Press Release AEC 2021 (March 31, 2021)

The United States Embassy, in collaboration with Tribe Tampere is excited to announce the American Entrepreneurial Challenge 2021. Together, we seek to challenge secondary and upper secondary school students to bring their fresh perspectives for new business ideas, create viable business plans, and successfully pitch their ideas to a panel of expert judges. Participants have the opportunity to improve their business skills and learn from mentors throughout the competition. This year’s competition will be virtual. The winners will receive financial support, mentoring, and (COVID permitting) a trip to an entrepreneurial summer camp.

First launched in 2013 as the Ambassador’s Entrepreneurial Challenge, the competition has become an annual tradition. This year, the competition has a new name, American Entrepreneurial Challenge, but the goal is the same – increasing entrepreneurial spirit among young people. Together, we are fostering the next generation of entrepreneurs who will continue transatlantic leadership for a better tomorrow.

Tribe Tampere is an entrepreneurial community who works to unite and empower entrepreneurial people. As the organizer of the AEC, Tribe is supporting future founders to take action and nurturing their growth mindset to create a thriving startup ecosystem in Tampere and in Finland. Tribe also seeks to connect young people with student-led Entrepreneurship Societies around Finland to help them create valuable connections from day one. Tribe will  feature its team of four experienced members to carry out the competition: Juho Mäkinen as the Project Coordinator, with Ilia Fedorov, Petteri Kiuru and Michelle Frank. Platform6 startup house is also a supporting partner of the project.

Tribe Tampere has a history of supporting entrepreneurial and startup related projects in Finland. In the spring of 2020, Tribe was also one of the organizers of the Startup World Cup online competition. Tribe is also the organizer of the annual Most Startup Friendly Company in Finland competition.

More information:
Press Release (PDF, 170 kb)
American Entrepreneurial Challenge
Ambassador’s Entrepreneurial Challenge (archive)