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CulturalDeTour extends the deadline to apply for its Acceleration Program until November 19, 2023

  • This extension is an opportunity for those entrepreneurs who have not yet been able to apply
  • The program will help selected startups get off the ground, scale their business, explore new models and improve sustainability practices starting in January 2024

02/11/2023, Brussels. The CulturalDeTour project is extending the application deadline to be part of the CulturalDeTour Acceleration Program (CDTA), aimed at small or early-stage sustainable cultural tourism companies in Greece, Spain or Slovenia to scale and thrive in a constantly evolving market. The new deadline to participate in the program runs until Sunday, November 19, and interested parties can register through this link.

Europa Creativa presents this Program in the framework of the CulturalDeTour project, a 6-month initiative that will start in January 2024. The objective is to provide an opportunity for sustainable cultural tourism businesses to gain valuable insights and develop essential skills to grow and expand their businesses through digitization, technology and sustainability using the Earth-Centered Design Methodology. The CDTA Program seeks to drive innovation, sustainability and business creation in the tourism sector through a design-driven process. To this end, it will select 30 innovative teams, SMEs and early-stage sustainable cultural tourism companies based in Greece, Spain and Slovenia, operating within the cultural tourism sector, to grow and learn, expand their business, explore new models and improve sustainability practices. Emphasizing new business models, the program will provide participants with the necessary competencies to thrive in the sustainable cultural tourism industry.

Resources, guidance, networking

Between January and June 2024, participants will be able to benefit from four national workshops in the language of each participating country, two transnational workshops for cross-border understanding and collaboration; five hours of one-on-one mentoring on sustainability business modeling, access to industry experts for customized guidance and advice, thematic courses and webinars from partner organizations, and networking opportunities to share best practices.

During the 6-month duration of the CulturalDeTour Acceleration Program, those selected will have benefits such as:

  • Four national workshops in the language of each participating country and two transnational workshops.
  • Five hours of one-on-one mentoring on sustainable business models.
  • Access to industry experts
  • Thematic courses and webinars
  • Networking to share best practices

Who can apply?

The CulturalDeTour Accelerator Program welcomes startups, SMEs or early stage companies based in Spain, Greece or Slovenia, operating within the cultural tourism sector.

Program schedule and phases of support:

The CulturalDeTour Accelerator Program offers an unprecedented opportunity for sustainable cultural tourism businesses to gain valuable knowledge, develop critical skills and form strategic partnerships. Together, let’s revolutionize the future of cultural tourism.

  • Scope and Selection: September 2023
  • Application period: September 2023 – November 19, 2023
  • Selection of 30 companies
  • Announcement to applicants: December 10, 2023
  • Launch of CDT Accelerator Program: January 2024
  • End of CDT Acceleration Program: June 2024

Link to the project call on the website:

About Cultural DeTour:

Creative Europe’s CulturalDeTour project, aims to use design-driven innovation and sustainability integration to drive collaboration and entrepreneurship in the cultural tourism sector, and create a strong cross-sector and transnational innovation network to enhance economic resilience during the recovery phase of COVID-19.

CulturalDeTour is the product of a unique collaboration between three heterogeneous but complementary partners from across the European Union – Envolve Entrepreneurship (Greece), Finnova (Spain) and Arctur (Slovenia).

About Finnova:

Finnova is the Spanish-Belgian foundation based in Brussels and Spain (headquartered in Valencia), working for the promotion and development of innovation and entrepreneurship in the EU. Finnova’s experience in leading communication and dissemination activities of European projects is combined with a solid proven track record in business creation and entrepreneurship support programs, such as accelerators, incubators and events, as well as its commitment to training and employability of young people.