This program is an activity of the UNESCO Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)

You Need, Therefore You Innovate

Every unsolved problem that you face in your life as a member of a given community means that someone before missed the opportunity to resolve it. As Warren Buffett says: someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.
This metaphor is meaningful and relevant, but nowadays, problems need intelligent solutions that are fast to implement and have a long-lasting and sustainable impact. However, innovation usually takes time, and not to mention skills, hard work, ongoing learning, the right environment, and a long list of important components. The cases of persons that come up with genius ideas and develop them in a short period of time are rare. In most of the cases, people struggle with innovation.
Big corporations worldwide need to innovate because of competition. The latter is a key driver of innovation, which results in increased efficiency and high-quality products.
Meanwhile, there are people in developing or emerging countries, who don’t work for companies, because there are no companies in their countries and the unemployment rate is too high. Unemployment causes poverty, which deprives people of having access to necessities such as education, health care, sanitation, decent work, gender equality, etc.
In order to address such major issues, individuals focus on social innovation, which it is driven by a mission or cause and not instant profit and fame.
These persons see success from a different perspective and use diverse metrics to measure it.

How do they innovate?

People tend to associate innovation with many things and not often with poor countries because the concept is often associated with technology and advanced skills. But, innovation is now taking ground in emerging countries because people there face that kind of problems that require creative and sustainable solutions. These people have a lot of talent and potential that they need to discover and skills to learn. The need for solutions inspires them to develop ideas that can have a global impact.
Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition focusses on these people. It provides its large community of members with free online learning about the entrepreneurial process. The campus members learn how to develop an idea, and how to use what already exists for innovating and solving a problem. They create an entrepreneurial mindset that helps them to generate and develop solutions based on social value. Sustainability is the keyword of their initiatives. Take the opportunity to learn and join the YCEC and you will reach your full potential.

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  1. Profile photo of LOUISON MBOMBO

    I m enjoying the motivation and every assignment of this competition .Hope to reach my full potencial by learning the online course usefull to create a peacefull and sustainable world.

  2. Profile photo of Seth Thomas Anohwonom

    Indeed I’ve learnt a lot personally from the YCEC platform, the courses really taught me what innovation really is. I think I’ve been blessed so far.

    And actually, Social entrepreneurship is the way to go, thinking sustainability.

    Thanks for this wonderful one.

    • Profile photo of Campus Administrator

      You’re welcome, Seth. The search for knowledge never ends and not that you have found this opportunity, you can share what you learned with other people that love entrepreneurship.

  3. Profile photo of Katlego Sito

    This online courses really motivates and help us learn and realuse things we were never aware of before.I would like to advice my fellow members not only to just complete the form but to atleast learn and never let out.learn to make an impact not just to finish please

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    13.07.2017 · Reply

    I like from the inspiration words from Rich man, Warren Buffet

    This YCEC, change my life in terms of thinking, behaving and how I can become, a successful entrepreneur

  5. Profile photo of kolawole adeyemi

    Not just the idea, innovation or project, sustainability is very important

  6. Profile photo of JESUKOREDE ESTHER

    Joining this campus has helped in reshaping my mindset, I will never cease to forget the day I stumbled upon this website and I must confess that after going through just one of the online courses- Function not convention, I’ve been brainstorming and rewriting my business plan.

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    16.07.2017 · Reply

    The free online courses have broaden my knowledge towards entrepreneurship. Innovation is really a key to entrepreneurship.

    Good work, YCEC Team!

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    16.07.2017 · Reply

    Innovation, because of ‘competition’.

    Thank you for the tip!

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Timeline 2017

March 15, 2017

Competition launch Entries are welcomed

May 15, 2017

Voting & commenting begins for all

July 31, 2017

Deadlines for entries

August 31, 2017

Deadlines for votes & comments

September 03, 2017

People's Choice Prize winners announced

September 03, 2017

10 finalists announced in both categories

September 15, 2017

Deadline for receipt of videos from finalists in both categories

October 10, 2017

Deadline for Panel of Judges' selection of the winners

October 21, 2017

Winners announced at Entrepreneurship Summit in Berlin

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