Ye! Youth Ecopreneurs Programme (YECO) 2024 (Prize $10,000)

Ye! Youth Ecopreneurs Programme (YECO) 2024

Deadline: 22nd March 2024, midnight CET

Ye! Youth Ecopreneurs Programme (YECO) 2024, is a transformative journey hosted by the International Trade Centre and the G20 Global Land Initiative. YECO 2024 is designed for visionary young entrepreneurs who are committed to pioneering sustainable solutions for our planet.

Ye! Youth Ecopreneurs Programme (YECO) 2024This year marks a significant expansion, scaling up from the Youth Ecopreneur Awards to a full-fledged programme. Celebrating its third iteration, the Awards have grown into a comprehensive initiative that includes a Global Bootcamp, an Accelerator phase, and concludes with the celebrated Youth Ecopreneur Awards. Each phase is carefully crafted to advance the most promising ecopreneurs, propelling them towards global recognition and impact.


  • Capacity-building for scaling your venture
  • Seed Funding ($100,000 USD for the land-restoration cohort, equity free)
  • Access to a Global Network & Exposure
  • Mentorship & Coaching
  • Legal and IP Guidance
  • Preferential access to Pro-Bono Legal Services from Sidley Austin
  • Preferential access to the Google StartUp for Sustainable Development Programme
  • All-Expenses-Paid Trip to International Conference for Award Finalists
  • Win the Youth Ecopreneur Award and get 10,000k USD prize money (1 Award per category)
  1. Applicant
  • Must be under the age of 35 (by 22 March 2024)
  • Must be a member of the Ye! Community (Register here)
  • Must be Founder, Co-Founder or CEO

2. The Business

  • Must be majority run by a young person
  • Must be legally registered
  • The bootcamp is open globally, the accelerator is reserved for eligible countries – see the list here
  • Must promote land restoration, sustainability, circularity, and/or the green economy

Programme Categories

The YECO 2024 programme is segmented into two main categories, each designed to support innovative solutions in the realm of environmental sustainability. These categories not only define the type of projects we’re looking to accelerate but also outline the specific benefits associated with each. We seek solutions that meet the following profile:

  1. Land Restoration


  • Reforestation or Afforestation
  • Soil Conservation and Enrichment
  • Wetland Restoration
  • Erosion Control
  • Cleanup of Contaminated Land
  • Agroforestry and Carbon Farming
  • Invasive Species Control
  • Forest or Urban Woodland Fire Management
  • Stream and River Restoration
  • Use of Modern Technology for Any of the Above

100 spots in the programme

2. Green Business Solutions

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Innovative products, services, or processes that significantly contribute to a sustainable and green economy
  • This category is broad, designed to inspire a wide range of green business innovations

25 spots in the programme

For more information and application.


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