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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!

COOPAthon no. 1 19-21 March

COOPAthon no. 2 16-18 April

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 develop and pitch your ideas and solutions across a range of exciting challenges. We are looking for ideas that address the following topics:

  • Climate change (green house emissions, deforestation, desertification, resilience to the effects of climate change)
  • Protection of natural and cultural heritage and environment (cultural, green tourism)
  • Poverty
  • Education
  • Gender Equality
  • Unsustainable consumption and production practices (food waste, fast fashion, reduction of single use plastics)
  • Decent work conditions and just economic growth
  • Inclusivity (in the workplace, in our infrastructures, in products, in digital or face to face learning environments)
  • Peace and collaboration between the different communities of Cyprus
  • Physical and mental health during Covid-19

 Your idea can be linked to one or a combination of the above topics. The list is not exhaustive. These are some suggestions, we are happy to hear yours!

 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.

Themes and Dates

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

COOPAthon no. 1: 19-21 March 2021

  • SDG 5 Gender Equality
  • SDG 12 Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 Climate Action

COOPAthon no. 2: 16-18 April 2021

  • SDG 1 No Poverty
  • SDG 3 Good Health and Well Being 
  • SDG 4 Quality Education
  • SDG 5 Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Country Final: 22 May 2021

You can join only one of the two 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 of the event

Day 1: 16:00-20:00 EET

Day 2: 10:00-20:00 EET

Day 3: 10:00-17:00 EET


The COOPAthons will be in English.


COOPAthon Team


Iliana Petridou, Youth Trainer

Eleni Michail, Youth Trainer


Stavros K. Parlalis, Assistant Professor in Social Work at Frederick University Cyprus

Burak Berk Doluay, co-founder of CyprusInno

Sezis Thompson, Projects Consultant

Marianna Plomariti, Communication Officer at WWF Greece 

Savvas Charalambous, Communications Officer at CARDET 

Anna Michael, Life and Career Coach, Project Manager of YOUTHShare


Andrea Solomonides, Entrepreneur, co-founder of the Cyprus Enterprise Link

Prodromos Alambritis, Chairperson of Board of Directors of the Youth Board of Cyprus

Alexander Apostolides, Regulatory Research Lead MENA-MED of the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance, European University Cyprus

Click here to read the biographies of the team of the COOPAthons!


Prizes are subject to Covid-19 measures.

The Country Final winning team will get the following:

  • A paid trip to the UK to participate in a study visit to meet people from the social enterprise industry. (subject to Covid-19 measures)
  • Vouchers worth of 3,000 EUR that can be used for purchases according to the needs of the winning team.
  • Extra mentoring to further support the development of the winning idea.
  • Support with creating a logo and a website.



You can apply either as an individual or a team. If you don’t have a team we will group you into one during the first day. 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.

How to apply

Click here to apply 

Deadlines for applications for each COOPAthon are the following:

COOPAthon no. 1: 17 March 23:59 EET.

COOAthon no. 2: 12 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.