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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.

 
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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.

What's New

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

  • Message to underemployed graduates: get out of Cyprus 18 Aug 2019 12:00 Cyprus Mail The article “Welcome to the gig economy” (Sunday Mail, August 4) raises some interesting questions regarding the attitude of Cypriot nationals who are university graduates and those Cypriots intending to attend university. I imagine that the numbers of …
  • Autumn economy forecasts clouded by legislative amendments  15 Aug 2019 07:22 Cyprus Daily Autumn could bring negative rating pressure on the Cyprus economy if recent legislative actions in the banking sector failed to significantly reduce non-performing loans (NPLs) which now stand at 30%. This clear message by four major credit rating agencies …
  • The Cyprus economy’s growth remains strong, says Finance Minister 14 Aug 2019 17:13 Cyprus Daily The growth of the Cyprus economy remains strong, said Finance Minister Haris Georghiades, noting however that there are still weaknesses and risks both inland and from external sources. In a written statement, Georghiades said the “growth of the Cyprus …
  • Our MP’s will never learn 05 Aug 2019 10:32 Cyprus Mail Share0 This article should be printed in a large typeface and pasted on the office wall of every MP and would-be politician. The banks could distribute copies to every defaulter to show that it is they who are helping to ruin Cyprus’ economy. B People were …
  • Inequalities and the plight of the younger generation 04 Aug 2019 14:22 Cyprus Mail By Les Manison Over the last decade younger persons in many countries, unlike their parents, have faced increasing difficulties in securing well-paid jobs and in affording decent housing. Economists have characterised these problems as reflecting inter- …
  • News podcast: Cyprus lags behind in competitiveness according to Competitiveness Council 02 Aug 2019 08:09 Cyprus Mail Share1 Finance Minister Harris Georgiades (right) with Council chairman Takis Klerides (PIO) The Cyprus News Digest, in collaboration with the Cyprus Mail, brings you an in-depth analysis of some of the latest developments in local and international – in …
  • Filmmakers move from Hollywood to ‘Olivewood’ 30 Jul 2019 03:09 Shanghai Daily Watch out Hollywood and Bollywood, the eastern Mediterranean island of Cyprus, long a magnet for tourists, wants a piece of the action: Enter “Olivewood†and Nicolas Cage. The American actor is starring in a multimillion-dollar sci-fi martial arts movie …

