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Challenge Den Haag

Challenge Den Haag

In 2013, the unemployment rate in the Netherlands was growing. Especially among young people aged between 16 to 26 years. Due to the continuous rise of youth employment, the gap between education and the labor market was getting bigger and bigger. Therefore, Challenge Den Haag organised the YOUth Got The Power Challenge with the open call for business solutions that tackle the youth employment issue in The Hague.

The Den Haag Challenge  aimed to co-create business solutions that provide a better connection to the labor market and prevention of further youth unemployment. Challenge Den Haag and the YOUth Got The Power Challenge is an initiative of the Municipality of The Hague, De Haagse Hogeschool, Fonds1818, Xtra, Rabobank and Enviu.

We have been working on solutions to social problems that are relevant for large groups of people. The YOUth Got The Power Challenge targets (unemployed ) young people, but this is of course enormously relevant for the whole society.

City Inn wins YOUth Got the Power

During the finals of the challenge, three ideas were pitched in front of a jury. Among them were:

Swift Pancake (mobile pancake outlets runned by youth)
Green Bikes (unemployed youth fixes up bycicles that are removed from the streets by the municipality)
City Inn the Hague (hostel in vacant building in the hague that serves as a working spot and place to sleep).

The latter business plan won the challenge. By winning this challenge the idea owner received € 10.000 startup capital to make his plans reality.



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