Young Innovators Challenge
What is It?
The Young Innovators Challenge is a competition aimed at finding
Scotland's innovators of tomorrow. It will provide Scotland's
18 - 24 year olds in training, further and higher
education with the opportunity to turn their innovative ideas into
a reality. Participation in the process will provide opportunities
to develop business and entrepreneurial skills as well as gain an
understanding of how to set up and run a business.
Five industry related challenge videos will be showcased at
Challenge Labs in February, with each explaining current industry
trends and challenges in that sector. Scotland's young people will
then be tasked with creating and designing innovative solutions to
these challenges. Finalists will be invited to pitch their
ideas to a panel of industry and business experts for the chance to
win up to £50,000 to take their idea forward and
will also receive a year of business support.
There are six categories for the
The categories are:-
What can I win?
The winning entries will receive a cash prize of up to
£50,000 to be used to support the development of their
idea over the period of one year. They will also receive a year's
worth of support from a business advisor to help them take their
idea forward, as well as input from Scotland's enterprise agencies
and industry representatives. All participants will benefit
from professional support and guidance on innovation and
entrepreneurship. Finalists will benefit from an additional
three day residential opportunity to help develop their ideas
further as well as their negotiating and business pitching
Who is it for?
The prize will be open to 18 - 24 year olds who
are about to finish their college or university course as well as
those participating in national training programmes.
Do I have to enter myself or can I enter with
The competition will be open to individuals entries and entries
from teams of up to three people
What will I be asked for in my entry?
Read more information about what you will be asked in our background information for applications!
I'm interested but I don't have an idea!
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HOW DO I APPLY?
31st May: PLEASE NOTE THAT THE COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED
We are currently assessing entries and will be
inviting shortlisted applicants to participant in the
residential YIC Bootcamp taking place from 17 - 20th
Judging day will take place in Glasgow on the 11th
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February's Challenge Labs are now finished. You can now
watch all of the Challenge Videos online. Visit YIC2013challenges on
For any general enquiries about the Young Innovators Challenge
Telephone: 0141 330 8793