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YOUR ALPS! YOUR FUTURE! YOUR PROJECT!

  • Do you want to play an active role in shaping the Alpine Region?
  • Do you have good ideas that you would like to implement together with the EU?
  • Do you want to exchange ideas with young people from the entire Alpine Region?
  • Are you between 16 and 29 years old?


4x YES? THEN: Join “PITCH YOUR PROJECT 2024” 

PITCH YOUR PROJECT is your chance:

…to present your project idea to a broad audience of Alpine-enthusiastic experts and decision-makers,

… to exchange ideas on the Alpine Region with like-minded people,

… to win money for the implementation of your project idea,

… and thus to shape the Alpine Region of the future!

YOU COUNT! YOU KNOW BEST! YOU PARTICIPATE!

This year you can submit your project ideas on 4 topics that correspond to the work and issues of EUSALP.

  • Smart water management 
    • How could we regenerate the water systems?
    • What can be imagined to save water in times of drought?
    • How to develop new ideas to avoid too strong impacts of floodings?
       
  • Boosting Circular economy
    • Relocalisation of traditional activities, short supply chains, promotion of local products.
       
  • Youth involvement
    • How can youth be mobilised to improve the quality of life in the Alps?
    • How can we encourage the youth to participate more in local democracy?
    • How can we support local projects initiated by the youth?
       
  • Mobility
    • Innovations to reach touristic places without individual car, promotion of good practices existing in the alpine region or other interesting initiatives.

WHAT IS “PITCH YOUR PROJECT”?

“PITCH YOUR PROJECT” is a competition for young people between 16 and 29 years old. As experts of your living space, the Alpine Region, you are invited to submit your project ideas for a sustainable development of the Alpine Region individually or as a group.

Under the motto “shaping.future.together.”, the EU Strategy for the Alpine Region (EUSALP) is looking for your ideas to make the Alpine Region fit for the future.

A jury will select the top 5 projects from all submitted projects. The jury will base its selection on the criteria of relevance, feasibility and innovation potential. The five applicants or group applicants selected by the jury will have the opportunity to present their project, in English, in a five-minute pitch at the EUSALP Annual forum in November 2024. The finalists will receive support in preparing their pitch and learn how to create a short, appealing and informative presentation. The audience will then vote directly on the five projects. The three best projects will receive prize money from the Region Bourgogne-Franche-Comté for the further implementation of their projects:

  • 5,000 euros for the 1st prize
  • 3,000 Euro for the 2nd prize
  • 2,000 Euro for the 3rd prize

In addition, the winners will be mentored by experts involved in the EUSALP, who will help them implement their project ideas.

PITCH YOUR PROJECT 2024 is financed and organized by the Support EUSALP project and the Region Bourgogne-Franche-Comté.


HOW TO PRESENT YOUR PROJECT?

CONDITIONS FOR PARTICIPATION:

  1. Your project deals with one of the main topics (topics will be published with call for applications)
  2. The project is ready for implementation
  3. You are between 16 and 29 years old and a citizen of one of the 7 Alpine countries: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Italy, Slovenia or Liechtenstein or have your residence in one of these states
  4. You apply as an individual or as a group with up to three group leaders
  5. Your application is submitted on our application online form by 23:59 on October 1st 2024.
     

YOUR APPLICATION CONSISTS OF:

  1. Online application form (available from March 2024)
  2. Project proposal (3-5 pages) with the following contents:
    Summary
    Why are we launching this project? (Motivation)
    What do we want to achieve with the project? (Objective)
    Why is this project important for the Alpine Region? (Relevance)
    What are the difficulties and opportunities in implementing the project?
    Task plan, timetable, materials required, financial and human resources
  3. Curriculum vitae of the participant or group leader(s)
  4. Expert opinion from a project supporter (teacher, professor, youth group leader, institution, etc.)
     

EXCLUSION FROM PARTICIPATION:

The following projects are not permitted:

  • projects submitted by persons working for the European institutions or within the framework of EUSALP
  • scientific theses and publications
  • projects already financed by EU funds
  • projects that have already received a prize awarded by a European institution
  • projects submitted manually or by post, incompletely or in multiple parts
  • projects not submitted in English.