Young Scots tackle pollution issues with business ideas

Young Scots tackle pollution issues with business ideas

A host of young Scots aged 14 – 20 came together at Glasgow Science Centre on Saturday to attend Air Time, the launch event for VentureJam 2016.

Organised by Young Scot, SEPA and Glasgow City of Science, Air Time aimed to prepare young would-be entrepreneurs for VentureJam 2016 - a three-day event that is part of Scotland’s annual innovation summit, Venturefest Scotland.

Air Time featured a collection of hands-on, creative activities to help young people understand the challenge of air pollution - an increasing issue in large cities like Glasgow and Edinburgh – and the impact it has on health and the environment.

Participants were challenged to consider how technological innovations could improve the air we breathe, by encouraging behaviour that either helps cut air pollution or reduces exposure to it.

An idea conceived by Glasgow City of Science, VentureJam 2016 will see a group of young people from across Scotland work with a team of business mentors to devise novel and creative business solutions to tackle air pollution.

The teams then get to pitch their best ideas, Dragon’s Den-style, to top industry experts and investors at Venturefest Scotland, this year being held on 1 September at Glasgow Science Centre.

Dr Susie Mitchell, programme director of Glasgow City of Science, said: “The Air Time launch activity was a great success, and showed the desire of young Scots to develop their knowledge and skills to help combat major societal challenges such as air quality.

“Opportunities that upskill, inspire and encourage entrepreneurial thinking in our young people can boost competitiveness and growth in a smart, sustainable and inclusive way. 

“I can’t wait to see how the young people translate their new knowledge from today’s inspirational event into creative business ideas at VentureJam in August.”

Louise Macdonald, chief executive of Young Scot, said: “We were pleased to see so many fantastic early ideas on show. 

“If we want to tackle the big issues of our time it’s vital we tap into the creativity and insight of young people.”


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