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The Challenge Labs are the first step towards winning up to £50,000 for your new business idea!

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Type Quantity
YIC Challenge Lab (EDINBURGH 16th Feb) - UNIVERSITY STUDENT Free  
YIC Challenge Lab (EDINBURGH 16th Feb) - COLLEGE STUDENT Free  
YIC Challenge Lab (EDINBURGH 16th Feb) - IN FULL TIME TRAINING Free  
YIC Challenge Lab (GLASGOW 23rd Feb) - UNIVERSITY STUDENT Free  
YIC Challenge Lab (GLASGOW 23rd Feb) - COLLEGE STUDENT Free  
YIC Challenge Lab (GLASGOW 23rd Feb) - IN FULL TIME TRAINING Free  

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The Young Innovators Challenge is designed to help Scotland's innovators of the future.  With prizes of up to £50,000, the process will allow you to develop your entrepreneurial skills and will teach you how to set up and run a new business.

The Challenge Labs are where it all begins! Attendees have the FIRST chance to see the six challenge videos which will explain the industry challenges.  They'll also be guided through an example challenge and be trained on the best way of approaching the competition.

Please ensure you are eligible to enter the competition BEFORE signing up to a Challenge Lab. To check whether you are eligible please click here.

 The days are broken down into two sessions:

Session 1 (am)

The first part of the day is based on SIE's popular Innovation Programme.  You'll watch an example challenge video and be guided through the key stages of design thinking, including observation, insight development and ideation with the help of expert facilitators.  This will help you tackle the competition. 

As Session 1 of the YIC Challenge Lab is equivalent to module one of SIE's Innovation programme you will receive a certificate indicating that you have completed the module.

Session 2 (pm)

The afternoon session is where you will put the skills you've learned in the first half of the day into practice and it is when the Young Innovators Challenge really begins!

You'll watch the challenge videos, each of them based on one of the competition categories, which will include:

  • Oil & Gas
  • Renewable Energy
  • Built Environment
  • Textile
  • Food & Drink  

In the videos, industry leaders will explain the problem they are facing in their sector. You can then use the skills and training you've received to get started on your entry. Your entry should address one of the industry challenges outlined in the videos.

Attending the Challenge Labs gives you an edge and the best chance to Innovate your way to 50K.


All events will run from 10am-4pm. (Lunch is provided!)

  • Challenge Lab Edinburgh: - 16th Feb, Apex International Hotel Grassmarket, Edinburgh.
  • Challenge Lab Glasgow: - 23rd Feb, Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow.

We will be in contact with you once the ticket sale closes with further information about location and specific details regarding the challenge labs.

Keep up to date on the Young Innovators Challenge on Facebook on twitter and by subscribing to our YIC newsletter. 

Have questions about YIC Challenge Labs? Contact Scottish Institute for Enterprise


Scottish Institute for Enterprise

The Scottish Institute for Enterprise (SIE) works nationally to promote and support enterprise and entrepreneurship in Scotland's students.

We work with colleges and universities to champion enterprise education and help their students start new innovative businesses and social enterprises. SIE provides free one-to-one advice, enterprise workshops and national competitions.

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