Invest Cyprus puts Startup Visa Program into the Global map at RISE Startup Conference in Hong Kong

July 8-11, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
13 July 2018
Invest Cyprus puts Startup Visa Program into the Global map at RISE Startup Conference in Hong Kong

Invest Cyprus participated at the conference RISE (Hong Kong, 8-11 July 2018) for promoting the Cyprus Startup visa program. RISE is the largest and most influential startup conference in Asia.


This year RISE attracted more than 15000 attendees from more than 100 countries, while 500+ startups presented their endeavours, and 350+ speakers elaborated on tech and innovation-related issues during the various panel sessions and roundtables that took place during the 3-day conference.

Invest Cyprus participated with a purpose branded booth showcasing and promoting the benefits of Cyprus’ special program for attracting startups from Asia that are looking for startup-friendly country programs for their expansion plans to Europe. Marios Giorgoudis, Investment Promotion Officer of Invest Cyprus who participated at the conference along with Board member, Kyriacos Kokkinos, stated: RISE was an excellent platform for fruitful discussions as well as extensive networking opportunities with key players in the innovation and tech ecosystem –ranging from investor & corporations to startups- with the goal of further promoting research and innovation in Cyprus and creating a knowledge-based economy, in line with international trends and developments. We were positively surprised by the very strong interest demonstrated by startups, investors and corporations on Cyprus’ program”.

Mr Kokkinos participated in the RISE panel discussion “How do giants emerge”, along with Wan Shamilah, Chief Digital Officer of Petronas and 85B energy company and Edith Yeung, Partner of 500 Start-ups in China, moderated by Sid Shah, Partner and Managing Director of BCG Digital Ventures. Mr Kokkinos shared his strong belief on digital economy, the value and collaborative role of startups and organisations as well as national programs, highlighting Cyprus’ innovative Startup Visa Program as a key example on how countries promote and support their startups ecosystem to collaborate and co-create with the wider global startup community. As he said: this program is a brilliant national initiative for bringing startups together, promoting cross-fertilisation in knowledge creation and sharing at global scale towards digital economy’.

Key themes promoted by startups at the conference were digital economy, Artificial Intelligence, cybersecurity, autonomous driving and Blockchain, presented at a distinguished audience of entrepreneurs and investors from some of the world’s biggest companies and major global media.

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