Cultural DeTour Accelerator (CDTA) Program Call for Expression of Interest is Now Open

Cultural DeTour Accelerator (CDTA) Program Call for Expression of Interest is Now Open

  • Open call for SMEs and Startups from Europe to apply for the Cultural DeTour Accelerator (CDTA) Program
  • A 6-month program for 30 startups & SMEs from Greece, Slovenia and Spain

Athens, September 4, 2023 – The Cultural DeTour ( consortium announces the launch of the Cultural DeTour Accelerator (CDTA) Program. This 6-month acceleration initiative aims to empower small or early-stage sustainable cultural tourism businesses in Greece, Spain, or Slovenia to scale up and thrive in an ever-evolving market. The CDTA Program will select 30 innovative teams to participate in a journey of growth and learning, starting in January 2024. Emphasizing new business models, digitalization, technology, and sustainability through the Earth-Centered Design Methodology, the program promises to equip participants with the necessary competencies to flourish in the sustainable cultural tourism industry.

Applications are open until October 31, 2023. 

What the Programm Offers: 

  • Four national workshops in each participating country’s language
  • Two transnational workshops for cross-border insights and collaboration
  • Five hours of individual mentoring on sustainability business modeling
  • Access to industry experts for personalized guidance and advice
  • Thematic courses and webinars by partner organizations
  • Networking opportunities for best practice sharing

How to Apply: 

Applications can be submitted online for startups through The deadline for application submission is October 31, 2023.

Who can Apply: 

The Cultural DeTour Accelerator Program welcomes SMEs and early-stage sustainable cultural tourism businesses based in Greece, Spain, and Slovenia, operating within the cultural tourism sector.

Program Timeline & Support Stages:

  • Outreach & Selection: September 2023
  • Application period: September 2023 – October 31, 2023
  • Evaluation period: November 1, 2023 – November 30, 2023
  • Selection of 30 companies
  • Announcement to the applicants: December 10, 2023
  • Launch of the CDT Acceleration Program: January 2024
  • End of the CDT Acceleration Program: June 2024

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

For more information about the program and to apply, visit

The CulturalDe Tour Project is funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union. The Cultural DeTour consortium, consisting of three partners from three countries, is committed to fostering innovation and sustainability in the cultural tourism sector through its transformative programs.


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About Cultural DeTour Project:

The Cultural DeTour project aims to use design-driven innovation and sustainability integration to boost collaboration and entrepreneurship in the cultural tourism sector, and create a strong cross-sectoral and cross-national innovation network to improve economic resilience during the COVID-19 recovery phase.

Cultural DeTour is the product of a unique collaboration between three heterogenous yet complementary partners from across the European Union: Envolve Entrepreneurship (Greece), Finnova (Spain) and Arctur (Slovenia). 

For Further Details and Contact:

With the contribution of the Creative Europe programme of the European Union under the Call for proposals: CREA-CULT-2022-COOP.

About Envolve Entrepreneurship:

Envolve is an entrepreneurship support organization, founded by the Libra Group in 2012. It provides education, resources, and award programs for startup businesses globally. The organization encompasses the former Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award (HEA) and the American Entrepreneurship Award (AEA) – programs that have declared 67 winners since 2012, supporting job creation and economic growth in Greece and the US. Striving for a global society where all business owners can prosper and grow, Envolve is committed to developing and cultivating entrepreneurial ecosystems by ensuring business support services are more readily available to entrepreneurs. To learn more about Envolve, please visit