Inspiring the Next Generation of Youth & Technology
March 2, 2019 | 10:00am – 4:30pm
Create a product. Pitch to Judges. Sell your vision.
The TU20 cup is back! Join us for Halton’s most exciting student tech entrepreneurship competition of the year put on by Silicon Halton’s Tech Under Twenty.
The TU20 Cup is a multi-month event focused on motivating youth to get involved with technology and business. Teams of 2-6 students will work with the help of a mentor to innovate a solution using technology relating to the yearly theme, in advance to the day of the event.
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$15,000 To Start Your Tech Business
This year we are partnering with the Oakville Community Foundation (OCF) to empower students to start a business focused on addressing youth issues. After building your prototype and business plan, winners of the TU20 Cup will receive a $15,000 contract from a local charitable organization to turn their prototype into a real life product and start their own business!
OCF 2018 Youth Report
Over the past year, OCF has been gathering key information to create a modern youth report to get a snap shot of the lives of youth in Oakville and North Halton. The report highlights concerns and opportunities that the community should work address, such as Oakville having a higher poverty rate than the Regional average.
The report is a great place to get started in identifying youth issues and to further explore your areas of interest. Our goal is to solve a number of key problems in our community with ingenuity of the next generation.
Highlights from the 2018 TU20 Cup
1) Sign up on Eventbrite
2) After signing up, register your team using our team registration form
3) Get matched with a Mentor
4) Select an Organization with Charitable Status (There are more than you think)
5) Understand the key issues that you are trying to address and the problems your charitable organization is facing
6) Work with your team, mentor to build a prototype and business plan
7) Attend in person and online workshops
8) Create a 5 minute pitch and business plan to sell your vision
9) Present on March 2nd 2018 to a panel of judges
10) Enjoy the event, meet your peers, learn about the Next Generation and enjoy the pitches!
Prizes That You Can Win
1st Place Overall: Courtesy of the Oakville Community Foundation, the winning team will receive a $15,000 grant! The winners will receive this money via a summer contract to launch their own technology business.
Runner-up prizes will be announced as the date approaches!
* All competitors must be 20 years or younger as of September 1, 2018 to qualify for any prizes.
** To be eligible for the top prize, students must work with a charity doing active and direct work in the Oakville community
*** Everyone to receive free food!
Date and Time
Saturday, March 2, 2019 | 10:00am – 4:30pm
Price: $25 – $30 (early-bird discounts)
What happens if I don’t have a team?
Don’t worry we’ll match you with other competitors to form a team!
If my selected charitable organization is located outside of Oakville, am I still eligible to apply?
Yes, but you must demonstrate that funding will be used for activities that directly support and serve Oakville. Halton-based projects and charities are eligible
When will I be matched with my mentor?
We will be matching teams and mentors from mid December – Early January, stay tuned!
When will judging criteria be released?
We will be releasing high level judging criteria in early January.
Can I use previous projects or ideas?
You can definitely use ideas from the past! However, since any startup should be problem/customer centric, you should make sure you have identified a good problem and begin doing interviews with your charity of choice to make sure you are solving a real problem.
What would be an example problem?
Problems should be based from the Youth Report, an example being that 24% of secondary students show medium-depression. Using this information students should try to figure out why is this the case. Is this due to a lack of friends, is this due to social media anxiety, is this due to bullying? By asking these core questions more specific problems will show up that you will be able to address with your project.
What resources will be available to me during the project?
You will be assigned a mentor who will meet with you 4 times to guide you through your project. You will also be contacted with a Charity mentor (from your charity of choice) who will help you navigate the charitable landscape and explain some of the issues that charity is facing.
In addition we will be having online workshops that will help guide you in each step of your project!
If I have a charity I would like to create a project for, how do I indicate this?
This is great! As long as they meet the eligibility criteria, then you can connect with them directly and just let us know who you are working with.
Connect With Us
We are a supportive and helpful tech/business community of youth under the age of 20. We are a division of Silicon Halton
– the grassroots technology community of people who make a living, make meaning, and make things happen in Halton.
Use the form below to submit your contact information and get in touch with us. Alternatively, you can send us an email at techundertwenty[at]gmail[dot]com