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 EU Infopoint funded by the European Union,
, the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce.

We aim 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

December 4 - 5 2018


Startups4Peace kicks-off on June 7th. 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 Startup Masterclasses and Bootcamps, with amazing speakers and mentors from Finland and Cyprus, for a hands-on learning experience and to literally help them to startup. Participation in the masterclasses and bootcamps by at least one team member is a prerequisite for graduation.


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. Team composition
Cyprus majority in teams (team members from other countries are allowed)

2. Cooperation
i. Preference will be given to intercommunal teams.


ii. 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.


7/06 Launch Event

Location: Goethe-Institut, 21 Markou Drakou, 1102 Nicosia.
Time: @18:00

1/07 Applications Deadline

Applications Deadline: @ 23:59
Apply here

2/07 Announcement of finalists
The selected teams will be announced on 02/07/18.
7/07 Startup Masterclass 1 - workshop and mentoring session for finalists

Full day workshop and mentoring session on: Opportunity recognition, Customer discovery, Business Model Canvas (BMC), testing with Minimum Viable Product (MVP)

09/2018 Startup Masterclass 2 – workshop and mentoring session for finalists

Full day workshop and mentoring session on: Pitching, metrics, analytics, growth hacking

10/18 Bootcamp
Bootcamp for the finalists
10/2018 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.

11/2018 Startups4Peace Pitch Bootcamp
Half a day bootcamp to train winners in pitching and prepare them for SLUSH.
4/12 - 5/12 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 01/07/2018 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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