Unloc Young Entrepreneurs Challenge 2023

If you’re 16-25 and have a fresh and innovative technology led idea for a business, or have started one already – then Verizon and Unloc want to hear from you!

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Winner: £10,000 / €11,000. Runners-up: £1,000 / €1,100.

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“The Young Entrepreneurs Challenge brought to you by Verizon Business and Unloc is an annual event that seeks to find cutting edge young talent across Europe. Now in its 5th year there’s never been a better time to put your ideas into action and reach for success!

“Got a great business idea or concept? If you’re 16-25 and have a fresh and innovative technology led idea for a business, or have started one already – then we want to hear from you! Our competition seeks the best young minds from across Europe, young people with vision, social awareness and the ambition to achieve.

“Our Grand Prize Winner will receive a £10,000 / €11,000* grant, a mentorship package and pro-bono support to accelerate their business idea or start-up. It’s the opportunity to make your mark, get noticed and put your ideas into action.

“All shortlisted finalists will also receive the Young Entrepreneurs Challenge Masterclass Support Programme. An assigned enterprise support mentor who will create a 1-2-1 support plan focusing on your key priorities. These could be addressing knowledge gaps, or being matched with services. You will also receive a series of masterclasses across the next year on a range of topics and with a variety of industry expert speakers. Last year’s masterclasses focused on: – Business Finance, Equity Sharing & Legal Structures, R&D, Strategic Planning + Forecasting.

“One overall winner, selected by our panel of industry experts and entrepreneurs, will walk away with a substantial £10,000 / €11,000* grant to invest in their business, whilst each finalist will also receive a £1,000/€1,100* cash injection.”

How to apply

“All you have to do is record a 60-second pitch video on your phone and submit it with your application here to have a chance to win:

  • £10,000/€11,000* of funding for your start-up business
  • A mentorship package to accelerate your idea
  • Finalist runners-up will receive £1,000 of funding for your start-up business
  • Ticket to the Global One Young World 2023 Belfast Summit in Ireland”

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