YSI Innovation program
YSI Innovation program
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YSI Innovation Program
Our program's goal is to create measurable impact through breakthrough solutions for sustainability

Our fully funded innovation program is one of the most popular programs in the world. 10.000 people apply every year, and the program lasts for 5 months. See more below about the online and Oslo program.
About our program
Apply as an individual
In this program, you do not apply with a startup idea. You apply as an individual, and we form a team of 2-3 people who are passionate about similar problems. Over the duration of 5 months, you will become friends, partners, and most importantly: Breakthrough agents.
Online program
From 20th of March 2019 until 11th of August 2019 - you work online through our 5 modules, with your team. The goal is to have ready a product, prototype, or MVP that is tested. See more about the modules below!
Oslo Accelerator
Our program includes a fully-funded trip to Oslo, Norway for 2 weeks in August 2019. This is 14 days of hard work, pitching, testing, and building. It also includes parties, game-nights, networking events with the startup eco-system of Oslo, and simply strolling around in town or enjoying the parks and pubs of Oslo.
Follow up
After the program, you are expected to continue with your startup. We are still there, and you still have access to all the resources and knowledge we gave you. YSI helps with a network, marketing, consulting, and problems that arise.
"21st century education system done right.
Fun fact; I have learnt the same content as my friend who is paying 50grand in a fancy ass business school.
Alex Artiach
YSI Global 2018
"Thank you for making our time so affordable ( a big issue for a lot of us) and for showing us how "a bunch of 20 year olds in Norway" can run an impactful, professional start up."
Alaine Johnson
YSI Global 2018
"If you'd asked me five years ago if I'd be given an opportunity to change the world, I'd say you were lying. But now I do have this opportunity!"
Keaton Harris
YSI Global 2018
How does the innovation program work
Online program: March 20th - August 12th

Live in Oslo, Norway: August 11th - 25th

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 is online and the two last weeks is in Oslo, Norway where you get a fully funded trip to meet mentors, your teammates and investors.

Our program offers knowledge and tools in innovation, creativity, and leadership. We train the teams to operate their own startup, as well as going from nothing to a fully fledged startup in 5 months. We provide close mentorship and follow up through our innovation team, access to the YSI network of talents, partners, and mentors. We 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 www.novoed.com.

1. Team (Objective 1 - 2)
- Understand, communication and trust
- Common vision

2. Understand (Objective 3-4)
- Triple research
- Define

3. Solution (Objective 5-6)
- Ideation
- MVP-test/Market-validation

4. Build (Objective 7-8)
- Brand and full shape
- Prototype and action plan
Application process + team setup
You can apply to YSI if you are between 16 and 28 years old. From 11th of January you can head to www.ysiglobal.com/program to apply.

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).

The people we 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 wants 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.
What happens in Oslo
A lot of hard work, cool events, and new friendships created. On the one side, you will work closely with your own team, get inspired by incredible speakers, learn from awesome mentors. We will run various parties and events, such as culture night, and Earthpreneurs 2018 conference to end it all! You will work on your prototype, action plans, future plans and your pitch deck, and business model. Simply put, you will be ready to get investment, work after you get home and continue to create real impact.
What our previous participants say and do
Would reccommend our program
All cohorts
Continues their startup
2018 cohort
Sold product/service
Within 2 months after the program
What you get
Fully funded 5-month innovation program
By using www.novoed.com 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.
Our community, Earthpreneurs, is a group of people that aims 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 our program. Only 21 people get in, which means that you will get one of the best teams in the world!
What you give
We spend a lot of money, time, and effort to help you create a startup from scratch. Like they say: There is no such thing as a free lunch!
Your time
We expect people to use around 15-35 hours a week on this program, and that you do all you can to continue your efforts to make the startup after the program.
3% Equity
Young Sustainable Impact continues to support your team after the program, and if you join the program - you agree to give a 3% equity stake to YSI. We want to partner up with our participants.
Your best
We expect you to come into the program with a mindset that you are here to collaborate with your team, be at your best, and grow in the best way possible.
Alumni Startups
So what type of startups comes out of YSI?
Xyla Water
Xyla Water is an impact startup that aims to tackle the sixth UN SDG "Clean Water and Sanitation" by constantly innovating to solve the world water problems via groundbreaking technology, empathetic education, and meaningful collaborations.

Batch: 2017

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Aquasolis Global
Aquasolis is a Norwegian high technology company, specializing in highly efficient RO based water recovery and desalination, saving huge on operational costs and environmental impact. They have recently made their first machine, which is now being used in Tanzania.

Batch: 2016
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Public Urinals and Toilet for Health Tracking. With their first big sale only 2 months after the program ended, they are someone to follow in the time to come.

Batch: 2018
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