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20 Under 20.

Calling all budding business owners — Wise is on the hunt for the 20 most talented young entrepreneurs in Europe for our 2022 competition.
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A generation of innovators

Starting a business and expanding it internationally is challenging at any age. That’s why Wise is supporting talented young founders from across Europe. For 5 years now, we’ve been championing budding business leaders so that they can thrive and grow.

Whether you've launched an app, sell physical products or offer services, we want to hear from you.

20 Under 20 competition is open to all founders aged 16-19 in Europe.

In addition to one or more overall winners, we'll announce special awards for outstanding businesses in 3 categories:

  • EdTech or educational startup
  • GreenTech or sustainability company
  • Social enterprise
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Prizes for the winners

  • £25,000 for the overall winner, or shared between winners
  • £2,000 for each of the 3 special awards winners

Prizes for the 20 finalists

  • £1 million worth of fee-free international transfers with Wise Business
  • World class Mentoring Camp
  • Networking opportunities with fellow finalists and judges
Young entrepreneurs competition 20 Under 20

Application period is now closed. Watch this space for updates.

Make sure to use the hashtag #20under20 when you’re posting on social media!

Read the terms here.





Application period


Early May

Judges select the finalists


Later in May

Top 5 finalists pitch their businesses to win

Star panel of entrepreneurs, investors and advisers.

The top 20 and winners will be selected by a

Meet the judges here.

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Meet the judges

Taavet Hinrikus

Taavet Hinrikus

Wise co-founder and 20 Under 20 Chairman

Kersti Kaljulaid

Kersti Kaljulaid

President of Estonia 2016-2021 and UN Secretary-General's Global Advocate for 'Every Woman Every Child'

Terri Duhon

Terri Duhon

NED and Risk Chair, Morgan Stanley International and Independent Non-Executive Director, Wise

Nadia Costanzo

Nadia Costanzo

Head of Banking for MEA and Latin America, Wise

Roxanne Varza

Roxanne Varza

Director of STATION F, co-founder of StarHer and

Ida Johansson

Ida Johansson

Founder of Turn Consulting and winner of the Wise 20 Under 20 2021

"It's such an honor, not only to be selected as the winner of 20 Under 20 by the experienced judges, but also to be a part of this magnificent group of impact makers. Wise encourages us young entrepreneurs to believe in our dreams. With help from this award, Turn Consulting can continue to develop its platform to help more young people get into working life so they too can reach their full potential. That is the biggest win of all!”

Ida Johansson, founder of Turn Consulting and winner of the Wise 20 Under 20 2021

20 Under 20 winner Ida Johansson

“It is such an honour to have taken part in the Wise competition for young entrepreneurs and to be recognised as the winner of this year's competition is just mind blowing! This initiative from Wise is great since a lot of young people out there with great ideas will be inspired to take on the entrepreneurial spirit to change our world.”

Oliver Edholm, co-founder of Depict and winner of the Wise 20 Under 20 2021

20 Under 20 winner Oliver Edholm