20 March 2018
27 April 2018 (12:00 noon Brussels time)
16 - 18 July 2018
8 November 2018
Young people are the future. They should have the opportunity to fully participate in the economy. How? By acquiring the right skills, having a well-paid, rewarding job, and creating value for themselves and their community.
At the same time, our economy is changing. New technologies, ways of working or migration impact places and communities, bringing both new opportunities and challenges.
Can you turn your local challenges into opportunities for young people in the economy?
A place-based innovation
A programme or project designed with a local focus to respond to the particular characteristics of a community or area
Not a place-based innovation
A programme or project not based around a specific community or area and not tailored to its individual characteristics
Why take a place-based approach? Well, all places are different and have different needs, challenges and opportunities. Solutions should respond to these specific local characteristics in order to be successful within that community.
Ideas that are led by young people themselves are particularly encouraged. The competition is open to applicants from EU member states and countries associated to Horizon 2020.
Ideas could include, but are not limited to:
You must enter your idea by Friday 27 April 2018, 12:00 (noon) Brussels time.
Our judging panel will choose 30 of the most promising applications as semi-finalists, who will receive business development support.
Semi-finalists will be matched with a mentor and invited to a three day academy in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, in July 2018 to progress their ideas.
With the help of their mentors, the semi-finalists will submit a final detailed business plan to the judges by the end of August 2018.
Ten finalists will be selected to pitch their projects at the Awards in Brussels in November 2018, where three winners will each be awarded prizes of €50,000 to develop their ideas.
In 2019 the 30 semi-finalists will have another chance to win €50,000 through the Impact Prize, which is awarded to the project which has demonstrated greatest impact in the 12 months since submitting their detailed business plan.