“January is an exciting month for our organisation; we have announced the Young Entrepreneurs Programme (RG YEP) UK finalists and the first pilot event outside the UK and Greece (Munich), as part of our expansion plan to other European countries
RG YEP is a 3-step pre accelerator programme designed to inspire, coach and nurture aspiring young entrepreneurs. Since September 2017, over 300 young people have taken part in RG YEP workshops across 14 leading UK Universities in 7 cities. During this first Ignite phase, inspiring speaker presentations and workshops supported entrepreneurs to create and develop their business ideas.
Twelve business ideas from brilliant young entrepreneurs have now been selected to participate in the second Accelerate phase of the programme, where they will receive 1:1 mentoring and specialised masterclasses in creativity, finance, marketing and pitch training. On Saturday 27th January the Accelerate matching event will be held at the London Business School. During the event, two successful entrepreneurs will be sharing their inspiring entrepreneurial story and the finalists will be matched with their mentors. This exciting event marks the beginning of their 6-week intensive mentoring programme where they will work together to turn their idea into a viable startup. A strong pool of 17 inspiring mentors from companies such as AstraZeneca, Delloitte, Salesforce, O2, Santander, Citi & J.P. Morgan will be mentoring the idea holders over the 6 week period.
The final Pitch phase of RG YEP takes place in March 2018. Entrepreneurs will pitch their ideas to a panel of esteemed judges, their mentors and a live audience for their chance to win top awards and prizes. Four awards include a £1,000 cash prize, free access to co-working space and internships – the Innovation award powered by Corallia, the Young Leader award, the Social Impact award powered by Titan and the Rising Star award, which guarantees fast-track access to our 9-day intense accelerator programme RG Challenge.
The final twelve RG YEP finalist ideas are:
Clinical Service The idea is to be able to self-test urinary tract infections at home since this will allow early detection and will not require the need to book an appointment with a GP or to go to a A&E to get treatment.
Cloud Service will introduce computer science and robotics to improve repeatability and reproducibility of experiments thus revolutionising the way biotech research is conducted.
Film Production will start a film production co-op in Athens. The enterprise would provide mentoring and access to resources for young filmmakers in order to overcome the issue of the lack of new Greek films by new film producers due to high barriers to entry.
FundEdu brings together students who want to fund their studies through crowdfunding and P2P lending and companies who seek to evolve talents and invest in people
Interjobs is a job search website addressed to international job seekers and students who wish to find a job in the UK.
Online Platform is where busy people can find and connect with talented people in their own neighbourhood for timesaving services like meal preparation, college essay editing, music lessons, home décor etc.
Pinboard is a marketplace platform where students can teach and learn a variety of skills from each other (coding, math, languages), in person or online, one-to-one from £5 to £15 per hour.
Platform for sales professionals will help tech start-ups with the sourcing and assessment of sales candidates from talent hubs across Europe, including the Greek start-up ecosystem, undertaking 80% of the recruitment process for companies that do not have HR services.
Racecheck is a global marketplace and review platform for endurance sports events, facilitating event booking, event promotions and peripheral service referrals
Statathlon Athletes can improve their performance up to 40% per year through Data Science and Machine Learning techniques. Statathlon provides its relevant experience as a service to help them achieve more.
Student Lease is trying to rectify the current letting market by introducing a platform infused with AI and VR solutions that would make the process of renting out accommodation easier for students and landlords, while at the same time reducing inflated costs.
Universal Lift Kit seeks to develop a Universal Lift Kit for people with mobility challenges. There is a lack of a lift kit that could be fitted in any medium sized car or van that could be transferrable to another vehicle in order to avoid costs for both families and authorities.
Register here to meet the finalists and join the RG YEP Matching Event on Saturday 27th January 2018.
Commenting on the announcement of the RG YEP finalists and our first event in Germany, Effie Kyrtata, Reload Greece CEO quoted: ‘2017 has been a very exciting year for our organisation and RG YEP has played a significant role in our expansion and outreach. We expanded from 8 to 14 Universities across the UK and reached out to the local communities in each city. We are pleased to see more and more innovative business ideas come through our programmes; from scientists and researchers to business professionals, our aim is to support these entrepreneurs validate their ideas and connect them to Greece. We enter 2018 with our first pilot event in Munich, Germany, which has a large concentration of the Greek diaspora and invite anyone who wants to help Reload Greece expand and get involved to join us on the 18tth of January.’’
About Reload Greece: Reload Greece is a UK-based educational charity. We’re building a new generation of entrepreneurs to create ventures with a positive impact on their home countries. Our model of entrepreneurship successfully harnesses the power of the Diaspora and we engage an active community of over 20,000 Reloaders.
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