Youth Co:Lab, co-created in 2017 by UNDP Asia and the Pacific and Citi Foundation is a multi-dimensional and multi-level response to tackle the challenges young people face by positioning youth front and center to find solutions to today’s most pressing problems.
In India, Youth Co: Lab was launched in 2019 by UNDP India in collaboration with Atal Innovation Mission, NITI Aayog. Through this collaboration Youth Co: Lab India has conducted four national theme-specific youth social innovation and entrepreneurship challenges, including several forms of engagement such as panels, workshops, dialogues, and webinars. Youth Co: Lab in India and regionally also supports social entrepreneurs through a long-term incubation programme, with selected entrepreneurs representing India at the regional summit.
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The fifth edition of Youth Co: Lab India will focus on identifying and supporting youth-led early-stage social enterprises or innovations working in the domains of:
- Digital and Financial Literacy for Youth
- Gender Equality and Women Economic Empowerment
- Developing FinTech Solutions focused on Biodiversity Conservation
- Promoting Biodiversity-friendly Lifestyles through Technological Solutions in Finance
- Accelerating Circular Economy through Upcycling Innovations
- Behavioral Nudges for LiFE ( Lifestyle For Environment)
Are you a youth social entrepreneur seeking support for your innovation/startup?
- Early-stage startups led by Indian youth aged between 18 to 29 years
- Have a prototype or product ready centered on the themes of Youth Co: Lab 2022-23
- Startup should be less than 5 years old, i.e. incorporated during or after December 2017
- Shortlisted teams undergo an intensive, time-bound National Springboard Program implemented by UNDP and AIM which will equip them with entrepreneurial and leadership skills, have knowledge sessions to robustify their business, and provide opportunities to connect with mentors, incubators, investors, and government
- A chance to get selected for the Youth Co: Lab Regional Springboard program and represent India at the Youth Co: Lab Regional Summit
- Opportunity to incubate and strengthen their ideas/solution/product with team support
- Selected best-performing teams will be provided with a seed grant
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