The Department of Computer Science at the University of Cyprus cordially invites you to the Colloquium entitled:

From Technology to Entrepreneurship


Speaker: Prof. Avi Mendelson
Affiliation: Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Israel
Category: Colloquium
Location: Room 148, Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences (FST-01), 1 University Avenue, 2109 Nicosia, Cyprus (directions)
Date: Friday, December 5, 2014
Time: 12:00-13:00 EET
Host: Yanos Sazeides (

Knowing as the “Start-UP Nation” Israel spends much effort and time to encourage young students to explore opportunities to become entrepreneurs. Such activities traditionally include competitions aims to explore original ideas and special classes that teaches the process of creating startups, let the students analysis few success stories and letting them understand why other startups that had great ideas, failed. While serving as the manager of the Microsoft Academic relations in Israel I realized that many great new and original ideas of future products are coming from students who have weak technology background and quite often, brilliant scientist and technology students have no or slim idea what to do with their great innovation or technology. Thus, in order to address these issues, I used two vehicles; interdisciplinary innovation camps and a course I developed termed “Technology for the community”. In my talk I will start with a short description of the “standard” entrepreneurship related activities most Universities in Israel are providing and I will extend the talk to focus on the unique activities I creates and on some of the results we achieved.

Short Bio:
Avi Mendelson is a professor in the CS and EE departments Technion, Israel, and a member of the TCE (Technion Computer Engineering center). He earns his BSC and MSC degrees from the CS department, Technion, and got his PhD from University of Massachusetts at Amherst (UMASS) Prof. Avi Mendelson has a blend of industrial and academic experience. As part of his industrial role, he worked 3 years for National Semiconductor, 11 years for Intel and 3 years for Microsoft where he manages the Academic relations in Israel. While in Intel he was the chief architect of the CMP (multi-core-on-chip) feature of the first dual core processors Intel developed. As part of his role in Microsoft he was mainly focused at research collaborations and at developing entrepreneurship related activities among students. Now he is back at the academia. His research interests span over different areas such as Computer architecture, operating systems, power management, reliability, fault-tolerance, cloud computing, HPC and GPGPU.

The colloquium is jointly organized by the Department of Computer Science at the University of Cyprus and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Cyprus. The presentation will be recorded and become available through the following URL:

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