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VentureJam 2017 - Breadalbane Academy

VentureJam 2017: Calling all hipsters, hackers and hustlers (and everyone in between)!

We’re looking for groups of up to 5 young people to take part in VentureJam 2017.

VentureJam is a unique opportunity for 40 young people in Scotland. Young Scot and Glasgow City of Science and Innovation are running a weekend ‘Jam’ that will see teams of young people developing fresh ideas that embrace the digital world to solve real world challenges. Throughout the Jam you will have access to a team of inspirational mentors from the world of television, gaming, product design and 3D animation as well as legal experts and environmental gurus. Young Scot will be there to guide you through the creative process.

At this Year’s VentureJam weekend we’ll give you the tools to develop and design a new idea that could change the future of energy in Scotland, and change people’s lives!

Every day, us humans chew our way through more than a million terajoules of energy. That’s equivalent to all 7.5 billion of us boiling 70 kettles of water every hour, around the clock! We need to stop our energy guzzling ways but…how do we ensure ‘the lights stay on’?

With access to a team of inspirational mentors, your team will:

  • Learn about the biggest challenges facing humanity – the future of energy.
  • Immerse yourself about the latest energy-saving innovations (from heated cycle lanes that melt snow in the winter to electricity generating dance floors!)
  • Explore radical new business models to make your idea go global; learning from creative young companies like Uber, AirBnB, Netflix that have changed the way we travel, sleep, and watch TV!

As well as pitching your idea to top investors at Venturefest Scotland 2017, the national innovation summit; the overall winning team will enjoy a once in a life time opportunity to quiz one of the top innovators in Scotland about how he became one of the world’s most successful inventors & Games developers, Chris Van Der Kuyl of Minecraft fame!

Sign up now and tell us why you want to be part of VentureJam 2017! Places are limited. Applications will close on 16th July.

When/Where is VentureJam Taking Place?

VentureJam is taking place from 18 – 20 August 2017 at Glasgow Science Centre, 50 Pacific Quay, Glasgow G51 1EA. Please ensure you are available at the following times:

  • Celebratory Launch Night: Friday 18 August (6-8.30pm)
  • Jam Activity: Saturday 19 August (10am – 4pm) and Sunday 20 August (10am – 2pm)

VentureJam is the official youth strand for Venturefest Scotland 2017 – a major new innovation summit for Scotland. All young people taking part in the weekend will get the chance to pitch their best ideas from the Jam weekend to top innovators and investors at Venturefest, ‘Dragon’s Den’ style. Will your team create the next big thing?

Before the event itself you will have the opportunity to attend a “Perfect Your Pitch” session.

Who Can Apply? VentureJam is open to groups of approximately five people or you can apply as an individual. We are looking for a diverse, lively group of young people aged 14-20 from across Scotland with a range of interests from the arts and music (the hipsters!) to science and gaming (the hackers!) as well as wannabe entrepreneurs (the hustlers!).

Whatever your thing, we want you to get excited about working in teams to create new ideas (products, games or even interactive art installations) and reimagine the possibilities of how we live our lives and our relationship with energy.

If this is you, we’d love to hear more about why you’d like to attend VentureJam.

Other Important Information VentureJam will reimburse all reasonable travels costs on receiving valid travel receipts for people/teams attending the event. Some travel tickets can be booked by Young Scot in advance. Please let us know if you will need your travel costs reimbursed to be able to attend VentureJam.

We will provide food/refreshments during the sessions, and we may consider providing accommodation for those coming from longer than 1.5hours away on a case by case basis. To attend VentureJam 2017, apply here. Alternatively you can either send in a video, voice recorded application or speak to us over the phone. Please email these to