Cyprus has been divided for nearly 50 years, leaving young Cypriots uncertain about the future of their country and the economic benefits of a united island largely untapped. The island's Buffer Zone (i.e., "Demilitarized Zone" "Green Line") offers an opportunity for both communities across the divide to meet & interact, which opens the door to economic collaboration. However, this area is mostly a "dead zone" and has little to no infrastructure to promote and support innovation and partnership.
In Europe's last divided capital, and in the volatile region of The Levant, we've established a peaceful, stable, engaging, and interactive space that maximizes dialogue and cooperation via entrepreneurship and innovation. From The Base, we strive to transform this dead zone into an innovation zone by operating a "base" for Greek- and Turkish-Cypriots to co-work and collaborate, build and launch their ideas/startups through a social impact accelerator, access mentors, build a network, and more.
Cyprus has the potential to serve as a model for peace, stability, and prosperity across our region. We'll help train, mentor, and accelerate at 20+ social impact startups (40-60 Greek & Turkish-Cypriot founders) with ideas that tackle social & environmental issues in Cyprus and abroad via the SDGs, and support hundreds more. Collaboration via business creates economic ties between our divided communities, which builds trust & peace. This model that can be replicated in other conflict regions.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).