Lecture

The Role of Universities in promoting Entrepreneurship.
24.01.2011
Speaker: Professor Skevos Evripidou
Date: 24 January 2011 Time: 18:30 - 19:30
Location: Seminar Room 1 - FORTH, Heraklion, Crete
Host: Manolis Katevenis

Abstract:

Professor Evripidou will share his experience with the Cyprus Entrepreneurship Competition that has found and organize since 2003. He will also give an overview of the role of the Universities in promoting innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Universities used to stimulate development in an implicit way through the dissemination of knowledge. During the 20th Century Universities have started to assume a more direct role in nurturing growth and the development of innovative products that improve the quality of life. Many Innovative ecosystems have been created around major Universities. Entrepreneurship completion’s have been around since the 1990’s and have been very successful in promoting the creation of successful Start-up.

Bio:

Skevos (Paraskevas) Evripidou is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Cyprus. He was born in Nicosia Cyprus in 1959. He received the HND in Electrical Engineering from the Higher Technical Institute in Nicosia Cyprus in 1981. In 1983 he joined the University of Southern California with a scholarship from the US Agency for International Development. He received the BSEE, MS and Ph.D. Computer Engineering in 1985, 1986 and 1990 respectively. From 1990 to 1994 he was on the Faculty of the department of Computer Science and Engineering of the Southern Methodist University as an Assistant Professor (tenure track). He joined the University of Cyprus is 1994 as an Associate professor. His current research interests are in Parallel Processing, Computer Architecture with emphasis on Data-Flow systems. He also works on Ubiquitous/Pervasive computing.

He is co-founder and the Chair of the Cyprus Entrepreneurship Competition (CyEC) www.cye.org.cy. He represented Cyprus in the EU Expert group on “Entrepreneurship in higher education, especially in non-business studies”. He has organized Seminars on Entrepreneurship for the Ministry of Education. He is the chair of the Organizing committee of the UNICA Entrepreneurship Competition and a board member at Diogenes Business Incubator.

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