Part of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2016

The Youngtrepreneurs Start-Up Challenge Roadshow tours colleges and universities across the UK this November (7th – 25th ) . Our roadshow event this year features an exclusive screening of the forthcoming docu-series Youngtrepreneurs, a documentary that follows the lives of six young entrepreneurs, a business pitch competition, talks from some of the UK’s leading young entrepreneurs, networking opportunities, info on sources of start up funds  and much more.

This is an exciting opportunity to be inspired, engage in entrepreneurial activities, whilst connecting to potential collaborators, mentors, and sources of funding.

Visit our events page  to see details of one of our roadshow events at a college or university near you.

Youngtrepreneurs: Docu-series

Youngtrepreneurs delves into the exciting worlds of six young business owners in Britain. They are from diverse backgrounds and work in diverse industries, including dance, cooking, stock trading, fashion styling, e-commerce and snowboarding. In a perfect blend of entertainment and education, the show captures the fun and lively aspects of these individuals and poses the question on everybody’s mind: what does it take to be young and successful?

The Start-Up Challenge Business Pitch Competition

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.


Start-Up Challenge – Stages

Pre-event stage

Application process through video submissions in response to the brief, and shortlisting (September 1st – October 12th 2016).

Start-Up Challenge Event – The Pitch

Shortlisted candidates invited to Dragons’ Den style pitch during the events, 10 finalists for next stage (Global Entrepreneurship week November 7th – 25th 2016).

Youngtrepreneur Boot Camp

Taught by leading entrepreneur on business start-up; attendees will meet other finalists and be allocated a mentor, plus awarded £1,000 to start their enterprise challenge (January 2017).

The Start-Up Challenge Business Launch

Six week start-up challenge; the finalist with the highest return on investment wins (February – March 2017).

Winner of Youngtrepreneur

Start-Up Challenge (April 2016) – £10,000 start-up investment.