Angela Panayiotou

Manager IDEA Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center

Bank of Cyprus

Angela is leading the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center of the Bank of Cyprus, having the responsibility for IDEA Innovation Center – the largest Incubator–Accelerator for Startups in Cyprus, the Business Academy which develops financial & digital literacy in SMEs and ARIS Startups incubator in Limassol (co-owned with Deloitte).

During her long career in banking in Cyprus & abroad, she has been involved in intrapreneurship and it today a coach, trainer, mentor & advisor to young entrepreneurs from idea-stage to revenues & investment. With frequent presence in the Media, is a speaker, judge & panelist in Cyprus & abroad, having led several delegations in foreign countries.

Angela is a member of the Board of Directors of Cyprus Investment Promotion Agency CIPA – Invest Cyprus, of the Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation and of IDEA Innovation Center. Is also a member of the Advisory Boards of ARIS Incubator, European University Cyprus EUC – PEAK Innovation Center & the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor GEM Cyprus – University of Cyprus – Center for Entrepreneurship C4E.

In 2021 she was awarded with the Madame Figaro ‘Woman of the Year Award’ in the prestigious category of ‘Businesswoman/Professional’, voted by both the public & experts.

In 2019 she received on behalf of IDEA, the 1st European Award by the European Commission after having competed with 29 countries, in the European Enterprise Promotion Awards.

Angela holds a BSc in Financial Services – University of Manchester, a BBA in Business Administration, & an ΜΒΑ – University of Birmingham. She has received training though US State Department on SMEs, is a Certified Islamic Finance ExecutiveTM ETHICA – AAOFI & has received training in Economic Diplomacy by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Angela is a strong supporter of women empowerment & fiercefully promotes equal opportunities in entrepreneurship.

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