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Finnish embassy launches Startups4peace

The Embassy of Finland on Thursday will launch Startups4peace, a programme which aims to bring together people with business ideas from both communities in Cyprus.

The start-up is jointly organised by the Embassy of Finland and Startup Cyprus in cooperation with the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce.

“The objective is to encourage innovative start-up entrepreneurship with an intercommunal vision in Cyprus, to bring together and increase contacts between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot start-up communities and to support young entrepreneurs in developing their businesses,” the organisers explained.

Participants need to present a business-related problem and demonstrate how they would solve it in a creative way while making a profit. Teams should be bi-communal or address a problem which significantly benefits both communities.

Two selected groups will get the opportunity to attend the leading European start-up event ‘Slush’ in Helsinki, Finland from November 30 until December 1, 2017.

The pre-selection will be made based on a short online application available online. Unlike last year, this year the selected finalists will be offered training via seminars and educational workshops during the summer before the final selection, or Startups4peace Pitch Battle, in October.

The launch of the Startups4Peace programme is on Thursday June1 at 5.30pm, at GARAGE,

Ammochostou 16, 1016 Nicosia.

For more info contact Marilena Kyprianou at 22-458020 or Tunc Yalgin at +905338613734 or visit

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