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12 May 2013

The International Faculty joins the Vice Chancellor’s Celebration of Enterprise from overseas

The week 15-19 April 2013 was dedicated to enterprise across the University of Sheffield. It was a week full of events, lectures, workshops and activities organized by the University of Sheffield Enterprise (USE) to celebrate and showcase the University’s enterprise activity. This year the Vice Chancellor of the University of Sheffield, Professor Sir Keith Burnett supported the enterprise celebration, putting emphasis on the importance that the University placed on enterprise. The International Faculty of the University, CITY College joined the celebrations from overseas with a series of events that took place during that week at the main campus of the Faculty in Thessaloniki, Greece.

On 17th April a seminar on ‘INVENT: Gaining Enterprise Skills’ was delivered by Dr Dimitris Dranidis , Director of the MSc in Software Engineering & Telecommunications programme, as well as by two computer science students, Yannis Panayiotou (3rd level student) and Tomor Pupovci (postgraduate student). The seminar presented how through the projects of INVENT our students gain enterprise skills during their studies. The presentation included examples of projects undertaken by our students. ‘ΙNVENT’ (Innovative Enterprise Technologies) is run by students of our Computer Science Department. It is supervised by faculty members, and develops for its clients software solutions free of charge. It aims at providing timely, innovative and high quality software and IT service support to external clients and in this way creating a bridge between academia and industry.

On the 18th of April a seminar entitled ‘From Idea to Profit: Finance and Support your Business Idea’ took place at the Auditorium of the International Faculty. The seminar hosted three guest speakers who delivered three very interesting speeches on the main theme of the seminar. Mr. Andreas Baresel-Bofiger, Lecturer at the International Faculty and Project Manager at our research centre SEERC, delivered a very insightful presentation on ‘Current trends in start-up financing - Venture initiative in Balkan Europe and the Balkan Venture Forum’. In his turn, Mr. Sotiris Karagiannis, Sales Director of N. and W. Greece, SPACE HELLAS S.A. talked about ‘From a tech idea to a global meaningful company - a mentor’s view’. The seminar concluded with a presentation by Dr. Lambros Lazuras , Lecturer at the International Faculty and Research Associate of SEERC on ‘Breaking barriers for enterprises in Europe - Insights from the projects ELIE and ELIEMENTAL.

The entrepreneurial case of Cocomat was presented in a seminar delivered by the CEO of Cocomat Mr. Paul Efmorfidis, Mr. Efmorfidis, presented to the participants the company’s development and its steps to success. He elaborated on the aspects that made Cocomat a huge success, not only in Greece but also abroad. The company’s mission is to manufacture the best beds in the world in the most sustainable way possible. As Mr. Efmorfidis stressed out, one major success factor was that Cocomat is known for using natural materials from renewable sources, such as coco fibre, natural rubber, wool, cotton, sea grass, horsehair, silk, linen, wood and goose down. Cocomat is established in 1989, COCO-MAT today is a recognized leader for natural sleep products, bed linen, towels and furniture for homes and hotels. Cocomat has a growing network of stores operating now in 12 countries.

Also, the frame of enterprise celebrations the Director of Student Affairs and Career Planning, Ms. Maria Mariaki , presented an insightful seminar on ‘Career Planning: Techniques and Strategies’ to Computer Science students. Ms. Matiaki presented useful techniques and strategies necessary for the pursuit of a successful career in their field of interest. She also provided students with practical advice and tips on how to best write their CV and use it in their job hunting. During her seminar, Ms Matiaki pinpointed the constant increase of skilled graduates and emphasised how a well-written CV can be a success factor that differentiates candidates. The well-attended event proved to be a good opportunity for students to learn more about strategies for their effort to find a job after graduating in the field of computer science.

The events that took place at the International Faculty in the frame of enterprise celebration were well-attended and proved to be very appealing to the audience.

 

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