Posted by: the3rdi | August 9, 2011

GLASGOW HOSTS 2011 AWARDS CEREMONY FOR YOUNG LEADERS AND ENTREPRENEURS

JCI Scotland will celebrate the outstanding achievements of young people on Friday (August 12), when the winners of the JCI Scotland Most Creative Young Entrepreneur Award (CYEA) and Most Outstanding Young Person award are announced.

JCI is an international organisation providing development opportunities which empower young people to create positive change.

Run by Junior Chamber International Scotland (JCI), JCI launched the Creative Young Entrepreneur Award competition internationally in 2006, in partnership with the Flanders District of Creativity, an initiative of the Belgium Government.

The CYEA celebrates creativity and entrepreneurial success in the lives of young people. Nominees include young professionals who have started a new business or made positive change in the organisation in which they work.

Maggie Georgopoulos , Awards Director and Chairman, JCI Glasgow, said

“The CYEA is geared towards business people who use imagination and creativity in their business enterprise. That could be any number of things, including using creativity in product development, service development, or even in the way they approach the market. The key is how they have tackled something in a fresh way, using their talent, imagination and ingenuity to drive their business and I am delighted we have four very worthy finalists”.

The finalists for the CYEA are Colin McMurray of Clyde Marine Training, Emma Little of ExecSpace, James Watt of BrewDog and Jamie Hutcheon of Cocoa Ooze.

The JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World (JCI TOYP) Programme recognises young people who excel in their chosen fields and exemplify the best attributes of the world’s young people. There are two finalists for the JCI Scotland Most Outstanding Young Person award.

Suzanne Shinnie , President of JCI Scotland, said:

“The TOYP Program recognises the achievements of young people in categories ranging from business accomplishments and humanitarian efforts to outstanding leadership, medical and cultural achievements.

“We want our country to be well-represented at this inspirational international program that honours young people who excel in their field. We know our exceptional youth can act as role models for other young people around the world and it is fantastic we have two very strong candidates for this award.”

The finalists for TOYP are Dr Andrew Murray and fundraiser Lindsay Robertson.

One winner from each of the 2 categories will be announced on Friday, August 12, at a drinks reception in Glasgow’s Grand Central Hotel. There will also be the opportunity to hear from keynote speaker Petra Weitzel, founder of West brewery.

The two winners from the Scottish award will automatically be entered into the International awards programme. From the International programmes, ten winners are selected from all over the world for TOYP and three finalists and one overall winner for CYEA.

These winners and finalists will receive a free round-trip airline ticket to attend the JCI World Congress which this year is in Brussels in November. The prize package also includes a free hotel stay at the congress headquarters hotel, and one free JCI World Congress registration.

One winner will be selected by a panel of international judges as the 2011 JCI Top Creative Young Entrepreneur in the world and 10 winners will carry the title of 2011 Most Outstanding Young Person in the world.

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