Judging Criteria
  • Team qualifications and experience
  • Achievements
  • Scalable and innovative business idea and/or model
  • Market opportunities
  • Fundability of the startup

In order to participate, startups need to meet the following criteria:

  • Exists no longer than 5 years
  • Be proficient in the English language
  • Seeking an investment of €100,000 to €1,000,000
  • Have a scalable and innovative business idea or model

Startups from Cyprus applying for our international competitions should note that if they are not selected as a finalist their applications will be automatically redirected to the Disrupt Cup national competition in Cyprus.

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For any inquiries please contact info@industrydisruptors.org (Subject Line: DISCUP INQUIRY). Due to the high volume of emails, please allow a possible 48hours for a reply.

Industry Disruptors – Game Changers, announce the launch of “Disrupt Cyprus Cup”, a competition that aims to discover the most innovative startups with the utmost potential to scale up and expand their business. Cyprus-based startups are invited to apply online by Friday November 10, 2016 Applications will be initially assessed by ID-GC experts against a set a specific set of criteria i.e. team, achievements, business model & market, financials & investment proposition.

Finalists will compete live and pitch their ideas to a panel of five experienced judges, including representatives from sponsors i.e. Hellenic Bank, KPMG, Cyban and Digital Tree e-publications. Live pitching will take place in front of the audience during the “Disrupt Cyprus: Ideas Forward”, the flagship event of the Global Entrepreneurship Week Cyprus, on Wednesday, November 16  2016, at 18:00hrs.

Finalists will have 3 minutes to impress the judges and convince them they have a scalable and sustainable business idea.  They will then answer the judges’ questions (3 minutes) and will finally receive feedback and advice (2 minutes).

Winners are awarded prizes of 40.000€ value that include:

  • Cash prize of 8.000€, kindly offered of OPAP Cyprus.
  • One participation in the Global Entrepreneurship Congress and the global final of the Future Agro Challenge competition that will take place in Johannesburg, South Africa with awards of 2.000.000$ value, kindly sponsored by OPAP Cyprus.
  • Two participations α) in the biggest international startup event Launch Festival and b) the global final of the Clean Tech Open, Global Ideas Competition with awards of 5.000.000$ value. Both events take place in San Francisco, USA. Participations are kindly sponsored by the US Embassy to the Republic of Cyprus. 
  • Forty (40) hours of premium mentoring and consulting in entrepreneurial finance, accounting and legal matters, kindly offered by KPMG Cyprus.
  • Digital marketing services of 10.000€ value, kindly offered by Digital Tree.
  • A scholarship for its world renowned idea accelerator, kindly offered by the Founder Institute, Cyprus Chapter.
  • Opportunity to pitch live to Cyban angel investors.

For details, procedures and timeline please read terms and conditions.