Are you 11-18?  Do you want to try something completely new? Do you have strong opinions about the world around you? Do you need a challenge and want to develop new enterprising skills? Want to be part of something really different with the freedom to lead it yourself?  You will be among a growing movement of young people across Wales who want to do something good

Did you know: There are over 2000 social enterprises in Wales contributing £3 billion to the economy and employing 55,000 people?

The Challenge

Think of a solution to something that would have a positive impact on people around you or in your community. This is your new social business idea! 

Tell us about the idea

Tell us about the positive impact (impact) 

Tell us how you will make money  (profit)

Tell us how you have thought about the 3P’s (people, planet, profit) 

Pull this all together to create either a video or a PowerPoint presentation to bring your idea to life



The key thing about this activity is that you ‘start something good’ and most importantly enjoy it. When you profit, society profits!


Listen to our role model Nicola talk about social enterprise and the Start Something Good challenge!


What do we need to do now? Plan it - Describe it - Create it - Submit it.

This document tells you everything you need to know about the challenge 
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Need some inspiration?
What is a social enterprise?  What is the Triple Bottom Line?  What have other people done? 

How do I get started?

Just click on this document for inspiration where we have gathered lots of great resources (video clips, downloads, activities) to inspire you, get your creative juices flowing, help you understand and plan. Your idea can be big or small – we just want to see that you have really given it some thought, got motivated and enjoyed taking part!

We’ve given you some top tips about slides and video clips in case you need them.

There’s also some inspirational support for parents/teachers if they need it.

It could be a brand-new idea you think would work, or something you’ve already been thinking about.  It could even be something you have worked on for your WBQ in school or college (provided it’s between 1st January 2020 and 18th June 2021.) As long as it addresses the Challenge, it’s eligible.

The judges:
The Judging panel will consist of a mixture of social entrepreneurs and Big Ideas Wales partners.

How to enter:

  1. Log into the Simply Do platform here to access the entry form. If you want to draft your application first, download this template.  The online entry form cannot be saved once started. If you prepare and save your answers using this template, you can then copy and paste over into the online form. Remember to save a copy of the template for yourself.
  2. Applications from those of you under 16 must have an adult's name and e-mail address - please see the terms and conditions and the privacy notice here. 
  3. Make sure you select the right age category:
    Category 1:  11 – 16 years old (remember an adult must validate the entry)
    Category 2:  16 – 18 years old  (post 16)
  4. Make sure you type in all the boxes required (missing information means we cannot assess your entry)
  5. Upload your chosen file (PPT/video)
  6. Tell us why you think your idea should win (max 300 characters)
  7. Tell us which social enterprise / charity you would support if you were to win.


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Winners will be announced on the Big Ideas Wales website on 7th July 2021. A selection of the winning ideas will be showcased on the Big Ideas Wales website and partner websites.


Closing date
Entries must be received by 6pm Wednesday, 18th June 2021.

Terms and Conditions
Please read the Terms & Conditions which can be found here

3 Regional winners (11-16) will receive £100 that they can donate to a local social enterprise or charity of their choice – plus a hoodie from Big Ideas Wales.

3 Regional winners (16-18) will receive £100 that they can donate to a local social enterprise or charity of their choice – plus a hoodie from Big Ideas Wales.

1 winning idea (in the 16-18 age category) will receive up to £200 as well as mentoring support to help them develop their business idea – plus a hoodie from Big Ideas Wales.

Plus, every entrant will receive a digital certificate of achievement with ideas being showcased online.



Important bit: As this competition is aimed at 11– 18 year olds, we ask for your age to ensure that you are eligible for the competition and to ensure that we  know about other support available to help you start a business if you fall outside of the age range. For applicants under the age of 16, your parent or guardian or teacher should apply with you – please see associated entry form and terms and conditions relating to this, as your entry must be validated by an adult. The Privacy policy can be viewed here


Judges will award points to the following sections:

Part 1:  Explain how your idea would have a positive impact on your local community (max 100 words/600 characters)

Part 2:  Explain how your idea would make money (max 100 words/600 characters)

Part 3:  Show how you have considered People, Planet Profit (Triple Bottom Line) (max 100words/600 characters)

Part 4:  Your video clip OR power-point 

Overall credit will be given to the style and quality of your presentation.


We welcome entries in Welsh, English or bilingually.

Who can enter

Young people living in Wales aged 11-18 (any setting)
You can enter as an individual or as part of a group (max 6 participants)
You must be involved in 1 entry only.
If you are under 16 your entry must be validated by an adult.

Ages and categories
Category 1:  16 and under (11-16)  
Category 2:  Post-16   (16-18)  


Have a think about which local social enterprise / charity you would support, should you win!

We can’t wait to hear from you. Good luck! If you have any queries please contact the team at:

Big Ideas Wales is working in partnership with Wales Co-operative Centre, Social Business Wales, Social Enterprise Academy Wales, Simply Do & UnLtd to challenge you to Start Something Good.