One simple email can open a world of opportunities, which is exactly what happened when we got an email from Mladiinfo, a really cool organization all the way from Macedonia, asking us whether we would like to join a project. And not just any project, but one aimed at providing young people with the resources they need to develop apps that solve real problems and make the world a little better. Needless to say, by the end of the day we were already scanning the necessary paperwork.
Just months later, our operations manager spent a few days in a maker space in Singapore, surrounded by laser cutters, 3D printers and just about any tool you can think of, discussing opportunities for young innovators with passionate peers from Hong Kong, Tanzania, Ghana, Poland, Macedonia, Germany, Austria, The Philippines, Vietnam, Singapore, Senegal, Macedonia and Kenya.
And now here are the results – the following months will bring a lot of great things for people that want to get things done – not just in Romania, not just in Europe, but on three continents.
mYouth 2.0 is a program co-funded by the Erasmus + Programme of the European Union aimed at supporting the creators of apps with social impact, giving them the resources necessary to develop them into businesses, such as mentoring, access to international teams, continental hackathons, business trainings, free Udemy courses and the chance to win a prize at the European Youth Awards. And of course, we, the Risky Business team, will be there as well to support the selected teams with mentoring, contacts and access to events. Excited? We sure are. Here’s what you need to know:
Where can I apply?
Who can apply?
Anyone aged under 33 who is a citizen or resident of Romania or Moldova and who has built an app with some type of social impact is welcome to apply. Ideally we are looking for teams, but if you are a single founder, don’t despair! We will help you look for a team member.
If you are not Romanian or from Moldova, but really want to apply, write to us and maybe we can connect you with another partner in another country.
Can I apply if I’m at idea stage?
We are looking for apps that are at least at stage of MVP. However, you still have time to organize a mini-hackathon for your team and create something we can look at.
What types of apps are eligible?
As specified above, they should be at least at the MVP stage and ready to grow fast. Also, the apps need to have some form of social impact. Thus, an app that helps one find the fastest pizza delivery service does not exactly fit the criteria, while an app that helps people donate to charities while they shop online can apply.
Cool, so what are the next steps?
First of all fill in your application by March 31st. Then, whether selected or not, you will hear from us. If you are one of the 3 selected teams, you will benefit from free Udemy courses in domains that interest you, as well as access to the continental hackathon in Austria in July, where you will work together with interesting people from all over Europe to develop your app. If selected, one member of the team will also benefit from a business training in Macedonia in September, as well as the chance to win an award at European Youth Awards at the end of November.
Thus, think well before applying. It is compulsory to take part in all the activities if selected so be prepared to send one member of your team to each of them. And moreover, we expect hard work and dedication.
What are the costs involved?
There is no fee. Moreover, the costs related to accommodation, travel and food for the activities in Austria and Macedonia are covered by the project.
I have some other questions, what do I do?
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get you the answers you need.
So, don’t forget! If you want to enter the world of entrepreneurship while also making an impact on the world, we want to see your application here by March 31!