imaGen Ventures Youth Challenge 2023
Are you ready to take on the imaGen Ventures Youth Challenge 2023? We’re searching for young minds like yours to tackle some of the most pressing issues of our time. Whether climate change or gender discrimination, we invite you to unleash your creativity and devise innovative solutions!
**Application for Dhaka, Mymensingh, Rajshahi and Chattogram divisions are now closed
Application deadlines for Khulna, Rangpur, Barishal and Sylhet divisions have been extended. The new deadline is 30 September 2023.
The Youth Challenge Bootcamp is a 3-day residential workshop where shortlisted teams are supported to further explore the problem they want to solve, co-create and develop their unique prototype solution based on human-centered design approaches. All groups will get an opportunity to pitch their solutions, and teams with the most innovative and potentially impactful solutions will be allowed to incubate their prototypes with $1,000 seed funds and dedicated mentorship support.
Applying is easy. Form a team of 3 to 5 people to work with and just fill out the application form. We encourage groups with equal number of female and male team members. Please note that, the girl led groups/ groups with majority of girls will score extra points during the evaluation of the applications.Tell us all about the problem you want to solve and your awesome solution. If your application stands out, you’ll be invited to join our super exciting 3-day residential bootcamp!
And don’t worry; we’ve got you covered. To assist you in developing your problem statement and solution idea, we offer an incredible course. This course, available at the following link, will provide valuable tips and tricks to identify community issues and devise the most effective solutions. Completing the course and obtaining the certificate will earn you extra points during the application evaluation. So be sure to finish it and submit the certificate in the last section of your application.
Ready to make a difference? We’re incredibly passionate about addressing climate change and building a more sustainable future. We need your problem statements and solutions to join us on this mission! Additionally, we want to empower you to tackle critical challenges and gender-related issues in your community. Together, we can create a society that is fair and inclusive for everyone.
We focus on equipping you with the necessary skills and mentorship to thrive. Through innovative approaches and hands-on learning, we’ll guide you to become a changemaker and positively impact your community. So, embark on this thrilling journey and become a part of the generation that changes the world!
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Generation Unlimited (GenU) is a world leading public-private-youth partnership (PPYP) platform that aims to ensure that every young person aged 10-24, including girls and young women, is either learning and/or working by 2030. It brings together public, private and youth actors to co-create, unlock investment and resources, and scale up innovative solutions related to secondary age education, skills for employment including entrepreneurship,employability, and youth engagement.
The Youth Challenge Bootcamp, is a three days residential workshop where shortlisted teams are supported to further explore the problem they want to solve, co-create and develop their unique prototype solution based on human centered design approaches. All teams will get an opportunity to pitch their solution and teams with the most innovative and potentially impactful solutions will be given the opportunity incubate their prototypes with seed funds and dedicated mentorship support.
👉 Young people who can participate are:
- Aged between 15 – 24
- Interested in working on solution projects on the impact of climate change.
- In a group of 3-5 people ensuring gender equality.
👉 Can participate:
- In a 3 days residential bootcamp
- If your project is selected for seed funding and consultation, the project may proceed to implementation, which may last at least until April 2024.
👉 You cannot apply for this special challenge if:
- Your solution/prototype is in a mature stage
- You have already received funds to develop your project in the previous year’s bootcamp or from other sources/challenges.
- You are a registered company or community organization.
👉 At least one of the team members should have a bank account.
👉 We welcome diversity! We welcome gender equality and diversity-inclusive teams gender, sexuality, ethnicity, and disability
Yes, this is a residential program. Meals, accommodation and transportation costs will be provided. Duration of Youth Challenge Bootcamp lasts 3 days.
To ensure widespread access and regional inclusivity, the bootcamps will take place in eight divisional cities across Bangladesh. These cities include Chittagong, Rajshahi, Sylhet, Barisal, Khulna, and Dhaka. In the first phase, the bootcamps are tentatively scheduled to take place in Dhaka on August 24-26, Chattogram on September 7-9, Mymensingh on September 15-17 and Rajshahi on October 5-7 in 2023.
The bootcamps will be conducted under the guidance of experienced trainers and facilitators with expertise in their respective fields. The trainers will guide and mentor the teams participants throughout the bootcamp.
Teams with prototype who successfully are shortlisted for incubation by the end of the bootcamp, will be provided with seed funds ($1000) and dedicated mentorship support and over a period of 2 – 3 months the teams will test and further improve their prototypes. Finally teams in incubation will be invited for a final GenU pitch event where the two most promising solutions will compete with youth teams from around the world for global seed funds and mentorship support in GenU’s global level Imagen Ventures Youth Challenge.
There is no registration fee for participating in the Youth Challenge Bootcamp.
Certainly! If you qualify to be a part of the bootcamp as per the requirements mentioned above, we strongly encourage you to get a team together and submit an application.
The applications submitted will undergo a thorough evaluation process led by a panel of experts. Initially, our team will ensure that all the required information is provided, and if any details are missing, we will promptly follow up with the applicants to gather the necessary information. Following this, we will assess the applications based on the following criteria:
- Does the application address any climate or gender issues that affect you and your community?
- Is there a shortage of existing solutions to solve this problem?
- Can the team commit to bootcamp and subsequent implementation?
Submitting an application, participating in the bootcamp and potentially making it to incubation is a TEAM EFFORT. Your team can be a minimum of 3 and maximum 5 participants. You need to indicate all team members at the application stage.
Following the selection for the bootcamp, participants will engage in a three-day residential bootcamp. Upon completion of the bootcamp, if your team’s project is selected, then you will receive a seed fund of $1,000 to implement the project on climate or gender issues, afterwhile the team will have the opportunity to showcase their achievements to the esteemed Gen U Bangladesh Steering Committee through implementing the project.
The central focus of the bootcamp revolves around climate change and gender inequality and its multifaceted aspects and associated challenges.
You don’t need to bring anything as all necessary materials will be provided during the bootcamp! If you do have a mobile phone or a laptop you are welcome to bring it along.
Yes, youth disabilities are very welcome to participate in the bootcamp; If you or any of your team members have a disability please let the organisers know so that we can help ensure appropriate accommodation and assistance.
Teams will be chosen for the allocation of seed funding based on the accomplishments of the the bootcamp, the innovative solutions they develop, and the quality of their project presentations. These criteria will be utilized to evaluate and select the most promising teams for financial support.
Generation Unlimited is designed to empower young people of all genders, ethnicities, backgrounds, and abilities to achieve their potential and create solutions that will support the goals of Generation Unlimited. The goal of the selection process is to identify the teams with the greatest potential to create community-changing projects; the youth who have the greatest passion and ability to learn and adapt to the difficulties that they will face.
The bootcamp ends with a judging process through which all participating teams pitch their ideas and a few are selected move on to the next phase, which is the incubation phase. These young people may not be the ones with the greatest solution today, but are those that will continually work to improve themselves and their teams to accomplish great things in the future. Our judging criteria are focused on advancing these types of teams.
No, the seed fund must be used for the incubation of your solution and implementation of the project.
Presenting the impact/results of the implemented project in a final pith event of Generation Unlimited in Bangladesh.