Be a ‘Young Legend’ with the Visit Scotland Business Events team this year

VisitScotland’s Business Events team, responsible for attracting meetings & conferences into Scotland has recently launched a new award for young people to become one of VisitScotland’s three ‘Young Legends’ part of Scotland’s Year of Young People.
As the first ever digital only ‘Legends’campaign, the call has gone out for talented individuals to get involved.

A reason for fintech entrepreneurs to get involved

The ‘Young Legends’ awards will recognise innovative work in key sectors for Scotland – of which Fintech is key. The Business Events team are looking for young people (aged between 18 -26 years) who are building businesses of their own, growing existing businesses or conducting research & innovation in this sector.
They are looking to reward ideas and innovation which has the potential tobe ‘legendary’ in the widest sense. In this connected world it will no doubt be work which has national and international reach whilst being rooted in Scotland which has a long history of being one of the financial capitals of the world.

Beyond fintech

The Young Legends award will celebrate Scotland’s reputation for invention and innovation by recognising leading-edge work. Of course, it won’t just be the financial world which provides this innovative swell of activity amongst this age group. Being a ‘Young Legend’ could mean you workfrom any of the which country’s key economic and academic research sectors such as Technology, Engineering, Energy and Marine Biology or the creative arts including design or food & drink. Entering the awards also means the shortlisted finalists will be able to network amongst this talented group.

What about the prize?

The three lucky “Young Legends” will win a unique opportunity to see their work championed internationally within the Legends campaign throughout 2019. The ‘Young Legends’ awardsceremony will be held in November 2018.

The awards are part of a larger digital campaign, ‘Legends’ by VisitScotland Business Events which launched last November. The “Legends” digital campaign highlights a specific Scottish economic orsocial theme every two months, sharing original online content, blogs and video podcasts from every region of Scotland.

The sectors featured are: Technology; Education; Life Sciences; Engineering; Digital; Marine; Creative; Energy; Health; Space; Food & Drink and Surgery. The campaign will run for two years in total using the hashtag #ideasbecomelegend and the ultimate aim is to attract to Scotland even more business events (conferences, meetings and congresses) from each sector.

Neil Brownlee, Head of Business Visits & Events at VisitScotland, said:

“Scotland’s reputation for innovation stretches back hundreds of years and continues to this day. We think it’s time toshowcase the breadth and depth of the country’s young talent who are heirs to the many famous Scottish inventions and innovations that are known throughout the world. I encourage all young people working in Scotland to apply for the Awards – we know there are some unsung heroes outthere who deserve to be recognised for their amazing work and pioneering spirit.”


How to enter?
To enter candidates must submit a video or written presentation explaining the significance of theirchosen piece of work to its sector and to Scotland’s reputation as a nation of pioneering innovation. Full details can be found on the Young Legends website: Should you have any questions, please email