As part of the event we will have a business competition segment for aspiring entrepreneurs aged 16–30 years old. Through an application process prior to the event, young entrepreneurs will submit a video pitch of an enterprise idea they can start with £1,000 plus their proposed returns on that investment within a six week period. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to The Pitch, a Dragons’ Den style pitch in front of a live audience on the day of the event.
A panel of judges will vote on the best business idea pitch and the entrepreneur(s) with the best idea from each campus will be invited to go through to the Youngtrepreneurs Boot Camp, where they will meet the other finalists and be taught by leading entrepreneurs on business start-up.
At the end of the boot camp each participant will be given £1,000 and matched with a mentor who will provide support over the six weeks in which they will implement their £1,000 business idea and aim to generate the biggest return on investment.
After six weeks the finalist with the highest return on investment will walk away with a £10,000 start-up fund prize.