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Youth Co: Lab Innovation Challenge

The 2020   Youth Co: Lab Innovation Challenge aims to strengthen the entrepreneurship ecosystem and to promote innovation culture and policies that will support and enable young people to take the lead in finding and developing new solutions for social and environmental problems encountered in their surrounding communities and beyond.

The challenge is jointly organized by the UNDP Recycling Promotion Pilot Project and Accelerator Lab Timor-Leste­_Knua Juventude Fila Liman.

The Timor-Leste Accelerator Lab, itself, aims to map, explore, experiment, and scale-up locally driven and grassroots solutions to solve the following wicked challenges:

· Climate-induced Disasters Vulnerability, around 70% of the 1.2million population lives in rural areas of most of whom are

  dependent on subsistent agriculture and are very vulnerable to climate related disasters.

· Prevalent Malnutrition and Stunting, around 38% of Timorese children under 5 are stunted and 20% are wasted according to

  Standard of Living Survey, (2014) due to the limited access to nutrition, health, water, and sanitation information and services

  affecting livelihoods across the country.

· Youth Unemployment, around 80% of youth are not formally employed, and 25% are not looking for jobs because they have

   been discouraged by the difficulty of finding decent work (NHDR 2018); 20% of youth aged between 15 to 24 years are NEET – not

   in education, employment or training (Census 2015). .


Objectives and Focus Areas of the Challenge

  • Identify youth-led innovation that provides solutions to tackle unemployment, waste as well as health and malnutrition issues in Timor-Leste by empowering youth and providing them with the opportunity to develop, pitch, and scale up their innovative start-up in the following categories:

· Sustainable Waste Management: solving the waste problems through innovation and technology as well as promoting 4Rs

  (Refuse, Reduce, Recycle, and Recover) and circular economy.

· Sustainable food production and consumption: improve health outcomes by enabling start-up entrepreneurs to think and act

  creatively, innovate, and make food accessible, healthy, affordable, nutritious, and sustainable.

· Sustainable Community-Based Tourism: creating attractive and sustainable domestic tourist spots /places to benefit

  international & local tourists and the community, as well as the planet. 

  • To build an innovation ecosystem and culture for Timorese youths and entrepreneurs by fostering the dialogue and partnership between youth, government, private sector, academia, and other stakeholders to identify priority issues and actions for the development of the innovation and entrepreneurial eco-system;
  • To inspire, empower, and engage youth as change-makers/problem solvers and partners for development.
  • To transform youth ‘job-seekers’ into ‘job-creators’ through innovation and entrepreneurship which lead to reduction of unemployment and promotion of better health and nutrition in Timor-Leste


The Thematic Procedures and Processes:

The youth need to develop their business proposals and compete for receiving the opportunities for mentoring, incubation and scale up their solutions as well as broadening regional business network through springboard.

The Youth Co-Lab Innovation Challenge in Timor-Leste is looking for youth-led businesses that create environmentally friendly jobs/livelihoods for the rural population and truly help them receive/increase income while at the same time support to adapt and mitigate the impact of climate change. This would encompass solutions that:

· Support vulnerable people including women and   people with disability to improve their awareness and build resilient livelihoods

  through one or more of the following: horticulture, livestock, fisheries, food processing/innovation, waste recycling/upcycling,

  circular economy/promoting the use of alternative reusable/compostable/biodegradable products.

· Provide opportunities to rural people particularly the most vulnerable population such as women, youth, and   people with disability

  to engage in income generation activities.

I. Eligibility: who can apply for these categories?

·       Timorese start-up entrepreneurs who are between 18 to 35 years old

·       A scalable startup business that is looking for an attractive business model to provide innovative products or services that fit for

        the market to improve waste management, food production and consumption and tourism sector.

·       Must commit to attending:

•       The pre-Bootcamp training session for selected qualified teams.

•       Innovation and Entrepreneurship Bootcamp (3 days).

•        Youth Co:Lab Innovation Challenge  final pitching, and award ceremony.

