The Start-Ups for SDGs Youth Pitching event took place at the UN Palais des Nations, during Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) 2018, welcoming 12 young entrepreneurs from around the world. I worked with UNCTAD - Division of Investment & Enterprise (DIAE) to organise and deliver the event, training the young entrepreneurs in resilience and pitching; and hosted the event held in Hall IV.
Over the course of this week in November 2018, we welcomed our 12 young entrepreneurs to Geneva, immersing them in a learning journey and preparing them for their pitches.
Entrepreneurship is a key economic driver in developing countries to support young people to create flourishing lives and communities. Each entrepreneur had a 5-min pitch, telling the story of their product and how it connects to achieving the UN SDGs in front of an audience including the Expert Panel, delegates from UN Missions, students from local schools and diplomats. The event was livestreamed on Facebook too, so audiences in their own countries could watch.
During the event itself, as the Expert Panel decided on who should be awarded the grant and loan prizes provided by Olivier Ferrari's One Creation, we invited the audience members to share their ideas, particularly the students.
This week is about building a deeper understanding of their products and businesses, as well as deepening their own resilience for their entrepreneurship journey. Throughout the week, I worked with each individual to support them on their personal and professional journey, developing their resilience toolkit for the challenges of moving forward.
Solution: Youth Pitching Event
Topic: Resilience, Entrepreneurship, Pitching
Collaborating with: UNCTAD-DIAE
Commissioned by: UNCTAD_DIAE
Date: November 2018
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