SESSY 2022

the competition

Become the Student Startup or the Student Project of the year!

Two Different Awards

Two Different Procedures

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.

Student Startup Of The Year (SSY)

Open to everyone!

With the Student Startup Of The Year Award 2022, UStart wants to give a significant boost to the most promising student startup of 2021, to help them with achieving their trajectory from Passion To Impact!

Prize Disclosed Soon

Student Project Of The Year (SPY)

Open to everyone!

With its brand-new Student Projects of the Year Award, UStart aims at providing visibility and advices to the most ambitious and promising student project of 2021. If you do not fulfil the eligibility criteria for the SSY, this new category is made for you.

Prize Disclosed Soon

The contest

If your growing startup, company or non-profit organization has a positive impact, or shows great promise for the next few years to come, get a national recognition of your hard-earned triumphs and a structural boost for your startup by participating in the Student Startup (SSY) award, the hallmark of student entrepreneurial success.

If you are about to launch your start-up or your non-profit organisation and you would like to confront your ideas with a jury of experts, don’t hesitate anymore and apply for the Student Project of the Year (SPY).

Apply and celebrate your achievements.

Submit your application at the latest by February 14th, 2022.

The Eligibility Criteria are set out below.

THE SELECTION PROCESS OF THE STUDENT PROJECT OF THE YEAR (SPY)

Based on your application form, a jury of experts will select the 4 most promising studentprojects based on various criteria, namely : The originality, innovation and thoughtfulness of your project (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, those 4 Student Projects  will be invited to pitch their project at the SESSY Awards on the 18th March, 2022, as finalists.  The finalist will be announced on the 28th April, 2022.

 

THE SELECTION PROCESS OF THE STUDENT STARTUP OF THE YEAR (SSY)

The pre-selection of the Student Startup of the Year’s (SSY) semi-finalists

Based on your application form, a jury of experts will select the 10 most promising student startups based on various criteria, namely : 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 10 most promising startups will be able to attend the semi-finals, where they will be able to pitch their project with professional coaching.

 

The Semi-Final and selection of the 4 SSY finalists who will attend the SESSY Awards

The 10 semi-finalists from the SSY category, they will be invited for an online interview in front of a jury panel composed of our partners and experienced entrepreneurs. These experts will elect the 4 SSY finalists, based on the following different criteria:

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.

Those 10 semi-finalists will be officially announced on social media by February 28th, 2022, and the semi-final will take place online during the second week of March 2022 (from 7/3/2022 to 13/3/2022).

 

At the Award Ceremony, the 4 SSY Finalists will be asked to pitch their project one more time, this time in front of a professional, high profile 6-headed jury panel and the full audience of the event. The 4-minute pitch of each candidate will be followed by a 3-minute Q&A Session. The 4 SPY Finalists will be asked questions during a Q&A session and the audience will vote live for the Student Project of the Year winner.

The jury will then decide who will be the winner of the SSY Award 2021!

Due to the COVID19 pandemic, the Finalists will be invited to a studio where the live performance will be filmed. It will then be transmitted live on our social networks.

Eligibility criteria

To be able to apply for the Student Startup of the Year Award (SSY):

  1. You must currently be enrolled or have been enrolled as an (under)graduate student in a university/college in the academic year 2021-2022. Full-time enrolment is not required; part-time enrolment is acceptable.
  2. You must be the owner, founder or controlling shareholder of your startup and principally responsible for its operation.
  3. Your startup must have been officially founded while you were enrolled as a student, and in the year 2021 or earlier.
  4. Your business must have generated at least €500 or benefitted or benefited from an investment of at least 1000€.
  5. You must not have been one of the finalists of any of the previous editions of the SESSY Awards.
  6. The age cap for participation is 27 years of age.

 

To be able to apply for the Student Project of the Year Award (SPY):

  1. You must currently be enrolled or have been enrolled as an (under)graduate student in a university/college in the academic year 2021-2022. Full-time enrollment is not required; part-time enrollment is acceptable.
  2. You must be able to concretely explain the business plan of your future start-up / non-profit organisation.
  3. Benefitting from the help of an incubator or adviser is a plus.
  4. The age cap for participation is 27 years of age.

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