TransferWise announces Europe’s 20 most talented young entrepreneurs.
Starting a business at any age and expanding it internationally is challenging. That’s why, for the last three years, TransferWise has been supporting the 20 most talented young founders from across the continent.
This year's 20 finalists were chosen by a stellar panel of judges, including TransferWise co-founder Taavet Hinrikus, Director of Station F in Paris Roxanne Varza, F1 World Champion Nico Rosberg and MEP Eva Maydell.
Looking to build a green and inclusive future, sustainability and social entrepreneurship emerge as the key themes among these young businesses.
MEET THE 20 FINALISTS HERE.
£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
Chairman and co-founder of TransferWise
Director of STATION F, co-founder of StarHer and Tech.eu
Sustainability Entrepreneur, Formula 1 World Champion
MEP, President of European Movement International, Vice-president of SME Europe
Chief Energy Officer and co-founder of Bulb
Editor-in-Chief of The Economist
Chairman of W.UP, co-founder of Codecool
Co-founder of Skype, CEO and founding partner of Atomico
Founder of Books by Stellas CIC, winner of TransferWise 20 Under 20 2019
"Winning the TransferWise 20 Under 20 has been a huge shock and an opportunity that I can see opening many doors for the future of CropSafe. With the prize money and mentorship, we are able to push forward with our plans to to roll-out our product globally to the users who need it most. TransferWise has made this possible for us with their support, and with our amazing team at CropSafe, I'm looking forward to what the future holds for us as a global business."
John McElhone, co-founder of CropSafe and winner of the TransferWise 20 Under 20 2020
“Participating in the competition and being chosen one of the finalists was a milestone for me. It shows that I’m working on the right thing and it inspires me to contribute even more to my company. I’m also hoping this will inspire all Estonian teens to be more entrepreneurial and to dream big. Because you never know when these kinds of amazing opportunities come along. The prize money gives us the opportunity to further develop our product and start proper production.”
Henri Pihelgas, co-founder of DeepPeat and winner of the TransferWise 20 Under 20 2020
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Really very fab to have @trussliz speak with @TransferWise 20 Under 20 today and see the Govt showing their support to young entrepreneurs and SMEs @hmtreasury #teenwiser View on Twitter
Excited to be judging this @TransferWise campaign to find the youngest & brightest entrepreneurs 🤩 Applications now open, do put forward inspiring 16-19 year old founders you know of. Can't wait to see & support the incredible talent coming through! #TeenWiser View on Twitter
Such amazing talent, really do have a nosey at @TransferWise 20 Under 20, the top teen CEOs in UK & Ireland #teenwiser View on Twitter
With 20 under 20, @TransferWise is looking for the 20 most talented young entrepreneurs in Europe and our own @TijenOnaran is one of the jury members View on Twitter
In good company with these other judges, looking forward to seeing some great ideas from Europe’s teenagers. View on Twitter
This is such a great competition run by our #EY Entrepreneur Of The Year alumni @kaarmann @taavet @TransferWise Please do retweet and encourage young entrepreneurs to enter #teenwiser View on Twitter
Congrats to all the #TeenWiser winners!👌🏻 View on Twitter
One of my favourite things this year has been the #teenwiser campaign mentoring teen CEOs. Yesterday we went to @hmtreasury to meet @trussliz and discuss the challenges they face. View on Twitter