Winners of the Young Entrepreneurs’ Programme announced!

Reload Greece revealed the Young Entrepreneurs Programme (RG YEP) winners at the final pitch event in March. RG YEP is Reload Greece’s flagship programme that helps young people develop early stage entrepreneurial ideas into initial business plans.

The programme spans over an academic year, it takes place at UK universities and runs in three phases: the Ignite, the Accelerate and the Pitch phase. The full programme had 762 participants through 8 top UK Universities (including Cambridge University, Bath University, Imperial College London and London Business School) and involved 37 mentors and 28 inspiring speakers.

At the final Pitch event, 11 finalist teams presented their business ideas in front of a panel of judges and four main prizes were awarded:

Young Leader Award Winner

Ziraf (a one-stop mobile food search application) won the Young Leader award due to demonstrating commitment & leadership with their idea and the breadth of experience and potential within their team. Ziraf won entrepreneur coaching, workshop access and brand development sessions.

Innovative Award Winner

Pushme (on-demand bicycle electrification device) won the Innovative award due to the clarity of the idea’s value and their extremely innovative business model. Pushme won entrepreneur coaching, workshop access and an Innovation tour in Greece powered by Corallia.

Social Impact Award Winner

Beyond Olive Oil (exploiting waste from olive oil production to produce compounds for chemical industries) won the Social Impact award due to the startup’s extensive potential to reduce the environmental impact of the olive oil industry in Greece.  The business demonstrated an inspiring way to create social impact whilst also generating income.  Olive Oil won a £1,000 cash prize to be spent on accelerating the business, provided by our sponsors TITAN.

Rising Star Award

Pushme (On-demand bicycle electrification device) won the Rising Star Award due to the strength of their team in terms of going to market.  Pushme has gained a grant from the UK Department for Transport, which strongly demonstrates the recognition for and potential in the idea. Pushme won a place on RG Challenge17, an intensive 9-day acceleration programme where the entrepreneurs refine their business models and pitch their ventures to investors.

Hear from RGYEP winner George Kalligeros on what winning the programme means to Pushme.

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