The Global Teenpreneur Challenge is a new programme set up by GT Scholars. This is a 4 month programme for young people aged 13-17, where they will get to work in teams to develop their entrepreneurial skills, launch their business, get exposure to entrepreneurial companies and take part in individual and group challenges, with cash prizes up for grabs!
GT Scholars is a UK based not-for-profit social enterprise and registered charity that is open to all young people. We’ve been running a range of in-school and after school leadership programmes since 2013. Our mission is to give young people the skills, support and strategies needed to achieve their academic and career aspirations.
You can start the first challenge (The Kickstart Challenge) as early as September, but the first set of live online workshops will take place in early November. The final set of workshops will be in late February. We’ll be taking a 3 week break for the Christmas/New Year festive period. The Grand Finale will be in early March!
The cost is normally £220 for the 4 month programme. However, in our inaugural year, this will be reduced to £180.
Please note that if you live in England and you are on Free School Meals, you may be able to apply for a free place on this programme.
This programme will include 21 masterclasses to teach you all the fundamentals of business. The online masterclasses will include step-by step-guidance from business experts covering topics such as training on presentation and pitching skills, website design using wordpress, social media marketing, running a marketing campaign, building your team, testing the viability and profitability of your product, launching your product or service, building your network and getting investment or sales for your product or service. There will also be 7 challenges which will require the teenprenuers to utilise the skills they have learnt during the masterclasses, as well as support from our team and business experts throughout the entire programme to ensure their business is a success.
There are 7 challenges where your teen will compete with other teams/individuals to gain points with additional prizes open to the teams/individuals with the highest points. The 7 challenges will be revealed in their Roadmap which you can download when they’ve reached their first milestone of the kickstart challenge www.globalteenpreneur.com/kickstart
There are no official bursaries for this programme unless you live in England and you are on Free School Meals. If you are on Free school meals please state this in your application.
For all other teens, parents/guardians may pay for their full place on the programme or teens can fundraise through family and friends. We will be setting up a fundraising platform and as part of Challenge 3, we will encourage young people to fundraise from family, friends and other supporters in order to cover the cost of their place on the programme! We will support each young person with their elevator pitch and show them how to get backers so that they are in a good position with the fundraising challenge
We strongly encourage young people to take part in Challenge 3 and use the fundraising platform and elevator pitch to get as many backers as possible. Each £1 that is raised will add points to their team and the experience of this challenge will help with future rounds where they will need supporters to launch their business. If you prefer not to fundraise, you can contact us and pay 100% of the cost of their place.
Your teen must be between the ages of 13-17 as of March 31st 2021, as we require participants to be over 13 and younger than 18 throughout the entire Global Teenpreneur programme.
To get started, parents must fill in the application form and complete the online safety agreement. The online application form can be found here: www.globalteenpreneur.com/application-form
It’s really important to us that we get feedback from parents and we will be sending some feedback forms to parents/guardians during the challenge. We also run online sessions for parents to get involved and share their ideas and suggestions every 4-6 weeks. We would really like to meet you during that session. However, if you have any questions at any point in time, you can contact us using the online contact form.
During each of our programmes, we run meetings where parents can meet the team, ask questions, and offer their suggestions and ideas. Please look out for meeting invites in your inbox and attend if you can. You can send any questions or suggestions in advance and we will answer your questions during or before the meeting and we’ll send out an update of what was discussed and agreed, approx 2-3 days after the meeting.
If for some reason your teen pulls out of the fundraising challenge, any funds that they’ve raised will go towards the cost of the programme and where possible, it will be used to cover the cost of other young people competing in the Global Teenpreneur Challenge.
Every extra £1 your teen successfully fundraises, goes towards 1 bonus point to their score. The extra funding will go towards the cost of running the Global Teenpreneur Challenge for this year or next year.
We are not able to process any refunds for the Global Teenpreneur Challenge. Please ensure that you have read the GT Scholars CIC Programme Terms and conditions before making payment.
The online safety agreement will be sent to you after you register your place on the Global Teenpreneur programme and will need to be filled in before the commencement of the programme.
As this programme will be 100% online, you will be required to sign our online safety agreement and your child will need to agree to our behaviour policies and code of conduct.
You will need to provide a reference from your teens school teacher. This forms part of our online safety agreement and it is our way of checking their identity and ensures that they are who they say they are. If your teen is homeschooled or you are not able to contact their teacher, please let us know.
Online is never 100% safe. When working online, all young people and parents must commit to taking adequate steps to stay safe. We will be moderating the online group, providing some online safety training to you and your child and we will ensure that we do our best to keep young people safe on the platform. However, parents and guardians will also need to monitor exactly what their teen is doing online at all times.
Yes. You will need to supervise your child. You will need to supervise any online group work and any online community work where teams are working together on a project. All young people in the group will need to adhere to the online safety agreements and parents/guardians must continually monitor what their child is doing online.
A backer or supporter is any person that is here to support a young person in the Global Teenpreneur Challenge. You can be a parent, guardian, relative or friend that wants to show your support. We ask our teenpreneuers to find backers as soon as possible in the competition as these same backers will hopefully support them throughout the competition especially in the voting and fundraising stage.
The young person (teenpreneur) who asked you to be a backer will most likely want and need your support throughout his/her time on the competition. You can show your support by signing up as an official backer (this will help them get more points), voting for the teenpreneur, covering some of the costs for their place on the programme, spreading the word to your network and asking other people to support your favourite teenpreneur!
There are two key things you can do. Firstly, use the unique link that they have given you to sign up and show your support. Secondly, use the same link that they have given you, and forward this to other people that may be able to help. Make sure you’re using the same link that they have given you. The more you use it, the more points they will gain.
