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we are a boutique business

acceleration company working with Cypriot organizations that can benefit from our USA experience, expertise and business networks. We look to work with organizations that demonstrate growth potential, differentiated value propositions and are relevant to our niche USA business networks.

 
 

OUR MISSION

We want to take a leadership role in creating growth opportunities for Cypriot companies that previously were unable to benefit from access to U.S.A based business expertise, insights and networking .

OUR PARTNER SELECTION PROCESS

We employ a rigorous process and select only a handful of “Right-Stage” companies which will benefit from our combined experiences and subject matter expertise. We partner with the founders and their management teams to contribute to both strategic and tactical aspects of the business acceleration processes.

Our experienced services:

Strategic business goals setting, including business planning and execution road-maps

Operational structures, including proper finance, legal, accounting foundations and financial modeling

Marketing and promotions, including brand positioning, messaging platforms, advertising and communications


Sales, including network introductions, lead-gen activation, co-pitching and sales material support

Strategic growth support

Live CY Business News

  • Everyone must work together for a successful recovery 24 May 2020 03:26 Cyprus Mail PwC CEO Evgenios Evgeniou talks to Andrew Rosenbaum about the steps that should be taken to help the economy following the crisis To what extent is a recovery in Cyprus tied to the evolution of recovery in Europe, which is expected to be very slow? The …
  • Cyprus ends virus lockdown but airports stay shut 21 May 2020 12:20 Digital Journal The Cypriot government ended a strict coronavirus lockdown Thursday, reopening outdoor restaurants, barber shops and beaches, but keeping the Mediterranean resort island's vital airports and hotels closed for now. After two months of living in self- …
  • Coronavirus: Hopes and fears of the new normal 17 May 2020 12:18 Cyprus Mail The main issues as we leave lockdown but continue to live with coronavirus By Alexia Saoulli Lockdown for most people came out of nowhere. For some, it has been a godsend. A time to slow down and breathe; to really connect with what is important. For …
  • The story of good and evil in financial services law 13 May 2020 01:41 Cyprus Mail By Dimitris Papoutsis THE storyline in the narrative of literary works or films is commonly built around a raging battle between ‘good’ and ‘evil’ in the face of the fictional characters and the situations or historic background they live in. The dream of …
  • Transport Minister sends letter to EU Commissioner on airports’ reopening 09 May 2020 06:24 Cyprus Daily Cyprus Transport Minister Yiannis Karousos has sent a letter to  EU Commissioner Adina Vălean, addressing certain issues regarding the reopening of airports and asking for the preparation of common procedures and protocols. The letter was send following a …
  • Cyprus Economy:  Responding to the Covid-19 Virus 03 May 2020 01:53 Cyprus Mail By Les Manison The Covid-19 virus pandemic presents a new and unprecedented challenge to Cyprus and all nations. First and foremost it is a public health crisis that makes it impossible for our society and economy to function normally due to the necessary …
  • How we should rebuild the Cyprus economy after the Covid-19 pandemic 26 Apr 2020 12:35 Cyprus Mail By Gregoris Philippou The healthcare concerns surrounding Covid-19 are gradually being replaced by economic concerns, as it seems likely we will be facing an unprecedented economic downturn. At the core are the issues of global supply and demand and mass …

