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 sanitation; sustainable 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.
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 […]
News • June 5, 2019
Air pollution is a chronic disease and a silent killer. We need to anticipate it and proactively address it head on before it overtakes us. In April 2019 it was time for me to relocate to Kigali from Seoul, I was happy to move away from Seoul’s deteriorating air quality. While living in Korea, a […]
News • April 30, 2019
Port Vila, Vanuatu – The Global Green Growth Institute today released the Guide to Green Entrepreneurship in Vanuatu. The guide is designed to support local entrepreneurs in developing and launching green businesses in Vanuatu, helping to achieve Vanuatu’s climate change and environmental goals. The Guide to Green Entrepreneurship in Vanuatu is based on the content […]
News • April 30, 2019
Suva, Fiji – The Global Green Growth Institute today released the Guide to Green Entrepreneurship in Fiji. The guide is designed to support local entrepreneurs in developing and launching green businesses in Fiji to help in achieving Fiji’s climate change and renewable energy targets and meet adaptation needs. The Guide to Green Entrepreneurship in Fiji […]
News • April 30, 2019
South Tarawa, Kiribati – The Global Green Growth Institute today released the Guide to Green Entrepreneurship in Kiribati. The guide is designed to support local entrepreneurs in developing and launching green businesses in Kiribati in order to further the country’s progress toward its climate change adaptation and development goals. The Guide to Green Entrepreneurship in […]
News • April 16, 2019
Supported by the UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment and the Global Green Growth Institute, Beyond the Pitch seeks to offer guidance and innovation opportunities to the next generation of UAE’s startup entrepreneurs who look to address themes aligned with the priorities of the UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Economy. Open to youth […]
News • January 4, 2019
In Katowice – December 2018 Policy makers, influencers, innovators, business drivers, International organizations and observers from a wide range of sectors and across the globe gathered for the 24th Conference of Parties in Katowice. Among the participants was the delegation from Rwanda that include 3 young innovators from ‘Green Fighters’. Youth around different corners of […]
News • October 31, 2018
Seoul, Republic of Korea, October 31 – The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) convened the Seventh Session of its Assembly and Eleventh Session of its Council on October 31 at its headquarters in Seoul, Republic of Korea. The joint session was chaired by GGGI’s President of the Assembly and Chair of its Council, Mr. Ban Ki-moon […]
News • October 15, 2018
South Tarawa, Oct 10, 2018 –This week, experienced local business owners and people interested in starting businesses took part in Kiribati Greenpreneurs Week – an event aimed at cultivating development of local businesses and supporting them in addressing environmental or social issues as a core part of their business model. The week consisted of two […]
News • October 1, 2018
Last week, budding entrepreneurs and experienced sustainable business owners gathered in Port Vila for Vanuatu Greenpreneurs Week. Jointly organized by the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) and the Pacific Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (PCREEE), the event was aimed at cultivating development of local businesses that help address environmental or social issues as […]
News • September 25, 2018
BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe , Sep 25 2018 (IPS) – Young people – a growing population segment in developing countries – are intrepid innovators and entrepreneurs who can help solve pressing climate and development challenges today. Believing in the potential of the youth, the Seoul-based Global Green Growth Initiative (GGGI), in partnership with Student Energy and Youth […]