You will need to provide your email address in order to receive updates on the competition and how you could help at different stages of the programme. We will send emails to backers every 7-10 days throughout the 4 month programme. You may unsubscribe from these emails at any time.
You must be between the ages of 13-17 as of March 31st 2021, as we require participants to be over 13 and younger than 18 throughout the entire Global Teenpreneur programme.
As part of the Global Teenpreneur Competition, you’ll; get access to 21 online masterclasses to help you develop your business, learn business skills from top entrepreneurs, build your own website to promote your business, meet other young people from different parts of the world, improve your team working, communication and pitching skills, pitch your business idea to get backers and customers, and be in for a chance to win prizes for your team!
To get started with the Global Teenpreneur Challenge, you’ll need to register your interest here: www.globalteenpreneur.com. Once you’ve done that, you can get started with Challenge 1: The Kickstart Challenge.
Go to this page, www.globalteenpreneur.com/kickstart, scroll down and you’ll see a box that for registering for the kickstart challenge.
After you register and verify your email address, go back to that same page and the box will now show your unique link. To find the unique URL, you’ll need to use the same device that you signed up with.
The link will contain the letters – vrlps. Pass this link to family and friends.
If you still need some help, feel free to get in touch with us via email or watch this quick tutorial video.
Your live masterclass sessions will run every week online. The days and times will vary but there will be a replay available to you in the online community group if you miss the live session. We will publish all live workshop dates but please note the dates are subject to change so please check-in a few days before to see if there have been any changes.
The time commitment for this programme will be approximately 1-3 hours a week. This will include attending the masterclasses, meeting with your team members, and taking part in the different tasks and activities in each round.
There are no restrictions on which countries can get involved. The only requirement is that you must be fluent in English as all the information and masterclasses will be broadcast in English only.
Masterclasses will be recorded and available to all teenpreneurs throughout the duration of the programme. Therefore, if the time zone of your country restricts you from joining the live session then you are more than welcome to view the recorded session in your own time.
We also encourage people to join a team of others that are in the same time zones as this will make it easier to schedule meetings with each member of the team.
The winners will be selected by the panel of judges and business experts in the last round of the challenge. The teams with the top points at the end of round 7 will be invited to the judges panel and the top 3 teams will be selected by the judges. The point system will be explained in more detail when you receive your roadmap. There will also be judges and business experts who will be awarding points at various stages in the competition.
There will be up to £5000 in prizes given out to the top 3 teams/individuals. The team in 3rd place will receive a cash prize of up to £1500, 2nd place will receive a cash prize of up to £2500 and the winning team will receive an amazing £5000 cash prize! Additional prizes from our sponsors will be announced throughout the course of the competition!
This programme is designed to give you all the information you will need to launch your business. The idea behind the Global Teenpreneur Challenge is to give you the tools and knowledge to successfully launch their own business from the ground up. Every challenge that you take part in, will help you develop your skills and abilities. Therefore, no prior knowledge of business is required, all you need to do is come up with interesting business ideas and we’ll support you from there!
Yes, of course! This programme is open to anyone from across the globe. As long as you are a native English speaker or are fluent in the English language, as all the masterclasses, information, emails and communications will be conducted in English.
The online masterclasses will include step-by step-guidance from business experts covering topics such as training on presentation and pitching skills, website design using wordpress, social media marketing, running a marketing campaign, building your team, testing the viability and profitability of your product, launching your product or service, building your network and getting investment or sales for your product or service. All masterclasses will be recorded and shared on the online platform.
Your live masterclass sessions will run every week online. There will be a replay available to you in the online community group if you miss the live session.
All masterclasses will be recorded and shared on the online platform. All teenpreneurs will be a part of a 24/7 online community with moderators who can support and answer any questions they might have. You can use the online support group to connect with your team, send in your questions, and access a weekly midweek Q&A as well as technical support if you need it!
If you forget your login details, please select the ‘forgot password’ option and this will prompt you to follow the steps to create a new password for your account.
The Roadmap will be sent to you as part of Round 1: Kickstart challenge. You will need to have gained your first 10 points in order to get your Roadmap. The Kickstart challenge can be found here: www.globalteenpreneur.com/kickstart
The 77+ free resources booklet will be available to participants who successfully obtain 20 points in the Kickstart challenge.
Each team may consist of a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 5 members.
No. With a team, we’ll use an average points tally to determine their final score at the end of each round. For example:
If Team 1 has 3 members:
Then, Team 1’s points will be the total points of all members combined, divided by the number of members. Therefore, Team 1 will have a points tally of 250 points (200 + 250 + 300 = 750 points but 750 points/3 members = 250 points).
It is possible to work on your own for each challenge. If you choose to work on your own you may miss out on the fun of working in a team!
The good news is that you’ll still be part of the online community, you’ll get support through the drop-in sessions, so hopefully, you won’t feel alone! If at any point you change your mind and you want to join a team, then let us know and we’ll see if we can find a team for you.
Every few weeks, we will run additional drop-in sessions where we answer FAQs. These sessions will be available to everyone on the programme. You can send any questions or suggestions in advance and we will answer your questions during or before the session.
You will need to provide a reference from your school teacher. This forms part of our online safety agreement and it is our way of checking your identity and ensures that you are who you say you are. If you are homeschooled or you are not able to contact your teacher, please let us know.
Make sure you read through each challenge carefully and talk to other people in the online community, so that you know exactly what to do to get more points and you can make sure you’re on track! You can get points from completing different tasks or activities eg. getting more backers, inviting family & friends to support you, raising more money, completing your surveys, writing a short blog etc.
As soon as you’ve signed up to your first challenge, you’ll get a free Guide with tips on how to get backers. This will also be available under the resources section once you’ve joined the online community.