Youth Co:Lab positions young people front and center in order to solve the region’s most pressing challenges. Co-created in 2017 by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Citi Foundation, Youth Co:Lab aims to establish a common agenda for countries in the Asia-Pacific region to empower and invest in youth, so that they can accelerate the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through leadership, social innovation and entrepreneurship.
You can read more about Youth Co:Lab here
The application process begins online, with an application form where you can tell us about your team, your product, the market you are in and your business traction. The questions are geared to understand both the business and the founders.
The information collected as a part of the application form is sourced to evaluate the startups and the offerings. This information will be used by UNDP, AIM, CC and KSUM as a part of the selection process for the same.
Youth Co:Lab aspiring entrepreneurs aged between 18 to 29 can apply.
The main theme for Youth Co:Lab 2021 is ‘Climate Action & Accelerating Green Recovery’. Under this theme, we seek to identify innovators working in the space of circular economy and waste management, sustainable transportation and e-mobility, sustainable tourism, sustainable food technology.
For the application submission of Youth Co:Lab 2021, kindly use the template given here. You are free to delete or edit the slides in this template
The team members will be informed through mail
There will be multiple levels of evaluation and the scoring rubrics will be shared with applicants
No. Only teams that started working on the idea in or after 2016 may be eligible.
This can be assessed on a case by case basis but ideally one co-founder that would be participating in all Youth Co:Lab activities must be within the age of 18-29 years.
No, there are no guarantees. It's entirely at core program management team's discretion as to whether or not we enter into any commercial arrangement with a participating company
There is no equity component for the National Springboard program. Youth Co:Lab does not commit any investment and is not affiliated with any investment arrangements made. However, depending on the interest levels in your solution, you can discuss this with partners of the Multi Stakeholder alliance if such a situation arises.
You can find more detail on the previous editions of Youth Co:Lab in the about us page.
The Youth Co:Lab Springboard Programme is an incubation platform for young SDG entrepreneurs to turn innovative SDG solutions into sustainable businesses.
Find the Regional Springboard program brochure
The programme consists of mentor connect, curricula support, networking opportunities and corporate support. Sessions and modules shall include design thinking, business models, impact measurement, leadership coaching, fundraising, storytelling, presentation, pitching etc.
It's a network of institutional stakeholders from CSOs, private sector and government for youth entrepreneurship as well as a network of relevant organizations working in the space of green entrepreneurship.
National Innovation Dialogues bring together stakeholders to establish a common agenda through capacity development, strengthening the coalition and creating an enabling ecosystem in a national context.