Have you heard of the Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition?
If you haven’t, here is everything you need to know about this global entrepreneurship competition.
About The Competition
The Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition is an activity within the framework of the UNESCO Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD).
It is a global entrepreneurship programme that is targeted at supporting young entrepreneurs from all over the world to a create a more sustainable world.
The competition is an open competition that welcomes participants from countries such as Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Philippines, Algeria, India, Togo, Germany, United States, Australia, Israel and any other country at all.
Participants from all over the world are invited to submit their brilliant innovative ideas and projects that impacts or has the potential to impact the society positively, these ideas must fall under one or more of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be considered eligible.
The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are categories that the participant or entrepreneur’s ideas or project must fall under to be eligible for the competition.
These are goals by United Nations (UN) targeted towards creating a more peaceful world where lives and properties can be sustained. These Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) your ideas or projects must champion one of them are:
- No Poverty
- Zero Hunger
- Good Health And Well-being
- Quality Education
- Gender Equality
- Clean Water And Sanitation
- Affordable And Clean Energy
- Decent Work And Economic Growth
- Industry, Innovation And Infrastructure
- Reduced Inequality
- Sustainable Cities And Communities
- Responsible Consumption And Production
- Climate Action
- Life Below Water
- Life On Land
- Peace, Justice And Strong Institutions
- Partnerships For The Goals.
If your ideas or projects is among the above mentioned Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), then move on to the next step which is.
Who Can Apply For This Competition
Anybody can apply or enter for this competition, provided you are:
- Between the ages of 15 and 35 years.
- You have a project or an idea that falls under any of the above mentioned goals
- You can submit your entry in English language.
That is all you need to be eligible.
How To Apply Or Enter This Competition
First, you will have to register and create your account online.
After a successful registration, you will be required to submit your idea or project on their platform. Fill out and submit the preliminary entry form there.
Then wait for a response from the competition administrators. Entries that meet a certain standard and pass the preliminary screening will be invited to provide more details about their idea/project in a second entry form.
You can always check your entry status from your dashboard.
Ideas and projects that have passed the preliminary screening will be posted on the competition website, and may receive comments and recommendations from the Entrepreneurship Campus online community. Starting from 1 June 2018, the general public will be allowed to vote for its favourite entries and also add their comments and recommendations.
You may also support your entry by submitting a video presentation of your idea or project (up to 3 minutes) before the entry deadline.
The deadline for submission of entries for this competition is 31st of July, 2020. Until this date, you can submit or re-submit an entry (if rejected the first time).
You can also submit a video as a part of your idea or project presentation too before this deadline.
Selection Of Winners
According to the Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition website, “Entries will be posted on the competition website and are subject to online commenting and public voting.
10 finalists in each of the two categories (Best Ideas category and Best Projects category) will be determined according to the ‘Personal Activity Indicator’ algorithm .
Finalists are requested to submit a video (max 3 minutes) of their idea/project (if they have not done so yet).
From among the finalists, the judges will make the final selection of three winners (Grand Prize, 2nd Prize and 3rd Prize) in each category.
Entries will be evaluated based on their entrepreneurial vision, feasibility, innovation, leadership, social impact, and sustainability, among other factors.
The People’s Choice Prize will be given to the entry with the largest number of votes in each of the two categories.
In addition, an Entrepreneurship Campus Prize will be given to three entrants who have demonstrated outstanding ‘entrepreneurship spirit’ by actively taking part in the Entrepreneurship Campus.”
Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition is totally worth the time, efforts or energy you will put in registering for this competition.
Apart from being selected for the grand prizes (1st , 2nd and 3rd) in each category, you stand a chance of learning so much from the experience you will gain from participating in this competition.
The online community is so supportive that they can point out certain things you never thought could be wrong with your ideas or projects with possible solutions to fix it.
I personally think every young entrepreneur out there should give this competition a trial. The experience, exposure and prizes that comes along with this is totally worth it.
To help you win this competition, here is a list of 2017 Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition Winners both the ideas and projects categories.
Go through the list and their ideas and projects, discover what made them win in their various categories.
You may end up learning one or two things from them that will help you develop and refine your own ideas or projects.
You may even end up becoming the next grand prize winner of the Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition. Of course it is possible. Very very possible!
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