Youth Co:Lab, the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) Asia-Pacific youth entrepreneurship initiative, is positioning young people front and center in order to solve the region’s most pressing challenges. Led by UNDP and Citi Foundation, in partnership with Baoshang Bank as well as network partners such as TechStars and MaGIC, the initiative aims to instigate, catalyze and sustain youth innovation by supporting the region’s youth-led startups and social enterprises.
Not only does it support youth entrepreneurship, Co:Lab also works closely with the region’s governments and leading firms to look at how the entrepreneurship ecosystem can be reinforced to enable young people to take the lead on new solutions that meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Co:Lab thereby deepens understanding of youth led solutions to the SDGs, and elevates the role of young people and youth social entrepreneurs as development partners alongside government, private business and social movements.
Through National Dialogues in over 14 countries across the Asia-Pacific over 2017-2018, Youth Co:Lab will connect young social entrepreneurs with leaders, business, incubators and accelerators in order to develop ideas and business models for social impact in their communities.
Stay tuned to our ever-evolving website www.youthcolab.org for blogs, videos, competitions as well as resources for your budding entrepreneurial endeavor. The Co:Lab website will not only host the outcomes and stories from these events, it will foster greater dialogue about regional issues, and provide a platform for exchange between young people, business leaders and government. In short, the site will be a one-stop-shop for knowledge on youth entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship in the Asia Pacific region.
The initiative is managed by a dedicated team at UNDP’s Regional Hub in Bangkok, Thailand. To get in touch with us please write to: [email protected] or send us a message through Facebook or Instagram.