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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.

 

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

Our graduate teams have been working hard to bring their ideas to life.

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Promoting Entrepreneurial Spirit in Scientists.

SCIENT is a European University – Business Alliance aiming to foster young SCIentists’ ENTrepreneurial spirit. The project is co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union, started 1 January 2015 and will run for 3 years. Chrysalis LEAP is proud partner in this project, responsible for the training delivery and design.

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Meet the team that makes it possible

Alexandros Charalambides

Alexandros Charalambides

Founder, Director

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Deano Symeonides

Deano Symeonides

Co-Founder, Director

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Eloiza Savvidou

Eloiza Savvidou

Co-Founder, Director

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Stelios Procopiou

Stelios Procopiou

Co-Founder, Director

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Paris Thomas

Paris Thomas

Co-Founder, Director

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Andreas Elia

Andreas Elia

Advisor, Coach

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Stylianos Yiatros

Stylianos Yiatros

Co-Founder, Director

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Phani Hadjiphani

Phani Hadjiphani

Project Manager

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Where to find us

121 Prodromou Ave. 2064

Strovolos, Nicosia, Cyprus

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Andreas Elia BEng., M.B.A. (Candidate)

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Andreas is an Engineer with a B.Eng. in Electrical & Electronic Engineering and a soon-to-have MBA. He is a structured thinker with solid work experience in Engineering, project management and is now the Operations Guy at Open Box Communication, a change management firm focusing on people and strategy. His work experience has taken him all the way from USA to Saudi Arabia, with many stops in between.

His passion for energy and Cleantech has driven him to work on a variety of projects with multidisciplinary and multicultural teams in countries where the circumstances called for his attention to detail, his strong work ethic, and his fluid interpersonal skills. Andreas’ respect for processes, together with his acute observations and ability to structure the unstructured, enables him to communicate and align processes with the people who execute them.

Andreas is Advisor to the Board of Chrysalis LEAP and contributes his time with startup coaching and mentoring, and advising the Board on strategic decisions and operations. His Engineering background combined with his work experience at Open Box Communication, allow him to take a unique perspective on dealing with people, processes and the communication that needs to take place in order to meet goals, improve efficiency and build successful startups.

 

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Phani Hadjiphani LL.B., Barrister-at-Law

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Phani is a qualified lawyer, admitted to the Bar of the UK and Cyprus (and a member of the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple and the Cyprus Bar Association). She has worked as a lawyer and legal adviser both in Cyprus and in Brussels, namely for the European Commission.

In line with her altruistic character, she has done lots of volunteering for good causes and pro-bono work to help those that actually need help. She has travelled the US, Latin America and South East Asia, spending 3 months in Vietnam volunteering at an orphanage housing children with disabilities. These experiences have made her what she is today: a multi-talented person with a vast experience of various cultures and the gift of communication.

Since returning to Cyprus she has taken on several projects in search of a new challenge to her skills and abilities: mainly the organisation, co-ordination and promotion of events and international festivals. Currently she is part of Chrysalis LEAP, and from day one, it was as if she had been part of the team for years. She is project manager for all programs we run and an indispensable team member who is with Chrysalis LEAP because she wanted to be involved in something “fun, impactful and meaningful” that helps startups be all they can be.

 

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Stelios Procopiou B.Sc., FCA, Chartered MCSI

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Stelios is a First Class Honours graduate of Imperial College, London, a Fellow Chartered Accountant, member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW) and a holder of the Chartered Wealth Manager Qualification from the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI), of which he is also a member. He has extensive experience in the financial sector, having worked with a Big-4 Firm and as the CFO of a multinational private equity investment group based in Cyprus. He currently works as a financial consultant undertaking financial restructuring projects.

Stelios is actively involved in initiatives promoting and developing entrepreneurship in Cyprus, by helping young entrepreneurs develop their business ideas. He is a Co-Founder and Board Member of Chrysalis LEAP, the first business idea accelerator in Cyprus in the area of cleantech and sustainable development.

Stelios has an amazing eye for detail, 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

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Stelios is a Lecturer in Structural Engineering at the Cyprus University of Technology and a Marie Curie Intra-European Fellow at the Offshore Renewable Energy Engineering in Cranfield University. His research interests span from nonlinear stability analysis of highly optimized structures to the exploration of Biomimetics in Civil Engineering Design for sustainable development. As a student at Imperial he 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.

As a lecturer, Stelios 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. Stelios’ teaching brings entrepreneurship in engineering professional skills and design classes, helping his students get a wider picture of their professional career. 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.

And this is exactly the spirit Stelios brings to the Chrysalis LEAP startups. He is responsible for reviewing teams for entry into the Chrysalis LEAP programmes, coaching startups during the acceleration period and general communications.

 

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Deano Symeonides B.A., M.Sc.

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Deano is a Business Psychologist and Co-Founder/Director of Open Box Communication; a change management firm focusing on people and strategy. He has a BA in Psychology, an MSc in Occupational Psychology, and is a certified practitioner in psychometric testing and assessment centre design and management.

His extensive assessment and development 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, and enhancing team productivity and dynamics.

Deano’s drive as a professional is to make sure that organizations, whether multinationals or startups, 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-centred approach in helping companies grow and evolve.

 

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Eloiza Savvidou LL.B, LL.M, CA

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Eloiza’s professional background is that of a lawyer (member of the Cyprus Bar Association) and a Chartered Accountant (CA, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland). Before turning entrepreneur, she worked for Ernst & Young LLP London, UK and Boston, MA as well as with one of the biggest law firms in Cyprus. Eloiza is currently the CEO of Junior Achievement Cyprus, a non-for profit organisation specialising in youth entrepreneurship education (5-25 year olds!).  Her entrepreneurial efforts have been featured in local and international press and in March 2013 she had been invited to be a TEDx speaker to TEDx Nicosia.

Eloiza 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

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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 Energy, Commerce, Industry and Tourism and at the Cyprus Investment Promotion Agency. In 2009 he returned to academia and is now an Assistant Professor at the Department of Environmental Science and Technology of the Cyprus University of Technology.

His interests lie in the area of energy and meteorology, wastewater treatment using algae and energy saving in buildings. 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.

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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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