Entrepreneurship is a key factor in the economic and social development of a country. This is the reason why, each year, the WMF organises the Startup Competition Young, an initiative that promotes entrepreneurial culture among young people and encourages the creation of innovative business ideas to solve global social and economical issues.
Join the call for Startup Competition Young - 15, 16 and 17th June at WMF2023 - if you have an innovative business idea, model or project that you want to share at the Festival.
This challenge has been designed for students under the age of 22 years old. Over the past editions, more than 300 students and over 120 applications were involved in the competition.
Past editions finalists had the unique opportunity to present their projects in front of major players of the field (incubators, accelerators, Corporate Ventures etc.) and the chance to win prizes offered by some of our partners, including IBAN, Amazon Web Services and The Hive.
The structure of the Call follows the WMF Startup Competition structure. Young candidates can apply through the apposite form down below.
The Call in for the WMF2023 Startup Competition Young is officially open. Finalists will present their projects during the WMF at the rimini expo centre onsite and online event.
Each team will have 3 minutes to present the key elements of their project. The jury will have another 3 minutes to ask questions and details about the projects. At the end of the finalists' presentation, the jury and the public will place their vote and announce the winner.
Apply now to participate in the Startup Competition Young!
Participants will be competing each other presenting their idea through an elevator-pitch in front of a broad audience and a professional jury of experts. The presentation must cover all key elements of the entrepreneurial project.
Please find below the guideline to correctly structure your pitch.
Participants must put forward an innovative business idea that tackles a critical social issue. Each team can choose from one of the following topics:
Sport and wellness
Services for disabled people
Services for the elderly
Green and sustainability
The finalists projects will be selected according to the following criteria:
Originality of the idea;
Feasibility of the business idea;
Socio-economic impact and sustainability of the project;
Stage of product development;
Degree of innovation and defensibility of the same;
Social relevance of the project.
Fill in the form: our innovation team will analyze your submission
JUNE 15 · 16 · 17, 2023
RIMINI EXPO CENTRE
The Largest Digital Innovation Festival on the Planet