Application Form: The 2024 Springboard Elevate Programme by Youth Co:Lab

Application is now open for the 2024 Springboard Elevate Programme!

The Springboard Elevate Programme is a 3-month fellowship programme that support purpose-driven social entrepreneurs who lead impact projects that improve the lives of under-represented communities. The programme aims to craft a space for young social entrepreneurs representing or working with under-represented communities to enhance their leadership, storytelling, resource mobilization skills for their venture development.

We are looking for courageous young founders who are driving change and creating impact in local communities to be part of this vibrant community. You will be supported by a network of young founders, entrepreneurship support organizations and UN agencies to further amplify your impact. 

Programme Dates: September 5, 2024 – December 5, 2024

About Youth Co:Lab
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. Learn more at:

Eligibility Criteria

  • At least one founder/s are aged 18-35 (within their respective national definition of Youth);
  • The applicant is from underrepresented community in their country, OR their project works with /serves marginalized communities(including but not limited to rural population, women, persons with disabilities, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) persons, minorities, Indigenous Peoples, migrants and refugees)
  • The youth founder is a citizen of one of the following countries:
    • Australia, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Mongolia, Hong Kong SAR, Iran, Laos, Maldives, Myanmar, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Japan, South Korea, Timor-Leste, Malaysia, Nepal, Samoa, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, The Philippines, Viet Nam
  • The project operates in one of the mentioned countries
  • The project is at least at the Minimum Viable Product (MVP) stage
  • Demonstrates commitment and dedication to addressing the challenges faced by marginalised communities
  • Non-profit and for-profit organizations are welcomed to apply

Please note that the application form is required to be submitted in English. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted via email for next step.

Application Deadline: August 15, 2024

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