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Scottish Institute for Enterprise: Young Innovators’ Challenge 2014


young innovators challThe Young Innovators Challenge returns with a new focus on social innovation. This is a great opportunity to develop ideas and new ways of tackling real issues that can make a difference in Scotland and beyond.

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.
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 2014 invites Scotland’s students (18+) to submit ideas which address problems or opportunities related to one of three areas:

  • Healthcare and wellbeing
  • Green and sustainable energy resources
  • Smarter communities and infrastructure.

Twenty-five successful entrants could receive up to £2500 to work on their innovations throughout summer 2014 and take it from an idea to a potential solution!
Entries can be submitted online from January 23rd until March 26th 2014.  Both individual and team entries will be accepted. Up to 150 entrants will be invited to a special development weekend event in April. Here they will develop their ideas into potential social innovations with appropriate mentors. Final competition judging takes place in May.
The winning students 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 potentially work in social innovation focused ventures.

Online entry will open on January 23rd. Join the YIC2014 priority mailing list to register your interest and for priority updates on the competition and the support available to you.







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