•       Mentoring and incubation through the UNDP’s springboard Programme that last until December 2021 to implement or scale the

         business (if selected).

•       Submit the progress report and final report of their business implementation (if selected).

I.  Ineligibility

·       Previous Youth Co: Lab 2019 winners (3 start-up winners and 3 ideation winners).

·       Timorese who are aged below 18 years old and above 35 years old.

·       Youths with business ideas only.


II. Selection Criteria

Applications will be shortlisted based on the following criteria:

·       Completeness and quality of the proposal

·       Innovativeness

·       Creativity and feasibility of the solution

·       Management and Structure

·       The commercial sustainability of the business

·       Sustainable development impact and Circular economy

·       Scalability

III. Benefits

·       Participate in 3 days capacity building training on topics such as Business model canvas, pitching training as well as how to

        deliver an impactful business presentation, received technical and advisory support on logo design and slide presentation.

·       Participate in National Youth forum on insight sharing from social entrepreneurs, governments, international experts and

        entrepreneurs, final pitching, products/services showcase, and award ceremony.

·       The winner will receive support and collaboration with the UNDP Recycling Promotion Pilot Project and Accelerator Lab Timor-

        Leste during the implementation of their enterprises.

·       Winners will have the opportunity to receive mentoring and incubation service through the UNDP regional springboard

        programme to scale up their business.

IV. How to apply?

·       Download the application form (word and PPT) here

·       Fill up the application form (word and PPT) and send it to youthcolab.tl@gmail.com

·       Your writing application form can be in Tetun or English

For more information about the application, please email: youthcolab.tl@gmail.com or contact

1.     João Maria Tapel: joao.tapel@undp.org or +670 74430162

2.     Nelania Sarmento: nelania.doutelsarmento@undp.org  or +670 77848729

3.     Bonifacio Lopes: bonifacio.lopes@undp.org or +670 75493887

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.


Tetum version

Youth Co: Lab Innovation Challenge

Youth Co: Lab Innovation Challenge mai ho objetivu atu haforsa ekosistema empreendedorizmu no promove inovasaun ba kultura no mos politika ne’ebe sei suporta no permite foinsa’e sira hodi lidera liu husi buka ka identifika no dezenvolve solusaun foun ba iha problema sosial no ambiental ne’ebé haleu iha sira nia komunidade ka seluk husi ida ne’e.

Kompetisaun ida ne’e organiza hamutuk liu husi PNUD Projetu Pilotu Promosaun Resiklajen no Accelerator Lab Timor-Leste_Knua Juventude Fila-Liman.

Accelerator Lab Timor-Leste rasik, mai ho objetivu atu trasa ka halo mapamentu, eksplora, eksperimenta no ekspanda solusaun ne’ebé iha baze no lokal hodi rezolve problema hirak tuir mai ne’e:

· Vulnerabilidade husi dezastre afeta husi klima, kuaze 70% liu husi populasaun 1.2 millaun nian ne’ebé hela iha área rural,

  maioria depende ba susbsitensia agrikultura no vulneravel tebes ba dezastre sira relasiona ho Klima.

· Malnutrisaun no nanizmu, kuaze labarik timoroan ho pursentu 38% ho idade tinan 5 mai kraik, mai ho kondisaun saude no fiziku

  ne’ebé ladun di’ak no 20% ho kondisaun isin ne’ebe la di’ak (krekas/lotuk) bazeia ba peskiza foka ba moris estandarte iha tinan

  2014, ida ne’e akontese tamba afeta husi limite atu asesu ba nutrisaun, saude, be’e mos, informasaun no servisu saneamentu hodi

  afeta ba meiu substitensia sira iha mundu.

· Joven Dezempregu, kuaze joven 80% la hetan servisu ne’ebe propriu, no 25% la buka servisu tamba sira disenkoraja ho

  difikuldade hodi buka servisu ne’ebé propriu (RNDH 2018); joven 20% ho idade entre 15 to’o 24 mak la asesu ba edukasaun, servisu

  ka treinamentu sira (Census 2015).


