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First pre-accelerator programme for the SDGS launches in Cyprus

11/05/2021 11:26

The programme will empower young innovators from across the island with an idea or startup tackling a Global Challenge to maximize their impact.

The Base by CyprusInno has announced a call for applications for its first SDG Innovation Pre-Accelerator Programme, a hybrid live and virtual pre-acceleration program using a blended methodology of ideation, business panning, pitching, networking, and mentorship to empower young social innovators from all across Cyprus to tackle island-wide challenges related to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Young social innovators ages 18-35 can apply at any stage, whether they just have a new idea or are currently running a startup.  All applications will be reviewed by a jury of stakeholders and startups/ideas/entrepreneurs selected to participate in the program will be notified at the end of May of their acceptance into the June bootcamp.  Participation is completely free.

The SDG Innovation Pre-Accelerator Programme will occur over four phases:

  • PHASE 1: IDEATHON (APRIL/MAY) - Teams are invited to submit their ideas tackling the SDGs.
  • PHASE 2: EVALUATION (MAY) - An expert panel of evaluators will assess all submitted ideas and provide feedback. Ideas that fit the criteria for acceptance (assessed by measures of feasibility, problem solving, innovative thinking, quality, etc.) will be invited to attend the bootcamp.
  • PHASE 3: WEEKEND BOOTCAMP (JUNE) - Selected teams will participate in a two-day training and pitching bootcamp where they will work on business model canvas and pitching. Teams will also be matched with expert mentors.
  • PHASE 4: ONGOING SUPPORT (JULY-ONWARDS) - Support on next steps after the programme in the form of free office/co-working space and support from CyprusInno, as well as networking opportunities and connections with relevant stakeholders.

The application is now open online at and the deadline to apply is Sunday, May 23 at 11:59 EEST.

SDG Innovation Pre-Accelerator Programme is organized by The Base by CyprusInno and supported by UNFICYP. 

About The Base by CyprusInno

The Base by CyprusInno, the world's first Social Impact Generator™, combines the elements of a coworking space, accelerator/incubator, innovation center, meeting/office space, and multimedia studio located in Nicosia in Cyprus’ Buffer Zone. A Social Impact Generator™ is an ever-evolving, multi-purpose space that enables the co-creation of social and economic impact in various fields of focus by bringing together both the private and public sectors, as well as civil society, via a hybrid platform of digital and physical tools.

Contact: [email protected]