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VentureJam 2017 Application Form


What is VentureJam?
VentureJam is a free and unique opportunity for 40 young people in Scotland. Young Scot and Glasgow City of Science 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, the arts, gaming, design, engineering (and much more). 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!
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?

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. It is free to attend. Please ensure you are available at the following times:
  • Celebratory Launch Night: Friday 18 August (6pm - 8:30pm)
  • Jam Activity: Saturday 19 August (10am - 4pm) and Sunday 20 August (10am - 3pm)
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 lifetime opportunity to quiz Chris van der Kuyl, one of Scotland’s top entrepreneurs and Co-Founder of one of the world’s most successful Games developers, 4J Studios, of Minecraft console editions fame!

Who Can Apply?
VentureJam is open to groups of around five people or you can apply as an individual. We are looking for a mixed, 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!). No experience required!

Whatever your thing, we want you get excited about working in teams to create new ideas (products, games or even interactive art installations) to make our lives and our environment better. If this is you, we’d love to hear more about why you’d like to attend VentureJam.
1. Other Important Information
VentureJam will reimburse all reasonable travels costs on receiving valid travel receipts for people/teams attending the event. 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 1.5 hours away on a case by case basis.

Please complete the following questions.  Alternatively you can either send in a video, voice recorded application or speak to us over the phone. Please email these to