Objetivu no area ne’ebé kompetisaun foka ba

  •  Identifika inovasaun joven sira nian ne’ebe fornese solusaun ho ultrapasa problema dezempregu, lixu no mos malnutrisaun iha Timor-Leste liu husi empodera/kapasita joven sira no oferese ba sira oportunidade atu dezenvolve, aprezenta (pitch) no ekspanda sira nia solusaun iha kategoria sira tuir mai:

· Jestaun Lixu Sustentável: rezolve problema lixu liu husi teknolojia no inovasaun no mos promove R4 (Rejeita, Redús, Resikla

  no Rekupera) no ekonomia sirkular.

· Produsaun ai-han no konsumu sustentável: hadia ka mellora rezultadu saude liu husi permite emprezariu ezistente sira atu

  hanoin no foti asaun ho kreativu, inova, no halo ai-han fasil atu asesu, saudável, asesivel, nakonu ho nutrisaun no sustentável.

· Turizmu komunitariu sustentável: kria fatin turístiku sira ho atrátivu no sustentável hodi benefesia turista lokal no internasional

  inklui komunidade sira no mos ita nia planeta.

  • Atu hari’i ekosistema ba inovasaun no kultura ba joven timoroan no emprezariu sira liu husi kria dialogu no parseiru entre foinsa’e sira, governu, seitor privadu, akadémiku no parte relevante sira seluk hodi identifika problema prioritariu no asaun sira ba dezenvolvimentu ekosistema ba inovasaun no empreendedorizmu;
  • Atu inspira, empodera/kapasita no envolve juventude hanesan atór ba mudansa/solusionador ba problema no nu’udar parseiru ba dezenvolvimentu.
  • Atu transforma joven “dezempregu” ba iha “kriador empregu” liu husi inovasaun no empreendedorizmu ne’ebé bele foka ba redusaun dezempregu no promosaun ba saude ne’ebé di’ak no nutrisaun iha Timor-Leste.


Prosedimentu no prosesu ba temátiku sira:

Joven sira presiza atu dezenvolve sira nia proposta negosiu nian no kompete hodi simu oportunidade mentoria, inkubasaun no expanda (scale-up) sira nia solusaun no mos haluan sira nia negosiu nia koneksaun ho empreza sira iha rejional liu husi programa springboard.

Youth Co-Lab innovation challenge iha Timor-Leste agora daudaun buka hela negosiu lideradu husi joven sira ne’ebe bele kria servisu/meiu subsitensia ekolojiku ba populasaun sira iha rural no ajuda sira hodi simu/hasa’e sira nia rendimentu no iha tempu hanesan suporta ba adaptasaun no mitigasaun ba impaktu mudansa klimatiku. Ida ne’e sei envolve ona solusaun ne’ebé:

· Suporta ema vulneravel sira, inklui inan feton sira no ema ho defisiensia atu hadia sira nia konsiensia no hari’i meiu subsistensia resiliente liu husi meiu sira hanesan tuir mai: Hortikultura, pekuaria, peskas, prosesamentu ai-han/inovasaun, resiklajen/reutilizasaun, ekonomia sirkular/ promosaun ba reutilizasaun produtu ne’ebé alternative/kompostavell/biodegradavel ka organiku.

· Oferese oportunidade ba ema rural partikularmente populasaun ne’ebe vulneravel tebes mak hanesan: Feto sira, Joven, no ema ho defisiensia hodi envolve iha atividade kria rendimentu. 

I. Eligibilidade: Se mak bele aplika ba kategoria hirak ne’e?

·       Joven emprezariu ne’ebé iha ona negosiu ho idade entre 18-35.

· Negosiu ezistente ne’ebé bele atu espanda no hakarak atu buka no dezenvolve modelu negosiu ne’ebé atrativu hodi fornese

        produtu ka servisu inovativu ne’ebé adekuado hodi hadia jestaun lixu, produsaun ai-han no konsumu inklui seitor turizmu.

