Have you submitted your essay yet? The deadline has been extended until 23 September 2018, so you still have three more days to write and submit  your essay before it is too late. Still not sure about entering the competition? Read through what our youth essay competition jury think about the competition and then get writing!
“Over time the younger generations are taking an ever increasing role in important societal discussions. This competition is an amazing opportunity to make an impact on what policy-makers are defining for our collective future and to make your voice heard. When we are invited to give our opinions we should embrace the challenge and speak up!”
- David Gomes, JADE Network
“Why miss out on an exercise so valuable for personal development, testing one’s ideas, making a powerful statement and hopefully taking it to the European stage? Make your voice heard! It would also look pretty good on your CV as well.”
- Marie-Elisabeth Rusling, Business Angels Europe
“My advice would be to just give it a shot! I am sure that many of us have had experiences with regards to the topic of the competition and developed ideas on making our governments and businesses more innovative and advanced. This competition is a platform and a chance to publish those ideas. It is time to share your ideas in order to encourage real change!”
- Oksana Vedmidska, YEC 2017 winner
“Organising your thoughts and putting them down in words is always a great exercise for the mind. There is no “wrong” way of doing this. We want to know how you see the world, what you think about it and how it could work better. It’s your thinking and ideas that matter and we are eager to hear those! Avoid trying to sound like an experienced government official, let your own words be heard.”
- Mervi Pänkäläinen, Mightifier
Could you be the next winner of the SME Week Youth Essay Competition? Will you be joining us at the SME Assembly 2018 in Graz as a finalist? Use the advice from our jury members to write an outstanding entry and submit before 23 September 2018 to be in with a chance of winning!