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Meet the winners!

Now in its fourth year, the Young Entrepreneurs Challenge has crowned three successful challenge pioneers, each with a unique and outstanding business idea. Read on to find out more about each of our winners, and click the links to read an interview with them to see how they’re progressing since their win.

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Winner 2020
Rowan Armstrong

Rowan Armstrong of BioLiberty was crowned the winner of the 2020 Verizon/Unloc Young Entrepreneurs Challenge. His company specialises in an assistive robotic glove for people suffering long-term conditions such as multiple sclerosis (MS) and arthritis.

The 2020 competition was stronger than ever, and Rowan fought off strong competition from the other finalists from across Europe to win £10,000 of funding plus a business mentor package during the grand final on 25 February 2021.

Click here to read Rowan’s interview.

Click here to visit the BioLiberty website and find out more about their work.

Winner 2019
Jamie Bankhead

Jamie Bankhead from Dundee in Scotland was our prestigious winner in the 2019 Young Entrepreneurs Challenge, battling stiff competition to impress the judges with his business Konglomerate Games. Jamie’s grand prize win saw him receive funding and a mentorship package to help get his business off the ground.

Konglomerate Games specialises in developing gamified experiences used to help people with long term difficulties. Over the last 18 months they’ve developed their own intellectual property Archipelayo, a video game designed to be used as physiotherapy for children with cystic fibrosis (CF), a life-limiting genetic disease. We’re keeping a close eye on this fantastic business as it develops.

Click here to catch up with Jamie and hear all about his win.

Click here to visit the Konglomerate Games website and find out more about them.

Winner 2018
Alison Wood

In 2018 the Young Entrepreneurs Challenge crowned Alison Wood from Edinburgh our grand prize winner. Alison used support from Unloc to launch her business Lilypads UK, which sells reusable sanitary products in the UK and Kenya, with UK sales subsidising the Kenyan market.

Lilypads now work with organisations around the world training women to set up micro-finance businesses, selling products at an affordable price. This ensures products are available to all who need them within the community. Lilypads currently work with partners in Cambodia, Uganda and Kenya.

Click here to read our interview with Alison and catch up with how Lilypads is doing.

Click here to find out more about Lilypads UK.