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about cye

The CYE Competition, short for "Creative Young Entrepreneur" is a pitch competition dedicated to fostering innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurial spirit among today's brightest minds.


We are more committed than ever to providing a platform where aspiring entrepreneurs can showcase their groundbreaking businesses, pitch them, and compete for a chance to turn their dreams into reality.

our vision

Our vision is simple yet profound: to empower the next generation of entrepreneurs to transform their businesses and drive positive change in the world.


We believe that entrepreneurship is the driving force behind innovation, economic growth, and social progress.


Through the CYE Competition, we aim to identify, nurture, and support the most promising entrepreneurs on their journey to success.


MEET 2023 WORLD CONGRESS WINNERS

Welcome to the exclusive section, where we proudly introduce the distinguished winners of the 2023 CYE World Congress! These exceptional individuals have demonstrated unparalleled commitment, innovation, and excellence in their respective fields, earning them the prestigious title of World Congress CYE Winners.


Get ready to be inspired, informed, and motivated by the world-changing ideas and innovations that define CYE.

2023 WORLD CONGRESS EDITION

What to Expect

Cutting-Edge Pitches

Witness some of the most innovative and game-changing business ideas as entrepreneurs from around the world compete head-to-head in a pitch battle.


Expert Mentorship

Our panel of experienced mentors and industry experts will guide and mentor the participating teams, offering valuable insights and advice to help them refine their business plans.


Networking Opportunities

Connect with like-minded individuals, potential investors, and industry professionals during networking sessions, workshops, and panel discussions.


Cash Prizes

The CYE Competition will offer generous cash prizes to the top-performing teams, along with access to funding opportunities to kickstart their ventures.


Global Exposure

Get your business idea in front of a global audience, including investors, venture capitalists, and potential customers. The CYE Competition is your gateway to international recognition.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

25.04.2024

CONFERENCE OF AMERICA

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08.05.2024

AFRICA AND THE MIDDLE EAST CONFERENCE

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21.05.2024

ASIA AND THE PACIFIC CONFERENCE

29.05.2024

EUROPEAN

CONFERENCE

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Disclaimer: Please note that this registration applies solely to the CYE Program and does not cover admission to the Area Conference.

KEY DATES

2024 Edition - Opening

Monday, February 20, 2024

2024 Edition - Deadlines

Conference of America : Thursday, April 25

Africa & the Middle East Conference: Wednesday, May 8

Asia and the Pacific Conference: Tuesday, May 21

European Conference: Wednesday, May 29

Competition Dates

Conference of America: May 8-11

Africa & the Middle East Conference: May 22-25

Asia and the Pacific Conference: June 6-9

European Conference: June 12-15

TRAINING SESSIONS

Conference of America

Saturday, May 4

Africa & the Middle East Conference

Saturday, May 18

Asia and the Pacific Conference

Saturday, June 1

European Conference

Saturday, June 8

1ST PLACE

Claim the top spot and win big! CYE offers a cash prize to the 1st Place winner at the CYE Competition. It's not just a reward; it's a financial boost to help turn your entrepreneurial dreams into reality.

2ND PLACE

For the second-place winner, we have an exciting opportunity. You'll receive a complimentary registration to the 2025 corresponding Area Conference and free registration to the World Congress CYE Program. It's a chance to further expand your horizons, connect with global entrepreneurs, and continue your entrepreneurial journey with JCI.

PRIZES

Eligibility

The 2024 CYE Competition welcomes entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds, and here are the eligibility criteria:

  • The competition is open to both JCI members and non-members.
  • To ensure that your business is eligible, it should already be active for a minimum of three months.
  • Contestants are required to provide a strong and comprehensive business plan, a compelling presentation, and the ability to articulate and discuss their business goals in a clear and numerical manner.
  • Applications are reserved for individuals aged 18 to 40 years.

how to apply

Participating in the CYE Competition is a straightforward process:

  • Purchase your registration, here.
  • Upon registration, you will receive an online application form in English via email.
  • Complete the online application form, providing detailed information about your business, including market analysis and strategic and financial data.
  • Upload a one-minute pitch video in English, filmed horizontally, to introduce your project.
  • Attach a high-quality head-and-shoulders photograph (300 dpi) for identification purposes.

competition details

Language

All application forms will only be accepted in ENGLISH since this will be the pitching language and the language of the training sessions.

Application Review

A jury of experts will carefully review all submitted applications and select contestants to participate in the preliminary round. The selection will be based on the quality of the business plan and pitch video submitted.

Training Session

During this online session, our expert judges will conduct a series of 1-hour round tables with participants to provide valuable insights and guidance.

Hybrid Event

  • In-Person: If you prefer the in-person experience and want to present your idea in front of a live audience, you can do so by attending the Area Conference. Please note that in-person pitching requires a separate ticket for the World Congress, which is not included in the CYE registration fee.
  • Online: Pitch your idea comfortably from your location. We will provide detailed instructions and support for virtual pitching.


competition breakdown

Preliminary Round

In this stage, only ten selected participants will have the opportunity to pitch their projects for one minute and thirty seconds. Following these pitches, our judges will deliberate to select six finalists who will advance to the final round. Please note that the number of finalists may be adjusted at the discretion of the jury members based on the quality of the submissions received.

Final Round

The final round features the six finalists. Each finalist will have three minutes to pitch their projects, followed by a six-minute question-and-answer session with the judges.

MEET THE WINNERS

Welcome to your gateway to discovering the remarkable entrepreneurs who have emerged victorious in previous editions of the CYE Competition. Here, you'll delve into the inspiring stories of winning businesses, gaining insights about their ventures.


You’ll get an exclusive opportunity to learn about the businesses that triumphed in the 2023 Area Conferences. These entrepreneurs are gearing up to compete on the global stage at the 2023 World Congress Edition, vying for the coveted title of the 2023 Global Entrepreneur.


Get ready to be inspired, informed, and motivated by the world-changing ideas and innovations that define CYE.

Unlock Your Entrepreneurial Potential

Download Our Toolkits and Guides

Are you curious to learn more about CYE, the competition, or how to organize your very own CYE Competition? Look no further!


We've put together a comprehensive set of toolkits and guides to provide you with all the information you need. Whether you're a participant, organizer, or simply someone passionate about entrepreneurship, these resources are designed to empower you on your journey.


Whether you're a seasoned entrepreneur or just starting to explore the world of entrepreneurship, these resources are your key to unlocking the full potential of CYE.


Download our toolkits and guides, and embark on a journey of innovation and entrepreneurship like never before.

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CYE TOOLKIT

If you're gearing up to compete in CYE, this guide will walk you through the process, from registration to the final pitch.

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JUDGING CRITERIA

Get an insider's look at how projects are evaluated and winners are chosen. Sharpen your skills as a participant or judge.

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SAMPLE APPLICATION FORM

Explore a sample of the CYE Competition application form to get a feel for what's required. It's your roadmap to showcasing your innovative idea.

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Organizer's Toolkit

Interested in hosting your own CYE Competition? Discover step-by-step instructions, tips, and best practices to ensure a successful event.

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