Each year, the Young Innovators Competition invites new start-ups and concepts to compete for one of the ten prestigious places in the programme. Chosen by a committee of world-class experts from public, private and academic sectors, the ten winners join the ITU Telecom World event for a four-day accelerator programme of pitching sessions, hands-on workshops and mentoring – plus the chance to win up to USD 10 000 in funding.
But it’s not just an annual competition. It’s a community. Which is why the winners of the 2012 competition will be joining this year’s winners in Bangkok to report back on the development of their projects after a year of mentoring and to offer the benefits of their experiences as peer-mentors to the class of 2013.
With over 600 applications from 88 countries, identifying the ten best entries responding to one of our global challenges has not been easy. So we’re delighted to be able to announce the 2013 winners joining us at ITU Telecom World in Bangkok:
The Young Innovators Accelerator Programme is specifically designed for the winners of the Young Innovators Competition. It aims to equip them with the necessary skills and knowledge to jump-start their enterprises and take their start-up companies to the next level.
For the duration of ITU Telecom World 2013, the winners will be closely supervised by their mentors, who will organize interactive workshops and one-on-one sessions. In addition, within our Master Class of Innovation local and international partners such as Expara, Hubba and ICN Business school will organize sessions on a range of highly-relevant topics including Design Thinking, Scaling of Social Enterprises, Go-To-Market Strategies for Start-ups, and PR on a Low Budget for Start-ups.
All the sessions will touch on the central themes of social entrepreneurship : enterprises responding to the needs of a community, future thinking, and designing in a sustainable way with forward-looking ideas.
The climax of the accelerator program is the Big Pitch Session taking place on November 20th in the InnovationSpace WorkSpace, where the winners will pitch their ideas, and the winners of the 2012 Young Innovators Competition will report on their progress.
Laina Raveendran Greene is Chief Executive Officer of GET-IT, Green Energy Technology and Info-communications Technology. Her role includes identifying new innovative technologies and solutions, and investor relations. Laina’s work experience spans 25 years in the telecoms industry with a focus on Green ICT and bridging the digital divide in developing countries. Having founded and run two companies herself, she serves on companies boards and mentors start-ups around the world. She considers herself a serial entrepreneur and a Global Citizen.
A Mexican, Weston started his career at DaimlerChrylser in Germany, programmed at Microsoft in Redmond, USA, and then quit to obtain his degree (in Computer Engineering) and travel the world. He joined CouchSurfing , serving as CTO for over 4 years and helping to turn it into the world’s largest travel community. Later, Weston moved to Berlin and took on the CTO role at 9flats.com. Weston has now founded Footstep Ventures and, together with a small team, is creating a next-generation city guide. He also mentors other start-ups in Germany and Singapore.
Mariéme Jamme is a Senegalese born-British businesswoman who ran a technology consultancy business in London. Her company Spotone Global Solutions helps International technology companies selling enterprise software solutions, to set a foothold in Africa, Middle East and Asia. Marieme is best known for her role in promoting technology, good governance, transparency and a better education standard in Africa. She was named one of Forbe’s ‘20 youngest power women in Africa 2012 and a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in Davos in 2013. Mariéme has recently joined the Microsoft 4AfriKa team as an advisory council member. Follow her @mjamme.
Yasmin is the only woman to date to have received the prestigious Key Industry Leader Award in 2007 and the Personality of the Year Award in 2009, both from the Association of Computer and Multimedia Industry of Malaysia (PIKOM). She has strong credentials and recognition within top ICT multinationals, having reached the top leadership positions in Microsoft (CEO and MD), Dell (CEO and Corporate Director) and HP (GM). A strong advocate of attracting and developing female talent in IT, she is a founding patron of the NGO community Gorgeous Geeks.
Christoph started his career in a Berlin digital agency in 1996, tried and failed to build his first startup in 1999/2000 and has been working with the digital industry ever since. From 2008 to 2012, he co-founded and hosted Mobile Monday Berlin and has been hosting, mentoring, and speaking at national and international workshops and technology events ever since. In summer 2012, Christoph founded Berlin Startup Academy, Berlin’s independent boutique accelerator, graduating the first batch of six start-ups in March 2013.
Daniela Schiffer co-founded Berlin-based start-up Changers.com in 2010. The Changers portable solar charging system combines the production of pure and clean energy and consumer desire for more independence and mobility with the revolutionary power of social media. Prior to Changers, Daniela worked as a consultant at a communications agency where she was closely involved with high-tech companies, specifically in the field of green energy and photovoltaics. Passionate about how the usage of media changes our society, she has collaborated on different media art projects across Europe.
Benjamin Thym is the founder and CEO of barcoo. Following the completion of his studies in Business Informatics, Benjamin worked at the Boston Consulting Group as an IT consultant. When he came up with the concept for barcoo, he moved to Berlin to develop barcoo’s mobile shopping and information service. He is responsible for Communications, Product and Sales. The number of the app’s end-users has already reached more than 11 million, and Apple has just declared barcoo to be one of the most downloaded apps of all times in Germany.
Mark has been creating and re-energising brands for over 20 years. After studying science at Cambridge University he moved into management consultancy and branding; spending 10 years as a lead strategist at branding company Wolff Olins. He now leads his own company delivering brand strategy and communications expertise to some of the world’s leading organisations –using scientific rigour and creativity to create clarity. His clients have included Raffles Hotels and Resorts, London 2012, Sony Ericsson and Manpower.