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Show off your ideas, enthusiasm and people skills in a new series of innovative competitions to develop the social and co-operative solutions of the future!

British Council Cyprus, in collaboration with CARDET and YOUTHShare invites you to take part in the COOPAthons, hackathon-style competitions where people work in teams to develop exciting social business ideas, with a thematic focus on the UN Sustainable Development Goals ( These intense, idea-generating virtual events are part of the COOPower project, which is all about encouraging young people to consider a career in the social economy sector. COOPower is co-funded by the European Union.

So be prepared to pitch and debate your best ideas and solutions across a range of exciting challenges, from climate change, gender equality, decent work to inclusive communities and responsible consumption. Each team’s business proposal will be judged by an expert panel, so get ready for lively and fast-paced COOPAthons in Cyprus! 

How will I benefit by taking part in a COOPAthon?

We need your innovative ideas to address today’s global challenges, and the COOPAthons are a great opportunity to creatively work with other young people on finding the right solutions as well as the chance to bring something back for your own community. These events give you the opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals, meet people from the sector and get practical support on developing your idea into reality. 


COOPAthons will take place on the following periods and addressing the following themes:

COOPAthon no. 1:  SDG 12 Responsible Consumption and Production, SDG 13 Climate Action 19-21 March 2021

COOPAthon no. 2: SDG 5 Gender Equality 2-4 April 2021

COOPAthon no. 3: SDG 8 Decent Work and Economic Growth, SDG 10 Reduced Inequalities 16-18 April 2021

Country Final: 22 May 2021

You can join only one of the three COOPAthons. Each COOPAthon will have three winning teams that will then move to a Country Final. The winning teams of each COOPAthon will benefit from extra mentoring sessions in order to finalise their idea for presentation before the jury of the Country Final.

Indicative schedule

Day 1: 16:00-20:00 EET

Day 2: 10:00-20:00 EET

Day 3: 10:00-16:00 EET

The COOPAthons will be in English.

COOAthon Team

Coming soon.


Prizes are subject to Covid-19 measures.

The Country Final winning team will get the chance to travel to the UK and participate in a study visit meeting people from the sector.

Extra mentoring to further support the development of the winning team’s idea.

Provision of equipment/support, according to the needs of the winning team.


 You can apply either as an individual or a team. Teams can be a maximum of five people.

To apply you must:

  • Be aged 18-35 (some flexibility exists but the event is not open to minors)
  • Be a resident of the Republic of Cyprus and/or have citizenship of the Republic of Cyprus. We welcome applications from different communities across Cyprus
  • Be able to confidently speak and write in English (a formal qualification is not required, just the ability to speak and write at this level).

Ideas focusing on areas where the Republic of Cyprus does not exercise effective control of, are not eligible.

For individuals without a team, pre-events will take place before each COOPAthon with the aim to group you into teams. The dates for the pre-evens are the following:

  • COOPAthon no. 1: 16 March 18:00 - 20:00 EET
  • COOPAthon no. 2: 30 March 18:00 - 20:00 EET
  • COOPAthon no. 3: 13 April 18:00 - 20:00 EET

How to apply

Click here to apply 

Deadlines for applications for each COOPAthon are the following:

COOPAthon no. 1: 14 March 23:59 EET.

COOAthon no. 2: 28 March 23:59 EET

COOPAthon no. 3: 11 April 23:59 EET

Applications are on a first come first served basis, depending on eligibility. We will make an announcement if positions are filled.


The COOPAthons will take place over Microsoft Teams.


By participating in these virtual events, you are using British Council Digital Services and it is understood that you agree to the following Terms of Use:


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The COOPAthons are supported by the Youth Board of Cyprus

Contact us

For more information, you can contact Marilena Kyriakou at / +357 99324110.