The Future of Business: Creating a Start-up Ecosystem in Cyprus
Cyprus’s strategic position, as well as its valuable historical and geopolitical background, have helped make the island an attractive international business hub. For decades, Cyprus has enticed foreign businesses and investors with incentives such as the lowest corporate tax rates in the E.U., and multiple exemptions for both corporations and individuals. Some of the lesser-known advantages the island offers, however, are geared towards new businesses and start-ups. As Cyprus’s Chief Scientist of Research and Innovation, Kyriacos Kokkinos, mentions in a recent interview with Forbes.com, “People know the country for tourism or Russian investment, but our island’s future depends on broadening its business base […] Our mission is to orchestrate this R+I ecosystem to benefit Cyprus and the wider region.” As such, many of the island’s recent incentives have been aimed at attracting foreign entrepreneurs and investors, with a particular focus on innovation in a number of industries.
Schemes and Programs
The Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC) has established the Innovation Hub, designed to address and explore developments in the areas of FinTech and RegTech. It serves as a platform for entities in these fast-evolving sectors to come together and share knowledge. It also provides them with ongoing access to CySEC to help them best understand and implement their regulatory requirements. The scheme was launched in October 2018, and this month, CySEC issued a progress report on its success over the past two years, available here.
Technology is another fast-growing industry that aims to bring growth and development to Cyprus. The Research Promotion Foundation is the national body responsible for supporting and promoting research, development and innovation in the tech industry, providing support services and grants to enterprises for innovative development. Most recently, the Foundation organized the Cyprus I.T. Forum, which reiterated the country’s commitment to bringing 5G infrastructure to Cyprus.
New companies, young entrepreneurs, and innovative start-ups are encouraged to apply for a range of grants and incentives that will help get their business off the ground. These include:
How we can help
C.X.Financia has an expert team of business consultants equipped with an arsenal of tools to offer support to businesses seeking to develop and operate their start-up in Cyprus, from immigration procedures to matters relating to , compliance and tax. Contact us today to find out how we can help you with your start-up business.