Mrs. Stephani Theophanous has been working at GrantXpert since June 2017 and she is the Head of the Entrepreneurship & Start-ups Unit. She has a BSc in Economics from the University of Cyprus and a Masters’ degree in Management & Entrepreneurship from the Cyprus University of Technology.
As the Head of the National Funding Programmes Unit, Stephani is involved in the preparation of proposals on behalf of a large number of clients (mainly Cypriot SMEs) for the utilisation of grants from the Structural Funds of Cyprus and the Recovery and Resilience Facility Programme (RRF). She also helps these clients in the project management work, after their proposals are accepted. She has been involved in a large number of public tenders and national funding programmes, such as the Youth Entrepreneurship Scheme, the Women Entrepreneurship Scheme, the Scheme for the manufacturing companies of Cyprus, Digital Transformation Scheme, etc.
Mrs. Theophanous has been involved in a number of EU and national funded projects in the area of entrepreneurship education, STEM education and employability skills (CSRC Horizon Teaming Phase 1 project, MultiEnt Coach, My HandScraft, Digital Championship Cyprus), contributing to the development of entrepreneurial skills for young people, migrants and start-up founders, through hands-on activities, interactive learning and digital technology.
Mrs. Theophanous is also involved in the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs (EYE) project, an EU exchange programme between experienced and young entrepreneurs as the Project Manager on behalf of GrantXpert. She is also the Project Manager of Entrepreneur, an EIT Urban Mobility funded project, aiming to mentor and train students, professionals and staff in higher education institutions. In addition, she is involved in the organisation and implementation of many activities organised by GrantXpert in the framework of the strategic collaboration of the company with the European University Cyprus. For this purpose, various activities are organised for the program ‘Microsoft for Startups’, such as training and mentoring for start-ups, as well as the implementation of workshops in private schools in Greece and Cyprus on topics such as entrepreneurship and innovation.