CYE, short for “Creative Young Entrepreneur” is a pitch competition dedicated to fostering innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurial spirit among today’s brightest minds.

In short:

  • Get a stepping stone to create more visibility for your company.
  • Expand your network.
  • Learn how to pitch ideas and fine-tune your business.
  • Get the chance to competete on a national level before proceeding to the European finale at the European Conference in Finland.
  • Get national and international recognition for your idea.
  • Get mentoring and feedback from Malta’s finest business experts.
  • Win prizes and more…

What to expect


Fine-tune your pitch-skills

Learn how to craft compelling pitches and presentations to attract investors, customers, and partners.
This workshop will be offered to all participants, free of charge on Monday 6 May.

Expert Mentorship

A panel of experienced industry experts will guide and mentor you, offering valuable insights and advice to help refine your business plan. This panel of independent judges consists of John Winfield, Jonathan Dalli, Dr. Nathaniel P Massa and Matthew Caruana.

Networking Opportunities

Connect with like-minded individuals, potential investors, and industry professionals during the workshops and the feedback moments.

Cash Prizes

Participants of the JCI Malta CYE competition get the chance to win a ticket to the EU-Startups Summit happening on 9-10 May, among other prizes.

The international CYE winner will receive $5000, along with access to funding opportunities to kickstart their ventures.

Global Exposure

Are you ready to take the world? Beyond exposure on the Maltese market, you get the chance to put your business idea in front of a global audience, including investors, venture capitalists, and potential customers. The CYE Competition is your gateway to international recognition.


Deadline sign-up: Saturday 4 May 2024 at noon

Pitch workshop: Monday 6 May 2024, by Markus Behmann (2 time finalist of CYE international)

National Competition: Monday 20 May 2024 

European Conference: Wednesday 12 – Saturday 15 June 2024 in Oulu, Finland

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We’ve invited 4 local business experts to mentor you throughout the competition, give constructive feedback and score your final pitch during the finale on 20 May!

  • John Winfield, CEO and founder of Dr. Juice
  • Jonathan Dalli, CEO and co-founder of The Concept Stadium
  • Dr. Nathaniel P Massa, resident senior faculty at the Department of Business & Enterprise Management, at the University of Malta’s Faculty of Economics, Management and Accountancy
  • Matthew Caruana, CEO of JA Malta Foundation




  • The competition is open to both JCI members and non-members.
  • To ensure that your business is eligible, it should already be active for a minimum of three months.
  • Applications are reserved for individuals aged 18 to 40 years.

This competition was made possible with the help of Farsons

Talk with previous contestants

Talk with previous contestants

Markus Behmann, CYE finalist

Senator and Past President Markus Behmann did not apply once, but twice for CYE! He was one of the finalists during the European Conference 2022 in Bruges and became runner up at the World Conference 2023 in Zurich.

Have a chat with Markus to get a real feel of how this opportunity will change your business, and ultimately your life!

Markus will also be the guest-speaker during the Pitch Workshop on 6 May, where you not only will finetune your skills, but also get the chance to win a ticket to the upcoming EU-Startups Summit!


CYE application