Live CY News: Investments & New Ventures

  • Everyone must work together for a successful recovery 24 May 2020 03:26 Cyprus Mail PwC CEO Evgenios Evgeniou talks to Andrew Rosenbaum about the steps that should be taken to help the economy following the crisis To what extent is a recovery in Cyprus tied to the evolution of recovery in Europe, which is expected to be very slow? The …
  • Cyprus ends virus lockdown but airports stay shut 21 May 2020 12:20 Digital Journal The Cypriot government ended a strict coronavirus lockdown Thursday, reopening outdoor restaurants, barber shops and beaches, but keeping the Mediterranean resort island's vital airports and hotels closed for now. After two months of living in self- …
  • Coronavirus: Hopes and fears of the new normal 17 May 2020 12:18 Cyprus Mail The main issues as we leave lockdown but continue to live with coronavirus By Alexia Saoulli Lockdown for most people came out of nowhere. For some, it has been a godsend. A time to slow down and breathe; to really connect with what is important. For …
  • The story of good and evil in financial services law 13 May 2020 01:41 Cyprus Mail By Dimitris Papoutsis THE storyline in the narrative of literary works or films is commonly built around a raging battle between ‘good’ and ‘evil’ in the face of the fictional characters and the situations or historic background they live in. The dream of …
  • Transport Minister sends letter to EU Commissioner on airports’ reopening 09 May 2020 06:24 Cyprus Daily Cyprus Transport Minister Yiannis Karousos has sent a letter to  EU Commissioner Adina Vălean, addressing certain issues regarding the reopening of airports and asking for the preparation of common procedures and protocols. The letter was send following a …
  • Cyprus Economy:  Responding to the Covid-19 Virus 03 May 2020 01:53 Cyprus Mail By Les Manison The Covid-19 virus pandemic presents a new and unprecedented challenge to Cyprus and all nations. First and foremost it is a public health crisis that makes it impossible for our society and economy to function normally due to the necessary …
  • How we should rebuild the Cyprus economy after the Covid-19 pandemic 26 Apr 2020 12:35 Cyprus Mail By Gregoris Philippou The healthcare concerns surrounding Covid-19 are gradually being replaced by economic concerns, as it seems likely we will be facing an unprecedented economic downturn. At the core are the issues of global supply and demand and mass …
  • Why Intellectual Property will save the Cyprus economy 26 Apr 2020 12:34 Cyprus Mail By Nick Kounoupias On the surface the future might appear bleak for the Cyprus economy. Take three of our most important sectors for example – tourism, oil and gas and shipping. Recent articles in the Cyprus Mail have warned that our perennial money earner …
  • Limassol port as an engine of economic growth (opinion) 24 Apr 2020 09:07 Cyprus Daily By Nawaf Abdulla* From the initial stages of Covid-19 outbreak, it became apparent that a wide range of sectors would be affected, some in greater degree than others, while the virus’ effects were also felt in both the traffic and the volume of goods …
  • InvestCyprus: Online roadshow on Covid-19 response plan 23 Apr 2020 11:50 Cyprus Daily Finance Minister Constantinos Petrides will join an online discussion with investors on Cyprus’ response to the coronavirus pandemic. The discussion is being organised by Invest Cyprus as part of its support to measures to restart the economy by supporting …
  • Coronavirus: Economic lessons Cyprus should learn 18 Apr 2020 14:22 Cyprus Mail This is the time to resolve and refocus rather than patch up the economy By Erol Riza There is an opportunity in adversity in every country or business. It may seem premature to stress opportunity in the midst of a humanitarian crisis, but leaders have an …
  • Cyprus’ chief rabbi defends kosher slaughter processes 17 Apr 2020 17:36 Cyprus Mail The chief rabbi of Cyprus Arie Zeev Raskin on Friday weighed in on the kosher slaughter debate and the proposal to boost Cyprus’ economy with export of the meat to Israel. A law amendment allowing the slaughter of goats and sheep according to Jewish …
  • Hotels brace for hard times 17 Apr 2020 14:10 Cyprus Daily Hotels face a daunting season ahead amid a world coronavirus pandemic which has closed airports and brought the Cyprus economy to a standstill. The Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry carried out a survey among hoteliers to obtain a clearer picture of …
  • IMF:Cyprus economy to shrink by 6.5% in 2020 amid coronavirus pandemic 14 Apr 2020 23:04 Cyprus Daily The Cyprus economy will shrink by 6.5% of GDP in 2020, amid the coronavirus pandemic followed by a sharp but not equal recovery in 2021, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said in its April 2020 World Economic Outlook issued today. According to the IMF, …
  • Coronavirus: IMF predicts Cyprus economy to shrink by 6.5% this year 14 Apr 2020 17:17 Cyprus Mail Cyprus’ GDP is projected to contract by 6.5 per cent this year as a result of measures and policies being taken worldwide to contain the Covid-19 pandemic, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has said in its latest World Economic Outlook. Assuming no …
  • EU agrees on virus economy aid but split over way ahead 10 Apr 2020 13:24 KIRO FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 20, 2020 file photo Eurogroup President Mario Centeno, center, shakes hands with German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz, right, next to European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde, left, Cyprus' Economy Minister …
  • Cyprus prices dual EMTN Tranche for €1.75 billion 07 Apr 2020 19:57 Cyprus Daily The Republic of Cyprus has priced on Tuesday two new benchmark-sized Euro Medium Term Notes for a total amount of €1.75 bn with Finance Minister Constantinos Petrides expressing satisfaction. An official press release said the €1.25 bn 7-year EMTN was …
  • Why is the government ignoring good offers for gas imports? 05 Apr 2020 17:54 Cyprus Mail Cyprus appears bent on investing millions of euros on the most expensive option to import natural gas Hoegh LNG submitted a formal application to Cyprus Energy Regulatory Authority (Cera) on March 31 for a liquefied natural gas (LNG) infrastructure …
  • Coronavirus: Economic impact likely to be painful and long-lasting 05 Apr 2020 10:54 Cyprus Mail By Les Manison The adverse economic impact of the coronavirus is likely to be severe and prolonged with some commentators now predicting a depression in many advanced countries. For Cyprus in the short-term, while disruptions to supply will have negative …
  • Emergency aid package a race against time 29 Mar 2020 01:57 Cyprus Mail Success of emergency package will depend on how long lockdown lasts By Kyriacos Iacovides Cyprus is better placed than some fellow EU states to support its economy, says the former finance minister who backs the government’s bold and unprecedented plan to …
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DIRECTORS & ADVISORY MEMBERS

