Games guru Chris van der Kuyl to mentor budding entrepreneurs

The top two teams at VentureJam will get the chance to meet gaming entrepreneur Chris van der Kuyl. Picture: Contributed
The top two teams at VentureJam will get the chance to meet gaming entrepreneur Chris van der Kuyl. Picture: Contributed
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The “hipsters, hackers and hustlers” of the future are being offered the chance to win a VIP meeting with video games entrepreneur Chris van der Kuyl.

Up to 40 young innovators will compete to meet the co-founder of Dundee games developer 4J Studios as part of VentureJam 2017 – the official youth strand of VenturefestScotland, the national innovation summit to be held this autumn.

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A VentureJam workshop will take place at Glasgow Science Centre from 18 to 20 August, when teams of 14- to 20-year-olds – entry is open to all – will explore radical ideas that could improve lives while supporting energy-saving initiatives.

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Organisers say the two winning teams will get a mentoring meeting with van der Kuyl between that event and pitching their ideas Dragons’ Den-style at Venturefest Scotland on 20 September.

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4J Studios, which also base a base in East Lothian, develops the hit Minecraft game for Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony consoles.

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