Firstport wants to uncover the most innovative business ideas addressing social issues across Scotland. 

Firstport is celebrating Scotland’s Year of Young People 2018 by looking for individuals with the most exciting, innovative and enterprising new ideas for working with and for Scotland’s young people.

The Social Innovation Competition offers three £5000 awards – including the Young Social Innovator category open to applicants aged 16 to 30 – combined with tailored support to refine and develop these ideas.

What they’re looking for

  • Eligible applications must involve innovative ideas and solutions to social issues or challenges affecting young people aged between 8 and 26. This could be through giving them access to new opportunities, helping them to overcome barriers and inequalities, or improving their quality of life.
  • They will give priority to projects working directly with young people, as opposed to those whose main activities are directed at providing benefit to other organisations
  • Applicants must be aged 16 or over and permanently resident in Scotland

For some inspiration, read case studies of previous competition winners and other examples of innovative business solutions that work with young people in Scotland.

Key dates and how to apply

Applications open on Wednesday 28 March 2018

Applications close at noon on Monday 30 July 2018

Details on how to apply to the competition can be found here.

Stay up to date with the latest news, events and information on the competition by registering your interest HERE