Startups,Peace and Slush. Seriously?

The goal of Startups4Peace

is to bring the communities of Cyprus together and provide them with the motivation, the knowledge and the means to build and grow new business ventures.


Bring communities together
and encourage them to create joint startups.

Facilitate collaboration
between startups from all sides.

Provide a link
between startups and businesses, using expertise from Finland.


The annual program has a series of events, trainings, and mentoring, closed and open workshops across the island and an opportunity to attend




Startups4Peace is a competition and mini acceleration program organized by the Embassy of Finland in Cyprus and Startup Cyprus, in partnership with the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce.

The objective is to encourage innovative startup entrepreneurship with intercommunal vision in Cyprus, to bring together and increase contacts between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot startup communities and support young entrepreneurs in developing their businesses.



Two selected startups will get the opportunity to attend the legendary startup event SLUSH in Helsinki , Finland on

November 30 to December 1 st 2017


Startups4Peace kicks-off with an Open Day event on June 1st. Join us to find out more about

Startups4Peace and Slush, to network with like-minded people, and potentially even find your amazing team-mates.


Find out more here

The pre-selection will be made based on a short online application available here.

Selected startups will participate in two Startup Masterclasses, in July and September with amazing speakers and mentors from Finland and Cyprus, for a hands-on learning experience and to literally help them to startup.


The grand finals is the Starups4Peace Pitch Battle where selected startups will pitch their ideas to our expert jury.


The winning startups will participate in our Pitch Bootcamp to get ready for Slush!




Selection Criteria

Business Criteria (60%)


i. Are you actually solving a problem? Does the solution solve a core need / problem?

ii. Do you have a clear value proposition / Clear benefit to the customer?

iii. Have you identified a specific target market?

iv. Is it unique? – how good / innovative / viable is the idea?

v. Market potential – how scalable is the product or service? Can you conquer the world?

vi. How will you differentiate from the competition?

vii. How will you make money?

viii. What is your go-to-market / launch strategy?

ix. Team? – ability to execute


Cooperation Criteria (40%)


1. Preference will be given to intercommunal teams.


2. The business follows the objectives of increasing co-operation between the

Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot communities, joint business ideas and

taking into consideration opportunities of operating in a united country.



Teams must address both Criteria, Business and Cooperation

The panel may also select startups from the Turkish Cypriot community and from Greek Cypriot Community.


1/06 Launch Event

Get inspired – Find out about Slush – Network
Topic : Motivation to participate / presentation of Slush / Speed Dating of participants
Location: Garage, Ammochostou 16, Nicosia
Time: @17:30

26/06 Applications Deadline

Applications Deadline: @ 23:59
Apply here

27/06 Announcement of finalists
The selected teams will be announced on 27/6/17.
1/07 Startup Masterclass – workshop and mentoring session for finalists

Startup Master Class - handson training and mentoring session for finalist teams selected
Topics : Opportunity recognition, Customer discovery, Business Model Canvas (BMC), testing with Minimum Viable Product (MVP)
Location: Digital tree Offices, 8 Michael Karaoli, Anemomylos Building, 3rd floor, Nicosia 1095
Time: @ 09:30 - 18:00

09/2017 Startup Masterclass 2 – workshop and mentoring session for finalists
Full day workshop and mentoring session on: Pitching, metrics, analytics, growth hacking 
@ 3 Lounge, Türk Mah. Turkish Quarter / Cemal Gürsel Cad. Kyrenia, Kyrenia, Cyprus
10/2017 Startups4Peace Pitch Battle event

Startups4Peace Pitch Battle event to select 2 teams from the finalists to go to Slush
Participants will be chosen by jury to participate in Slush.

10/2017 Startups4Peace Pitch Bootcamp
Half a day bootcamp to train winners in pitching and prepare them for SLUSH.
30/11 - 1/12 SLUSH
Winners attend Slush event in Helsinki


Who can apply?

Applicants must be residents of Cyprus. Preference is given to teams with members from both communities. We are looking for startups with innovative business ideas with growth potential, incorporating vision and strategy for a united Cyprus.


How will the winners be selected?

The winners will be selected on the basis of their business idea and market potential, as well as how well the idea incorporates the vision for the whole Cyprus based on the STARTUPS 4 PEACE Selection Criteria . Looking into the future is an element of a successful application. Practically, teams must get points in both Criteria, Business and Cooperation.


How can I apply?

Application form is here. Applications are accepted until 26/06/2017 at 23:59.


How big should my team be?


To be a team you must be at least two. Preference is given to teams with members from both communities.


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