About the competition
The Spring Idea Competition is a competition for young people aged 15–19. The competition is open to teams of 3–5 people with their own idea. The idea can be big or small and can solve a problem or seize an opportunity. You can participate as part of your studies or in your free time all over Finland. The prize is a summer job developing the idea. The Spring Idea Competition’s application period is open from 1.11.2023 to 29.2.2024.
- The competition’s application period is open from 1.11.2023 to 29.2.2024. The idea can come from your local environment, global opportunities or challenges. Check out the Inspiration Library.
- Spring’s expert jury will select the 12 most promising ideas to go forward. The shortlisted teams will be invited to Helsinki for a weekend-long idea incubator from 12 to 14 April 2024, during which the idea will be further developed. At the end of the incubator, a jury of experts will select six ideas for the final.
- At the final on 7 May 2024, the teams will present their ideas to the public. The winners of Spring will be chosen by a combination of a public vote by young people and an expert jury. The young people will vote for the ideas that are most relevant to them to win. Three winners will be selected.
- The winning three teams will be rewarded with a summer job to turn their ideas into reality. The summer job also includes a study trip.
SPRING SPARRING PARTNERS 2024
Top experts from a wide range of disciplines develop ideas together with young people. Discover the 2024 team of sparring partners below.
BACKGROUND AND PARTNERS
Spring was founded by Matti Alahuhta, Sari Baldauf, Antti Herlin, Martti Hetemäki, Bengt Holmström, and Jorma Ollila. They are responsible for Spring’s costs and form its steering group. Spring is implemented by the Children and Youth Foundation. The partners of the competition are the Finnish National Agency for Education, The Union of Upper Secondary School Students, National Union of Vocational Students in Finland, the Finnish Student Alliance – OSKU ry and Finlands Svenska Skolungdomsförbund FSS.
A nationwide network of student-driven entrepreneurship societies is also involved in inspiring and supporting the young people taking part in the competition, including Boost Turku, Seinäjoki Entrepreneurship Society, LUT Entrepreneurship Society, Tiimiakatemia Jyväskylä, Helsinki Think Company, Oulu Entrepreneurship Society, Pori Entrepreneurship Society, Tampere Entrepreneurship Society, Vaasa Entrepreneurship Society, Metropolia Turbiini Campus Incubator and Aalto Entrepreneurship Society.
Spring Idea Competition is designed together with young people. During autumn 2022, more than 150 young people participated in the design of Spring and all its elements. Teachers have also contributed to the content of Spring. Their input has been used to produce inspiring materials for schools, making it easy to integrate Spring into the curriculum.