20 Under 20

TransferWise is searching for Europe’s 20 most talented young entrepreneurs.

Apply now!

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Helping Europe’s next generation

Starting a business at any age and expanding it internationally is challenging. That’s why, for the last two years, TransferWise has been on a hunt for the 20 most talented teen CEOs from across the continent. And we’ve been inspired by the incredible people we’ve met and the business ideas we’ve found.

TransferWise 20 Under 20 2020 is open to any business owner in Europe, aged 16-19.

This year, we’re hosting the biggest and best TransferWise 20 Under 20 yet. Increasing the prize money and giving even greater support to our finalists — now more than ever, we need to support our young business leaders.

Rewards for every finalist include

£1 million of fee-free international transfers

All star mentoring from Europe’s top entrepreneurs

Networking opportunity with fellow finalists and judges

£25,000 total prize money for one or more winners

How to apply

All you have to do is record a 60-second video, telling us about yourself, your business and why you deserve to be one of the TransferWise 20 Under 20.

There are also some short questions for you to answer in writing:

  1. When did you start your business?
  2. What problem is your business solving? (max. 200 words)
  3. Is the business profitable?
  4. What country/countries does your business operate in?
  5. Would you like to expand your business into other countries? If so, where?
  6. Which areas would you most benefit from mentoring in?
  7. What would you do with the prize money?
  8. Who do you look up to in the world of business?

New deadline! Send us your application by Wednesday 15 July 2020.

Send the landscape video file, URL or WeTransfer link along with your answers to teenwiser@transferwise.com. Read the terms here.

And because we believe that diverse businesses build better products, we’d also love to hear from you if you’re from an under-represented demographic.

Be sure to share on Instagram and Twitter with the hashtag:

#teenwiser

The top 20 will be selected by a star panel of entrepreneurs, investors and advisers.

Get to know them here.

Meet the judges

Taavet Hinrikus

Taavet Hinrikus

Chairman and co-founder of TransferWise

Roxanne Varza

Roxanne Varza

Director of STATION F, co-founder of StarHer and Tech.eu

Nico Rosberg

Nico Rosberg

Sustainability Entrepreneur, Formula 1 World Champion

Eva Maydell

Eva Maydell

MEP, President of European Movement International, Vice-president of SME Europe

Amit Gudka

Amit Gudka

Chief Energy Officer and co-founder of Bulb

Zanny Minton Beddoes

Zanny Minton Beddoes

Editor-in-Chief of The Economist

Balázs Vinnai

Balázs Vinnai

Chairman of W.UP, co-founder of Codecool

Niklas Zennström

Niklas Zennström

Co-founder of Skype, CEO and founding partner of Atomico

Aimée Clint

Aimée Clint

Founder of Books by Stellas CIC, winner of TransferWise 20 Under 20 2019

"The TransferWise competition is a one of a kind opportunity for young entrepreneurs across Europe to come together, innovate, build friendships and network. There is nothing else of this calibre out there.

"Winning last year’s competition enabled me to take my business to the next level, quadrupling my revenue, elevating my brand to a much larger audience and providing networking opportunities invaluable to growing my business. I would urge young entrepreneurs from across the continent to apply to TransferWise 20 Under 20 2020.”

Aimee Clint, founder of Books By Stellas CIC and the winner of the TransferWise 20 Under 20 2019