Global Programs

Greenpreneurs

GREENPRENEURS 2019

Young people are our engines of innovation who are ready to contribute solutions for a healthy environment, safe climate and thriving clean economy. The goal of Greenpreneurs is to unlock, accelerate and support the natural innovative tendencies of youth to foster a generation of climate and development leaders that are collaborative implementers of green solutions.

ACCELERATING YOUTH INNOVATION:

Greenpreneurs is a twelve-week global green entrepreneurship accelerator and competition open to youth between the ages of 17 and 35. Youth may submit their idea for a solution that positively impacts the future of sustainable energy; water and sanitationsustainable landscapes (forestry and agriculture); or green city development.

These priority themes reflect the urgent issues impeding growth in developing countries in the context of green growth, climate change, and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Its intentional broadness is expected to ensure maximum inclusion of creative and innovative ideas from around the world.

Key features of the program are 1) a series of webinars, 2) business plan competition, and 3) mentorship/small-scale seed funding for the winners of the program to take their ideas from conversation to tangible impact.

WHEN DOES THE PROGRAM START AND FINISH?

For 2019, the core program will run from June 3rd to Aug. 25th. Each week will feature a virtual webinar, mentorship and weekly tasks supplemented with online resources and inter-team communication on the Greenpreneurs web portal. At the end of week 12, each team will submit their Business Plan with the winners announced in Sept.

 

How do I participate in the Greenpreneurs program?

The program will be run virtually to make sure youth can participate globally.

Apply to participate: bit.ly/2019Apply

The Application closes on May 14, 2019.

The program will run from June 3 to August 25, 2019.

WHAT REGIONS CAN PARTICIPATE?

For this competition, teams working for/within GGGI Member Countries, which are primarily lower-income and middle-income economies, can participate. Those from other countries may apply, however, preference will be given to GGGI Members.

WHAT PRIZES CAN I WIN?

This year, the top three teams who win the Business Plan Competition will win USD$5,000 per team in seed funding to get the initiative started. Depending on countries participating, there will also be the potential to collaborate with the Global Green Growth Institute at its country offices.

DO I NEED TO APPLY IN A TEAM?

Yes. We will consider teams with 2 – 5 members, but we recommend teams of 3 – 4 members, with enough people to pool skillsets, not so many that you spend all your time coordinating schedules.

Collaboration is a key component of this accelerator and as it is a condensed accelerator, you will be able to take your idea to a more developed stage by working with a team. We highly encourage teams led by women or with women members to apply!

DO I NEED EXPERIENCE IN ENTREPRENEURSHIP?

Nope! However, we do recommend that you apply with some experience in sustainability or the topic of your idea. This accelerator will be fast-paced, so the more knowledge you have of your community/regional context and the topic you are working with the greater your competitive advantage.

HOW MANY HOURS PER WEEK ARE REQUIRED?

Each week there will be a one-hour webinar, a task submission, content to read and mentorship meetings. At a minimum, teams should expect to spend around 5 hours per week participating in the program. Teams may spend more time, if they wish, going through ‘dive-deeper’ resources provided online or working on their projects given their personal schedules.

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