Greenpreneurs is a cross-cutting virtual entrepreneurship incubator supporting youth-led solutions to global sustainable development challenges.
Supporting youth-led Sustainable Development solutions
Young people are the engines of innovation who are ready to contribute solutions for a healthy environment, safe climate, and thriving clean economy. Greenpreneurs unlocks, accelerates, and supports the natural innovative capacity of young people to foster a generation of climate and development leaders that work collaboratively to implement green solutions.
The winners of Greenpreneurs 2018 visit GGGI's head office in Seoul, South Korea
Student Energy and Youth Climate Lab facilitating a climate action workshop at the 2017 Conference of Youth in Bonn, Germany
Accelerating youth innovation
Greenpreneurs is a 12 week virtual entrepreneurship incubator and competition open to youth between the ages of 17 and 35. Teams of young people submit their idea for a solution that positively impacts the future of sustainable energy, 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:
- A series of online learning modules complemented by weekly webinars led by experienced entrepreneurs
- 1:1 coaching and mentorship opportunities supported by the program’s global network
- An opportunity to develop a viable business plan and compete with 15 teams for access to a small-scale seed fund designed to help scale your initiative
Greenpreneurs 2020 is now underway! This year, 15 teams from 12 countries were selected to join the Greenpreneurs cohort following a rigorous application process. Over the course of 12 weeks, they will learn how to take their idea from concept to viable business plan, for a chance to win seed funding to grow their initiative. Teams are developing innovative solutions in one of three challenge areas: sustainable energy, sustainable landscapes, or green city development.
Frequently Asked Questions
When does the program start and finish?
For 2019, the core program will run from June 3rd to August 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 program?
The program will be run virtually to make sure youth can participate globally. This means you will need a consistent internet connection to participate, one that can support a virtual webinar (hosted on ZOOM) and G-suites. Test your internet connection here. Remember, your public library will often have community internet access (but bring headphones!).
What internet bandwidth do I need for Zoom webinars?
System Requirements for ZOOM include:
- 2.0 Mbps up and down for single screen
- 2.0 Mbps up 4.0 Mbps down for dual screen
- 2.0 Mbps up 6.0 Mbps down for triple screen
- For screen sharing only: 150-300kbps
- For audio VoIP: 60-80kbps
Test your internet connection here.
What regions can participate?
For this competition, only 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. We will also have bursaries to the 2021 International Student Energy Summit available – a Summit which unites over 650 students from 100+ countries to engage with the world’s energy leaders and innovate for the sustainable energy future. Finally, depending on countries participating, there will also be the potential to collaborate with the Global Green Growth Institute at their 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, but 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.
About the Collaborators
Global Green Growth Institute
The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) is a treaty-based international, inter-governmental organization dedicated to supporting and promoting strong, inclusive and sustainable economic growth in developing countries and emerging economies. GGGI was founded on the belief that economic growth and environmental sustainability are not merely compatible objectives; their integration is essential for the future of humankind. GGGI works with partners in the public and private sector in developing and emerging countries around the world to put green growth at the heart of economic planning.
Youth Climate Lab
Youth Climate Lab (YCL) is a youth-for-youth lab dedicated to supporting and creating innovative projects for climate action. YCL works with governments, businesses, civil society and international organizations to identify, design and pilot new ideas for effective climate action. YCL focuses on delivering a range of programs that have demonstrated potential to stimulate climate innovation and create strategies and tools to make it easier to get involved in climate action.
Student Energy is a global charity working to create the next generation of energy leaders who will accelerate our transition to a sustainable energy future. For eight years, Student Energy has proven its ability to deliver programs that accelerate young people’s ability to innovate and take action on energy. From starting the world’s largest global conference on energy for students, to delivering cutting edge Energy Literacy content, to launching university-level Chapters, Student Energy is known for inspiring student action, building youth skills, and successfully shaping the future of energy.