Congratulations to the winners of the Young Innovators Challenge 2015! Each of the final 38 winners will receive prize money of up to£2,000 and will attend the YIC 2015 Winners Bootcamp in Dundee on 17th – 19th June. They will also attend two summer workshops and a final pitching event in August where they could secure up to a further £5,000 of funding to help make their idea a reality.
The Young Innovators Challenge is funded by Scottish Government and is part of the Scotland CAN DO approach. The competition is now in its third year and was run in several stages. In stage 1, students completed an online entry form with a broad outline of their idea for a social innovation.152 students were shortlisted from all the entrants for stage 1, with each student winning £100 and an invitation to attend a special Innovation Weekend in April. Attendees heard an inspiring talk from David Duke, founder of StreetSoccer Scotland and were then encouraged to work on their idea further with the help of the SIE team.
For the next stage of the competition, the shortlisted students were asked to create a short video presentation for our experienced panel of judges. They also had the opportunity to update their online entry.The final entries were judged on 14th of May by Josh Littlejohn,organiser of the Scottish Business Awards and co-founder of the Social Bite,Susan Aktemel, Director of Homes for Good (Scotland) and Graham Bell, Chief Executive of Kibble Foundation.
The 38 final winners of the Young Innovators Challenge 2015. (Team members in italics where appropriate).
Name College or University
Abdallah Moh D (University of Strathclyde)
Ajaya Kumar Malapati (University of St Andrews)
Bethany Ripley (University of Strathclyde)
Claire Wright (University of Dundee)
Daniel Donaldson (Edinburgh Napier University)
Danielle Amma Simpson (University of the West of Scotland)
David Boyter (Queen Margaret University)
Henry Tracey (University of Edinburgh)
Ian Denev (University of Glasgow)
Jeremie Warner (University of Strathclyde)
Jonathan Thomson (Glasgow School of Art)
Juan Pablo Echenique (University of Edinburgh)
Kirstin Lamotte (University of Strathclyde)
Leon Balchin (Glasgow School of Art)
Martha Beatriz Lopez Yrigoyen (University of Edinburgh)
Elena Lopez Bravo
Matthew Bracchi (University of Aberdeen)
Oonagh Mannix (University of Edinburgh)
Patrick Renner (University of Glasgow)
Rachel Thomson (University of Edinburgh)
Ritti Soncco Zachmann (University of Aberdeen)
Ryan Johnston (University of Dundee)
Sam Multrai (University of Aberdeen)
Scott Kerr (University of Strathclyde)
Sylvester Sweeney (University of Dundee)