The WA Young Entrepreneurs Challenge 2018

Key Dates

July 20th – Applications open

August 2nd – Information night held at Gemstar Perth

August 24th – Applications close

August 30th – 1st September – YoungGems Entrepreneurial Program

30th Aug– Entrepreneurship Planning 5pm-8pm

 31st Aug– Marketing & Branding 5pm – 8pm

1st Sep – Business Modelling 9am – 12pm

Septemeber 20th – Finals Night


Residency & commercialisation mentorship with Gemstar in Perth and Singapore

The competition winner will receive 6 months’ residency plus Commercialisation Mentorship at the Gemstar Innovation Centre of Excellence in Perth, as well as access to the Gemstar Centre in Singapore (valued at more than $50,000).  

Entry criteria  

A resident of WA  

Have a business idea that solves a real problem  

Have a business idea with local application and potential to grow into ASEAN  

Submit a written outlining your problem  

Be between the age of 18-35  

How it will work  

The Gemstar WA Young Entrepreneur Challenge consists of our own YoungGems masterclasses held at Gemstar’s Innovation Centre of Excellence in Perth across 3 days.  

The Gemstar Executive team will run the sessions that include 3 x 4-hour sessions per day with workshops, consultations and 1-1 assistance.

Gemstar CEO and Founder Gemma Manning, based in Singapore, will personally host the sessions with assistance from Adam Kinnest, former YoungGems graduate, Founder of Kiwa Techwear and Centre Manager of Gemstar Perth.

Following completion of the masterclass program, participants will have the opportunity to go away and work on their business pitch using the tools obtained during the masterclasses.

Participants will then come back and “pitch their idea” at the grand finale hosted in Perth in front of a very influential audience and a panel of judges from Perth’s & Singapore’s business community.

To pitch in the competition, students will be required to take part in this program and will be acknowledged with certification on completion.  

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