· Tenki komete atu atende:

. Treinamentu pre-akampamentu ba ne’ebé selesionadu.

. Akampamentu ba Inovasaun no empreendedorizmu (loron 3)

. Aprezentasaun final ba Youth Co: Lab innovation Challenge no ceremonia entrega premiu

. Programa mentoria no inkubasaun liu husi PNUD nia programa springboard ne’ebé sei remata iha Dezembru 2021 hodi ajuda atu

  implementa ka ekspanda ita nia negosiu (karik selesionadu).

. Submete relatoriu ba prosesu implementasaun inklui relatoriu final. (Karik selesionadu)


II. Ineligibilidade

·       Manan nain ba youth co:lab 2019 (manan nain start-up nain 3 no 3 husi manan nain ba kategoria idea ka ideation)

·       Timoroan ne’ebé ho idade ki’ik liu 18 no liu 35.

·       Joven ne’ebé ho de’it idea negosiu


III.            Kriteria Selesaun

·       Proposta nia kualidade no Perfeisaun

·       Inovasaun

·       Kreatividade no solusaun nia sustentabilidade

·       Jestaun ekipa no estrutura

·       Sustentabilidade ba iha negosiu nia atividade komersial

·       Impaktu dezenvolvimentu sustentavel no ekonomia sirkular

·       Eskalabilidade


IV. Benefisiu sira

· Partisipa iha treinamentu kapasitaun durante loron 3 foka ba topiku mak hanesan: Business Model Canvas, treinamentu atu halo

  aprezentasaun ba negosiu (pitching training) inklui mos oinsa atu halo aprezentasaun negosiu ne’ebé iha impaktu, simu apoiu

  tekniku no akonsellamentu ba dezeña logo no mos aprezentasaun

· Partisipa iha forum nasional ne’ebé foka ba kompartilla perspetiva oioin husi emprezariu sosial sira, governu, peritus internasional no

  emprezariu sira, aprezentasaun final husi manan nain sira (final pitching), ekszibisaun ba produtu/servisu sira no entrega premiu.

· Mana nain sira sei simu suporta no kolaborasaun ho projetu husi PNUD nian hanesan projetu promosaun pilotu resiklajen no

  accelerator lab Timor-Leste durante implementasaun atividade negosiu.

· Manan nain sira sei hetan oportunidade atu simu mentoria no servisu inkubasaun liu husi PNUD nia programa springboard rejional

  atu hadiak no ekspanda sira nia negosiu.


V. Oinsa atu aplika?

·       Download formatu aplikasaun (word no PPT) ne'e

·       Prienxe format aplikasaun (word no PPT) no haruka mai iha youthcolab.tl@gmail.com

·       Bele hakerek ita nia formatu aplikasaun ho lian Tetun ka Ingles.


Ba informasaun detallu kona-ba aplikasaun, favor bele haruka email mai iha: youthcolab.tl@gmail.com ka kontaktu

1. João Maria Tapel: joao.tapel@undp.org ka +670 74430162

2.     Nelania Sarmento: nelania.doutelsarmento@undp.org  ka +670 77848729

3.     Bonifacio Lopes: bonifacio.lopes@undp.org ka +670 75493887


Kona-ba Youth Co: Lab

Co-kriadu in tinan 2017 husi PNUD no Citi Foundation, Youth Co: Lab estabelese ajenda ne’ebé komum ba iha nasaun sira iha Asia no Pasifiku atu empodera no investe ba iha joven, atu nune’e sira bele aselera implementasaun ba Objetivu Dezenvolvimentu Sustentavel (ODS) liu husi lideransa, inovasaun sosial no empreendedorizmu. Iha Timor-Leste, Youth Co: Lab lansa husi PNUD iha fulan setembru 2019 liu husi Knua Juventude Fila-Liman (KJFL) parseria ho Sekretariu Estadu Formasaun Profesional no Empregu, Sekretariu Estadu Juventude no Desportu, IADE, SERVE no parseiru seitor privadu sira.

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