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The first Clean Tech Accelerator in Cyprus.

Chrysalis LEAP is a team of individuals of diverse backgrounds wanting to make a difference. We are passionate professionals, all from a different neck of the woods, who are driven to promote the spirit of entrepreneurship in sustainable development in Cyprus. We love to get ideas implemented.

Do you dream of becoming an entrepreneur?

What you get

And does your business idea tackle climate change? Join Climate-KIC’s ClimateLaunchpad, Europe’s largest cleantech idea competition. It could be your ticket to European and global success.

  • 2-day business Boot Camp
  • 6 coaching sessions
  • a chance to pitch your idea in front of renowned national and international juries
  • the European top-8 ideas gain access to Climate-KIC Accelerator and access up to €95,000!
  • the European top-3 win generous money prizes and much more

Application period for 2015 has closed.

Important dates (Cyprus)

Participation requires attendance at the Bootcamp, the 6 coaching sessions and national final.

For Cyprus:
  • 19-21 June: Bootcamp
  • 3 July: Coaching sessions 1, 2, 3
  • 10 July: Coaching sessions 4, 5
  • 20 July: Coaching session 6
  • 27 July: Final

Application period for 2015 has closed.

Important dates (Greece)

Participation requires attendance at the Bootcamp, the 6 coaching sessions and national final.

For Greece:
  • 13-14 June: Bootcamp
  • 27 June: Coaching sessions 1, 2, 3
  • 4 July: Coaching sessions 4, 5
  • 5 July: Coaching session 6
  • 22 July: Final

Application period for 2015 has closed.

What ideas are acceptable?

Your idea could be from (but not restricted to) these themes:

  • Industrial cleantech
  • Consumer cleantech
  • Renewable energy
  • Bio and circular economy
  • Living, smart homes
  • Sustainable food systems
  • Agriculture
  • Internet of things, internet of everything
  • Logistics and transportation
  • Personal logistics
  • Consuming
  • Urban services
  • Behavioural change
  • Heating, water and air conditioning
  • Recycling
  • Consumer habits and behaviour

This could be you!

Check out some of our success stories from previous years.


Have a look at the teams that are shaping the future.

Our graduate teams from 2013 and 2014 have been working hard to bring their ideas to life.

Hall of Fame

Meet the team that makes it possible

Alexandros Charalambides BEng, PhD

Alexandros Charalambides BEng, PhD

Founder and Director

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Deano Symeonides B.A., M.Sc.

Deano Symeonides B.A., M.Sc.

Co-Founder, Director

Bio

Eloiza Savvidou LL.B, LL.M, CA

Eloiza Savvidou LL.B, LL.M, CA

Co-founder and Director

Bio

Stelios Procopiou B.Sc., ACA

Stelios Procopiou B.Sc., ACA

Cofounder, Director

Bio

Paris Thomas B.A., M.B.A.

Paris Thomas B.A., M.B.A.

Co-Founder, Director

Bio

Stylianos Yiatros MEng, PhD

Stylianos Yiatros MEng, PhD

Co-Founder, Director

Bio

We would love to hear from you.

Send us your feedback, ideas and comments or join us for a coffee at Capital Impact.

Where to find us

121 Prodromou Ave. 1306

Strovolos, Nicosia, Cyprus

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Stelios Procopiou B.Sc., ACA

Stelios

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Stelios obtained his BSc in Chemistry from Imperial College, London and is a holder of the ACA qualification from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW). After graduating from Imperial, he joined KPMG where he trained as a Chartered Accountant. In 2006 he joined the Emergo Group as CFO. Emergo is a private equity investment Group with international presence and a long and successful history in Cyprus in particular. Its areas of interest span all market sectors, including technology, energy and biomedical research and development.

Stelios has an amazing eye for details, is a forward thinker, and is a man with a flair for entrepreneurship. He has an acute sense of structure and manages to create order from chaos. This is his biggest strength, one which he brings to Chrysalis LEAP with much devotion.

