8 June 2021
On Thursday, May 20th, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus, in cooperation with Cyprus Seeds, organized an event on "Cyprus Economic Diplomacy supporting Innovation" at the Botanical Garden of the Atsas Training Center, in Skouriotissa. The event was addressed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Nikos Christodoulidis, the Deputy Minister of Research, Innovation and Digital Policy Mr. Kyriakos Kokkinos, Mr. George David, Chairman of the Board of the Atsas Training Center and Dr. Phroso Hadjilucas, Director of the Atsas Training Center.
The event was attended by 32 Ambassadors of Foreign Affairs, the President and CEO of INVEST Cyprus, the Chief Scientist, the General Manager of the Research & Innovation Foundation, representatives of the research community of Cyprus and senior officials in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in view of the importance of innovation for the development of Cyprus.
The attendees were informed about the actions planned and promoted in the framework of Economic Diplomacy, the main pillar of which is, among other things, the support of innovation. At the same time, the Managing Director of Cyprus Seeds, presented the mission and activities of the non-profit organisation, which supports the commercialization of the academic research of Cyprus Universities and Research Institutions, providing support in the form of sponsorships, mentoring, training and networking abroad. Five of the twelve scientific teams supported by Cyprus Seeds, during the second cycle of the program, had the opportunity to present their technological innovations and work in the fields of health, solar energy and water, information technology, cultural heritage and arts.
Through the presentation of the work of Cyprus Seeds, the participants recognized the importance of promoting and supporting innovation. The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Nikos Christodoulidis, congratulated Cyprus Seeds for its unique work, emphasizing: “Government supports the efforts of “Cyprus Seeds”, a non-profit initiative which aims to build bridges between the academic research of Cyprus Universities and research institutes and the business world.”
At the end of the event, the attendees visited the Atsas olive grove of the inspirer of Cyprus Seeds Mr. George David, where members of the diplomatic corps planted from an olive tree, in a symbolic movement fully in line with the efforts of Cyprus Seeds - as the "seeds" of the non-profit organization, while growing they bring solutions to problems not only in Cyprus, but also globally. The "Olive grove of Diplomas", in an idyllic landscape of the Solea Valley, will be reminiscent of the efforts of Cyprus Seeds to grow the business ecosystem in Cyprus.