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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

  • Nicosia among top small European cities of the future 20 Feb 2020 10:38 Cyprus Daily Nicosia has been named as the top small European city of the future for human capital and lifestyle. The capital of Cyprus was also ranked among the “Top 10 Small European Cities of the Future for FDI Strategy”, reflecting the island’s increased efforts to …
  • EU adds 4 jurisdictions to its blacklist of tax havens 18 Feb 2020 10:18 Seatlle Post-Intelligencer Updated 2:11 am PST, Tuesday, February 18, 2020 Photo: Francisco Seco, AP European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde, Cyprus' Economy Minister Constantinos Petrides, Eurogroup President Mario Centeno, European Commissioner for Economy Paolo …
  • Emerging Africa unveils new investment class 10 Feb 2020 23:45 Punch Newspapers A financial services provider, Emerging Africa Capital Group, has unveiled a new investment class in real estate. The company said in a statement that the initiative was in line with its commitment to advancing the development of Africa through diverse …
  • Shareholding changes at G4S Secure Solutions 06 Feb 2020 06:31 Cyprus Daily Shareholding changes took place recently at G4S Secure Solutions (Cyprus) Limited which offers security and money transfer services. In fact, it is the specific sector’s biggest player in Cyprus. Insider has found out that the British group G4S now …
  • APS: Our expertise helps Cypriot banks tackle toxic debt 29 Jan 2020 16:19 Cyprus Mail The 2008 financial crisis hit Cypriot banks extraordinarily hard, leaving the sector with an NPL-ratio soaring to frightening 54% in 2014. In subsequent years, the ratio was reduced to 29.8% (as of June 2019), with the fastest decrease of -32.2% recorded …
  • President inagurates Petrolina’s state-of-the-art terminal at Vassiliko 28 Jan 2020 14:07 Cyprus Daily Petrolina unveiled its new, state-of-the-art terminal at Vassiliko on Saturday with the agreed timeline,  in line with the company’s vision to be a driving force of  the Cyprus economy. The terminal, one of the largest investments ever made in Cyprus by a …
  • Accountants urged to exercise caution over citizenship applications 22 Jan 2020 03:42 Cyprus Mail The Institute of Certified Public Accountants (Selk) has urged its members to thoroughly examine the background of clients who apply for citizenship, issuing a directive on the Cyprus investment programme to assist in the uniform application of diligence …