Live CY News: Investments & New Ventures

  • Message to underemployed graduates: get out of Cyprus 18 Aug 2019 12:00 Cyprus Mail The article “Welcome to the gig economy” (Sunday Mail, August 4) raises some interesting questions regarding the attitude of Cypriot nationals who are university graduates and those Cypriots intending to attend university. I imagine that the numbers of …
  • Autumn economy forecasts clouded by legislative amendments  15 Aug 2019 07:22 Cyprus Daily Autumn could bring negative rating pressure on the Cyprus economy if recent legislative actions in the banking sector failed to significantly reduce non-performing loans (NPLs) which now stand at 30%. This clear message by four major credit rating agencies …
  • The Cyprus economy’s growth remains strong, says Finance Minister 14 Aug 2019 17:13 Cyprus Daily The growth of the Cyprus economy remains strong, said Finance Minister Haris Georghiades, noting however that there are still weaknesses and risks both inland and from external sources. In a written statement, Georghiades said the “growth of the Cyprus …
  • Our MP’s will never learn 05 Aug 2019 10:32 Cyprus Mail Share0 This article should be printed in a large typeface and pasted on the office wall of every MP and would-be politician. The banks could distribute copies to every defaulter to show that it is they who are helping to ruin Cyprus’ economy. B People were …
  • Inequalities and the plight of the younger generation 04 Aug 2019 14:22 Cyprus Mail By Les Manison Over the last decade younger persons in many countries, unlike their parents, have faced increasing difficulties in securing well-paid jobs and in affording decent housing. Economists have characterised these problems as reflecting inter- …
  • News podcast: Cyprus lags behind in competitiveness according to Competitiveness Council 02 Aug 2019 08:09 Cyprus Mail Share1 Finance Minister Harris Georgiades (right) with Council chairman Takis Klerides (PIO) The Cyprus News Digest, in collaboration with the Cyprus Mail, brings you an in-depth analysis of some of the latest developments in local and international – in …
  • Filmmakers move from Hollywood to ‘Olivewood’ 30 Jul 2019 03:09 Shanghai Daily Watch out Hollywood and Bollywood, the eastern Mediterranean island of Cyprus, long a magnet for tourists, wants a piece of the action: Enter “Olivewood†and Nicolas Cage. The American actor is starring in a multimillion-dollar sci-fi martial arts movie …
  • Cyprus economy benefits from increased foreign currency 25 Jul 2019 04:39 Cyprus Daily Tourist expenditure over the first months of 2019 appears to be steady or even on the decline but JCC data on the use of foreign cards in Cyprus presents a different story. Specifically, Cyprus Statistics Service (CYSTAT) data shows tourist expenditure …
  • Move over Hollywood, tourist island Cyprus is ready to roll 22 Jul 2019 09:22 Malay Mail Technicians prepare the set of the movie ‘SOS: Survive or Sacrifice’, in Moni, near Pentakomo, some 20 kilometres east of the southern port of Limassol, on June 20, 2019. — AFP pic NICOSIA, July 21 — Watch out Hollywood and Bollywood, the eastern …
  • FEATURE: Move over Hollywood, ‘Olivewood’ is ready to roll 21 Jul 2019 16:26 Taipei Times Watch out Hollywood and Bollywood, the eastern Mediterranean island of Cyprus, which has built a reputation as a tourist magnet thanks to its pristine beaches, wants a piece of the action: Enter “Olivewood†and Nicolas Cage. The US actor is starring in …
  • Cyprus | Mediterranean island recognizes Melco for investment 18 Jul 2019 02:00 Macau Daily Times Lawrence Ho Organized by Invest Cyprus, the 8th Invest Cyprus International Investment Awards (ICIIA) presented an award to Melco International Development  on July 3 at ceremony that took place at Cyprus’s Presidential Palace. According to a company press …
  • Bringing dreams of music to all 15 Jul 2019 17:39 Cyprus Mail There are a wealth of advantages that come with learning to play the piano or guitar, flute or violin. Studying any instrument boosts brain power, encourages self-expression, improves memory, develops one’s social aptitude, builds confidence, and teaches …
  • Chinese investors still interested in Cyprus passports 01 Jul 2019 05:52 Cyprus Daily Despite the latest amendments to the Cyprus Investment Programme which now includes additional criteria before citizenship is granted, strong interest from China is still there, according to reports in the Chinese press. Recent reports refer in detail to …
  • Jiu Jitsu a test case for Cyprus film industry 30 Jun 2019 10:11 Cyprus Mail Nicolas Cage, the star name in Jiu Jitsu, was also the star of the press conference given by the film’s main cast and production team on Saturday evening – though he also ended up being upstaged, both by co-star Tony Jaa and the film’s producers. “This …
  • Economy entering ‘new promising period’ says Georgiades 28 Jun 2019 15:26 Cyprus Mail The island’s economy has entered a new, promising period and the hardship suffered in previous years is history, Finance Minister Harris Georgiades said on Friday, addressing over 150 foreign entrepreneurs and investors in Limassol. Speaking at the 4th …
  • Olivewood: Five more productions on the horizon 28 Jun 2019 10:25 Cyprus Daily As shooting for sci fi martial arts film Jiu Jitsu continues in Mamari, Invest Cyprus is working on bringing more production companies to the island as it seeks to carve out a place for Cyprus in the international film world with Olivewood, Phileleftheros …
  • Invest Cyprus in campaign in three Southeast Asian countries 26 Jun 2019 22:26 Cyprus Daily With a view to exploring new markets with great potential for investment, the Cyprus Investment Promotion Agency (“Invest Cyprus”) organised a large-scale campaign in Southeast Asia between June 17 and 21 entitled: “Cyprus: Your EU gateway to global …
  • Jiu Jitsu producer says Cage film only the beginning for Cyprus 21 Jun 2019 22:45 Cyprus Daily Demetris Logothetis, producer and director of Jiu Jitsu that will be filmed in Cyprus in the next weeks, already has plans to shoot a second film here written by Gary Scott Thompson of Fast and Furious fame. Logothetis, a Greek American, is in Cyprus to …
  • CYPRUS: Equity Fund needed to bridge financing gap for businesses 20 Jun 2019 10:06 Financialmirror.com An Equity Fund should be established to address the difficulties small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) encounter in obtaining financing, the Cyprus Economy and Competitiveness Council has proposed. The recommendation has been submitted to the Finance …
  • Economy Council recommends Equity Fund to cover financing gap for SMEs 19 Jun 2019 14:38 Cyprus Daily The Cyprus Economy and Competitiveness Council proposed to the government the establishment of an Equity Fund to address the challenges facing the Cypriot small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in obtaining financing. The recommendation has been …
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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.


ADVISORY BOARD

Andreas Panayi
Kinisis Ventures Founder
Managing Director
Board Member

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Yiannos Georgiades
Kinisis Ventures Co-founder
Director
Board Member

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Chris Droussiotis
Former General Manager
and Head of the Strategic Credit Products Group
Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC)
Senior Managing Partner
and Advisory Board Member
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George Kokkinos
Director & Group Head
Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi
Advisory Board Member

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

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Nicolas Nicolaou
CFO, MANA Products
Advisory Board Member

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Michael Hadjiloucas
Tax Partner
EisnerAmer LLP
Advisory Board Member

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

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Evis Savvides
Managing Principal at SFG
Advisory Board Member

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