Discover your inner startupper!
The First Step Of Your Startup Journey
Young Entrepreneurs is an intense program designed to equip you with the necessary tools and skills to understand the startup world. From practical strategies and creative exercises to hands-on learnings during lectures and workshops—all the program activities are aimed at preparing you for future professional challenges in the startup world, or elsewhere.
Through hands-on lectures and workshops. Office visits. A hackathon. Mentors. All of it delivered by actual startuppers and practitioners in the world of entrepreneurship, an exciting world they want to share with you!
Online, June 20 – July 31
Onsite in Tallinn, Estonia, August 8 – August 14
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Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Young Entrepreneur?
Young Entrepreneurs is designed for late high school and university students eager to learn more about entrepreneurship and what it takes to build a startup.
Passion for learning & self-development - Every minute of the program is filled with knowledge and experience from seasoned startup founders and serial entrepreneurs.
International & open mind - You’ll get to meet fellow young entrepreneurs and mentors from all over the world, for a truly international experience.
Fluency in English - Prepare to put your English to good use and polish up your business vocabulary — your fellow students and mentors come from diverse backgrounds and places—as all the communication is in English.
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The Ins & Outs of the Program
This is a hybrid program that entails both online and onsite presence.
Prepare for 80+ hours’ worth of learning about all things startups and entrepreneurship
Phase I: June 20 -July 31
Online Content, Assignments, and the Startup Challenge
Workshops, lectures, and case studies that cover various business, startup founder and team aspects, but not limited to:
- Finding your purpose and values
- The key principles of robust communication in your startup team
- Defining business roles and responsibilities in your startup
- The essentials for effective planning
- Avoiding burnout and how to stay focused and motivated
Once you have gone through all the content, your final assignment in the form of a “Startup Challenge” will be unlocked for you to work on. Complete that and then pack your bags for Tallinn!
Phase II: August 8-14
Tallinn Trip For Onsite Coaching & Applied Learning
A 7-day onsite program in Tallinn, Estonia filled with workshops, lectures, founder stories, office visits, pitching exercises, and…a hackathon.
Here are just some of the topics you will have to go through:
- Company culture and values
- Business modeling and experimentation
- Sales and pitching
- Creativity and digital marketing
- The basics of legal and financing your startup
In the end, you’ll apply all the learnings in a hackathon event at the end of which your team will prepare a pitch deck and present the final idea. Just like real startups do!
Phase III: Optional
Online Pre-Accelerator & Alumni Community & Networking
All the participants become a part of the SWG YE alumni community with access to a global network of startups and mentors as well as such perks as quarterly community events, brought by Startup Wise Guys. The best teams from the Hackathon will also have the opportunity to enter the SWG Online Pre-Acceleration program if they wish so and continue working on their idea. Or individuals may be interning with SWG’s portfolio startups.
Young Entrepreneurs: Powered by Startup Wise Guys & Swedbank
Young Entrepreneurs is designed and powered by two of the strongest institutions on all things entrepreneurship within the Nordics region – Startup Wise Guys and Swedbank.
Founded in 2012, SWG is one of the top early-stage startup investors in the broader CEE and CIS regions, as well as Nordics. With over 270 startup investments in their state-of-the-art accelerator program portfolio, SWG brings together aspiring entrepreneurs and world-class mentors to accelerate innovation, business growth, and international expansion.
Swedbank is the largest bank in Estonia. Its purpose is to empower people and business to create a better future. It supports their vision about a financially sound and sustainable society, while maintaining high cost efficiency and low risk. Their strong commitment to sustainability and society is central in their strategy and everything they do in Swedbank.
Supported by Estonian Business School