Do you have a business idea or a problem you want to solve? Our Young Entrepreneurs Programme will help to Ignite, Accelerate and Pitch your idea! Between October and December 2019, during the first IGNITE stage of the programme, we will be holding workshops at leading Universities and co-working spaces in the UK, Netherlands, Greece and Cyprus. At each Ignite workshop, a successful entrepreneur will share their inspiring entrepreneurial journey and idea holders present and work on their idea with leading business and academic Reload Greece mentors. The Ignite workshops are also a space for idea holders looking for new team members to connect with like-minded professionals. So, what are you waiting for, hear more about this year’s programme and event locations, and register free for a workshop today!
Our 3-step pre-accelerator programme RG YEP inspires, coaches and nurtures entrepreneurs to develop their early-stage business ideas into viable startups. The programme aims to enable aspiring entrepreneurs (final year, masters & Ph.D. students and researchers) and young professionals to develop business ideas with a positive socio-economic impact on their home countries. We welcome ideas from all sectors but we are particularly keen to meet ideas coming from the MedTech, AgriTech, GreenTech, BioTech, FinTech, Construction and Tourism sectors.
Improved Educational Offering
Over the last two years, RG YEP has expanded internationally and after holding events across Europe and in the U.S, we realised the need to provide more personalised educational content. So, this year we have listened to the needs of the ecosystem and we have improved RG YEP’s educational offering. For this year’s programme we have developed two waves of content, which will be chosen depending on the stage of each team’s idea. Early-stage ideas will continue to work on the Business Model Canvas and more advanced teams will work on the Disciplined Entrepreneurship Canvas by Bill Aulet. Reload Greece Board Member Mary Tripsas, Professor at the Boston College Carroll School of Management has helped the RG YEP team to frame the new educational offering. Each Reload Greece mentor will customise the educational content they provide depending on their team’s idea and stage, thus enabling the programme to deliver improved and higher quality of mentoring to the teams.
This year our Young Entrepreneurs Programme includes Ignite workshops across four countries – the UK, Netherlands, Greece and Cyprus. In October and November 2019, RG YEP Ignite workshops will deliver business expertise to aspiring young entrepreneurs at leading Universities and co-working spaces in the following locations:
Imperial College London – Thursday 31st October
London Business School – Tuesday 5th November
University of Oxford – Thursday 7th November
Central Working Manchester – Wednesday 13th November
Warwick Business School – Wednesday 27th November
University of Cyprus, Nicosia – Wednesday 20th November
Venture Cafe, Rotterdam – Wednesday 4th December
OK!Thess, Thessaloniki – Tuesday 10th December
University of Ioannina – Friday 13th December
For the events held in Greece and Cyprus, we are collaborating with strategic partners including the Athens Centre for Entrepreneurship & Innovation (ACEin), Greentech Challenge by NTUA, Cyprus Seeds and our educational partner Alba Business School.
During the second ACCELERATE phase of the programme, fifteen of the best business ideas will receive 7 weeks of intense 1:1 mentoring. Each team will be matched with a dedicated Reload Greece mentor, who has specialist skills and experience carefully matched with the startup’s needs. Mentors will join from our pool of 250+ mentors, all top tier academics and professionals from leading companies such as Smith & Nephew, GSK, BT, HSBC, Deloitte and BP. Each mentor will supports their teams to develop their expertise, build a robust and compelling business plan and create a pitch deck. Teams will also receive specialised masterclasses in Finance, Growth Hacking, Patenting, Prototyping and Pitch training.
The final PITCH event will take place in London on Saturday 28th March 2020, when each finalist team will pitch their idea to a panel of esteemed judges, their mentors and a live audience, for their chance to win awards and prizes. Prizes include an innovation tour and fast-track access to RG Challenge20, our intense 11-day accelerator programme, which helps startups become investment ready.
A Great School of Business Development
In last year’s RG YEP programme, the final winner was MedTech startup Digital Health Technologies. The innovative startup won the RG YEP Rising Star Award and after progressing to the RG Challenge19 accelerator programme, they won the RG Challenge19 Judges Award. Kyriaki Mitsiou-Begg, CEO & Co-Founder of Digital Health Technologies said “I feel very honoured and proud to have won both RG YEP and RG Challenge. The programmes were exceptional, very informative and practical. The mentors were highly qualified and experienced and really helped me to frame my ideas and progress my business. RG YEP is the door to success, that’s the first step for every entrepreneur that wants to progress their idea.”
MaGos team, who have developed an innovative portable human-computer interaction device, won the RG YEP Innovation Award, which included a prize of an Innovation Tour at the Cern in Geneva. Greg Agriopoulos, CEO of Magos said “The mentoring sessions were a huge benefit for us and we thoroughly enjoyed the final pitching event. We are thrilled with the overall experience. Reload Greece is a great school of business development!”
Hear more about RG YEP and register for a free Ignite workshop via the events listed above or the RG YEP webpage.