Young Scots to go head to head at Venturefest

Young Scots to go head to head at Venturefest

Three teams of innovative young Scots will pitch their ideas to tackle air pollution in front of some of the country’s leading innovators, entrepreneurs and investors at Venturefest Scotland on 1 September.

The teams, known as Futuristic 5, Ninions and Project Airtech, were the winning trio at VentureJam 2016, the official youth strand for Venturefest, which took place on 5-7 August and was delivered by Young Scot, Glasgow City of Science and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).

The event saw teams of young people aged 14-20 design and develop innovative new ideas to help improve Scotland’s air quality, some ideas from the event included a photosynthesis bicycle, a fan that filters air and a map-based app that shows you ‘clean air’ routes around the city.

Throughout VentureJam, the would-be entrepreneurs were supported by a team of mentors made up of engineers, creatives and technologists as well as legal and environmental experts.

The three winning teams are now getting ready to pitch their best ideas, Dragon’s Den-style, to top innovation experts at Venturefest Scotland in the hope of persuading them to back their concepts.

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The winning team will receive an investment from Social Investment Scotland (SIS), and all three finalists will benefit from a session with an SIS investment manager to help them bring their ideas to life.

The youngsters’ pitches will form part of the Pitchfest!stream of Venturefest, where delegates will have the opportunity to learn how to pitch, and why it is such an important aspect of business.

Dr Susie Mitchell, programme director of Glasgow City of Science, said: VentureJam 2016 brought together young people from a wide range of backgrounds (from music and the arts to gaming and the environment) to come up with radical new ideas to improve the air we breathe. The young people were guided by leading figures from the world of television, gaming, product design and 3D animation. It was an inspirational weekend and I can’t wait to see the teams in action at Venturefest. If Venturejam reflects the future of innovation in Scotland, then the future is bright.”  

Louise Macdonald, chief executive of Young Scot,said: “Every one of the teams that took part in VentureJam came up with ideas of a very high standard – the potential investors at Venturefest now have a very difficult decision to make. Any one of these talented young people could be a successful entrepreneur of the future.” 


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