YES – Youth Encounter on Sustainability

Project type: Students and "young professionals"

The YES Impact Lab is a 2-week program that brings together young professionals from all fields and countries to learn about sustainability and develop innovative solutions for a more sustainable world.


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1486

committed YES alumni 

145 

countries of origin of participants

47

innovation labs in 14 countries 

29

social and environmental start-ups founded

Making Sustainability Work

YES Innovation Labs are two week international micro think tanks for the best talents of the young generation. 25 open-minded thinkers and providers of inspiration, mostly graduates and young professionals, receive a training on entrepreneurship to work on their own business cases. Together with experts from practice and academia as well as stakeholders, they work on hands-on-cases and create innovative solutions for sustainability challenges.


Lifting Global Intelligence

YES Innovation Labs aim at lifting real global intelligence to gain fresh ideas which go beyond the conventional wisdom of the OECD world. A high degree of innovation is reached by internationality and interdisciplinarity. To achieve high diversity, participants from all fields and countries are invited, regardless of their social or professional status. In order to avoid biases and to work with a team of real innovators, merit-based scholarships are offered.


Providing Shared-Value Outcomes

YES Innovation Labs enable all participants, partners and involved stakeholders to take part in sustainable development. The main outcome for participants is a growth in skills, improving their professional career. Partners gain product, service and process ideas for their sustainable ventures and, depending on the chosen lab model, a low-threshold market access with replicable and scalable pilot projects or a boost in competitiveness by showcasing new reference projects.


Combining Powerful Drivers

YES Innovation Labs address the fundamentals of sustainable development, combining the power of capacity building and know-how transfer with the leverage of pilot projects and technology transfer. By raising the individual, economic and societal implementation capabilities for sustainable development and by demonstrating the feasibility and replication potential of sustainable solutions, necessary support for a sustainable shift is given.


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