2021 GYEC GENERAL INFORMATION
In 2020 GYEC, we saw:
26+ High Schools
Who Are We?
Global Youth Entrepreneurship Competition @ Silicon Valley welcomes teenagers from around the world. This is the space where your learning passion thrives and your ideas blossom.
Bring your initiatives to us and we will help you cultivate them through interactive workshops and individualized coaching. Throughout the competition, you will have the opportunity to work alongside talented peers to take on problem-solving challenges, learn valuable insights from successful entrepreneurs, and explore the entrepreneurial cultures through the Silicon Valley visit.
Our goal is for you to have a better understanding of your core values, strengths, and areas of improvement so that you can excel wherever you go. Throughout the competition, candidates will have access to workshops on Entrepreneurship Mindset, Design Thinking, Marketing & Finance, and Leadership for SDG as well as individualized coaching sessions.
At GYE Zone, we support the Sustainable Development Goals, and we are committed to engage global young people into this effort. GYE competition will offer today’s young students, especially high school students with an opportunity to explore their passion! Through an authentic learning approach and assessment, we aim to empower aspiring global young students with the mindset of entrepreneurship, cross-culture immersing learning environment, the grit for overcoming difficulties, and the goal for lifelong learning, and ultimately contributes to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
Academic Resources from Top Universities
Academic resources from UPenn (Graduate School of Education, Wharton Business School, and School of engineering) and UCSB provide GYEC with a full solid academic foundation. Participants will learn about entrepreneurship and innovative practice GYEC workshop series taught by professional instructors from UPenn & UCSB and well prepare for the competition.
Mentoring by Elite Executives from Silicon Valley Companies
Participants will independently complete sustainable development projects and complete the final pitch under the guidance of executive mentors from Silicon Valley. Participants will discuss the various problems encountered in the project and product designing process with their mentors and learn the most feasible practical experience.
Breaking Boundaries and Cross-Cultural Learning
Through the most authoritative and prestigious entrepreneurship program, participants will have direct dialogues with Silicon Valley elites and Ivy League professors. The winning team in the US finals will be invited to compete with other winning teams in the global finals where they can meet outstanding young entrepreneurs from all over the world!
True Journey of Independent R&D and Product Design
Participants will start from the UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals and discover the various problems that exist in the real world. They will work together in form of a team, integrating their strengths, and finally identifying an effective solution; then, transforming the solution into a feasible and sustainable entrepreneurial innovation project.
What You Can Achieve?
Youth Entrepreneur Mindset
During the competition, participants will directly learn from business leaders and academic elites. Through direct face-to-face learning, participants will instill an entrepreneurial mindset, equip with powerful 21st-century skills, and become decisive, responsible, confident, humble, and optimistic.
Transferrable College Credits
During the competition, participants will participate in UCSB Entrepreneur Pre-college Program. After complete the program, participants will receive 2 transferrable college credits on entrepreneurship, official transcript and recommendation letters from UCSB.
Theory and Practice
Completing the Entrepreneur Mindset Course and participating in the personal guidance of Silicon Valley and Ivy League instructors, the participant will finally create a feasible business plan and a final pitch to contribute to the UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Through the experience of combining theory and practice, participants will realize self-knowledge and surpass themselves!
Official Certificate and Entrepreneurship Scholarship
After completing the competition, the participants will receive authoritative Certificates of participation and Awards provided by the GYEC Committee. The winning teams will receive an entrepreneurial scholarship of up to 10,000 US dollars provided by the GYEC Committee!
How to Compete?
The competition is divided into two rounds: Preliminary Round and Final Round.
For the Preliminary Round, you will need to form a team, decide a problem, propose solutions, and submit your Reading Deck by June 20, 2021, 11:59 PM Pacific Time.
For the Final Round, you will need to continue work on your project, submit Presentation Deck by July 30, 2021, 11:59 PM Pacific Time, and prepare for the Final Pitch on July 31, 2021. The Final Pitch should be 10 minutes in length and each team should prepare for a 5-minute Q&A session.
All winners from regional finals will be invited to the 2021 GYEC Global Final to compete with all winning teams from the world. The Global Final will be from October 15 to 16, 2021
For the competition, your team needs to design your own project with a problem description and a solution that is aligned to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The competition project can be chosen from participants’ real-life experience or out 2021 GYEC Problem Pool that provided by Silicon Valley Mentor Team.
The GYEC Committee will provide $10,000 scholarship to our young entrepreneurs! Learn more about our Prize and Awards setting.