Young Innovators Challenge
Scotland's social innovation themed competition gives students
the chance to make a difference!
The 21st century has brought with it a number of challenges and
opportunities for Scotland. Healthcare issues such as obesity and
dementia are a growing threat, which need addressed as a nation.
There are also opportunities to develop new and cleaner sources of
power for our country, make our cities more sustainable, and
improve our communities with the latest technological developments.
The solutions to the challenges we face are out there and just need
that spark of ingenuity to bring them together!
Social innovation is an emerging global phenomenon that brings
together enterprising and entrepreneurial thinking with creative
innovative skills to deliver solutions with a social impact. Done
well, it changes people's lives and communities for the better.
The Young Innovators Challenge 2015 invites Scotland's students
(18+) to submit ideas which address problems or opportunities
related to one of three areas that already exhibit opportunities
for social innovation:
- Healthcare and wellbeing
- Green and sustainable energy resources
- Smarter communities and infrastructure
Thirty successful entrants could
receive £2000 to work on their innovations
throughout summer 2015 and take it from an idea to a potential
solution! They'll then pitch in August for the chance to win a top
prize of £5000!
Entries can be submitted online from February
02 until April 08
2015. Individual and team entries will be
accepted. Up to 150 entrants will be invited to a special social
innovation development weekend event in April. Here they will
develop their ideas into potential social innovations with
appropriate mentors. Final competition judging takes place in
The best ideas will then be supported through a summer of
residential and workshop events. There will be opportunities to
meet and be challenged by leaders in social innovation, get great
opportunities to network with other innovators and pitch for the
top prize in August.
This is your chance to make a difference to your
communities, your environment and the future of
We received some fantastic winners in 2014.
Are you up to the challenge?
The competition will open for entries on February 02
2015. Students can register their interest and receive
updates about the competition here.
If you are a staff member at a Scottish College or University,
or employ modern apprentices and would like to help promote the
competition to eligible students in your institution or
organisation you can register
your interest here.
(Download the full list of final winners from the
Young Innovators Challenge 2014 and the shortlisted entrants from
stage 1 of the competition).