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The Young Innovators Challenge 2015


The Scottish Institute for Enterprise (SIE) has recently launched it’s annual Young Innovators Challenge. This competition invites Scotland’s students 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

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!

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 up to an additional £5000.

Entries can be submitted online until 8th April 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 May.

If you would like to apply visit the SIE website for more information.

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