Meet the Principals


STEVE FINIKIOTIS

Managing partner and co-founder
A new generation of tech entrepreneurs is going further than any before in harnessing creativity to solve big problems. It's a privilege and quite energizing to help them succeed. That's our focus at South Point.

Steve Finikiotis is a strategy and business development specialist who’s handled projects in over 35 countries working with market-leading companies on five continents. At South Point, he focuses on enabling mid-stage ventures to grow at scale, tap new markets and raise capital.

His priorities are understanding global market trends, forging relationships with stakeholders and guiding high-potential ventures during critical phases of market adoption. Drawing on his extensive depth of experience, he works with firms in wide-ranging sectors, from financial technology and healthcare services to data analytics.

Before launching South Point, he co-founded a boutique consultancy enabling enterprise clients to develop international markets. Earlier, he was a managing director at a major global airline and an airline services advisor.

Steve brings decades-long experience advising senior levels at multinational companies as they addressed critical challenges and opportunities. Clients have included AT&T, Federated Department Stores, Adobe Systems, the International Air Transport Association and the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Outside of South Point, Steve is passionate about mentoring fledgling entrepreneurs with products that solve important problems. He works with institutions that offer entrepreneurship education and sits on the boards of companies at both formative and later stages. He speaks French, Spanish and Greek.


NIDAL QANADILO

Managing partner and co-founder
I've always been inspired by the magnificent potential of entrepreneurs. It gives me a great sense of purpose to build and enable the ecosystems necessary to unleash that under-tapped capacity. South Point is the ideal platform to do just that.

Nidal is a leader in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region’s entrepreneurship sector, building ecosystems and helping thousands of aspiring entrepreneurs to build successful companies. He’s created acclaimed acceleration programs and invested in numerous startups at Oasis 500, the region’s leading seed fund and business accelerator. As managing partner at South Point, Nidal supports exceptional growth-stage tech companies through his know-how, access to networks and capital-raising efforts.

Nidal is helping to build the corporate innovation system for one of the region’s largest telecom operators. He’s also working with leading public and private sector organizations to develop an ‘ecosystem approach’ to advancing entrepreneurship in Jordan and other MENA countries. Previously, he was a director at Jordan’s Ministry of ICT where he partnered with global technology firms. He was a pioneer in building the country’s booming tech sector and helped establish Jordan as an offshore contact center hub.

He’s known for his unwavering belief in the limitless potential of entrepreneurs and social justice along with his wry sense of humor. And, if you happen to call him after hours, you’re guaranteed to be treated to the sounds of kids playing soccer, jujitsu, swimming and all the crazy stuff that his three wonderful children rope him into.