Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Youth Essay Competition

The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) is inviting students and young professionals worldwide, from 18 to 30 years old, to share ideas on how to create opportunities for youth to strengthen democracy and the private sector in their own countries.
To apply you should write an essay of 1500 up to 2500 words on the following categories:

  1. Entrepreneurship and Innovation - Beyond technology: What barriers do young entrepreneurs in your country face in translating their ideas into products and services? How do young entrepreneurs in your country foster new ways of acting and thinking? What supporting institutions do young innovators need to succeed?
  2. Inclusive Growth - The entrepreneurial environment for scaling up business: What challenges do youth-led businesses and entrepreneurs in your country face when they're expanding their enterprises? What opportunities do youth-led businesses and entrepreneurs have to succeed in your country, and what are some of the success stories? In your society, what tools or institutions do entrepreneurs need to grow small enterprises into larger, more prosperous businesses?
  3. Social transformations - The role of entrepreneurs in building democratic societies: How can entrepreneurship among youth strengthen newly-formed or emerging democracies? How are young entrepreneurs from different backgrounds participating in your country's democracy? In what ways are young entrepreneurs contributing to social transformations in your country?

For each category, CIPE will publish the winning first, second, and third place essays. Winning authors will also receive receive a cash prize. One grand prize winner will be invited on an all-expense-paid trip to attend CIPE's upcoming Democracy that Delivers for Entrepreneurs conference in the United States, which is planned for April 2013.

Deadline:19 October 2012

More details are available here.

Source: European Youth Portal (EYP)

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