At CIIM we believe that the best way to develop your field-skills is to immerse yourself in the environment. That is why CIIM organises at least three field-trips abroad, mainly to USA, Greece and Israel, every academic year. One of CIIM’s educational goals is to develop students’ Entrepreneurship and innovation skills, while exposing them to new surroundings. Through these field- trips, our students visit start-up companies and incubators-accelerators to have the opportunity to directly interact with entrepreneurs and learn what it takes to put their innovative ideas into practice.
Entrepreneurship in Athens
On our most recent study field trip, 21 of our students from Human Resource Management & Organizational Behaviour Programme, MBA, MSc Business Management and MS Finance programmes, supervised by Prof Takis Stylianides (Director of HRM & OB Programme), flew to Athens, Greece for a few days. The trip was packed with educational activities, as well as cultural visits for our students. The theme of this particular trip was entrepreneurship and innovation, and during their time in Athens our students visited 9 significant companies, from diverse fields within this theme. Each of these visits comprised of a detailed presentation, followed by an open discussion with our students by the companies’ representatives.
The companies / sectors
- The Cube Athens: incubators-accelerators
- PRAXI / Help-Forward Network: technology transfer
- IQbility: incubators-accelerators
- PJ Tech Catalyst Fund: information & communication technology
- Egg: incubators-accelerators
- PollFish: mobile app platform
- Avocarrot: monetization platform
- I-sieve technologies limited: online media analysis
- Apivita: holistic health
More than Educational
There was also time for additional activities, such as a visit to theaters, sightseeing, and of course, some shopping. On the last evening the group danced and celebrated their trip, at a delightful local restaurant.
“It was really amazing experience” – Melissa Hermida
“We had a wonderful time” – Melios Aristidou