24 competitors from around the globe have made it through to the grand final of GEW Official Activity Your Big Year in Liverpool. YBY is an innovative competition designed to encourage global citizenship and social responsibility through enterprise, as well as to raise money for a range of global charities.
Once in Liverpool, the finalists will embark on a week of challenges during Global Entrepreneurship Week before the two winners are announced on the 19thNov. The prize for the lucky duo promises to be huge, with an all-expenses-paid year-long trip around the world to meet world leaders, innovators and inspirational entrepreneurs. They will also have the chance to experience life in a range of communities and cultures, develop leadership skills and work on a number of volunteer projects, from teaching children in South America to conservation work in Asia. A staggering 44,489 registrations from 168 countries have now been whittled down to the final 24, who were announced at the Shanghai World EXPO 2010. The finalists hail from GEW countries as diverse as India, Romania, Poland, Hungary, UK, Malaysia, China, Canada, Russia, Italy, Morocco, the USA, Hong Kong and Australia.
The competition has also captured the imagination of local press, with contestants such as Cai Dy from Shanghai receiving considerable media attention. Since being revealed as a finalist, Cai has already been featured in a number of national publications and radio stations. Cai, a 24 year-old civil engineering graduate, dreams of being a musician and currently performs with a local band. Having won his place in Liverpool via an online challenge, Cai reflected on the moment of truth. “It was the best experience of my life when I heard I was in the final in Liverpool, the home of my great idol John Lennon!”
Tom Bewick, Chair of Global Entrepreneurship Week, said, “We are proud that this fantastic international competition is one of Global Entrepreneurship Week’s Official Activities. The prize to spend one whole year travelling around the globe meeting leading entrepreneurs is life changing, and reflects the truly global nature of the Week.”
Chris Arnold, CEO of Smaller Earth - the enterprise behind Your Big Year - emphasized the wider value of the competition, saying, “Even those who don’t actually win the big prize will be building business skills and worldwide networks of other entrepreneurial people. The possibilities for where that could lead are endless.”
To find out more and to keep track of the finals visit www.yourbigyear.com.