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BIG Issue founder to support Young Innovators Challenge entrants!

John Bird, MBE. Co-founder of The BIG Issue

For the last few weeks the Young Innovators Challenge 2014 has been searching for great ideas from students and apprentices looking to address some of Scotland’s most pressing social problems.

The competition deadline is now looming and teams have until midnight on Wednesday 26th of March to enter. This is the last full weekend to work on your entry! For the next stage of the competition we’ll shortlist 150 shortlisted entrants will win £100 and make it through to the next stage of the competition. It’s here that the serious work gets underway and the next big date in our diary is April 12th when our Young Innovators Challenge Start-Up weekend kicks off at the John McIntyre Conference Centre in Edinburgh.

The event will be a fantastic opportunity to work on your YIC2014 entry and get expert help and advice. We’re pleased to announce that joining us is perhaps one of the world’s best recognised social innovators: John Bird, MBE. John co-founded the BIG Issue in 1991 and the brand is now well known in countries across the globe, with its main aim to promote issues relating to homelessness. The BIG Issue launched in response to a growing number of people sleeping rough in London and more than 20 years later has become a powerful campaigning vehicle which has improved the lives of thousands of people.

John will be taking questions from the attendees and hopes to make himself available for one-to-one discussions. This is a great opportunity, which will only be available to those making it through to the Young Innovators Challenge start-up weekend. The first step is entering, so don’t miss out!

The competition is open to all 18+ Scottish students at college, university or completing a Modern Apprenticeship. To enter, go to