At thecamp, we believe that anyone who wants to should be able to become an entrepreneur. That’s why we’re proud to be a partner of Make the Choice, an UPE 13 program now in its second year. It’s designed to boost aspiring entrepreneurs, ages 18-30, who’ve got plenty of ideas and enthusiam, but don’t have a network or a degree.
First step: anyone with an idea for a business can apply online via video. 100 candidates are selected by a jury and the public. Then, over the course of about six months, the 100 are narrowed down to 25, then to 10 finalists, then to 5 winners who each win 5,000 euros. Although it’s a competition, everybody wins: all selected candidates get coaching for the program’s full duration no matter what stage they make it to.
On June 7 and 8, thecamp welcomed the 25 selected candidates and 2 young entrepreneurs from Burkina Faso for an immersion weekend. The goal: create a real community among the entrepreneurs, accelerate their projects, and teach soft skills. Through workshops to develop leadership, self-confidence and creativity, inspiring stories from established entrepreneurs, and a “skills bar,” the 25 young people left more ready than ever to make their ideas a reality.
The 10 finalists were annonced on June 18, and the 5 winners will be announced on September 6. Good luck and bravo to all the candidates!