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; sustainable landscapes ; 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?
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 Oct.
How do I participate in the Greenpreneurs program?
The program will be run virtually to make sure youth can participate globally.
This program will run from June to September 2020.
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.
News • September 16, 2020
Consultation Workshop on a GCF SAP concept note validation on “Climatic resilience and women empowering in Poro region in Côte d’Ivoire”.
On September 10th, the Global Green Growth Institute and the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development (MINEDD) of Côte d’Ivoire, under the Green Climate Fund (GCF) readiness program, organized a Consultation Workshop on a GCF SAP concept note validation on “Climatic resilience and women empowering in Poro region in Côte d’Ivoire” The objective of this […]
News • September 2, 2020
Rwandan Circular Economy business model selected to compete globally in the 2020 Greenpreneurs Program
Youth entrepreneurship and engagement are critical to the long-term sustainability of green growth. As part of ongoing work in Rwanda, GGGI works to support and amplify the initiatives of young, emerging leaders combining climate action and sustainable business models to develop new products and services. Since establishing the Rwanda Country office in 2015, GGGI has […]
News • June 23, 2020
Fifteen teams from 12 countries around the world went through a rigorous application process and were selected from over 150 prospective teams to participate in Greenpreneurs. They will be participating in twelve weeks of entrepreneurship programming to take their idea from concept to business plan for a solution that positively impacts the future of sustainable […]
News • June 17, 2020
Greenpreneurs is a global business accelerating program run by the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), Student Energy, and Youth Climate Lab. The program supports entrepreneurs and start-up businesses to develop their green growth ideas into viable business plans. In Cambodia, GGGI has extended the program to waste recycling businesses and green service providers in Battambang […]
News • May 20, 2020
May 20, 2020 – Out of a total of 164 applications, the final 15 candidates have been selected for the Greenpreneurs 2020 program! The candidates are all from countries in which GGGI has operations, including Cambodia, Colombia, Ethiopia, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Mongolia, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Rwanda, Uganda, and the UAE. Applicants […]
News • April 18, 2020
Applications for Greenpreneurs 2020 are open now! Organized by GGGI, Youth Climate Lab, and Student Energy, Greenpreneurs is a 12-week virtual entrepreneurship incubator supporting young people to develop social enterprise solutions to address sustainability and climate change issues in their communities! Youth between the ages of 17 and 35 are invited to submit their ideas […]
News • March 26, 2020
Suva, Fiji – The Regional Pacific NDC Hub, recognizing the importance of the private sector in contributing to the achievements of countries’ commitments under the Paris Agreement – their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) – facilitated a talanoa networking and skills session for Greenpreneurs (green entrepreneurs) and business advisory services on 19 March 2020 in Suva, […]
News • February 20, 2020
Namujju Juliet the CEO of Kimuli Fashionability grew up in poverty as an orphan with a single grandmother in a remote and rural Village in Uganda due to the victimization of disability caused to my family. Her Grandmother was a tailor and inspired me as a child to use cut-offs and plastic waste, she would […]
News • January 31, 2020
Workshop on Development of Policy, Technical Standards, and Financing Measures for Electric Vehicles
January 21, 2020 – The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) Lao team co-hosted a half-day workshop on the development of policy, technical standards and financing measures for electric vehicles (EV) in partnership and coordination with the Department of Transport (DOT) of the Ministry of Public Works and Transport (MPWT). This event brought together 70+ representatives […]
News • December 9, 2019
Launching Workshop on Wastewater and Solid Waste Treatment Capacity Building Project for City Environment Improvement in Vientiane Capital and Pakse City.
Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR, December 9, 2019 – The Ministry of Public Works and Transport (MPWT), Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) co-hosted the launching workshop on Wastewater and Solid Waste Treatment Capacity Building Project for City Environment Improvement in Vientiane Capital and Pakse City. The four-year program is funded […]
News • October 4, 2019
Seoul, Republic of Korea, October 4, 2019 – After an intensive 12-weeks for the shortlisted candidates to develop their business proposals, consult with their mentors, and participate in weekly webinars on how to finance and scale-up their green enterprises, the winners of the Greenpreneurs 2019 program have been selected. The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), […]
News • September 24, 2019
On September 18, 2019, the Global Green Growth Institute Uganda Country Program joined Divine Bamboo Group Limited and the rest of the world to celebrate the World Bamboo Day in Luweero District at Degeya Bamboo Nursery. The event was joined by several organizations and individuals interested in the Bamboo value chain uptake, including students from […]
News • September 19, 2019
Seoul, Republic of Korea, September 19, 2019 – Four candidates of GGGI’s Greenpreneurs program offered to share their experiences on how they developed the idea for their projects and information on their new green enterprises. Rent-On-Recycle Water Rent-On-Recycle Water is one of the teams in the last stages of this year’s competition, with their project […]
News • September 9, 2019
“Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Development” GGGI’s Greenpreneurs program in discussion with Dr. Linda J. Cox
September 4, Phnom Penh, Cambodia – The Global Green Growth Institute Cambodia, in collaboration with the U.S Embassy in Phnom Penh and Cambodia Development Resource Institute (CDRI), organized a knowledge sharing session on “Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Development” with Dr. Linda J. Cox, Community Economic Development Specialist from the University of Hawaii. Under GGGI Cambodia’s “Greenpreneur” […]
News • September 3, 2019
GGGI checked in with Kakembo Galabuzi Brian, one of the winners from the 2018 Greenpreneurs competition, for an update on his green enterprise and the achievements he’s made since the end of last year’s program. His team’s winning project is called “WEYE Clean Energy Company”, which started from initial research on how to utilize briquettes […]
News • August 29, 2019
Bogotá, August 23, 2019. The national department of planning (DNP for its acronym in Spanish), Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), and the British Embassy in Colombia have officially launched the project “Support for the Implementation of the Green Growth Policy of Colombia (CONPES Document 3934 OF 2018) through capacity building and public and private investments”. […]
News • August 28, 2019
Seoul, August 28, 2019 – The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) welcomed the Government of Uganda (GoU) as its thirty-third Member, committing to support the country in achieving its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) and implementing its National Adaptation Plan. GoU sought for GGGI’s membership in 2015 by signing/submitting a letter of intent to support the […]
News • August 7, 2019
Greenpreneurs 2019 is well underway with the 15 selected teams now deepening their skills to develop their green enterprises. The entire program will run over 12-weeks, from June to September 2019. As part of the support and development phase of the Greenpreneurs program, the selected shortlisted candidates are continuing to develop their businesses through weekly […]
News • July 22, 2019
Ministry of Infrastructure and GGGI invite key stakeholders to discuss Public Space agenda in Rwanda
The Ministry of Infrastructure (MININFRA) in collaboration with GGGI hosted Thematic Sector Working Group Meeting on Public Spaces. Sector Working Groups are set as a mechanism in Rwanda to prepare yearly forward looking Joint Sector Review that monitors activities within the sector. As an introduction to the urbanization sector in Rwanda , the first Thematic […]
News • June 12, 2019
June 12, Seoul, Republic of Korea – Out of more than 200 participants, 15 were shortlisted from GGGI’s Member countries and countries where GGGI has operations, including Cambodia, Colombia, Ethiopia, India, Jordan, Morocco, Nepal, the Philippines, Rwanda, Uganda, the UAE, and Vanuatu. This year, GGGI is pleased to have a variety of project ideas designed […]