£10,000 cash prize up for grabs for UK’s brightest young tech entrepreneurs

Budding tech entrepreneurs between the age of 16-25 are in with the chance of winning a £10,000 cash prize when entering Samsung’s ‘Solve for Tomorrow’ competition.

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Samsung Electronics has today announced the return of its ‘Solve for Tomorrow’ competition, which was launched last year to search for the next generation of UK tech entrepreneurs.

The competition, which is open to entries from today (23rd November), has been designed to encourage young people to pursue their tech career dreams and push forward ideas that can help solve problems caused by four key challenges faced by society: education, sustainability, social isolation, diversity and inclusion.

Samsung, in collaboration with non-profit digital technology organisation Digital Catapult, will offer one winner a £10,000 cash prize and six months of mentorship from a team of successful tech entrepreneurs to help make their idea a reality.

Who can enter?

In short, anyone aged from 16-25. However your idea must be designed to combat one of the four key societal challenges.

Many previous entrants have drawn on past experiences to inspire ideas, including last year’s winner Alec Conway. He devised a digital locker to help support homelessness, after interrailing across Europe and becoming dismayed that homeless people don’t have a safe space to put their belongings. The locker doubles up as a PO box so homeless people can apply for NHS registration and benefits.

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Alec's ‘Project Dignity' locker design

His design, entitled ‘Project Dignity’, was selected amongst four other finalist teams as the most inspiring and innovative. As part of his prize, Alec won the £10,000 cash prize and the chance to be mentored by Samsung and Digital Catapult’s brightest tech minds over a six month period.

How to enter?

It’s easy to enter, simply visit the Solve for Tomorrow website and fill out an application.

Entrants who are successful will proceed on the Solve for Tomorrow programme and be given direct one-to-one mentoring with Samsung experts, and be able to partake in a series of inspiring workshops.

The overall winning team will be announced in July 2022, after two rounds of judging by a panel of experts from across the worlds of tech, innovation and social initiatives.

Commenting on the announcement, Sophie Edgerley Harris, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at Samsung Electronics UK said:

“Solve for Tomorrow was created as a platform and community to encourage 16–25-year-olds to develop their ideas using tech for societal good – no qualification required. 

Our search for innovative thinkers and supporting successful applicants to develop their ideas is such an exciting thing to be a part of whether you’re a participant, a mentor, or a judge. Every year we are blown away with the creative approaches to providing answers to society’s biggest issues”. 

Ross has been writing for Startups since May 2021, specialising in sustainable business and telephone systems. He also runs the successful entrepreneur's section of the website.

He's previously written for Conde Nast Traveller and the NME and is passionate about music, sustainability, and travelling. Follow him on his Twitter - @startupsross for helpful business tips.

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