Young people are both digitally and physically connected, constituting the most urbanized generation we have ever experienced. Out of the 1.2 billion young people alive today, 717 million are located in Asia Pacific, making youth the key to unleashing the region’s next economic miracle.
They will also be the most impacted by the challenges – from inequalities to climate change - that the UN Sustainable Development Goals seek to address. As such, initiatives that bring different sectors together to collaborate through innovation, entrepreneurship, and the harnessing of young people’s leadership offer huge potentials for exponential development to achieve the United Nations 2030 Agenda.
Accelerate the achievement of the SDGs through bringing together innovators with policy makers.
Smart Sustainable Cities
Find innovative solutions to growing urban challenges.
Youth for Change
Grow the innovation ecosystem for youth-led start-ups to create positive social impacts.
“URBAN INNOVATION CHALLENGE: CITYPRENEURS” consists of two main components: a startup competition that works in close collaboration with city governments to solve urban problems as defined and measured by the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs), and an inclusive policy interface that brings together academia, the public and private sectors, civil society and international organizations to partake in policy discussions and set up an alliance of youth empowerment enablers.
In 2018, Citypreneurs will take place in Seoul for the second time, tackling the major urban issues with the Seoul metropolitan region.
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Have a groundbreaking idea for a sustainable business?
The Seed track is designed for early stage startups looking for validation of their venture. These startups have much more creative flexibility to focus on urban issues presented by Seoul City agencies. Our program will assist teams from designing a viable business model to cultivating investor relations.
Apply now with your business idea!
Looking to scale up with the support of proven investors?
Startups with 3+ years of experience and market-tested prototypes are invited to pitch in the Growth track. Our program will offer sessions to help find ways your solution can solve urban issues, while sharpening your pitch to our partner investors.
Apply now and expand your business!
TACKLE AN URBAN ISSUE
Teams will choose one of the following themes
to propose a viable business model to solve urban problems
Production & Consumption of Renewable Energy
Energy Storage and Recycling
Traffic and Public Transportation
Road and Public Facility Safety
Ageing and Disability
Women and Children
CHOOSE YOUR AREA OF IMPACT
Select the most relevant area(s) of impact from the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and take part in the global movement to achieve them by Year 2030.
Mentorship / Incubator Program
Selected teams will have the opportunity to take part in our Citypreneurs Startup Development Program. Created and executed with Young Sustainable Impact, a Norwegian NGO specializing in incubation startups for UN SDGs, the program spans a month during which teams are assigned to a mentor and go through a specially curated business curriculum to refine their business strategy and align their mission within the framework of the SDGs.
Awards for 30 selected Citypreneurs
Total Award of 24 million KRW for Seed Track winners
Investment Reserve Fund available for Growth Track winners
Awards from UN High Officials
Private Demo Day with Business Growth Partners
Invitation to International Forums and Events
Publication in domestic/international investment magazines and reports
Collaborations to secure public contracts with Seoul Metropolitan Government
Free office space provided in Seoul
Right to use official CITYPRENEURS branding
Quality mentoring sessions with public sector officials, private investors, and accelerators
Participation in Start-up Workshops and Clinics
Pitching and networking opportunities between participants
Travel subsidies to teams coming from outside of Seoul
AI, IoT, Blockchain tech sponsorship opportunity
Look back at the 2017 Winners
The first “Urban Innovation Challenge: Citypreneurs” was successfully launched in 2017 as a collaborative effort between the United Nations Economic & Social Commission for Asia & the Pacific (ESCAP), the World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA), Seoul Metropolitan Government and the Seoul Digital Foundation to solve three critical urban problems identified through citizen surveys conducted by Seoul Metropolitan city: health technology, education technology, transportation & environment. Winning teams proposed solutions in cognitive-therapeutic education (DoBrain), Alzheimer’s disease prevention (Eidware), and urban wind power generation (Liberty). The finalists received opportunities for mentorships, participation support to conferences and meetings, and a pitch slot in a final ‘Demo Day’ with partner investors.
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