On January 17, 2020 Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) NITI Aayog and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) hosted a three day long Youth Co:Lab -National Innovation Challenge in New Delhi. The programme aims at fostering technology, promoting youth leadership and social entrepreneurship in India. This programme supports young people by catalysing youth-led innovation and empowers them through Youth Co:Lab.Key Points:
i.Around 300 teams have participated in Youth Co: Lab and over 30 teams in finalists have presented their solutions in which the four winning teams made it the list will represent India at the Youth Co:Lab Regional Innovation Challenge in Malaysia which will be held in April 2020.
ii.As the part of first phase a series of innovation challenges were also held in four cities– Jyothy Foundation in Bengaluru Karnataka, AIC – Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhini Foundation in Mumbai Maharashtra, AIC – Prestige Inspire Foundation in Indore Madhya Pradesh and AIC – Mahamana Foundation For Innovation and Entrepreneurship – IM-BHU , Varanasi Uttar Pradesh.
iii.The top two teams will be fully funded and the next two teams will be partially funded for the final summit. The four teams will also participate in the Regional Springboard Programme and the top eight teams will get incubated at the Atal Incubation Centres and receive support from UNDP.
About Youth Co:Lab:
It was launched in 2017 by UNDP and the Citi Foundation. It is operational in 25 countries across the Asia Pacific region and aims to create an enabling ecosystem to promote youth leadership, innovation and Social entrepreneurship.
About NITI Aayog:
Formed- January 1, 2015
Headquarters- New Delhi
CEO- Shri Amitabh Kant