Rookie Facts

Rookie Republic Facts

  • Winner of 3 international awards
  • 40,000 ambitious minds reached
  • Guided over 2,000 young aspiring entrepreneurs, ages 18-30, through work placement, networking seminars, and workshops
  • 500 contestants participated in the challenge
  • 30% of participants started a business within a year
  • Exit surveys showed Rookie Challenge helped most with: inspiration, business plan, network.
  • Founded in 2009 in Europe as The Enterprize Contest

50% men, 50% women (60% college students, 40% of participants worked or didn’t finish school or college)

1. European Enterprise Promotion Award – 2013
Rookie Republic was nominated for the European Enterprise Promotion Award and ended in the top ten of most successful initiatives that promote entrepreneurship across Europe.
The event also:
– draws attention to examples of outstanding entrepreneurship policies and practices
– creates a better sense of value of entrepreneurship
– serves to encourage and inspire potential entrepreneurs

2. Best Dutch initiative in Promoting Entrepreneurial Spirit – 2013
The Ministry of Economic Affairs awarded Rookie Republic as best initiative in promoting entrepreneurial spirit. The jury panel said:
– this program is very tangible, compact and focused,
– it is popular with a wide range of young people (16-30), from university to vocational schools,
– results are impressive and there is huge potential in every city in the world.

3. Runner up Event Awards (Gouden Giraffe) in The Netherlands – 2010
Rookie Republic, the most prestigious event-planning agency in The Netherlands, was awarded year’s best refreshing and out-of-the-box concept and best promotional campaign for a target group that is difficult to reach.