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The Global Young Entrepreneurs Competition (GYEC) is an Entrepreneurial Case Competition hosted by the Oxford Education Group.

Though there are a wide variety of Case Competitions available for university students – we felt that there was a lack of an equivalent for students still in school.

As it is arguably even more crucial for those with entrepreneurial ideas and spirit to be able express and pursue them, the GYEC was founded on the premise of encouraging young entrepreneurship across the globe.

Entry Requirements

Competitors will be required to submit an entrepreneurial ‘pitch’ of not more than 2,000 words.
The purpose of this ‘pitch’ is to be able to sell the judging panel a sound entrepreneurial business model. Students should imagine that they are attempting to convince a board of venture capitalists to fund their start-up project to pursue in real life.
As such, contestants should articulate their ideas clearly, and also demonstrate a degree of financial planning. For example, basic calculations of initial capital requirements or average running costs would be encouraged.
Importantly, these pitches can be for either for-profit or not-for-profit ideas.
The use of diagrams, charts, spreadsheets and other forms of visual data and/or analysis is allowed and encouraged if students feel that the inclusion of such will strengthen their overall persuasiveness.
You must be a full-time student studying in the United Kingdom in order to enter the competition.
There is no age limit to the competition, but it is primarily aimed at sixth form students looking to apply to university within the same academic year.
There is no restriction on the number of entries that each school can submit, and students can apply either through their schools or as individual entrants.

Terms and Conditions

  • 1Copyright and plagiarism
  • 1.1Participants found to have committed copyright infringement in their work will be disqualified.
  • 1.2Participants found to have committed acts of plagiarism in their work will be disqualified.
  • 1.3Direct assistance by teachers, parents or other people is not allowed.
  • 2.Use of information
  • 2.1All information including personal data of the competitors, including the disclosure and transfer thereof to the judges and the media where necessary, will be used by the organiser strictly for purposes relating to the Competition.
  • 2.2All information including personal data and images of the competitors may also be used for publicising the event.
  • 2.3All information including personal data of the competitors will be stored and kept by the organiser for a period of 12 months from the date when such data is collected.
  • 2.4The organiser shall own all rights in and arising from all works submitted for the Competition including, without limitation, the copyrights thereon. Work submitted will not be returned to participants.
  • 2.5All participants whose entry forms have been duly completed and submitted may have their names published on the official website and/or official publication.
  • 2.6Competitors may be requested to attend some publicity campaigns, e.g. promotion activities and media interviews, etc.
  • 3.Adherence to the rules and regulations
  • 3.1Competitors must adhere to the rules and regulations set out for this competition. Competitors failing to abide the rules and regulations will be subject to disqualification, downgrading or other penalties
  • 3.2The organiser has the final right in the interpretation and amendment of the rules and regulations.
  • 3.3Participants will be notified of major amendments to the rules and regulations if necessary.
  • 4.General rules
  • 4.1The organiser reserves the right to alter or modify the rules or schedule of the event if necessary or expedient.
  • 4.2It is strictly forbidden for any participants to re-use any work that he/she has submitted in another competition. Violators will be disqualified.
  • 4.3The decision of the judging panel on all results shall be final and conclusive. No appeals will be entertained.
  • 4.4The organiser will not be responsible for any accidents, injuries or damage which might occur during participation in or attendance at this competition or any other related activities.

Judging and Criteria

The judging for this competition will take place in two stages. The first stage is where all submissions are initially assessed by a panel of academics drawn from universities around the UK as well as by judges drawn from relevant professions.
From the first stage, there will be a shortlist of highly commended submissions that will subsequently be judged by the chief judging panel. The exact composition of this panel is still to be confirmed.
All submissions will be judged anonymously to ensure that all candidates are assessed on the merit of their work and on no other criteria.
Substantively, there is no marking scheme that submissions will be judged by. However, as a rough guide for students, judges are looking for submissions that distinguish themselves according to their originality, viability, sustainability and the opportunity for expansion. There is no preference between either for-profit or not-for-profit submissions.


The first-place winner will be awarded with

1500 GBP

to either pursue their entrepreneurial project or use it for an educational purpose.

The second-place winner will be awarded with

750 GBP

to either pursue their entrepreneurial project or use it for an educational purpose.

The third-place winner will be awarded with

300 GBP

to either pursue their entrepreneurial project or use it for an educational purpose.

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