Andreas Panayi
Kinisis Ventures Founder
Managing Director
Board Member

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Mr.Panayi brings invaluable perspective, strategic insight and hands-on experience in building companies and realizing shareholder value.
He is a serial entrepreneur and throughout his career he founded, developed, operated and sold companies in the marketing, communications and information technologies areas. Since the sale of Kinesis Marketing, a Digital Marketing Services company he founded and operated, he co-founded TKI a successful Information Technology company with offices in the USA and India. Panayi co-founded Kinisis Ventures and serves as the Managing Director for the group. Panayi is also one of the KV members with extensive marketing and branding expertise. Panayi also teaches entrepreneurialism & new venture development classes as an adjunct professor at Drew University. Prior to focusing his career in been an entrepreneur, Panayi worked in a number of Madison Avenue Advertising Agencies and also spent a time with a NY technology incubator and early stage private fund.


Yiannos Georgiades
Kinisis Ventures Co-founder
Director
Board Member

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Mr. Georgiades is the Managing Director and founder of the law firm Y.Georgiades & Associates LLC, established in 1992 in Nicosia, Cyprus.
He has over 25 years experience in litigation, corporate and commercial law, international tax planning, international trade, cross-border disputes – private international law, real estate, investments, alternative dispute resolution, medical negligence, intellectual property law, Internet and media law. He has successfully achieved to become a member of the Athens Bar Association, Cyprus Bar Association, Bar of England and Wales (Honorable Society of Gray’s Inn), the International Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Society for Computers and Law, the International Technology Law Association, President of the Cyprus Branch of the European Court of Arbitration, executive member of the Court and an online mediator for commercial disputes for the Chamber of Commerce of Milan and is the Vice-President of AEA International Lawyers Network.


Chris Droussiotis
Former General Manager and Head of the Strategic Credit Products
Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC)
Senior Managing Partner
Advisory Board Member
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After 10 years with SMBC, Mr. Droussiotis left and join Kinisis Ventures Limited (KV) as a Senior Managing Partner.  He now leads KV’s deal-flow review, valuations and strategic capital raising team.
At SMBC, Mr. Droussiotis, was responsible for building long-term relationships with middle market and large cap private equity firms as well as asset managers who invest in the leveraged loan space. Prior to SMBC, Mr. Droussiotis worked at many New York money center banks, such as Bank of America Merrill Lynch, CIBC Oppenheimer, Mitsui Nevitt Merchant Bank, Mizuho Financial Group and Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, specializing in the financing and structuring of merger & acquisition, leveraged buyout and recapitalization transactions. 
Mr. Droussiotis is also an adjunct professor teaching investment analysis, quantitative and option strategy courses at Columbia University, Fordham University, Baruch College and Seton Hall. University.


