021

Nicosia, Cyprus: 15 December 2021

The Centre for Entrepreneurship (C4E) of the University of Cyprus with the support of PwC Cyprus, present the 2021 Innovation & Entrepreneurship Forum: "Higher Education: The Third Mission".

The 2021 Forum will bring together academics, researchers and professionals, decision-makers, and entrepreneurs offering an engaging opportunity to discuss the role of education in Entrepreneurship, the development and exploitation of research and innovation and the evolving strategies to fulfil the so called "Third Mission" in an Entrepreneurial University.

Universities' Third Mission"

There is a growing pressure for academic curricula and research activities to respond to the needs of society and economy. To address the growing societal and economic challenges in addition to the traditional missions of scientific enquiry (research) and human capital development (teaching), the so-called 'third mission' has become a major policy concern in higher education in recent years. As a result, universities are increasingly engaged in a broad range of knowledge exchange activities, and are expected to act as key contributors to the economic and social development of their local and regional ecosystems.

The Third Mission has two key priorities:

  1. Targeted use and transfer of research results to help resolve diverse economic and societal challenges.

  2. Transfer of technologies and innovations in the form of cooperation with public and private enterprises.

Keynote Speech

Development and exploitation of research and innovation: The role of education in entrepreneurship

Katerina Pramatari is Associate Professor at the Department of Management Science and Technology of the Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB) and scientific coordinator of the ELTRUN-SCORE research group. She holds a BSc in Informatics and MSc in Information Systems from AUEB, and a PhD in Information Systems and Supply Chain Management also from AUEB.

She has worked as a systems analyst for Procter & Gamble European Headquarters and in the Marketing Department of Procter & Gamble Greece, as well as in the setup of B2B ventures. She has won both business and academic distinctions and has been granted eight state and school scholarships.

Her research and teaching areas are Supply and Demand Chain Collaboration, Traceability and RFID, e-Procurement, e-Business Integration and Electronic Services. She has published more than 18 papers in scientific journals including the Information Systems Journal, The European Journal of OR, Computers and OR, Supply Chain Management-An International Journal, Journal of Information Technology, International Journal of Information Management.


The PwC Distinguished Lecture


Opening remarks by Associate Professor Panos Markopoulos C4E Director


Welcoming Note by the Rector of the University of Cyprus Professor Tasos Christofides


PwC Distinguished Lecture: "Development and exploitation of research and innovation: The role of education in entrepreneurship" With Katerina Pramatari Associate Professor at Athens University of Economics and Business, Scientific Coordinator ACEin and Partner at Uni.Fund


Panel Discussion "Higher Education as a driving force for Technology and Entrepreneurship: Opportunities and challenges for Cyprus" Coordination: Evgenios C Evgeniou, CEO, PwC Cyprus


Networking Lunch

Cyprus Entrepreneurship Competition


Opening Remarks by the Ministry of Energy, Commerce and Industry


The 8th CyEC 2021 Finalists Pitching presentation (3 minute presentations of the selected teams/projects)

· Atokes

· BizView

· BolsterUp

· Intellar

· Renewable Z

· S3 - Secure Smart Systems

· SGNDT Symetrics Geophysical

· SportsLink


Awards Ceremony

Where: The Forum is a Hybrid event:


  • Centre for Entrepreneurship

  • PwC Cyprus

For In-Person Registration: RVSP until December 14 2021 at: here or For Online Registration: RVSP until December 14 2021 at: here or More information about the competition and the participating teams: Communication Sponsor: Η ΚΑΘΗΜΕΡΙΝΗ

Navigator Consulting is honoured to sponsor and support the 21st Cyprus Entrepreneurship Competition.

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