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Youth Start-Up Competition (YSC) 2023

Apply before: September 26, 2023

Youth Start-Up Competition (YSC) 2023: Encouraging Young Entrepreneurs to Shape the Future. Are you a young entrepreneur with a transformative start-up idea? Are you passionate about addressing pressing global challenges while championing European values and principles? If so, they have exciting news for you! The European Commission is proud to announce the launch of the 2023 EuropeanSME Week Youth Start-up Competition (YSC), a competition designed to celebrate and support young entrepreneurs between the ages of 18 and 25 who are developing innovative start-up ideas that tackle today’s most critical challenges.


To be eligible for the YSC, you must be between 18 and 25 years old and submit a video of no more than three minutes explaining your start-up idea, its relevance, and your business plan. Participants and their start-up should be from one of the EU or COSME countries. The video should be submitted in English. They are particularly interested in start-up ideas that promote sustainability and reflect EU values. Originality, uniqueness, and the potential to generate public interest and media attention are also key criteria for selection.

The winner of the YSC will be chosen by a jury based on three essential criteria: creativity, visibility, and communications. The three shortlisted candidates will be announced online and invited to the SME Assembly in Bilbao, Spain, which is taking place in 13-17 November. In a dedicated YSC session at the event, they will have the opportunity to present their start-up idea and business model. The audience, along with the jury, will vote for their favourite, resulting in a final winner.

Attending the SME Assembly 2023 is not only an opportunity to showcase your start-up but also a chance to connect with potential investors and partners. The event offers a variety of workshops, panel discussions, and networking events where young entrepreneurs can learn, grow, and collaborate with industry professionals.

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The YSC is organised as part of the European Commission’s ongoing efforts to promote enterprises and support entrepreneurship across Europe. They recognise the crucial role that young people play in shaping the future of the European Union, and they are committed to fostering entrepreneurship as a promising career path for the next generation.

Are you ready to take your start-up idea to the next level? If you are, then don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to showcase your innovation, connect with like-minded individuals, and gain exposure for your start-up. Start preparing your video submission today and get ready to make your mark on the world of entrepreneurship. The deadline for submissions is Monday 25 September 2023.

Application Process

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Theme : Youth
Applicant Country : Horizon europe
For more information : European Commission

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