|30 august 2016|

Scotland

Young innovators will pitch their solutions to the global problem of air pollution at an innovation event being held in Scotland next month.

Venturefest summits are held across the UK and Scotland’s offering to the franchise will take place on 1 September.

Three teams of innovative young Scots will present their creative solutions to the pollution question to a panel of entrepreneurs and investors.

The teams, known as Futuristic 5, Ninions and Project Airtech, were the winning trio at VentureJam 2016, the official youth strand for Venturefest, which took place on 5-7 August at Glasgow Science Centre and was delivered by Young Scot, Glasgow City of Science and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).

The winning team will receive an investment from Social Investment Scotland (SIS), and all three finalists will benefit from a session with an SIS investment manager to help them realise their ideas.

The youngsters’ pitches will form part of the Pitchfest! stream of Venturefest, where delegates will have the opportunity to learn how to pitch, find out why pitching matters, learn how to use pitching as a means to find ideas to solve a problem and see how others pitch to funders and what those funders might want to know. 

To build excitement ahead of the VentureJam youth pitch,  and to raise awareness of the importance of taking positive action to tackle air pollution, a projected animation by Double Take Projections will be beamed onto the Glasgow City Chambers, the Clyde Auditorium and Cineworld IMAX at Glasgow Science Centre this evening (30 August).

Dr Susie Mitchell, programme director of Glasgow City of Science, said: “VentureJam 2016 brought together young people from a wide range of backgrounds (from music and the arts to gaming and the environment) to come up with radical new ideas to improve the air we breathe. The young people were guided by leading figures from the world of television, gaming, product design and 3D animation. It was an inspirational weekend and I can’t wait to see the teams in action at Venturefest. If Venturejam reflects the future of innovation in Scotland, then the future is bright.”