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Stylianos Yiatros MEng, PhD

Stylianos

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Stylianos is a Lecturer in Structural Engineering at the Cyprus University of Technology. His research interests include nonlinear stability analysis of highly optimized structures as well as the exploration of Biomimetics in Civil Engineering Design for sustainable development. As a student at Imperial he had leading roles in the Cypriot Society and was a member of the 2006 El Salvador Project, a student-led project to raise funds and build earthquake resistant houses in rural communities in El Salvador.

Stylianos is very keen to develop and empower his students by promoting project-based and peer-to-peer learning as well as supporting student-led extracurricular activities. He sees himself as more of a mentor than a typical lecturer; he supports his students and motivates them to always do their best and manages to pass on his vigour and enthusiasm. This is what Stylianos brings to Chrysalis LEAP; his down-to-earth attitude and his myriad of skills and knowledge.

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Deano Symeonides B.A., M.Sc.

Deano

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Deano is a Business Psychologist and he is a Director of Open Box Communication; a consulting firm based in Cyprus, providing services in the fields of Human Resources, Customer Experience, and Branding. He has a BA in Psychology, an MSc in Occupational Psychology, psychometric evaluation qualifications, and an extensive experience of work and individual assessment.

His extensive background has seen him work in the UK, the Middle East, and Cyprus, helping organizations on issues such as leadership assessment and development, talent management, coaching, behavioural assessments, performance management, and psychometrics.

Deano’s drive as a professional is to make sure that organizations and its people get along and actually communicate with each other, by finding ways of unblocking the dynamics that are in constant motion between the two. Deano brings to Chrysalis LEAP his intuitive approach to understanding the complexities of the workplace and his people-centered approach in helping companies grow and evolve.

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Eloiza Savvidou LL.B, LL.M, CA

Eloiza

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Eloiza is a qualified lawyer and an entrepreneur. She is the co-founder of Vryonidou & Savvidou LLC, a boutique law firm based in Cyprus, and she specializes in corporate, commercial, start-up and intellectual property law. Eloiza is also a UK qualified Chartered Accountant, having worked in the past as an audit executive in Ernst & Young LLP in London, UK and Boston, MA.

She is passionate about creativity, human growth and contribution, and her mission is to use her multi-disciplinary skills in the fields of business, law, and coaching to do work that she believes will bring on growth and make a positive impact on people. She is a high-energy professional that enjoys helping people make their dreams come true and this is the very spirit she enthusiastically offers day in day out at Chrysalis LEAP.

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Alexandros Charalambides BEng, PhD
Alexandros Charalambidis

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Dr Alexandros Charalambides is a Mechanical Engineering graduate and holds a PhD from Imperial College London. His PhD project was funded by Honda R & D Co, Ltd of Japan. He has worked at Imperial College London, at the University of Tokyo and on his return to Cyprus, at the Energy Service of the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism. In 2009, he was appointed a Lecturer in the Department of Environmental Science and Technology of the Cyprus University of Technology.

His interests lie in the area of non-traditional energy systems and energy policy and in the promotion of energy projects in Cyprus. His dynamism and passion for sustainable development and for developing ideas and young talent are what drove him to seek out like-minded individuals and create Chrysalis LEAP.

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Paris Thomas B.A., M.B.A.

Paris

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Paris is a passionate communicator and a serial entrepreneur. He holds a BA in Communication Science, and an MBA in Strategic Management. Paris is one of 30 globally certified trainers on Alexander Osterwalder’s groundbreaking Business Model Generation methodology, and has facilitated workshops in a variety of industries such as Pharmaceuticals, Financial, R&D, High-Tech, Government, and to a large degree Clean-tech Startups. He has run both in-house workshops and prototyping sessions, as well as public masterclasses in the Middle East, Europe, and North America.

Aside from helping companies innovate their business models, Paris puts the tools of Business Model Generation to practice through his own Clean-tech Startup, and helps other young entrepreneurs turn their ideas into reality via Chrysalis LEAP, an accelerator he has co-founded.

His company, Open Box Communication specialises in Business Model Innovation with a heavy focus on organisational culture and change; a necessary precursor to innovation. Paris is known for delivering results in a “sleeves rolled-up” approach.

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