Reflect Festival united Cyprus in a massive celebration of technology and innovation
Reflect, the largest tech and future-focused event in Cyprus, has taken its 4th edition to a new level. This time, technology, innovation, entrepreneurship, and curiosity were celebrated in the streets and squares of Limassol, Cyprus this October, with a motto uniting doers: "Dare. Do. Dream."
The reinvented festival connected more than 3000 people throughout three stages in the Old Town, discussing topics spanning technology, entrepreneurship, sustainability, impact, and future of work. More than 90 speakers from all over the world took the stage to share their stories, ignite curiosity, and encourage building a regional business ecosystem.
"Preparing this edition was a challenging and rewarding experience. Despite the potentially devastating effects of the pandemic, we've managed to enter a new promising era of Reflect," says Dusan Duffek, Reflect's co-founder. "This year paved the way for the future: the festival is becoming a truly diverse platform where the region's doers can meet and co-create. A huge thanks goes to all the partners that understand why supporting the festival is important for the development of our country and the region," adds Stylianos Lambrou, also Reflect's co-founder.
A multi-dimensional platform for entrepreneurs
Reflect's core has always been the program packed with practical, action-inviting talks. This year, the festival housed several related events, such as Tech Island Summit, Fintech Day powered by Payabl, and Unicorn Pitches Cyprus - a startup competition. On top of that, Reflect included an expo where Reflect's partners prepared interactive activities for the audience, and hand-picked startups showcased their innovative solutions.
"Multiple startups have reported meeting interesting leads and potential investors, and we're even seeing companies taking steps to expand to Cyprus, which is very much aligned with our mission to foster the entrepreneurial ecosystem and encourage action," Duffek explains.
After skipping one physical meeting in 2020, the festival doubled down on the networking activities this time. The organizers have prepared numerous opportunities for the attendees to meet and get to know each other, including the Helipad networking party supported by the Embassy of Slovak republic in Cyprus, the Rooftop networking party provided by Exness and a Catamaran ride after the festival.
"Initiatives like the Reflect Festival are essential to highlighting the role that Cyprus can play in the region's forthcoming growth, building bridges between players from different markets and industries, and exposing startups, investors, entrepreneurs, NGOs, and businesses to new opportunities," concludes Karim Samra, Founder & CEO at Changelabs who delivered a powerful closing Keynote address.
The partners supporting innovation
This year, Reflect has partnered with multiple valued entities from the private and public sectors, which support the innovation and sustainable development of the region. Elias Neocleous (https://neo.law/), Research and Innovation Foundation (https://www.research.org.cy/) , Payabl (https://payabl.com/) , and EventPro (https://www.eventpro.com.cy/) were the Gold Sponsors at this year's event, with Hellenic Bank (https://www.hellenicbank.com/) , Cablenet (https://cablenet.com.cy/), Feer McQueen (https://feer-mcqueen.com/) , Invest Cyprus (https://www.investcyprus.org.cy/ ), and KPMG in Cyprus (home.kpmg/cy/) being the Silver sponsors and BrainRocket (https://www.brainrocket.com/) the Bronze.
"Thanks to the help of all partners and volunteers, we want to continue this journey to serve the region as much as we can. With their support, Reflect Festival will be back next year," Lambrou concludes.