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YSI Innovation Program
Our program's goal is to create measurable impact through breakthrough solutions for sustainability
Apply as an individual
YSI is looking for you who want to change the world through entrepreneurship
Get paired with top talents
You will be carefully selected and paired with diversified talents from around the world
5 month online incubation
You will build a startup during the five month online incubation program and a two-week accelerator in Oslo, Norway
Fully funded opportunity
The program is fully funded, but requires your dedication and hard work (15-35 hours/week)
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YSI 2019 promo
YSI Documentary trailer (2018)
Real impact is being made through our program
Aquasolis (2016)
A Norwegian hightech company, specializing in highly efficient RO based water recovery and desalination, saving huge on operational costs and environmental impact. Test test plant set up in Tanzania
Waymore (2018)
Making T-shirts out of recycled plastic bottles. They went out of the program with 5000 orders, making them the most successful startup financially during a program.
Urinalytics (2018)
Public Urinals and Toilet for Health Tracking. With their first big sale only 2 months after the program ended
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A program by youth, for youth
When applying to the YSI program I knew nothing about sustainability, now it's my life mission"
Subramanian Ramvijji
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

A deep dive into the program
How does the innovation program work
Online program: March 18th - 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 are 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. The deadline for part 1 is on the 11th of February.

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 want 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. 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 the Earthpreneurs 2018 conference to end it all! You will work on your prototype, action plans, future plans and your pitch deck (presentation), and business model. Simply put, you will be ready to get investment, work after you get home and continue to create real impact.
What you get
Fully funded 5-month innovation program
Education
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.
Community
Our community, Earthpreneurs, is a group of people that aim 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. More info here
5% Equity
Young Sustainable Impact continues to support your team after the program, and if you join the program - you agree to give a 5% 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.

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