COLLABORATE. ENGAGE. SOLVE. WSA Youth for Innovation
With a multi-academia participation, the WSA Youth for Innovation (YFI) program brings together students from across Europe, exchanging and collaborating in interdisciplinary teams. The students work together to solve entrepreneurial challenges and build solutions for problems addressing the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s).
For six weeks, 41 students from 6 participating Universities have addressed 8 entrepreneurial business challenges, hosted by former WSA Winners. The real-life challenges of the WSA entrepreneurs ranged from business development to marketing strategies, with the goal for the students to engage in collaboration to find the best solutions.
The WSA Youth for Innovation program supports the students not only with a series of webinars, held by international business experts, ranging from of business development topics such as community building, UN SDGs, impact thinking & impact measurement to pitching, the students also gained the unique opportunity to enter the global WSA network.
Grouped on their expertise and where they felt they could best contribute towards a specific challenge, the student teams worked closely with the WSA entrepreneurs, and were guided by experienced academia student team leads, supporting and mentoring them in their solution development.
In the final phase the student teams are presenting their solution to an jury, gaining hands-on experience on pitching a business solution to international experts.
After an interesting pitching session, the jury had the hard task to select the best student teams as winners, based on a selection of criteria including the presentation of the pitch and the quality of the solution.
All teams presented great work, but in the end the following 3 teams stood out and were selected by the jury as this year´s WSA Youth for Innovation winners:
Students working on the challenge of The Museum of Yesterday
Pia Mering and Maike Tachil - Fachhochschule Kiel, Germany
Tim Shanahan - Salzburg College, Austria
Vuk Ilić - MEF Faculty Belgrade, Serbia
Hansjuerg Michel - FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland, School of Business
Challenge Host: Babak Fakhamzadeh - Agëncia Pública, The Museum of Yesterday, Brazil
Student Team Lead: Mason Wirtz - Salzburg College, Austria
Students working on the challenge of MedShr
Henrike Barg and Lea Jungsthöfel - Fachhochschule Kiel, Germany
Eetu Kemppainen - Laura, Finnland
Maurus Basler and Richard Moser - FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland, School of Business
Challenge Host: Janis Pereira - MedShr, UK
Student Team Lead: Lynn Lim - FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland, School of Business
Students working on the challenge of ScarletRed
Nikola Bajic - MEF Faculty Belgrade, Serbia
Adelina Mehmed - Ss. Cyril and Methodius University, North Macedonia
Chantal Baumgartner and Niklas Bauer - FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland, School of Business
Challenge Host: Dorotea Neuberg - Scarletred Holding GbmH, Austria
Student Team Lead: Ivana Lešević - MEF Faculty Belgrade, Serbia
All winners will receive a digital participation certificate, promotion through the WSA communication channels and their CV’s to be sent to the WSA network along with a recommendation letter from WSA.