Launched in April 2020 for school students in Middle and High School categories, the Global Ideas Pitch Challenge, India’s First International Video Pitching Competition for Students to make them think about solutions to real world problems in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), concluded on September 6.
After two rounds and coaching cum mentoring sessions in between, in all 14 ideas from several schools reached the national finals and were judged by a five-member jury. Keyyshav Seth, a student of the Srijan School, Delhi won the challenge in high-school category while as Agam Singh from The Indraprastha International School was declared winner of the middle-school category.
The challenge – Global Ideas Pitch Challenge – was launched after lockdown due to the Covid pandemic to inspire children and help them participate through their ideas in rebuilding for the future. In effect it was also a way to develop Entrepreneurial Mindset and Skills in them. Participating students were coached by founders of Youth Startup Network, the organizer of the competition, and mentored by students from Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (IIM-C). Through a multi-stage approach, students who participated also developed critical 21st Century Skills like: Public Speaking, Pitching, Creativity, Idea Generation, Problem Solving and Resourcefulness.
“As a participant in the Global Ideas Pitch Challenge, I learnt about entrepreneurship and knowledge of taking a business from idea to execution,” said Keyyshav Seth. The mother of another winner, Agam Singh added, “My son does not enjoy traditional subjects much and hence lags in the class; this challenge has opened a new world for him. He has participated with energy and done his tasks. It is a new child I am observing, thank you Youth Startup Network”.
Using innovating thinking and a guided coaching program, students explored various aspects of entrepreneurship. They learnt about problem identification, discovering passion, ideation, solution thinking, business models, customer acquisition, public speaking, and pitching. Over the past three months, the students also participated in various webinars, entrepreneur interactions and mentoring sessions to sharpen their ideas. The students from India’s premier institution, Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (IIM-C) also volunteered and mentored the students to help them refine their business solutions and pitches; as part of the mentoring program devised by Youth Startup Network.
The jury comprised of Renowned academician and education leader, Dr. Neeta Bali, Director Principal, G D Goenka World School, Sohna; Er. Anuj Sinha, Former Director VigyanPrasar & Chairman of the Board at Network of Organisations for S&T Communication; Ms.Divya Rajput, India lead – Incubation Manager Training and South Asia Connect, Texas Global at The University of Texas at Austin; Mr. Ravi Kikan, CXO, Mentor to Startups& SMBs, Amazon Top Selling Author; Mr.BibinBabu, Angel Investor, Entrepreneur, Mentor, Block Chain Evangelist.