After completing all UK IGNITE workshops for our Young Entrepreneurs Programme (RG YEP), this week we’re excited to start our international expansion of the programme. Our flagship 3-step pre-accelerator programme inspires, coaches and nurtures entrepreneurs to develop early stage business ideas into viable startups. Since launching the 2018/2019 RG YEP programme in October, we have completed workshops at leading Universities all over the UK. We met so many passionate and inspiring young entrepreneurs at events up and down the country from the University of Oxford to Imperial College London, the University of Manchester and Warwick Business School. We met with over 250 aspiring entrepreneurs and worked on more than 40 innovative ideas with our dedicated RG mentors. This year’s focus has been on engaging researchers, Msc and PHD students and young professionals and yet again the quality of ideas submitted has significantly improved year-on-year.
RG YEP events in Germany & the Netherlands
Between November and January, RG YEP is now expanding internationally with IGNITE workshops at leading Universities in Germany, the Netherlands, Greece and the U.S. Today Tuesday 27th November we are excited to be hosting our first event in Berlin (with the Humboldt, Freie & Technical Universities). At the event Apostolos Apostolakis and George Dimopoulos, Partners at VentureFriends will be giving an insight into the Greek startup ecosystem and VentureFriends (a seed and post-seed stage fund, managing €70 million through 2 funds). Mentors from Social Impact Lab, Mimi Hearing Technologies GmbH and Moonfare, will be helping participants develop their business ideas and networking drinks will be kindly hosted by VentureFriends.
On Thursday 29th November we’re looking forward to running our second event in Munich (with the Technical and Ludwig Maximilian Universities). Eirini Psallida, Software Engineering & Co-Founder of Kewazo, who develop smart robotic transportation systems, will be sharing her inspiring entrepreneurial story. Our mentors Anna Kaputsa, Project Manager at Social Entrepreneurship Academie, Professor Dr. Constantinos Antoniou, Transportation Systems Engineering at TUM and Daniel Fendt, Entrepreneur, Coach and Speaker will support participants to develop their business ideas using the Reload Greece methodology.
On Thursday 6th December we take RG YEP to Rotterdam, our first event in the Netherlands (with the University of Amsterdam, and the Delft, Utrecht, Leiden & Erasmus Universities). Dr. ir. Constantinos Goulas, Post Doctoral researcher at TU Delft will be sharing the inspirational startup story of RAMLAB, an initiative at the port of Rotterdam to develop large-scale 3D Metal Printing and mentors from EY, Erasmus University Rotterdam, liateR, Iam Expat and Mind the People will be working on participants business ideas.
RG YEP goes to Greece & the U.S.
We are looking forward to running our first RG YEP events in Greece in December. RG YEP workshops will be held in Heraklion on December 11th, Ioannina on 13th December and Thessaloniki on 18th December in collaboration with the Athens Centre for Entrepreneurship & Innovation (ACEin). For the Greek stream we are happy to announce two more strategic partnerships with the GreenTech Challenge by NTUA and the Aegean Start-ups Competition. We are also continuing our collaboration with our long-standing educational partner ALBA Graduate Business School. Then, in January we can’t wait to take RG YEP to the U.S! On the 24th of January, we will be running an IGNITE workshop in New York, with the NYU, Columbia University and Cornell University.
RG YEP Accelerate & Pitch Events
After all 17 RG YEP IGNITE workshops have taken place, the best business ideas will be offered a place in the Accelerate phase of the programme. The RG YEP matching event will take place in central London on Saturday 9th February so please save the date in your diaries. Each team is matched with a dedicated mentor who has specialist skills and experience carefully matched with their needs and during the next six weeks of intense 1:1 mentoring sessions ,the mentors support their team to develop expertise and build a robust business plan and pitch deck. Each accelerated team will also join specialised masterclasses in Creativity, Growth Hacking, Startup Economics, Patenting and Pitch training with partners such as Google and Deloitte Ventures.
The final big pitch event will take place in London on Saturday 30th of March, when each finalist team pitches their idea to a panel of judges, their mentors and a live audience for the chance to win awards and prizes. Prizes include cash, an innovation tour in Greece and fast-track access to RG Challenge19, our intense 11-day accelerator programme which helps startups become investment ready. Please save the date and more information will follow.
International call out!
So, if you’re based in Berlin, Munich, Rotterdam, Heraklion, Ioannina, Xanthi or Thessaloniki and you have an innovative business idea, don’t miss your chance to fast track your idea by joining an IGNITE workshop. At the event, successful entrepreneurs inspire you and leading business and academic mentors will help you to develop your idea or the ideas of others. We welcome ideas from all sectors but we are particularly keen to meet ideas coming from the MedTech, AgriTech, GreenTech, BioTech, FinTech and Tourism sectors. Registration is free and you can register by clicking on any of the events listed above. Hear more about the programme here and learn about the speakers and mentors taking part in each event on the Facebook event pages.