Applications are now invited for Young Sustainable Impact YSI Innovation Program 2019 in Norway. The fully funded YSI innovation program is five month online incubation program and a two-week accelerator in Oslo, Norway. YSI program’s goal is to create measurable impact through breakthrough solutions for sustainability.

Become part of the incredible 5-month journey to create a startup from scratch with people from around the globe, culminating in a 2-week accelerator in Oslo, Norway. During 5-month you will go through team building, design thinking, and a prototyping process, before arriving Oslo, Norway in August 2019.

The aim is for you and your team to create a real startup that helps solve the sustainable development goals and are economically viable. Brilliant individuals are put in international teams of 3 people and will go through 4 modules and 8 objectives in five months. 4,5 months are online and the two last weeks is in Oslo, Norway where you get a fully funded trip to meet mentors, your teammates and investors.

The program offers knowledge and tools in innovation, creativity and leadership. They train the teams to operate their own startup, as well as going from nothing to a fully fledged startup in 5 months. They provide close mentorship and follow up through their innovation team, access to the YSI network of talents, partners and mentors. They also train the team’s to find the necessary information and help they need for themselves. The program will be facilitated online, primarily using an education platform named

Young Sustainable Impact Details:

Host Country:

  • Norway

Program Locations:

  • Five month online incubation program and a two-week accelerator in Oslo, Norway

Program Benefits:

  • The program is fully funded, but requires your dedication and hard work (15-35 hours/week)
  • Education: By using we have our own curriculum to assist people in almost every aspect of creating a startup from scratch. You will also get webinars by professionals, discussion groups, and a library full of knowledge, tools, and methods.
  • Fully funded trip to Norway: After working online for 4,5 months, you will be flown into Oslo, Norway. We will house you for two weeks, where we will have an accelerator to boost your startup. There will be cool events, parties, hangouts, sightseeing, and time to stroll around the city.
  • Network & Mentors: Through our Partners and professional network, we have a vast amount of experts to help out throughout the program.
  • Money and access: To ensure that you get to create your product, or at least something tangible to test with, you can apply for grants to your startup with a record speed of 24 hours answer. This is only for YSI Global innovation teams.
  • Community: Their community, Earthpreneurs, is a group of people that aim to make sustainability business as usual. This is a group of people that are willing to help each other out, and when you are in YSI, you have an even better access to this community.
  • World class team: There are around 10.000 applicants every year to their program. Only 21 people get in, which means that you will get one of the best teams in the world!

Eligibility Criteria:

The people they are looking for should recognize themselves in these sentences:

  • 16-28-year-old people
  • All countries are welcome to apply
  • People with 15-35 hours to use every week from April-August.
  • Dedicated people with a real drive for solving complex problems.
  • People who are willing to make time and want to create a real startup.
  • People with a proven track record of excellence in resilience, drive, and who are passionately able to use their skills and knowledge towards a project of any kind.
  • Open minded people who are willing to understand different walks of life, see things in a new perspective, and with an intention of creating a positive impact.
  • People who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, and bold enough to actually do it.
  • People who don’t get discouraged by creating a startup remotely with new people from different continents.
  • People who can make decisions and keep their cool under extreme uncertainty.

How to Apply for Young Sustainable Impact YSI Innovation Program 2019?

  • Apply as an individual: YSI is looking for you who want to change the world through entrepreneurship
  • Get paired with top talents: You will be carefully selected and paired with diversified talents from around the world

You can apply to YSI if you are between 16 and 28 years old. From 11th of January, you can head to to apply. The deadline for part 1 is on the 11th of February. 

After round 3 we interview to figure out who should be in the program, and we put you in a team. Over the first three weeks of the program, we will assess if the team works or not. The teams are usually of 2-3 people (but during the program your team can build with one more person from the YSI database).

Application Deadline:

  • The application deadline for part 1 is on the 11th of February. 


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