The Cypriot Enterprise Link (CEL) is a youth-led organization aimed to connect and support the Cypriot entrepreneurial talent in order to form a local and a global entrepreneurial network supported by events, meetups, workshops, and projects. Founded before even the famous banking crisis of 2013, CEL has been at the forefront of advocating for the entrepreneurial ecosystem since its global rise after 2008. Over the years, CEL has lobbied for the Angel law, has assisted local universities and schools in becoming more entrepreneurial and technology-oriented and has organized some of the most well-known initiatives in Cyprus, from the Hack Cyprus Hackathons to the Insights Conference, and from the CEL boot camp to the Tech Talks.www.projectcel.com
CyprusInno is a youth-led organization and social startup operating the first and largest inter-communal, bi-zonal digital platform connecting Cypriot entrepreneurs, startups, and innovators. By creating and sustaining an island-wide startup ecosystem, CyprusInno provides tools and resources for all Cypriot entrepreneurs to cooperate, grow, succeed, and build trust. Since its founding in 2016, CyprusInno has launched various digital tools on its platform such as the largest map of startups in Cyprus (both north and south) and the first free digital e-learning lab for entrepreneurial skill-building, and furthermore has hosted/organized live events including its inter-communal business networking events and island-wide startup mentorship programmes.www.leadcyprus.com
The two organizations have been collaborating for the past 3 years in fostering entrepreneurship but also in strengthening ties between all communities on this island. The founders and members of the organizations have extremely diverse backgrounds and serve as mentors, startups founders, community leaders and supporters throughout the island and abroad.