Beneficiaries and Conditions

Beneficiaries

Individuals or teams (maximum up to 3 persons) have the right to participate in the Competition provided they fall under the following categories.

Κ1. Entrepreneurship for Students of Secondary Education: Students 12-18 years old, enrolled in schools (Gymnasiums and Lyceums) recognized by the Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture located within the territory of the Republic of Cyprus. Students are entitled to request counselling support from teachers.

Κ2. Entrepreneurship for Students of Tertiary Education: Students enrolled in Universities or Institutions of Tertiary Education (Higher and Tertiary Education) recognized by the Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture. PhD students and PhD candidates are excluded since they fall under category K3.

Κ3. Business Entrepreneurship: Natural persons, teams of persons or startups or newly-established businesses and Small and Medium-sized5 enterprises6 (SMEs), with Headquarters within the territory of the Republic of Cyprus.

Non-Beneficiaries

K3. Business Entrepreneurship: The following are not eligible to participate:

  • Large Enterprises
  • Applicants who have a final court conviction against them for deceit, fraud and/or other offense, unless it has been three (3) years from the date of such conviction.

Participation Right

Participation rights to the Digital Championship have all those described above as “Beneficiaries”” that do not fall under any of the descriptions of “Non-Beneficiaries” and

  • Will submit a timely proposal,
  • Will submit the necessary supporting documents within the specified deadline, and
  • Each candidate may submit only one proposal

Submitting Proposals

Required Supporting Documents

At the Training Days, the following documents must all be submitted.

Categories of Participants Activities
Κ1. Entrepreneurship for Students in Secondary Education
  1. Consent of a parent or guardian (for each member of the team) stating that:
    • 1.a. He / she agrees for the student to take part in the Competition, and
    • 1.b. Accepts for the student to be photographed and / or videotaped for Competition promotion purposes

  2. Written student statement (for each member of the team) stating that:
    • 2.a. The information included in the proposal is complete, accurate and true, and is the product of their own work, without any other external assistance, and
    • 2.b. He/she accepts the cross-referencing of the information stated in the proposal submission form.

  3. A photocopy of their Student Identity Card or Certification from the School Principal for each member of the team.
Κ2. Entrepreneurship for Students in Tertiary Education
  1. Declaration Statement stating that:
    • 1.a. The information included in the proposal are complete, accurate and true, and are the product of the participants’ own work, without any other external assistance, and
    • 1.b. He/she accepts the cross-referencing of the information stated in the proposal submission form.
    • 1.c. He/she accepts to be photographed and / or videotaped for Competition promotion purposes.

  2. A photocopy of their Student Identity Card or Certificate of Attendance from their Tertiary Education Institution or University, for each member of the team.

Κ3. Business Entrepreneurship
  1. Declaration Statement stating that:
    • 1.a. The information included in the proposal is complete, accurate and true, and is the product of the work of the startups or newly-established businesses or the participating team members and that they own the intellectual property rights, without any other external assistance, and
    • 1.b. They accept the cross-referencing of the information stated in the proposal submission form.
    • 1.c. They undertake to implement or complete the proposed digital product or service by the date of submission and final evaluation.
    • 1.d. They accept to be photographed and / or videotaped for Competition promotion purposes.

  2. Certificate of registration of the company or in case the applicants are natural persons a copy of the Identity Card of each applicant.

  3. Certification by the Independent Certified Auditors that the enterprise is an SME. (Not applicable to natural persons)

How to Submit Proposals

Summaries and proposals are submitted electronically at: http://www.digitalchampionship.org
On Training Days participants are provided with the Supporting Documents File, which should include the required supporting documents as described in Section 6.1. If the Supporting Documents File is not submitted on Training Days, it may be sent electronically by the following business day that is considered as the closing date. Prizes are awarded after the presentation takes place and validation of the original documents.

It is noted that after the expiry of the deadline for submission of proposals and supporting documents, any changes or supplements in the submitted proposal or submission and replacement of data, information or evidence will not be accepted at any stage.

The announcement and relevant forms for the Competition are available on the Website: http://www.digitalchampionship.org/ For more information, please contact Ms. Katerina Solomou - Digital Champion Office ksolomou@mcit.gov.cy tel. 22867193.

Rights - Amendments

The Digital Champion reserves the right either to cancel the Digital Championship, or to amend the conditions thereof, or to change the dates if such action is deemed necessary. Any changes will be published in the press as well as on the Competition Website. In such a case, the Digital Champion shall not be liable for any compensation to the participants.

Confidentiality Personal Data - Publicity

All submissions will be confidential in both stages of the Digital Championship. The members of the Organizing Committee and the Evaluation Committee will sign a private confidentiality agreement according to which they will keep all information of the proposals that will be disclosed to them as confidential.

The Digital Champion shall create a personal data archive containing the personal data of all participants, solely for the purposes of the Digital Championship. Those participating in the Digital Championship accept the use of their personal data for such purposes and agree to receive information regarding the Digital Championship. Participants in the Digital Championship are not entitled to use the names or logos of the organizers of the Competition.

The conditions of participation in the Digital Championship have been posted on the website of the Digital Champion: http://www.digital-championship.org/. Participants in the Digital Championship agree and grant the Digital Champion the right to promote the Competition by selectively publishing the details of the proposals. More specifically, when the best proposal is chosen, the name(s) of the participants, the title of the proposal and a brief description of the proposed digital innovation will be published as well as the audiovisual material.


[5] Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMES) are those defined in accordance with the Commission recommendation of 6th May 2003 concerning the definition of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (Official Journal of the European Union L 124 of 20.05.2003, p. 36-1)

[6] For the purposes of the Competition, the word “enterprise” refers to all forms of business, i.e. personal, companies, partnerships, etc.