George Kokkinos
Director & Group Head
Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi
Advisory Board Member

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Mr. Kokkinos has almost 30 years of comprehensive banking experience in areas such as credit research & analysis, financial due-diligence as well as credit risk & credit portfolio management.
Throughout his finance and banking career, he held senior positions with leading global financial institutions in New York City.  His experience encompasses all aspects of in-depth fundamental analysis with a strong track record in reviewing / analyzing / monitoring and actively managing and diverse corporate loan portfolios.  He is currently the Head of the Credit Research Group, responsible for actively managing and reporting to the Portfolio Management Committee on a corporate loan portfolios of over $75.0 billion in exposure across all industries.   
Mr. Kokkinos received his MBA in Corporate Finance from Fairleigh Dickinson University, USA.


Chris Demetriou
Sr. Director Customer Retention
Wyndham Hotel Group
Advisory Board Member

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Mr. Demetriou brings 25 years experience in operational finance and operations with specific expertise in financial strategies for costs management and revenue generation.
He has been instrumental in driving top and bottom line growth and led large Financial Shared Services platforms. Throughout his career, Demetriou led the planning, implementation and integration of financial processes and enterprise financial systems across multiple industries including hospitality & franchising Services, publishing, and consumer products. He served under variable senior roles, such as Manager of Credit and Financial Analysis, Director Financial Services and V.P of Corporate Finance. Chris is currently serving as the Sr. Director of Customer Retention at Wyndham Hotel Group, and he is also an adjunct professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University.


Nicolas Nicolaou
CFO, MANA Products
Advisory Board Member

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Mr. Nicolaou is the CFO of MANA Products, the world’s leading contract and private label cosmetics manufacturer.
Prior to Mana, Nicolas held positions with increased responsibility with Unilever and Deloitte. Nicolas brings a wealth of diversified, dynamic and action-oriented leadership experience in consumer products companies. His expertise include strategy development and execution, performance management, process reengineering, operational excellence, M&A, internal controls, innovation and new product launches, organization design and talent development. Nicolas is the President of the Cyprus-US Chamber of Commerce and serves on the Foundation Board of LaGuardia Community college. Nicolas has an MBA in Finance and is a CPA.


Michael Hadjiloucas
Tax Partner
EisnerAmer LLP
Advisory Board Member

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Michael Hadjiloucas has over 25 years of experience in both domestic & international corporate tax, entity formation, acquisitions, reorganization ,due diligence, corporate partnership, individual and tax-exempt entity tax returns and representation at Federal and state audits.
Mr. Hadjiloucas has extensive experience in health care, life science, banking, technology, retail, manufacturing, as well as foundations and service organizations. Michael is an active member of the board for various Hellenic organizations including Greek American Chamber, Cyprus US Chamber, ACG and also participates through various committees at BIONJ and NJTC. Through this groups Michael has been instrumental in advising early stage clients in presenting and assisting them with funding.


Nick Panayi
VP of Brand
Demand and Digital Marketing at DXC Technology
Advisory Board Member

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Mr. Panayi brings over 20 years of management experience in the technology sector, with a special focus on brand management, digital marketing, and strategic planning.
Nick is Vice President of Brand, Demand and Digital Marketing at DXC Technology, a $25B global leader in IT Services and Systems Integration. His area of responsibility at DXC covers global brand management, social media, global demand generation, marketing programs, pursuit marketing, and digital sales tools. Nick’s rich experience in the technology industry includes a variety of management, strategic planning and marketing roles at large enterprises like Avaya and Hewlett Packard, as well as two software-as-a-service startups. Nick has a Bachelors in Marketing and an MBA in Management from Fairleigh Dickinson University.


Evis Savvides
Managing Principal at SFG
Advisory Board Member

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Mr. Savvides is the managing principal at SFG, a New York City boutique strategy consulting firm.
For the last 20+ years, Evis has helped companies in the consumer packaged goods industry improve sales, marketing and operations by way of uncovering the potential, leading change and helping put together the right elements of growth strategy and success. Evis started his career in public accounting and later moved to management consulting, where he served as consulting partner with a New York CPA firm, working with companies in the consumer packaged goods industry and supporting their growth strategy. Following his management consulting tenure, Evis served as COO at Deutsch Family Wine and Spirits, a leading U.S. import and distribution company responsible for the introduction and success of the [yellow tail] wine brand. Most recently, Evis served as President of Domaine Select Wine & Spirits in New York.


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