Beyond recognition, honors and awarness boosts, all finalists will have access to the UStart Alumni’s networking opportunities. All finalists will be among a national organisation of change-makers and future leaders that have demonstrated drive, passion, and dedication to achieving outstanding positive impact on the society and remarkably growth feat by any measure.
Do you want to know if you have what it takes to qualify for one or two of these awards? There’s only one way to find out.
The Student Start-up of the Year will be awarded with a prize package of 5.000,00€ in cash provided by BNP Parisbas Fortis and in business products and services, including web services, consulting, press coverage and more.
Except for Press coverage, the Student Entrepeneur of the Year will receive a large variety of personal prizes, which will be announced leading up to the event.
Apply and celebrate your achievements.
Submit your application by January 14, 2020.
Based on your application form, a jury of experts will be selecting the most promising student startups based on various criteria.
The Student Startup of the Year’s semi-finalists
The originality, innovation and thoughtfulness of your startup (company or non-profit organization). The differentiation from the existing competition. The identification and addressing of major relevant risks, and inclusion of contingency plans.
Thereafter, the 8 most promising startups will be able to attend the semi-finals, where they will be able to pitch their project with professional coaching.
For the last selection, the 8 semi-finalists will be invited by ImpulseNow for an interview in front of a panel composed of experienced entrepreneurs. These experts will elect the 4 SSY finalists for 2020. The selection will be based on these different criteria:
The Student Startup of the Year’s finalists
The target market, customer identification and segmentation. The business model and revenue streams. The marketing strategy and sales strategy, with a plan to scale. The product development and traction-to-date. The future measurable, achievable milestones. And the expertise of founding team and commitment, and motivation of founding team.
The finalists will be officially annonced on social media by February 2, 2020.
UStart Belgium will nominate student entrepreneurs who have achieved great things, gotten a national recognition of have achieved hard-earned triumphs in the Belgian Entrepreneurial world, and congratulate tham at the SESSY Awards, the hallmark of student entrepeneurship in Belgium
While you will only be eligable for this award via personal nomination, don’t hesitate to contact us if you know somebody that you feel would definetly deserve this recognition!
To be able to apply for the 2020 SSY Award, or be nominated for the SEY Award: