The year, when the world took quite a blow by the pandemic, was also a special one for the YES!. Not being able to meet in person, we accepted the challenge to transform the competition to a digital form – successfully culminating in a three-day-finale including tremendous teams and solutions along with high ranking and prominent experts.
In 2019, we had a great year. About 100 teams applied to join the YES! We got a fifth region South-East and new partners. The regional finals were packed with inspiring ideas, and our National Final assembled not only the best teams, but a large number of distinguished experts to discuss the ideas.
2018 was the biggest YES! so far. Team from four regions competed with each other to take part in the National Final in Hamburg. For the first time, we spend two days at the Bucerius Law School to crown the best solutions of the YES! 2020.
The YES! 2017, for the first time, took place in two different regions. While the YES! started in 2015 with teams from the North, in its third rendition, the competition included the region South-West. With the ZEW Centre for European Economic Research as the regional partner, the first of two regional finales took place in Mannheim. The second final was held in Kiel at the ZBW. The final in Kiel in September was bigger than ever, with 14 teams presenting their solutions on two days, accompanied by national and international speakers who discussed the solutions in every detail.
When a project like the YES! receives such a great response in its first year, the second year is accompanied by some expectations. Again, 14 schools took part and sent their teams up onto the stage at the RBZ Wirtschaft. Kiel. The bar was high, but the students performed at their best and came up with ideas that were well received by the audience, politicians and the experts during the discussions.
Learn more about the solutions, topics and teams of the YES! 2016
How different would it be if school students came up with a solution to a problem that affects the economy, the society or our environment? How different would their approach be? What could decision makers learn from this different perspective? How would students benefit from this kind of economic education?
In a nutshell, this is the idea behind the YES! – Young Economic Summit, which took place for the first time in 2015.