Live CY News: Investments & New Ventures

  • Nicosia among top small European cities of the future 20 Feb 2020 10:38 Cyprus Daily Nicosia has been named as the top small European city of the future for human capital and lifestyle. The capital of Cyprus was also ranked among the “Top 10 Small European Cities of the Future for FDI Strategy”, reflecting the island’s increased efforts to …
  • EU adds 4 jurisdictions to its blacklist of tax havens 18 Feb 2020 10:18 Seatlle Post-Intelligencer Updated 2:11 am PST, Tuesday, February 18, 2020 Photo: Francisco Seco, AP European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde, Cyprus' Economy Minister Constantinos Petrides, Eurogroup President Mario Centeno, European Commissioner for Economy Paolo …
  • Emerging Africa unveils new investment class 10 Feb 2020 23:45 Punch Newspapers A financial services provider, Emerging Africa Capital Group, has unveiled a new investment class in real estate. The company said in a statement that the initiative was in line with its commitment to advancing the development of Africa through diverse …
  • Shareholding changes at G4S Secure Solutions 06 Feb 2020 06:31 Cyprus Daily Shareholding changes took place recently at G4S Secure Solutions (Cyprus) Limited which offers security and money transfer services. In fact, it is the specific sector’s biggest player in Cyprus. Insider has found out that the British group G4S now …
  • APS: Our expertise helps Cypriot banks tackle toxic debt 29 Jan 2020 16:19 Cyprus Mail The 2008 financial crisis hit Cypriot banks extraordinarily hard, leaving the sector with an NPL-ratio soaring to frightening 54% in 2014. In subsequent years, the ratio was reduced to 29.8% (as of June 2019), with the fastest decrease of -32.2% recorded …
  • President inagurates Petrolina’s state-of-the-art terminal at Vassiliko 28 Jan 2020 14:07 Cyprus Daily Petrolina unveiled its new, state-of-the-art terminal at Vassiliko on Saturday with the agreed timeline,  in line with the company’s vision to be a driving force of  the Cyprus economy. The terminal, one of the largest investments ever made in Cyprus by a …
  • Accountants urged to exercise caution over citizenship applications 22 Jan 2020 03:42 Cyprus Mail The Institute of Certified Public Accountants (Selk) has urged its members to thoroughly examine the background of clients who apply for citizenship, issuing a directive on the Cyprus investment programme to assist in the uniform application of diligence …
  • Cyprus passport applicants are high-risk clients, says  ICPAC 21 Jan 2020 06:47 Cyprus Daily The Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Cyprus has sent a circular to its members calling for high scrutiny on services provided by citizenship via investment applicants. And it also notes that passport applicants should be considered as high-risk …
  • Cyprus repays crisis-era IMF loan ahead of schedule 14 Jan 2020 16:48 Seattle Times NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus has paid off ahead of schedule an International Monetary Fund loan that was part of a multi-billion euro financial rescue deal in 2013, the finance minister said Tuesday. Minister Constantinos Petrides said the loan’s early …
  • Cyprus makes its way to film and entertainment industry 13 Jan 2020 05:46 Cyprus Daily Cyprus seems to attract more and more interest from the film and entertainment industry as it looks forward to world-wide publicity that gradually but steadily will contribute to the economy’s growth. “Jiu Jitsu” was the start and in agony over the outcome …
  • Potato crops severely damaged by heavy rains 10 Jan 2020 03:25 Cyprus Mail Dealing with the damage that affected farmers and their crops during the strong rains that hit Cyprus in the last week is a top priority for the government, said President Nicos Anastasiades on Thursday. “The government is aware of the seriousness of the …
  • Dominic Raab expresses 'serious concern' over possible miscarriage of justice in Cyprus 'rape' case 30 Dec 2019 23:36 Telegraph.co.uk The appeals process could take up to four years, he said. Equality Now, an  international women's rights organisation that campaigns on failings in laws relating to sexual violence, said there needed to be an investigation into how the teenager was …
  • Central Bank of Cyprus sees downside risks to the economy despite strong growth 24 Dec 2019 21:11 Cyprus Daily The Central Bank of Cyprus (CBC) sees certain downside risks to the Cypriot economy for the period 2020-2022, that may lead to slower economic growth, despite the positive course of economic activity, as well as the continued robust economic growth. Non – …
  • Jobs of the future 20 Dec 2019 09:07 Cyprus Daily The business world is changing rapidly and Cyprus has to be in alignment rather than an exhausted follower, according to analysts. Keeping ahead of trends in the labour market and predicting the future are key prerequisites for improving the adaptability …
  • IMF: Low productivity, high private debt are challenges for Cyprus’ economy 11 Dec 2019 08:15 Cyprus Daily Low productivity and high private debt, as external risks increase, are the main challenges for the Cyprus economy, as described in a report by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Executive Board, following the conclusion of the consultation of the …
  • Economic growth is benefiting too few of us 08 Dec 2019 12:23 Cyprus Mail Better budgetary policies would allow all of us to reap the rewards of economic growth By Les Manison In terms of exhibiting relatively rapid growth of real GDP and in substantially reducing the unemployment rate, the Cyprus economy has recovered well from …
  • Trouble in Olivewood: officials defend movie incentive scheme 07 Dec 2019 03:47 Cyprus Mail Jiu Jitsu, the first international movie shot in Cyprus and which starred Nicolas Cage will premiere next February, while the production of a new film will begin in January, it emerged on Friday. According to the chairman of Invest Cyprus Michalis Michael, …
  • FINANCE: Cyprus banks are not giving out new loans 05 Dec 2019 17:25 Financialmirror.com Cyprus banks are keeping a tight lid on loans given out to consumers and businesses as credit expansion in 2019 is restricted to a single-digit percentage, despite the high liquidity in their coffers. According to Central Bank of Cyprus data, new loans …
  • ECONOMY: Cyprus wants MPs to release EUR 9 mln for Hollywood film 05 Dec 2019 12:13 Financialmirror.com The Finance Ministry has urgently requested that parliament to release €9 mln in reimbursements owed to martial arts film Jiu Jitsu, partly shot in Cyprus featuring Hollywood star Nicolas Cage. The Hollywood movie has reportedly finished post-production …
  • President thanks outgoing FinMin for steering Cyprus economy out of crisis 01 Dec 2019 18:36 Cyprus Daily President Nicos Anastasiades thanked outgoing Finance Minister Harris Georgiades for the work he has done in steering the economy “out of deep crisis towards growth.” In a written announcement, the President of Cyprus notes the very positive performance of …
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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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