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Youth CO: LAB Innovation Challenge 2020 – Timor Leste

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted October 29, 2020 from Brazil
Expired on November 15, 2020

Co-created in 2017 by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Citi Foundation, Youth Co:Lab aims to establish a common agenda for countries in the Asia-Pacific region to empower and invest in youth, so that they can accelerate the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through leadership, social innovation and entrepreneurship.

The challenge is jointly organized by the UNDP Recycling Promotion Pilot Project and Accelerator Lab  Timor-Leste­_Knua Juventude Fila Liman.

The Youth Co-Lab Innovation Challenge in Timor-Leste is looking for youth-led businesses that create environmentally friendly jobs/livelihoods for the rural population and truly help them receive/increase income while at the same time support to adapt and mitigate the impact of climate change.

The youth need to develop their business proposals and compete for receiving the opportunities for mentoring, incubation and scale up their solutions as well as broadening regional business network through springboard.

Eligibility Criteria:
1) Timorese start-up entrepreneurs who are between 18 to 35 years old;
2) A scalable startup business that is looking for an attractive business model to provide innovative products or services that fit for the market to improve waste management, food production and consumption and tourism sector;
3) Must commit to attending:
a) The pre-Bootcamp training session for selected qualified teams;
b) Innovation and Entrepreneurship Bootcamp (3 days);
c) Youth Co: Lab Innovation Challenge final pitching, and award ceremony;
d) Mentoring and incubation through the UNDP’s springboard Programme that last until December 2021 to implement or scale the business (if selected);
e) Submit the progress report and final report of their business implementation (if selected).

Utilize This Offer

UNDP is inviting Timorese start-up entrepreneurs for The 2020  Youth Co: Lab Innovation Challenge, to strengthen the entrepreneurship ecosystem and to promote innovation culture and policies that will support and enable young people to take the lead in finding and developing new solutions for social and environmental problems encountered in their surrounding communities and beyond.

Topics: Sustainable Waste Management; Sustainable food production and consumption; Sustainable Community-Based Tourism.

Your writing application form can be in Tetun or English.

Application deadline: 16 November 2020.

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
Nov 02, 2020
Nov 02, 2020

Friendly reminders:
1. Study similar calls (open and closed ones) that interest you to discover what they have in common and how you can think ahead/plan to apply = increase your chances of success!
2. Prepare/update paperwork (certificates and attests usually required by calls such this one);
3. Write (baby steps...!) and discuss a project draft - to validate the priorities within your group and to train your grant writing skills;
4. Do not wait to find a call and then start writing your proposal/project. Start now!!!
5. Don't forget to visit regularly the World Pulse website and:
a) Go to Menu (left upper corner);
b) Click on Explore Topics OR Explore Regions;
c) Type the name of your country in the Search space;
d) Then search for offers thay may suit you;
6. Share the opportunities that may not apply to you but can interest others;
7. Spread the word about your failures and achievements in grant requests. Yes, tell these stories too... They will enlighten and inspire your network.

Oct 29, 2020
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Jill Langhus
Oct 30, 2020
Oct 30, 2020

Thanks, Ana.