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Launching the Solutions Movement

This year, we’re launching the Student Energy Solutions Movement: a global youth-led effort to directly fund and support the launch of 10,000 youth-led clean energy projects around the world by 2030. We’re aiming to raise $10 million by 2021, and $150 million by 2030. This is part of a bigger vision to mobilize $150M dollars by 2030 to fund, support and deploy 10,000 youth-led clean energy projects globally, as described in our ambitious UN-Energy Compact.

The Student Energy Solutions Movement aims to secure $10 million in capital to deploy under the Ecosystem Strategy developed by Student Energy, which will equip young people from around the world with both access to small-scale funding and education, training, and mentorship, to be able to implement clean energy projects in their communities.

As one of the first youth-led UN Energy Compacts, this campaign will unlock direct-to-youth funding within Student Energy’s programs – a missing key ingredient to empowering global youth to influence local energy systems.

Join us as we track our progress throughout the year:

Current progress: $2.5 Million

Confirmed Funders

Student Energy’s programs are seeing unprecedented levels of demand, as young people are more determined than ever to implement innovative climate solutions in their communities. Grow with us.

Student Energy by the numbers


Lifetime Digital Content Views (youtube + website)


Dollars direct to youth


Mentorship Hours per Year


Waitlisted Youth for Programs


Funding Dollars Stewarded to Date

Meet the Solutions Movement Advisory Board

Student Energy is very excited to announce seven members who have joined the Solutions Movement Advisory Board to assist us in finding the partners and funders needed to resource the Solutions Movement and provide advice and mentorship to our team. On June 25th, Student Energy proudly launched the Solutions Movement with support from our first funder, the Government of Denmark, and key project partner, New Energy Nexus as an official Energy Compact of the United Nations High-level Dialogue on Energy’s Ministerial Thematic Forums. As one of the most ambitious youth-led energy initiatives to date, the aim of this project is to bridge the gap between youth motivation and action by raising $150 million dollars by 2030 to globally fund, support, and deploy 10,000 youth-led clean energy projects. To stay up to date with all progress and current funders, visit our Solutions Movement sub-site.For Student Energy, this initiative is the largest organizational growth effort to date, and we are very excited to announce seven members who have joined the Solutions Movement Advisory Board! They will be crucial in assisting us to find the partners and funders needed to resource the Solutions Movement and providing advice and mentorship to our team as we go forward.

Let’s meet the team!








Santiago Espinosa
de los Monteros

Brian Kakembo


James Harper

Alumni Inspiration



Inspired by a speaker at the International Student Energy Summit 2015, pitched his idea for the Waste to Energy Youth Project


Develops company that transitions East African consumers from wood fuel to fuel briquettes manufactured from waste. For the first 2 years of his company, received no initial investment and lacked essential mentorship.


Winner of Greenpreneurs prize, mentorship, and support through Student Energy, YCL, GGGI partnership


Has engaged over 200 young people, and the project has become a fully fledged commercial enterprise with 12 full-time and 4 part-time staff.

Imagine launching the work of 10,000 young energy entrepreneurs globally through direct funding, mentorship, and training to accelerate the energy transition in their communities.

Student Energy Ecosystem

Student Energy’s programs ecosystem provides multiple pathways for young people to get interested in energy, access foundational energy system education, connect with a global community of peers and mentors, and learn tangible applied skills needed to start and deliver on projects.

Introducing Student Guided Projects

Student Energy Guided Projects will be Student Energy’s flagship direct-to-youth funding program aimed at accelerating youth-led clean energy project development globally. Guided Projects will accomplish this by offering its global cohort of youth access to an unparalleled level of direct funding, training and entrepreneurial support to develop youth-led clean energy projects. The program will result in a significant volume of deployed clean energy projects, the creation of a new skilled workforce equipped with knowledge and experiences needed to build the energy Introducing Student Energy Guided Projects.

By supporting youth to develop the necessary skills, knowledge, and support systems for their initiatives, Guided Projects allows young people to launch tangible community clean energy projects.

Simultaneously, Guided Projects gives a cohort of global youth the critical early career experiences they need to be lifelong problem-solvers and entrepreneurs.


The Funding Gap

The capital campaign is a way to proactively meet the growing demand of Student Energy’s program ecosystem, as well as the direct-to-youth funding aspirations of Ventures.

* Chapters: 80-90 Chapters on the waitlist, and 3-5 new expressions of interest (EOIs) weekly;
* Fellowship: 800 Applicants for the 2021 cohort; doubled intake since 2019 and yet we rejected 422 candidates;
* Guided Projects: Goal is to provide direct-to-youth funding for 10,000 youth-led shovel-to-ground projects by 2030;
* International Student Energy Summit: $425,000 Per summit funding gap for bursaries.

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