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GREENPRENEURS is a cross-cutting accelerator program supporting youth-led new and emerging solutions to global climate and energy challenges.

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 ten-week global competition open to youth between the ages of 18 and 35. Submit your 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.

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Student Energy and Youth Climate Lab facilitating a climate action workshop at the 2017 Conference of Youth in Bonn, Germany 

frequently asked

When does the program start and finish?

The program begins on July 9th, and ends with the Business Plan Competition on September 14th 2018. Each week will feature a virtual webinar and weekly task, supplemented with online resources and inter-team communication on the digital GREENHUB.

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 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 Google Hangout Webinars?

Google tells us that for person to person video hangout the min bandwidth required is 256kbps/512kbps (up/down) and ideally for the best experience 1Mbps/2.5Mbps) Test your internet connection here.

What regions can participate?

For this competition, we are targeting lower-income and middle-income economies. While these countries will have a higher chance of participation, we encourage youth from all countries to apply! 

What prizes can I win?

The top three teams who win the Business Plan Competition will win CAD$5,000 per team in seed funding to get the initiative going! Depending on countries participating, we will also be offering up to three internships with the Global Green Growth Institute at their country offices. Finally, we have four bursaries to the 2019 International Student Energy Summit available - a Summit which unites 700 students from 100+ countries to engage with the world's energy leaders and innovate for the sustainable energy future (travel to the Summit location is not included - location TBA in July!)

Do I need to apply in a team?

No - but we recommend that you do. Collaboration is a key component of this accelerator and as it's a condensed accelerator, you will be able to take your idea to a more developed stage by working with a team. 

How many team members should I have?

We recommend 3-4 team members. Enough people to pool skillsets, not so many that you spend all your time coordinating schedules. 

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. 


the collaborators

Greenpreneurs grew out of the collective goal of three organizations: The Global Green Growth Institute, Student Energy, and Youth Climate Lab, who wanted to support young people develop a sustainable idea or solution that would positively impact their communities and the Sustainable Development Goals. 


GGGI Logo.pngGlobal 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.

YCL Logo.png     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.

SE-vert-clr-bg.png         Student Energy

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.

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