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YOUNG FOUNDERS SUMMIT 2021.

Sustainable Planets.
Smart Living.
Equal & Inclusive Nations.

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DEDICATED TO TEENAGE FOUNDERS

Young Founders Summit is a global start-up competition and accelerator programme, dedicated to teenage (and pre-teen) founders ages 11 to 18 who want to use innovation and technology to disrupt the status quo, improve lives and change the world.

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EXPERIENCE YOUNG FOUNDERS SUMMIT

 

Since 2018, 1,000+ students have applied to join Young Founders Summit.

We've seen teams from Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, India, Japan, Hong Kong, Brunei, and UAE, with ideas ranging from AgriTech, EduTech, HealthTech, FinTech and more.

70+ teams have been selected for mentoring and got their chance to turn an idea into a startup, at being a founder.  

In 2021, we are looking for ideas that are not only innovative, but will actually create a positive impact.

Do you have what the world is looking for?

WE WANT STARTUP IDEAS THAT CREATES IMPACT IN THESE AREAS

Sustainable Planet
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How might we achieve environmental sustainability and create a healthier, more sustainable future world?

How might we reduce waste, utilize resources more efficiently, explore cleaner alternatives, reverse the effects of climate change and keep reducing our environmental footprint?

Smart Living
Read the Challenge Statements

How might we build inclusive, adaptable, and sustainable cities?

How might we use digital technologies to improve quality of life, drive greater prosperity and sustainability, and shape engaged and empowered citizens?

Equal & Inclusive Nations
Read the Challenge Statements

How might we achieve equality, promote diversity and drive inclusive growth?

How might we provide equal access to technology, education, skills, income-earning opportunities, and healthcare and financial services to ensure that no one gets left behind in this digital economy?

 

We are also open to ideas that fall outside these 3 themes but that create positive social, economic, environmental, or governance impact.

WATCH CHALLENGE VIDEOS

WHY JOIN?

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MENTORSHIP.

Rare opportunity to be mentored by top entrepreneurs and experts who has been there, done that - advisors who can guide you and advise you as you build on your idea.

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GLOBAL NETWORK.

Connect with other young leaders and changemakers from around the world. You will be invited to our private community of youth innovators and founders from all over Asia.

 

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VALIDATION.

Top 6 startups at the Demo Day will get: 
+ Access to an exclusive 5-day "Hell Week" incubation bootcamp led by global experts and founders

+ Echo Show from Amazon

More prizes to be announced soon!

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VALUABLE REAL-WORLD EXPERIENCE.

It's hard to stand out these days. But not if you have real experience in launching a startup while still being in school!

 

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PROCESS AND TIMELINE

Now - 30 Sep 

 Students apply to join Young Founders Summit 2021, go through the online entrepreneurship lessons, ideate, and create a business plan. It's absolutely FREE to sign up and join Young Founders Summit!

30 Sep

Deadline to submit pitch video and pitch deck.
Top 30 teams will be selected and announced by 2nd week of October.

 

Mid Oct - Mid Dec

The Top 30 teams will get access to live online workshops by the United Nations Development Programme ("UNDP") and other startup experts, and 1-on-1 advisory hours with a curated pool of expert mentors.

 

Mid Dec

Young Founders Summit kicks-off with startups visits, fireside chats with founders, pitch workshop, and networking events.

The Top 30 teams will pitch their ideas in a Demo Day. The Top 6 will be invited to join an intensive 5-day incubation bootcamp!

HOW TO JOIN

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1. Register your interest (individually - you can register even if you do not have a team yet) - It's free to join!

2. You will get access to our online Human Centered Entrepreneurship Course

3. Form a team, prepare your 10-page pitch deck and 5-minute pitch video and submit as a team by
30 September, 11:59PM (GMT+8)

 

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LIVE COACHING ACCESS

You can self-learn using our pre-recorded entrepreneurship course - it has all you need to know to prepare a solid business pitch.

But if you want our advice on your ideas and how to improve your pitch and set you up for success, signing up for this Live Coaching Access gives you:

  • + 1-hour live online workshop on "How to Analyse if Your Idea Meets the 3 Criterias"

  • + 1-hour live online workshop on "Finding and Researching your Customer"

  • + Two 30-minute advisory sessions with the Co-Founder of Smarter Me   

Fee: SGD 150 (Early Adopter: SGD 100 for the first 20 students)

 

SIGN UP

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“We're here to put a dent in the universe. Otherwise, why else even be here?"

Steve Jobs

“Entrepreneurship is about creating change, not just companies"

Mark Zuckerberg

"Your life's course will not be determined by doing the things that you are certain you can do. Those are the easy things. It will be determined by whether you try the things that are hard."

Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook
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MORE QUESTIONS?

Check out the FAQ below or email us at youngfounders@smarterme.sg