Take Part in VentureJam 2019

Climate change is big news.

Whether it's School Climate Strikes, Netflix’s ground breaking ‘Our Planet’ with everyone's favourite naturalist Sir David Attenborough, or social media influencers promoting environmental issues, we’ve never been more aware of the impact our behaviour is having on our planet.

Why does tackling climate change matter?

In 2019, an estimated 987,890 tonnes of food and drink in Scotland will be wasted – and this is impacting on our climate. Scraping that leftover food from your plate into the bin is seriously damaging the planet - when those scraps of your meal, which you never got around to eating, end up in landfill, they rot and emit methane gas, which is harmful to our climate. Believe it or not, food waste is actually a bigger cause of climate change than plastics.

So where do you come in?

Sign up for VentureJam 2019 and help us come up with an innovative solution to tackle the problem of food waste in St Enoch’s Centre – a major shopping mall in Glasgow with Scotland's largest food court.

Prizes for the winning teams include pitching your idea ‘Dragon’s Den’ style to a packed audience at the CAN DO Innovation Summit - a major innovation event held at Glasgow Science Centre.

What is VentureJam?

VentureJam is a unique, free opportunity for 40 young people in Scotland supported by Young Scot and Glasgow City of Science and Innovation. VentureJam will see teams of young people developing fresh ideas that embrace the digital world to solve real world challenges.

You'll have access to a team of inspirational mentors from the world of business, the arts and design, technology and innovation as well as environmental gurus - and Young Scot will be there to guide you through the creative process! We'll give you the tools to develop and design a new idea and you never know - it could change the future of our planet, and change peoples' lives!

Check out the video below from last years' VentureJam.

Where and When

The main VentureJam event will be held at Glasgow Science Centre on Friday 1st November 2019 to Sunday 3rd November 2019.

All travel expenses will be covered and accommodation may be provided on a case-by-case basis where neccessary. All attendees will be supported throughout the weekend by Young Scot staff.

Apply Now

You can apply now using the embedded application form below or by filling it in online through SurveyGizmo.

The closing date for applications is Sunday 27th October 2019.

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Young Scot Rewards

All VentureJam attendees will receive 500 Young Scot Rewards points for participating. Not got an account? Become a Young Scot Member.

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